Beginning: 79.5 kg
80.5 before starting afternoon run
79.3 kg after the run
79.1 kg after bathroom
80.3 kg after some bad snacks (puts me in danger of gaining weight on the day)
79.9 kg (this was expected and resulted in a weight gain of .4 kg)
Day 173 was one of the worst days I have had in a while. When I lay out what happened, it will become clear why. This turned out to be kind of a cheat day, but not a really big one. So the gain of .4 kg is just something that I have to live with for making this mistake.
I sat down with the family to watch a movie, which we don’t do all that much. And when you watch a movie together, you know what tends to follow. Here come the snacks. We had a bag of popcorn and a bowl of chips. I ended up eating almost all of the popcorn, which is actually not that bad of a snack by itself. Of course, I wouldn’t eat a bag of microwave popcorn every day. But as snacks go, it’s not terrible compared to, say, a bunch of cookies or ice cream. However, I also had way more chips than what I should have had. And all of this combined caused me to gain weight.
I was actually doing pretty good up to and after the workout. But that increase from 79.1 kg to 80.3 kg due to the snacks is what did me in. That is not necessarily a huge increase in terms of weight. But when you are eating junk food, your body is less likely to efficiently process that food. Instead, it is more likely to get stored as fat. This is why, although you can easily eat 3 or 4 pounds of vegetables a day, it would be a horrible idea to eat 3 or 4 pounds of chips. Although the weight is the same, the end result is going to be a lot different. This is where diet tracking can be a little tricky.
It’s not just the weight of the food you must consider because a pound of Food A has different calories than a pound of Food B. However, I noticed in my Pentamize tracking that I could eat a small amount of snacks every day and still lose weight. But if you are going to do this, you must understand that the weight of those snacks must be very small. 3 pounds of sweetened chocolate is not going to be good for you. Today, if I had just had a couple of handfuls of chips, things would have been fine. I went overboard. And although it wasn’t 2 pounds of chips, it was enough to put me over.
It’s impossible to generalize and tell you how much you can eat in snacks every day and still not ruin your weight-loss efforts. It depends on a combination of many things, such as how much other food you are eating, what snacks you are eating, how much you are eating, and your metabolism. The only way you can get an answer to this kind of question is to meticulously track everything and see what kind of results you get. That is why I created the Pentamize system.