Yesterday I recorded the heaviest weight ever when I stepped on the scales. I have not been to the gym in a month so it’s not muscle mass that I’ve put on. Not that I needed to check, I just look down at my belly and shudder.

I am not entirely sure what happened, but over the past year I have really struggled to keep a healthy weight. I thought I had cracked it, after not having exactly the most balanced eating habits in my early twenties, but in the last twelve months I have made a bigger effort to keep the weight down and yet I got the worst results.

My friends are by now familiar with this, and often joke and ask me if this week I am eating out of tins or on the Master Cleanse. So here we go, another fad (perhaps) but this time in line with my everlasting desire to simplify and go to the essential: the Steve Ward Diet aka the Line Diet.

I first read about it on kottke.org, and I loved how simple and straight-forward it is. You enter your weight every day and it tells you if you can eat normally or just broccoli or some other low-calorie food. It can be achieved with graph paper, a spreadsheet, a website or an iPhone application, anything that lets you plot your daily weight on a graph and compare it to where you want to be. Here is what mine looks like:

We shall see if this one works. I am planning to lose 10 pounds in a month. And check back here in a few days, the spreadsheet will update as I progress. Nothing like being accountable to ensure I get results.