My results for Day 46 were a weight gain of .3 kg on a break day. This is a very typical result for my exercise break days. Note that this is not a cheat day. I ate a reasonable diet. By “break,” I only mean that I did not exercise. My final weight was 74.9 kg, up from 74.6.
I have been taking a break day during maintenance mode about once a week. Unfortunately (or fortunately if you look at it a different way), exercising this much is an apparent requirement for me to maintain my current weight level. I am just about 5 pounds into the BMI overweight range. But I don’t personally consider that to really be overweight. So I don’t care about that. What I do care about is making sure that I don’t start gaining weight again.
Right now, at 46, I am in the best shape I have been since I was about 30 years old. There’s no going back to being lazy for me. It’s in my blood now. And I simply refuse to gain a bunch of weight again. The only thing that would push me to that lifestyle again is a medical condition that is completely out of my control. As long as I am in control, I refuse to go back to being obese. There is just nothing positive to it.
Today just seemed like a good time to take a break. So I didn’t work out at all and tried to limit myself to a decent amount of food intake. I didn’t count calories, which is not my normal practice and not how I lost almost 70 pounds with Pentamize tracking. But I do know from experience that I eat roughly 2000 calories a day.
In my book, I definitely do not teach people to not count calories. But I focus on weight tracking, which can also include food weight. Get my book to learn my entire tracking method.
I will give you one important piece of advice about USDA calorie guidelines. Simply put, DO NOT TRUST THEM as the be all and end all to dieting. I have eaten substantially less than recommended calorie counts before and still gained weight. You must track your own results and not rely on a government or other medical chart that tells you how much to eat. These are necessarily based on average figures and say nothing about you on a personal level. My Pentamize book shows you how to track for your own success.
As for me, I continue to do poorly on break days. Today, I gained another .3 kg. That makes for a disastrous average of .34 kg of daily weight gain over the 5 break days that have been recorded during this Pentamize maintenance-mode blog. Looking at this, you can easily see why I have no choice but to maintain a regular exercise schedule. It appears to be impossible for me to maintain weight unless I stay physically active.
This is what bugs me about diet books or plans that claim you don’t have to exercise. There is no way that I am overeating. I actively use psychological and other techniques that helped me lose about 70 pounds. And during that entire period, I gained weight on days with little to no exercise. This is not just during maintenance mode. It also occurred during full weight-loss mode. I have absolutely proven that my weight goes up when I don’t exercise. So I would be very skeptical of any diet plan that says exercise is not necessary. It might not be for you personally. But if you are the average person, you are running a huge risk by not establishing an active workout schedule.
Days With No Workout
total +1.7 kg
average +.34 kg in 5 days