Surprisingly Moderate Weight Gain Despite 2 Combined Cheat And Break Days

Days 468 and 469

This blog post the first two days of 2018. I expected New Year’s Day to be a cheat day, so a lot of weight gain was expected. To my surprise, I didn’t gain all that much over these two days even though January 2 was also what I would consider a partial cheat day. But the biggest surprise of all is that I gained only .3 kg despite my rare decision to take a break day on both of these days. In fact, because December 31 was also a break day, this made 3 break days in a row. Other than vacation time, I have never done this since beginning my new lifestyle of Pentamize dieting, exercising, and tracking.

The first break day (December 31) definitely did have the expected large weight gain of 1.6 kg. You can read yesterday’s blog for more on that. I also talk in that post about eating red meat as a normal part of my diet and why this works for me even though it might not work for everybody. I think experts would at least agree that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy when it comes to weight loss, which is why it can be so difficult. It’s not simple math, and this is why I created my own Pentamize tracking system to help myself out.

I will probably never understand why I gained only .3 kg on January 1 and 2 (the two days covered by this blog post). Break days usually hurt me very badly. I sometimes gain well over .5 kg even when the break day is not a cheat day. I usually still exercise on my break days, but a combined break and cheat day is a serious double risk. So even though it was still a weight gain of .3 kg, it’s the best result I have ever had on a cheat day (the 2nd was a partial cheat day) with no exercise. In fact, it is not even close.

Part of this result was probably due to the added weight from the New Year’s Eve cheat day coming out of my system. However, I thought more of that would be replaced by the new cheat day, especially when I chose not to run at all for two more days. In fact, much unlike my usual practice, I didn’t even bother weighing myself throughout the day just to keep tabs. This has been vital to my success because I have a tendency to overeat if I don’t rigorously track my status. But I sort of threw caution to the wind and let things take their course this time. I don’t recommend that approach, but it looks like I just got lucky this time. I am certainly not going to make neglecting my tracking a habit despite this result.

Results Through Day 29:

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)
Days 28 and 29 combined – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 79.5 to 79.8 (one cheat day, one partial cheat day, and 2 break days)

gained 2.7 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 5 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 523
2097 minutes total
average run time – 72 minutes

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