Diet Back To Previous Danger Zone And Gained Some Weight As a Result

Day 475

Even a hardcore Pentamize tracker like myself got caught by surprise when checking my weight. Lately, I have gained very little throughout the day, often staying well below a daily weight gain of 1.5 kg. Heck, yesterday was a somewhat crazy low max of only 1.0 kg.

Today was back to what I was gaining previously, which is about 2.0 kg of maximum weight increase. This is the Danger Zone that I set for myself when testing 60-minute runs. That Danger Zone ended up being a failure zone for 60-minute runs. That amount of exercise was not enough for a weight increase of 2.0 kg. I would occasionally lose weight on those days, but there were just too many days of weight gain when increasing to 2.0 or more. Today shows that even a 90-minute run is sometimes not enough when reaching this Danger Zone.

I was surprised to check the scale in the late afternoon to early evening and seeing that I had increased from 77.4 to 79.5. Yesterday’s great day looked like it might go to waste. I was up 2.1 kg on the day and already in the Danger Zone.

Once I saw that 2.1 kg increase, I was frankly still a little hungry. But I made a wise decision and decided it was time to sacrifice some. I dropped a low .1 kg to 79.4 by 9:15 at night. That was the last weigh-in of the night, and things didn’t get much better by morning. I was still 78.7 kg, for an lackluster overnight drop of only .7 kg.

Finally, one good thing happened today. My run result showed a drop to 77.7 kg, and this occurred even though my heart rate was only about 116 when checking at the end of the session.

The 77.7 mark was also the final tally for the day, and that made for a daily weight gain of .3 kg. That is a pretty high number for a day with a 90-minute running session.

That surprise increase of 2.1 kg is exactly why I routinely weigh myself. I’m not saying you have to do it after every meal or some other extreme approach. How much you weigh yourself is going to depend on the routine that best helps you. One extreme may have you weighing in so much that it interferes with your daily things to do, while the other extreme may mean that you end up frequently overeating due to lack of tracking. It’s pretty simple, though. If you get surprised by your daily weight gain in the middle of the day (not the final daily result per se, but the amount you are increasing in the middle of the day, such as after meals), then you are probably going to need to start weighing in more to keep that from happening. The purpose of the weighing in is to remind you that it’s time to slow down on the food consumption when you notice that you have increased too much.

Warning: Weighing in and seeing that you are doing well is not an excuse to eat more. I have also done that. If you are doing well and not hungry, then don’t eat more just for the sake of eating. But certainly, you should be eating enough to have the energy you need to get through the day.

Results Through Day 35:

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)
Day 30 – 90 minutes – lost 1.3 kg – 79.8 to 78.5
Day 31 – 0 minutes – gained .3 kg – 78.5 to 78.8 (break day)
Day 32 – 89 minutes – lost .6 kg – 78.8 to 78.2
Day 33 – 90 minutes – broke even – 78.2 to 78.2
Day 34 – 90 minutes – lost .8 kg – 78.2 to 77.4
Day 35 – 90 minutes – gained .3 kg – 77.4 to 77.7

gained .9 kg (5 cheat days, 2 partial cheat days, and 6 break days)
minutes saved from max of 90 – 614
2546 minutes total
average run time – 72 minutes

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