As I learned yesterday, it is possible to combine 2 snacks into 1 when following a snacks-only diet and still have success (I still lost .4 kg overall). However, this can be a problem. If you do it too much, then you are no longer following a snacks-only diet and may ruin the effectiveness of this kind of regimen. So it seems combining 2 into 1 should be used sparingly if you are still testing snacks-only dieting or already know it is effective and don’t want to potentially mess it up.
A time where you might consider combining 2 snacks into 1 is smoothies or other drinks (hopefully nutritious ones instead of coke and the like). I did this for the first time yesterday with smoothies. The reason for this is that my usual snack is about .2 kg, but .2 kg of smoothies is such a small amount as to hardly satiate me at all. So I opted to drink a little more, which was roughly 2 snacks instead of 1 when going by weight. I was satisfied then, but it raised my weight by .6 kg. It would be risky treating that as only 1 snack.
Since I did this close to bedtime, it was easy for me to just go to sleep and not worry about the timing of the next snack. So if you combine, doing it near bedtime makes it easier for you cause you will be sleeping instead of worrying about eating again.
If you combine snacks early in the day, you should consider slightly modifying the average time between snacks so you can have 1 less by bedtime. Let me give an example.
Normal Routine Without Combining
8 snacks 2 hours apart over 16 hours
Combining First 2 Snacks
1. You need to eat 7 snacks now, not 8 (it’s still 8, but you combined the first 2). In this case, you can refer to the 7 snacks as snack sessions to be more precise.
2. Divide 16 hours by 7.
3. You get about 2.3, which is 2 hours and 18 minutes.
4. If you eat 1 snack every 2 hours and 18 minutes (just approximating here), then it will work out to 7 snack sessions instead of 8.
If you are doing this at the end of the day and have already had 7 sessions, then you will end up with 9 snacks if you combine 2 into 1. This is risky for obvious reasons. So you should probably do combining when you have eaten 1 less snack than usual. Otherwise, you are eating one more than usual. Depending on your typical results, this could result in overeating and weight gain.
Overall, if you are successful on the snacks-only diet without combining snacks, then I don’t generally recommend it because you are deviating from something that you already know works. But humans aren’t perfect, so just try out these guidelines when you do combine in an attempt to limit any potential weight gain.
Snack 1: 2 chicken patties, just a little bit of noodles, and a small piece of cake
Snack 2: small bowl of oatmeal and a small amount of noodles
For some reason, my weight has gone up very fast today. I was at 79.5 after the first 2 snacks only, and that was at 2 p.m. This doesn’t seem like it would have been from the food, so it is probably from the several cups of water that I have already drunk. I’ll keep monitoring but will not worry about it much because it’s more important to stick to my snack plan. If it is water, that’s just going to fall off in a few hours, anyway.
After another cup, I had actually gone down to .8 over for the day. It looks like the water weight is starting to reduce now. I’ll be having my 3rd snack in a few minutes.
Snack 3: about 25 french fries
My theory about water earlier today seems to have been correct. Even after the 3rd snack and more water, I was back down to 79.2, or .6 over for the day. Things are looking real good about now.
Snack 4: a pear and one piece of bread
With the 4th snack and going to the bathroom, I was right back at 79.2. There was a little bit of hunger after eating the pear and bread. But just like I am experiencing again and again, the hunger was actually less about 15 to 20 minutes after the snack.
Things just keep getting better. I got down to .5 kg over at the next weigh-in. As long as I maintain my discipline here, this looks like another day with substantial weight loss. But I will not count my chickens before they hatch. It’s vital to stay the course. As I have actually noticed and tracked many times, all it takes is one large meal to overeat for a whole day. This is one of the main reasons to stick to small snacks. If you do that, there is no concern about eating an excessively large meal.
Snack 5: small bowl of noodles and a hot dog wiener
My weight finally got back up .9 kg after Snack 5, to 79.5 kg. This is still quite good with probably one more meal to go. In fact, it is excellent if that last snack is small.
Before the last snack, I got back down to 79.4 kg, or .8 over. The last snack will be 36 french fries. Yes, I actually counted them. I suppose that will put me at about 1.0 kg over, or 79.6 kg. I did not do a final weigh-in before sleeping, but that is a good estimate.
Overnight, my drop was decent. I got up, went to the bathroom, and then weighed 78.6, which is today’s breakeven mark. That left 2 1/2 hours, and it also meant that any weight loss at all would result in a daily net weight loss. After yesterday’s drop of .4 kg, this would make 2 big days in a row after getting back on the snacks-only diet.
I took off .2 kg more and finished at 78.4 kg, for a daily weight loss of .2 kg. That was a heck of a day, finishing at a max increase of only about 1.0 kg. So I was actually thinking I might lose even more. However, knowing that results differ so much, I am still very happy.
17 Days On “Snacks Only” Diet
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
Day 10: 30 minutes – lost .3 kg (gained .1 kg before exercise)
Day 11: gained .2 kg
Day 12: 90 minutes – lost 1.0 kg (lost .3 kg before the run)
Day 13 – gained .3 kg
Day 14 – lost .1 kg
Day 15 – lost .1 kg
Day 16 – lost .4 kg
Day 17 – lost .2 kg
Overall Result: lost 2.2 kg
“No Exercise” Days: lost .9 kg – 15 days
Simultaneous “No Exercise” Portion: lost .2 kg – 2 days
Exercise Days: lost 1.3 kg – 2 days
30-min Days: lost .3 kg – 1 day
90-min Days: lost 1.0 kg – 1 day
Day After Exercising: gained .5 kg – 2 days
Average of Day Of Exercise And Day After: lost .8 kg – 2 sets of 2 days