For the first time in 2 years of tracking, I have specifically chosen to take a break day for 6 days in a row. The only reason I am doing, this, though, is because I could see that my new diet is working so much better than what I have been doing for the past 2 years. I would not have been able to predict that I would actually be losing weight over the past 5 days, having dropped slightly from 79.0 to 78.8 kg.
If nothing else, I am one stubborn fool at times. For 2 years, the only modification I made to my diet was to reduce carbs, such as bread and rice, and add yogurt and meatballs right out of the box (just straight meat with no sauce or anything added). I was so happy with the yogurt and meatballs that I stubbornly refused to try a diet without them and see what happens.
It’s more difficult going without the meatballs for me. I am on Day 6 and starting to not miss the yogurt so much anymore. Eating oatmeal has been a fine replacement. I do still eat meat, but it’s generally 3 small chicken patties that are heated in the oven. If I don’t eat oatmeal, then I might eat 6 of the patties.
The hardest part for me is eating vegetables, but I have been eating mostly broccoli so far. I have it with red pepper sauce, which makes it easier going down.
If I am going to take more break days, though, one thing that will take getting used to is more days with a small weight gain. For example, I woke up today and was .4 kg over even though my diet has been great today. I do have 90 minutes to go before the weigh-in, so that could go down some. But today is going to have a weight gain. However, my thinking on this is to get close to breakeven on the new diet and then add enough exercise to lose or maintain weight.
I had a 78.8 start today and was only up to 79.6 at 6 p.m. That is a really good start and what is needed on a break day. I keep on eating small snacks instead of meals, and part of me is starting to resent society for pushing 3 meals on everybody. I have not been tracking my weight as much lately during the day, although that can be a problem when you have a tendency to overeat. However, today I just needed a little more food and water and didn’t feel the need to weigh in again before bed.
For some reason, I didn’t go down much at all overnight. I was 79.2 kg in the morning. Although that is a very low overnight drop, this is not surprising to me on a break day, at least under my old diet. As to what is the norm for the new diet, the results have been very mixed so far. I doubt there is any way to plan or predict overnight weight loss, as I have always had wildly different results from day to day. Just as with the old diet, it’s the average that will determine success or failure.
I went to the bathroom and finished the day pretty nicely, losing .3 kg more and finishing at 78.9 kg. So I gained the minimum of .1 kg. Overall, though, I have now lost .1 kg over the course of these 6 days. With all of those being break days, things couldn’t be much better.
Day 1: gained .3 kg
Day 2: lost .2 kg
Day 3: gained .3 kg
Day 4: broke even
Day 5: lost .6 kg
Day 6: gained .1 kg
79.0 to 78.9 overall (lost .1 kg)
all 6 days so far are break days