Lift.do’s Quantified Diet Project

I received an email today from Lift.do about their Quantified Diet Project. I’ve been meaning to write about Lift.do for a while, since I discovered the site from Tim Ferriss’ blog. Lift.do is an application for iPhone, Android as well as online, to provide daily motivation with various habits you want to form. They provide plans to allow you to build up your desired habit, with plans ranging from a simple daily reminder to check off to providing you with daily step by step plans to get you from the start to your goal.

The great thing about Lift.do is that it allows you to feel part of a group, all doing the same plans. You can follow other people, and see their progress, and they can see yours, giving you some sort of accountability in your progress. If you sign up for the Quantified Diet Project or any other plan and want to follow me, you can add me from my profile.

The Quantified Diet Project is an attempt to put various different diet plans to the test with a large scale four week challenge. They have collaborated with UC Berkeley and Stanford to make a fairly rigorous test and when you sign up they will assign you one of about 10 different diet plans, which you can follow, or pick your own, but they say that 75% of people stick with the diet they’ve been assigned.

The diets

The project involves a selection of ten different diets covering different strategies. Lift.do include good overviews of each diet, tips and recipe suggestions, and links to find out further information.

  • Slow Carb Diet – The diet Tim Ferriss suggests in the Four Hour Body. Mainly lean meat, beans, and veggies; abstain from white foods like sugar, pasta, bread, cheese
  • Paleo – eat like a caveman, mostly veggies, meats, nuts.
  • Vegetarian – vegetables, but no meat. Cheese and eggs are optional.
  • Whole foods – eat only recognizable foods and avoid processed ones.
  • Gluten-free – no wheat, rye, barley or wheat-based foods.
  • No sweets – a simple diet change that affects your insulin swings.
  • DASH – USDA’s current recommendation.
  • Calorie counting – The traditional “restrict your calorie intake” diet.
  • Sleep more – The idea that you can improve your diet by improving your sleep.
  • Mindful eating: learn mindfulness to recognize when you’re full.
  • Reading diet – a control diet involving reading every day.
  • The Flossing diet – a control diet involving flossing daily.

The include two control “diets” which involve performing reading or flossing daily to rule out any differences from just using Lift.do.

I was given the paleo diet, which involves mostly eating meat, veggies and nuts and restricting grains, beans and processed food. They give you a shot survey at the start of your plan, including asking you for your current weight. The plan’s first day involved eating at least one dish that was paleo and the discussion was to say what your meal was. Earlier in the day, I’d had a pork belly with potatoes and vegetables. I don’t know if this was completely following the diet, but I think it was within the spirit of the diet and I wanted to start today rather than leaving it until tomorrow. I will read a little more about the diet to see what I should be looking to eat and what I should be avoiding in the future.

I’m not sure how well I will be able to follow this diet in the Maldives, but I’ll see what I can do. Taking part of this project seemed a great idea and a perfect fit for this blog. I hope you’ll sign up and join me.

Image Credits: Lift.do

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2 thoughts on “Lift.do’s Quantified Diet Project

  1. The paleo diet is similar to keto, very light in carbs, focusing on meats. I think paleo is twee as fuck, personally, but the app sounds fun.

    1. Yeah, I’m not convinced it has any scientific merit, given that it’s “eat like a caveman did”, but cavemen had shit for brains so I don’t think I can trust their opinion on this matter. I think the lack of processed food and reduced carb intake will be useful though.

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