On Day 185, I had my typical diet and exercise. Nothing unusual occurred. I gained .1 kg for some reason, rising from 77.9 to 78.0 kg.
It’s doubtful that I made any serious mistakes. Even when you exercise and don’t seem to overeat, you still gain a little. I am not concerned about it. However, when this does happen, I still try to work out again the next day to make up for it. If you gain weight on one day after making no obvious mistakes, the next day can often be a good recovery day because your body may be primed and ready to lose weight again. This isn’t always the case, as I have often lost weight 2 days in a row. But you want to make sure you are exercising on the days that your body is ready for a good weight-loss swing. And that is often going to be one or two days after gaining a little weight, provided that you did not make mistakes on that day or days.
You have to give your body “room to readjust” and gain a small amount of weight sometimes. But be ready to take advantage when the body is ready to start losing again.
Starting Weight: 78.0 kg
Weight Before 90-Minute Jogging Session: 79.2 kg
Weight After: 78.3 kg (not great but not unexpected, as I was tired today)
Final Weight: 77.6 kg
Day 186 is a great example of what I am talking about. After gaining the small amount of .1 kg on Day 185, I came back and lost .4 kg on Day 186. A great day followed a moderately bad day.
What was the difference? I have no idea. I ran 90 minutes on both days and tried to watch my diet. To be honest, I even ate some chocolate on Day 186. And I also ran a little more slowly than usual. As stated above, I even lost only .9 kg from the run, compared to my usual 1.2 kg in recent cold months.
The bottom line to this example is that you need to be exercising and dieting on a regular basis. And if you have tracked and optimized your personalized system and determined that you can lose weight if you stick to it, then stick to it regardless of any short-term results. In this case, I only mean like one to three days of short-term results. If you suddenly start gaining weight on a daily basis, make sure you are actually still following your plan first. And if you are, just stick to it.
Caution: I am not saying a good plan will last forever. It could be that you may have to do even more to achieve the same results in the future as compared to the past. This can happen after losing a lot of weight initially or as your metabolism or other body processes change over time. That same one-hour exercise routine might have to be bumped up to a little more. It depends on your personal situation, so generalizing here is not good. The crucial lesson I learned when developing my Pentamize system is that your plan must be personalized. About the only thing you can generalize is that diet and exercise are usually important components of a weight loss system. Other than that, though, everything depends on your personal situation.