9 Days Without Exercise And Still Losing; Thoughts On French Fries And Fast Food

At 6 in the evening, my snack plan is going great again today. I am at 79.2 kg, up from 78.3. I am thinking that I need 2 and maybe 3 more snacks today. That will hopefully keep me at a max increase of 1.3 kg or less.

Yesterday, it was about 1.4 and I actually ended up losing .2 kg. So far, it’s too early in this new diet for me to establish a desired max increase. In fact, I might not even set a desired max increase. That has at least the possibility of eating more to get up to the max or to starve when reaching it. Neither one of those scenarios is particularly desirable.

At 8:30, I was surprisingly at 79.1. And I did 2 more small snacks. But the snack weight was cancelled out by going to the head. If I maintain control, this looks like another weight-loss day with no exercise. After eating the last snack for the day, I was at 79.3 at 10:45. That leaves me 1.0 kg over. With 12 hours to go, there is a good chance for another day of weight loss. Regardless, it feels like another good day.

Oops. The reason I stick to the plan is because you cannot predict what will happen overnight. When I woke up at 7:30 in the morning, I was still 78.7 kg. That was a low weight loss overnight of only about .6 kg. It left me with .4 kg more to lose with 2 1/2 hours to go until final weigh-in time.

On one hand, it’s disappointing that I might gain a little today. But on the other hand, it wouldn’t be the surprising because the last 2 days have been so good. That pace was not going to stick. 2 years of Pentamize tracking shows that peaks and valleys are the norm. I would actually be happy if I could just break even without exercise and use exercise to lose a bit when needed.

With one hour to go, I was down to 78.5 kg. Things seem more manageable now. And I am a bit constipated, which probably means I would be doing better if I were “regular.” So a little weight gain is probably perfectly normal today. And even with that, I have a chance to break even.

I almost did break even by hitting a 78.4. That was a small weight gain of .1 kg today, and I did finally go to the bathroom, although it didn’t really help that much.

Results Of 9 Days On New Diet And No Exercise:

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
Day 7: lost .4 kg
Day 8: lost .2 kg
Day 9: gained .1 kg
79.0 to 78.4 overall (lost .6 kg)

Note: There is still no exercise day to compare with these break days. It will be interesting to see if exercise has an effect on my diet. It’s normal to get a little hungrier when you exercise, but the effects will hopefully be minimal. I will start with 30-minute runs only and then adjust if necessary.

I said I was going to talk about french fries. I ate some more today and plan on eating them on a regular basis. As we all know, french fries are associated with fast food, and fast food is implicated as a cause of obesity. I am not saying fast food is good for you. A lot of it is pretty bad stuff. But this seems like an exaggeration to me or at least a gross generality.

First, do obese people eat fast food all the time? Some do, but some don’t. But even if they do, is the problem the fast food in and of itself, or is the amount that they are eating. Fast food is the Bogeyman of obesity. Basically, the mentality is to blame it on that instead of putting the blame squarely where it should be: lack of portion control on a daily basis.

I can eat french fries because I don’t eat very many. It’s one or two small snacks a day of about 20 to 30 french fries.

Now, let’s look at what typically happens when people go and eat fast food. They go get a value meal, super size that meal, eat it all at once, and then eat something again a couple of hours later.

If you want to eat this kind of food, you probably need to split it up over the course of a few hours. Portion control is the issue. If you have to eat it all in one sitting, then you have to consider not eating it to begin with. A lot of these value meals are too big for one meal and certainly too big for one of the snacks that I have been eating on my new diet.

Again, I am not saying fast food is something that you should eat. But if you learn to eat it the right way, it is not nearly as bad as its overall reputation. Whether you are overeating at home or in restaurants, it’s the overeating that is the problem. I have eaten crackers, french fries, and a few other questionable foods over the past 8 days and have LOST .7 kg with no exercise. What you eat is a factor, but how much you eat is a mammoth factor.

Although I have been very successful the past 8 days, I will need to get some exercise in soon. My muscles might get out of shape if I wait too long. A week is probably not too long at all, but it’s getting to be about that time. I also need some exercise days on this new diet to compare to days with no exercise.

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