Today was the 5th day of my new diet, and all have been break days. Far and away, this turned out to be the best day so far. In fact, in some ways, it is the best day that I have ever had.
I lost .6 kg today, getting down from 79.4 to 78.8 kg. That is not even close to the record for most amount lost in a day. The reason I say it feels like the best day I have had is that I lost .6 kg even though this was a break day. I don’t recall coming close to that except when coming off of a big cheat day, where it is common to lose more than usual when the excess food digests.
I have now actually lost weight in the first 5 days of trying my new dieting techniques. Things are surely peaches and cream at the moment, and it’s a nice surprise.
When I was developing my Pentamize tracking system, I was actually surprised at that time that almost every single break day was resulting in a weight gain. In fact, it was even worse than that because even days with 30 minutes on an elliptical trainer were averaging a small weight gain. I couldn’t believe how hard it was to lose weight. And it really has been super hard to lose then maintain in the almost 2 years that I have been doing this (including the 7 months before starting the tracking system).
Now, I may be finding out that some relatively simple diet changes were all I needed to make it a little easier. However, it’s still way too early to conclude anything, as I am only 5 days into this new diet. But I am committed to continuing this and know that I will probably have to start working out some again. In fact, I want to work out some to keep the muscles and lungs in decent shape.
I am still suspending the 100-day test for now because that test was designed to use my old diet. I was having some difficulty with that test due to so many break days, which I don’t normally even have up until recently. But I believe I can still maintain my weight under the old diet by averaging roughly 75 minutes a day. That is too time consuming, and the hope is that this new diet can reduce that even more. I still want to run, but almost 2 years of running 90 minutes on nearly a daily basis still seems wrong. Why do I have to work out so much? This new diet may finally give me that answer. I love the yogurt and meatballs I have given up for now, but my body demands less exercise if possible. It’s almost insane for a non-long-distance runner like me to run like 40 miles plus per week. I will continue to abstain from those foods and keep on eating only small snacks (nothing approaching a full meal even at breakfast time). For a long time, I ate a larger breakfast and then smaller meals the rest of the day. Not anymore. Even breakfast is a small snack.
Day 1: gained .3 kg
Day 2: lost .2 kg
Day 3: gained .3 kg
Day 4: broke even
Day 5: lost .6 kg
79.0 to 78.8 overall (lost .2 kg)
all 5 days so far are break days