The First Snack Is The Hardest

This is the 18th day of full testing on the snacks-only diet. There are only 3 days left after this one until I will complete my 3-week guideline for minimum testing. While this would not pass the muster required for a scientifically valid experiment, it provides enough confidence to keep going indefinitely with a plan like this. This is especially true when the results are as phenomenal as they have been so far with this test. There is a whole lot of wiggle room.

I wish dieting were easy. I really do. But alas, it seems there is no way to effectively diet without at least a little willpower. So far, the snacks-only diet is making it much easier for me. But there is one aspect that I find difficult almost every day. That is the first snack of the day.

Here I am again on the first snack. I finished my bowl of oatmeal, and I am still hungry. Incidentally, I have determined that one bowl of oatmeal plus a little something else is a good snack and not too excessive. So I can eat a little more for this first snack, but that will have to tide me over until Snack 2. Sometimes, it is just a piece of bread or small piece of meat. One piece of fruit is another option.

Today, I have decided to eat a banana. But instead of scarfing it down right after the bowl of oatmeal, I am waiting a few minutes before eating the banana. This will get me closer to the approximate 20 minutes it takes to start feeling satiated. I am talking in generalities here, but the 20-minute rule has worked pretty good for me.

After scarfing down the banana (eating more slowly is better, but I am not perfect), I was still just a little hungry but already feeling better. The first snack continues to be the hardest for me from a willpower perspective. But in my case, I have adapted pretty well so far.

If you are on a snacks-only diet and having trouble sticking to it, you must keep in mind that the next snack is just right around the corner. The typical time between snacks is only about 2 hours. And you can also drink as much water as you want, which can also help take the edge off. I have substantially increased my water intake since starting the snacks-only diet. I do that by taking black coffee, but you could have some health variety of tea or even just pure water if that is your preference.

I used to avoid drinking a lot of water in an attempt to control my max weight increase during the day. This odd practice of mine had to end sometime, and it is definitely over now. I track this all the time, and the water you drink typically leaves your body through normal processes in a rather short period of time. And I now have actually found a way to use water to help me eat less. I just drink the stuff all day long, and it only temporarily raises weight and has the benefit of reducing hunger feelings at least a little between snacks.

I was 78.7 after the first meal and visit to the bathroom. That is a decent start. The 2nd snack was 35 french fries and a small piece of fish. About an hour after that, I was up to 79.1 kg. I imagine quite a bit of that is from water, though. I am doing okay on hunger and will have another snack in about 30 minutes.

The 3rd snack was a piece of bread, 3 slices of cold cuts, and 2 thin pancakes with a little jam. I don’t count calories too much, instead relying on approximate weight. But it appears from packaging that this snack was about 200 calories.

Before the 4th snack, I was right back down to 79.0 kg, or .6 kg over for the day. Actually, my weight got down even more to about 78.9. This is quite consistent with the results of other days that I have tested so far on the snacks-only diet, except possibly even a little lower.

The 4th snack consisted of 2 chicken patties, which was a rather small one. My weight was 79.0 after this one, and I have probably 2 snacks to go, but possibly 2 and one very small one.

For the 5th snack, I had 25 french fries and one piece of chicken. That got me up to 79.1 kg after the bathroom. This should work out to be a good day. I had another piece of chicken, an egg, and about 20 french fries for the 6th and last snack. That raised my weight to about 79.4 kg, which is about the same increase of 1.0 kg as yesterday. This sets me up for a likely solid day of weight loss.

Right before going to bed, I happened to check my weight one more time. I had already quickly shot down to 79.0. Unfortunately, the same did not happen overnight, but I did get down to 78.3 at 8 in the morning. So at least it was already a small weight loss with 2 hours to go. More than half the time, I will lose more in the last 2 or 3 hours. Occasionally, though, my weight gets stuck in place. In this case, things got way better. I went to the bathroom a couple of times and got all the way down to 77.9 kg. My starting mark today was 78.4, so I lost a huge .5 kg.

18 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
Day 18 – lost .5 kg
Overall Result: lost 2.7 kg

“No Exercise” Days: lost 1.4 kg – 16 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

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