Yesterday had another great result with the snacks-only diet. I lost a big .5 kg, which is a little more than a pound. I certainly can’t do this everyday, and that would not even be normal. But when these days do come, they sure help the overall average.
The loss of .5 kg yesterday shot my total loss on non-exercise days to 1.4 kg in 16 days. That is average of almost .1 kg per day. The other 2 days in the first 18 days of this snacks-only test did include an average of one hour of exercise. I lost a huge 1.3 kg on those days all together. However, I gained weight the day after those days, which may or may not have been a coincidence. I don’t have enough stats to say what that means yet, but even including those days shows an average daily loss of .2 kg. Nonetheless, it is simply too early to determine the effect of exercise when it is done in conjunction with my snacks-only diet.
We are getting very close to finishing 3 weeks of testing on this diet, and the results are amazing even without running. Results show me losing weight on 9 non-exercise days, gaining on days, and breaking even on one. However, I have lost weight the last 5 days in a row, so a day with a little gain might be a little overdue.
When I experiment with a diet or exercise for 3 weeks, it is important to understand the results. First, the results do not necessarily mean that you will get the same average results indefinitely, much less for 6 more months, a year, or a lifetime. The hope is that the results are so good that somewhat worse results will still probably result in success. With 3 days to go, I am highly confident now that I am going to continue the snacks-only diet. The results are so good that, even if they got a little worse over time, I could most likely make up for it with more exercise.
The reason I have not exercised more over this testing period is that my foot was seriously aching the last time I ran. The hope is that it will get better with rest, and the decision to go ahead and rest was easy because of the fact that I was already losing a little weight on this new diet regimen even without exercise. Luckily, the results have been so good that I did not have to scramble and come up with some other kind of different exercise routine. Maybe I will focus on some light weightlifting again after the next 3 days since it is clear that I don’t have to run all the time like I was forced to before.
Snack 1: 1 piece of chicken and one bowl of oatmeal
Snack 2: 1 pancake and .1 kg of beef meatballs
I was about 78.5, or .6 kg up, after the first 2 snacks listed above. Yesterday was kind of crazy, where my max increase all day was only about 1.0 kg. I may see myself going above that a little today, but that’s not a concern since that is such a low mark. Up to now in my testing, I only start to get concerned if hitting about 1.2 kg with one or more snacks left to go. 1.0 with one snack to go is just about perfect, but I don’t rigidly force myself to stick to that or anything. As I collect more sample snacks, it is becoming second nature to follow the diet. Just have one of these sample snacks once every 2 hours or so.
My weight is kind of stuck in place at the moment. It was still at 78.5 right before the 3rd snack.
Snack 3: one bowl of oatmeal and 2 hot dog wieners
Today is turning out different than the past couple of days, at least so far. I am up to 78.9 kg, and the weight doesn’t seem to want to go down. Regardless, I am not going to change anything. I feel that this is probably mostly water weight and will come off in due time. I finally dropped to 78.9 and then had Snack 4, which was about 25 to 30 french fries. There was still some hunger there after this small snack, but the luxury of a snacks-only diet is that you don’t have to wait long for the next snack. I’ll have my next one in about an hour if I am still feeling hungry at that time. Experiment with the 20-minute rule. If you are like me, you will find that even a small snack will reduce if you wait about 20 minutes after eating that snack. But even when that doesn’t work, you don’t have to wait so long for the next snack and can also take some water, which can possibly also reduce hunger feelings.
Snack 5 included one piece of chicken and 4 crackers. As is my usual practice, I will probably have one more snack today. This 5th one put me at 79.0, and that drifted back down to 78.9 at 8 at night. I still have one snack to go, and that will be within about an hour from now.
The last snack was .1 kg of beef meatballs and a pear. My weight was 79.1 after that, so the max increase today was about 1.2 kg (up from 77.9). That is .2 kg more than yesterday.
I woke up at about 8 in the morning and weighed 78.1. That is another pretty nice overnight weight loss. It did put me .2 kg over the starting weight, but with some extra time to go (about 2 hours) before the weigh-in. That should put me at around breakeven for the day, but also with a chance to lose a little.
I had to weigh in a little early, and it showed a small weight gain of .1 kg. Even if I would have broken even or lost weight, it’s fine to be conservative sometimes. I don’t want to overstate positive results.
19 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
Day 19 – gained .1 kg
Overall Result: lost 2.6 kg
“No Exercise” Days: lost 1.3 kg – 17 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