New Year’s Eve Cheat Day And Break Day Show Weight Gain Of 1.6 KG

Day 467

This blog post covers New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2017. I fully expected to gain weight today, as this was already planned as a holiday cheat day.

All things considered, things were not as bad as expected even though I gained 1.6 kg, which is pretty close to 3 1/2 pounds. Yes, it is sometimes worse. This is particularly true if I go to a party and pig out for hours. I have gained about 7 pounds before in one day. So today was not that bad.

The other thing making me think today would be worse is that it turned out to be a break day in addition to a cheat day. These have been uncommon for me since developing my Pentamize tracking system. I usually get a good (but maybe slow) 90-minute run in on cheat days. But today, I had the duty of helping make breakfast. And it was New Year’s Day morning. That sure didn’t seem like a good time to go running. It was also cold out, so this added up to my decision to turn this into a break day.

It seems like I ate a lot of meat this time. I see a lot of people recommending against eating red meat on a diet. While I am not per se recommending meat, I have eaten red meat from the very beginning of my Pentamize tracking. Today was mostly chicken and pork, but I eat beef meatballs on basically a daily basis. It’s a staple of my diet, and I lost almost 70 pounds. The lesson to be learned here is that meat (even red meat) is a part of many successful dieters’ plans. In terms of overall health, it might not be good. But if you are like me and refuse not to eat meat, then understand that you can lose weight while eating meat. Don’t be discouraged if you hear a lot of people and even experts saying that you need to eat more vegetables. The fact is that you have to find out what works for you on an individual basis. And that thing that works for you may be inconsistent with an expert’s advice or common advice that gets thrown around in conversation. Note that a real expert who actually wants to help you lose weight will understand exactly what I am saying. Find out what works for the individual, not some general thing you read in a book that might not work for a specific person.

What has worked for me is focusing on moderation in diet and consistent exercise. If I did have a better diet in terms of health, perhaps I could exercise less. But I like my meat, including red meat, so I make it work for me with moderation and considerable exercise. Maybe I have to run close to 90 minutes a day to maintain. But if I am going to keep the diet I want, that’s the price I pay. That’s the solution for me, but it might be something different for you.

Results Through Day 27:

Day 1 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 76.8 to 76.6
Day 2 – 70 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.6 to 76.8
Day 3 – 64 minutes – gained .2 kg – 76.8 to 77.0
Day 4 – 89 minutes – lost .2 kg – 77.0 to 76.8
Day 5 – 75 minutes – gained .3 kg – 76.8 to 77.1
Day 6 – 90 minutes – gained .5 kg – 77.1 to 77.6
Day 7 – 90 minutes – lost .9 kg – 77.6 to 76.7
Day 8 – 90 minutes – gained 1.5 kg – 76.7 to 78.2 (cheat day)
Day 9 – 90 minutes – lost .1 kg – 78.2 to 78.1
Day 10 – 90 minutes – lost .7 kg – 78.1 to 77.4
Day 11 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 77.4 to 77.6
Day 12 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 77.6 to 77.2
Day 13 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 77.2 to 76.8
Day 14 – 90 minutes – broke even – 76.8 to 76.8
Day 15 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 76.8 to 76.6
Day 16 – 90 minutes – gained .6 kg – 76.8 to 77.2
Day 17 – 90 minutes – lost .2 kg – 77.2 to 77.0
Day 18 – 87 minutes – lost .1 kg – 77.0 to 76.9
Day 19 – 84 minutes – gained .1 kg – 76.9 to 77.0
Day 20 – 0 minutes – gained 1.7 kg – 77.0 to 78.7 (combined cheat day and break day)
Day 21 – 88 minutes – broke even – 78.7 to 78.7 (odd cheat where I actually broke even)
Day 22 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.7 to 78.9 (partial cheat day)
Day 23 – 90 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.9 to 78.3
Day 24 – 90 minutes – gained .2 kg – 78.3 to 78.5
Day 25 – 0 minutes – lost .2 kg – 78.5 to 78.3 (break day)
Day 26 – 90 minutes – lost .4 kg – 78.3 to 77.9
Day 27 – 0 minutes – gained 1.6 kg – 77.9 to 79.5 (cheat day and break day combined)

gained 2.7 kg (4 cheat days, a partial cheat day, and 3 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 343
2097 minutes total
average run time – 78 minutes

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