the $1-a-day diet.


Think it's impossible? Well, no -- just very, very painful.

At One Dollar Diet Project, a California couple documented their 30-day experiment in extreme budget eating. Their biggest concern? Scurvy. On $1 a day, fresh produce was out of the question, so they bought a tub of Tang and nicked lemons from a neighbor's tree.

Meat, of course, was out of the question, and they found (as did I in my similar -- though not nearly so frugal -- experiment, "Fueled by Ramen") that chana masala is one of the cheapest dishes with any flavor whatsoever that you can prepare.

On the first day after the experiment, Kerri "almost cried" when she bit into a doughnut. She lost 5.5 pounds and Christopher lost 13; if they hadn't been too weak to exercise for most of the month, those numbers would probably have been higher.

No surprise, a book deal is in the works.