Today, I will start closely tracking my weight lost overnight cause it appears to have gone down. I think there may be a reason for this, and it will be theorized below. I am going to include Days 338 and 339 results to start this round of tracking. The numbers on the left are for overnight results only, not how much I lost or gained over that 24-hour period. The numbers on the right are how much I gained or lost that day overall. This shows you that overnight results are only one factor in whether you gain or lose weight. But it is an important factor in Pentamize tracking because it gives you more information with which to plan out your diet and exercise.
Day 338 – lost .4 kg overnight – gained .6 kg overall (77.5)
Day 339 – lost .4 kg overnight – lost .3 kg overall (77.2)
Day 340 – lost .5 kg overnight – gained .4 kg overall (77.6)
Today appears to be a complete disaster. It shouldn’t be like this, as a decent amount of what I ate yesterday was broccoli and watermelon. Overall, I rose from 77.2 to 79.7 and then 79.5 at bedtime. This includes water, so it doesn’t seem like a terribly high increase during the day. Then, the recent trend of losing almost no weight occurred again overnight. I lost .5 kg, which was .1 kg better than the past 2 days. However, 2 hours later, my weight was still at 78.9 even after going to the bathroom again. I have about 2.5 hours until going on my run. And yet again, it looks like it will have to be 90 minutes to avoid a horrible day. Body wise, I feel fine, and my diet was actually pretty good yesterday. But at this point, I just don’t have any idea what to say. My weight just shouldn’t be this high when getting up in the morning.
I do have a theory as to possibly why my weight is not dropping as much overnight. When I got back off of my recent vacation and also when I was in full weight-loss mode, I would frequently lose more than 1 kg overnight. Also, in full weight loss mode, I had averaged out my overnight weight loss and saw that it was around .8. Then, as I lost more weight, that seemed to get lower and was getting closer to about .6. These numbers are approximate, but there was a definite trend there. I will summarize the trend. To keep it simple, when I had a lot of weight to lose (40 or 50 pounds to go in my case), I was losing more overnight. As I got closer to having only 10 or 20 pounds to lose, the amount lost overnight started decreasing on average. It was roughly .6 kg instead of .8.
Now, I am only a few pounds over my target weight. As of yesterday morning, I was 2.3 kg over that target weight, which is almost 5 pounds. Could it be that it is natural to lose less weight overnight when you are closer to your target weight, as opposed to being substantially overweight? The trends suggest this, at least in my case. The more I need to lose overall, the more I seem to lose on average overnight. Is this accurate and is it the same for everybody? I don’t know for sure. But if you notice this in your own Pentamize tracking, just know that you may have to adjust your diet or exercise accordingly. The point here is that your body can experience changes as you lose weight. Some of those changes might actually require you to eat less, exercise more, or both. If that’s the case, that’s just what you are going to have to do to maintain your weight or continue losing if you aren’t close enough to your target yet. No smart person ever said that losing weight is easy. The process is pretty simple for some, but it’s usually not easy to do the right things and get results. And you may sometimes have to increase your efforts over time to avoid gaining weight back.
I don’t think I will be running hard today at all. I am definitely ready to do the 90 minutes, but at a relatively average pace.
At 10 in the morning, I dropped to about 78.6 kg. This is looking a lot better. I really needed that. Although I have not lost as much lately while sleeping, my weight does seem to continue dropping in the typical 3 to 4 hours between getting up and running. So the .4 and .5 kg marks the past 3 days are somewhat mitigated by the fact that my weight is still dropping even after getting up. I’m not sure what this means, but it could simply mean that I still have food in my body that has not completely digested. Maybe my digestion has slowed down recently? Now, I am really speculating. But in the end, the important thing is to adequately balance out my diet and exercise, using overnight weight loss as one tracking factor to help me keep tabs on what I need to do. That could be eating a bit less before sleeping, exercising more when the numbers show that I need it, etc. It just depends on the situation. But being able to estimate how much you lose overnight can be very helpful in planning out your diet, as well. And if you do mess up and weigh too much before a run, then tracking that also allows you to modify your exercise session length when necessary. That’s why it is also helpful to know approximately how much weight you lose when exercising.
The only real struggle I am having is that it seems I have to work out every day. And that is just not right. I should be able to at least reduce my workout length. But the way things are going now, this is hard. If I could ever just get down to about 76.0, then I would do that. But after my recent record of 11 days without losing weight, I had gotten down to 76.6 and then shot up to 77.5 in 2 days. Thus, I was not yet able to reduce my times.
I dropped about 1.0 kg with a somewhat slower-than-average run. My finishing weight was 77.6 kg, which made for a daily weight gain of .4 kg. Now, my weight has been fluctuating like a yo-yo for a while. This is not necessarily a bad thing in general. What is troublesome is my rise from 76.6 to 77.6 in a short period of time. Actually, that happened in 4 days, where I gained .3, gained .6, lost .3 and gained back .4 today. So that still puts me at 1.0 kg over the 76.6 in days. Patience is definitely a virtue in this game of weight loss and maintenance. Since I am already doing just about as much as I can, then I just have to keep it up and get through this rough patch.