This blog post covers the 2 days after the 2 cheat days on Monday and Tuesday. So it covers Wednesday and Thursday, which were February 28 – March 1, 2018.
I am not tracking these 2 days as snacks-only diet days because I intentionally ate a little more than that. The reason for this is that there was a pretty good amount of snack food left over from the short road trip. One of the best ways to avoid snacking on junk food is to just completely keep that stuff out of the house. And I try to do this on a regular basis. Just don’t buy it and you can’t eat it. However, that was not going to work in this situation.
Instead of having another full-on cheat day, I decided to nibble a little extra and get rid of the junk food over hopefully 1 or 2 days. Most of it was gone by the end of Thursday, giving me an opportunity to get back to snacks-only dieting days on Friday or Saturday. I will make that decision on Friday, but the snacks-only testing definitely needs to resume at least by Saturday.
The results of 2 days were expected to be somewhat of a weight gain. So I was actually happy to gain only .1 kg overall on these 2 days.
Wednesday was when most of the junk food was still left. Unsurprisingly, that was my worst day of the 2. I gained .3 kg, rising to 79.3.
The next day, most of the junk food was gone, resulting in better (although probably not exactly healthy, either) food being eaten. I ate some eggs, a frozen pizza, a little beef, and some other small things, along with some of the snack food that was still left over. By the end of this day, I had actually gone down to 79.1 kg. So even with eating some of the junk food (but in smaller amounts than the day before), I managed to lose a little.
Although these 2 days don’t prove anything by themselves, it does suggest that the amount you eat may be far more important than what you eat. You can potentially even include some junk food in your daily diet. That may make some nutritionists and dietitians cringe, but I am only talking about weight loss and maintenance, not nutrition. And I am not actually recommending that you eat junk food. I am simply saying that eating bad foods is not necessarily bad for your weight plan as long as you eat it in small amounts.
If you choose to eat junk food on a regular basis, then it is up to you to determine the proper amounts and limitations. The idea of dieting with no cheating whatsoever simply doesn’t appeal to me. I want to enjoy life and maintain my weight at the same time. I think this is why so many people fail on fad diets. They simply stop enjoying food so much on a diet that they don’t even like that they just give up.
The past 2 days cut both ways for me. When I analyze it, it’s clear that I ate a little too much. On the other hand, it shows that I can enjoy some junk-food snacks if I get it down to a manageable amount. That is still going to mean usually keeping the junk food out of the house on a typical day. But on occasion, I can eat that junk in small amounts. By small amount, I mean something like .1 kg here, not a binge session of chips and 2 large glasses of coke.