Decimation Diet

Lukas Brandon
by Lukas Brandon | Apr 07, 2010
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Summary:

Although many think the word "decimate" means to wipe out, the original meaning was to reduce by 10%. The Roman army once used a practice known as decimation to discipline units refusing to follow orders. Cruel and effective, the technique involved killing one randomly chosen soldier in ten. My wife recently challenged us to lose 10% of our mass over a four month period and we did it! We were able to succeed by making small changes such as eating smaller quantities of higher quality foods, reading labels, and weighing in periodically to keep us on track.

The Decimation Diet concept allows wide latitude in how you choose to decimate. Be creative with exercise and mindful of what you eat and there will be 10% less of you after four months (or whatever time period suits you, we hit our goal in 2 months). Once the initial goal of decimation has been reached, those with more to lose may choose to decimate again.

The beauty of the idea of decimating is that it is attainable, sustainable, and scalable. Someone who is slightly overweight can lose a few pounds to decimate, a very obese person might lose thirty pounds using the same concept. The idea may also be applied to other large scale problems such as pollution. Challenge yourself to leave the car at home 10% of the time, decimate your time behind the wheel by walking, running, or biking to the store when time and weather permit, and you will get a two for one of decimating your body while decimating your carbon footprint at the same time.

First Name

Lukas

Last Name

Brandon

About You

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First Name

Lukas

Last Name

Brandon

Country

United States, MN, Clay County

City

Moorhead

Country

United States, MN, Clay County

City

Moorhead

About You

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About Your Organization

Organization Name

Organization Website

DaddyDispatch.Com

Organization Phone

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Your idea

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Name your idea

Decimation Diet

Describe your idea

Although many think the word "decimate" means to wipe out, the original meaning was to reduce by 10%. The Roman army once used a practice known as decimation to discipline units refusing to follow orders. Cruel and effective, the technique involved killing one randomly chosen soldier in ten. My wife recently challenged us to lose 10% of our mass over a four month period and we did it! We were able to succeed by making small changes such as eating smaller quantities of higher quality foods, reading labels, and weighing in periodically to keep us on track.
The Decimation Diet concept allows wide latitude in how you choose to decimate. Be creative with exercise and mindful of what you eat and there will be 10% less of you after four months (or whatever time period suits you, we hit our goal in 2 months). Once the initial goal of decimation has been reached, those with more to lose may choose to decimate again.
The beauty of the idea of decimating is that it is attainable, sustainable, and scalable. Someone who is slightly overweight can lose a few pounds to decimate, a very obese person might lose thirty pounds using the same concept. The idea may also be applied to other large scale problems such as pollution. Challenge yourself to leave the car at home 10% of the time, decimate your time behind the wheel by walking, running, or biking to the store when time and weather permit, and you will get a two for one of decimating your body while decimating your carbon footprint at the same time.

How do you define your "community"?

My community is a series of circles radiating outward from myself like ripples in the water. My community is the parks we play in, the stores we shop at, the libraries and non-profits we patronize and volunteer at. I am influenced by people in my community and they are influenced by me. We share space in the physical and cultural sense as we go about our daily lives. My community is also the friends and family I keep in touch with by posting my writing, music, short fiction, and juggling videos to my online platform, DaddyDispatch.Com (http://www.daddydispatch.com).

Tell us how you think the issue of obesity is affecting your community

I think that obesity is weighing us down both financially and mentally. We all pay more in the form of increasing insurance and medical costs due to the epidemic of obesity in our community, yet we also pay an intangible price in the form of hopelessness. It may be difficult for someone who is obese to feel empowered about changing our community for the better without first taking steps to improve oneself. By making small changes and achieving incremental gains in the fight against obesity, we will attain a healthier community that is both less of a drain on our financial resources and more of a force to improve the strength and cohesiveness of our society.

Why should your idea be selected?

Decimation should be selected as the winner because it is a broad enough and marketable enough idea to reach as many Minnesotans as possible. It combines metrics with creativity, large scale goals with incremental change, and self-improvement with improving the larger community.

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