Daily Weight Loss When Eating a Diet Heavy On Vegetables

Day 357

I had a pretty bad time yesterday after finishing with a weight gain of .5 kg. My weight was up to 76.9 kg from 76.4. The day before, I had been 76.8 and went on a 2-hour run. While that long session helped me lose weight for one day, I gained it all back plus an extra .1 kg yesterday.

While I don’t really know why my weight went up so much yesterday, it certainly doesn’t get me excited about running 2 hours again. I think I’ll just skip the 2-hour run I was planning for next Monday and just do the usual 90 minutes.

I have risen to 79.2 by 4 in the afternoon. This is a pretty high number when compared to yesterday’s maximum of 79.4. So it’s time to slow down now. I have probably almost had enough water for the day. So if I can get by with only one more small meal, my max weight will be similar to yesterday’s mark. But in terms of weight gained during the day, it will be even better since today’s starting mark was a full .5 kg over yesterday’s starting weight. I finished eating at about 6 and weighed 79.4 at that time. So as far as my weight gain today, it was the same as yesterday. However, I started with .5 kg extra weight. Thus, my diet, at least in terms of overall weight, was better than yesterday. I’ll try to get in a good run and see if I can get below 76.9 kg. However, this is partially dependent on how much I lose overnight, which is not controllable unless you “cheat” with drugs or something extreme like that. I don’t consider such cheating to be good because it does not promote a healthy permanent lifestyle, and that’s in addition to any possible side effects.

When I eat vegetables (meaning more than usual because I don’t really like them that much), it seems the results are mixed when measuring over a 24-hour period. Sometimes, my weight drops dramatically by the end of the day. Other times, it doesn’t drop that much.

Eating vegetables can sometimes look bad in your tracking if you are doing it daily because of the fact that vegetables generally add a lot of weight to your diet. This is because you need to eat more to consume the same amount of calories, as compared to other types of food. This is not true for every single vegetable. For example, potatoes are high in calories. But if you are eating something like broccoli, getting enough calories to fill up requires a lot of food weight because these kinds of veggies are so low in calories per ounce, pounds, kilogram, or whatever measure you are using.

On a day when your digestion is very efficient, you may eat a lot of vegetables and see a large drop fast over that short period of time. See Example 1 for this. But your digestion can be slower and reflect seeming weight gain over a one-day period. See Example 2 for this scenario. The examples also show a comparison to a diet with higher-calorie foods. And on Example 2, you will see that you may experience the drop you expected on Day 2.

Example 1:

Day 1:

eating a veggie-rich diet: weight increases by 3.5 kg and decreases by 3.2 kg (including exercise)
eating a diet with less veggies: weight increases by 2.5 kg and decreases by 2.5 kg (including exercise)

In this example, it looks like the diet with less veggies is actually better. But this is often very misleading. Although it’s possible that the veggie diet could do worse (it is at least possible to overeat on such a diet), you would want to look at the next day’s results or maybe even the next 2 days to see what happens.

Example 2:

Day 1:

eating a veggie-rich diet: weight increases by 3.5 kg and decreases by 3.2 kg
eating a diet with less veggies: weight increases by 2.5 kg and decreases by 2.5 kg

Day 2:

eating a veggie-rich diet: weight increases by 3.5 kg and decreases by 3.5 kg (net loss of .2 kg over 2 days)
eating a diet with less veggies: weight increases by 2.5 kg and decreases by 2.5 kg (net breakeven over 2 days)

So in this example, you ended up losing the extra weight from vegetables on the second day plus a little extra. So your nutritious vegetable diet ended up being better than the other diet with higher-calorie foods even though the veggie diet weighs more in terms of gross weight. The difference is that the vegetables have lower calories per weight unit.

Now, let me get back to today’s summary. I went to bed after weighing in at 79.0 kg. So my weight was dropping the typical amount of roughly .1 kg per hour. Then, I dropped to about 78.0 overnight. Finally, that is a very good amount of overnight weight loss. This puts me in a good position to lose weight by the time my workout is over. I should be able to make back a fair portion of what I gained yesterday. This is a really good development because I will have only one week left until the one-year mark of this blog after completing today’s session. It’s 7 more 90-minute runs to finish out this first year of my weight maintenance blog. Then, I can give myself a little reward (buffet cheat day).

My weight stopped dropping after I got up. At 10:30 in the morning, I was 77.9. And my run, which was pretty average, showed a loss of exactly 1.0 kg. That had me at 76.9, and I lost .1 more, finishing the day at 76.8 kg. This was a nominal weight loss of .1 kg. I was hoping for me, but at least it was still a good day.

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