When testing a new diet or exercise routine, my usual practice is to compile about 3 weeks of results. This does not establish an actual average result, but it is typically helpful enough to make a decision on whether to abandon or carry on with a weight loss method, technique, or regimen. In the case of my current test of the snacks-only diet, these 3 weeks have been a smashing success. It’s an easy decision to make here. I will continue the snacks-only diet and also add more exercise to compile a more comprehensive set of results.
I have tested the actual diet with no exercise for 19 of the 21 days. This is plenty of time to see that my entire dieting life appears to have been transformed from a consistent failure to a solid success. While I don’t have specific numbers on my old diet without exercise, I do have a set of days with a 30-minute light workout. So I am going to compare my old diet with a 30-minute workout with my new diet and no exercise. Even with no exercise, my new diet is doing better than my old diet with the 30-minute light workout.
Old Diet With 30-Minute Light Workouts: actually averaged a weight gain of .147 kg the first 19 days
Snacks-Only Diet With No Exercise At All: averaged a weight loss of xxxx the first 19 days
Under the old diet, I actually decided to abandon 30-minute light workouts as pretty much worthless. However, at that time, I had never tested the snacks-only diet and pretty much just placed blame on the workout. It is important to look at both diet and exercise, though. There is nothing inherently wrong with a light workout. It is exactly what it is – a light workout. It might be right for you, but your diet better be in order because you likely aren’t going to get much weight-loss results from a light 30-minute workout.
In fact, I can give you an example of how you need to look at both diet and exercise to understand what is going on. At the same time period as the light 30-minute workouts, I was following the same basic diet but exercising 75 minutes on some days and 90 minutes on others. I did lose weight on the 75- and 90-minute days. So in this case, my diet was still kind of bad, but a 75- or 90-minute workout on that diet was enough. We are talking a bad diet for weight loss but not an absolutely terrible one.
To make the point clear, your decisions about diet and your decisions about exercise cannot be totally disconnected from each other. One decision depends on the other decision, and vice versa. As long as I can follow the snacks-only diet, this is what I am going to do. And the reason for this is that it allows me to greatly reduce the amount of exercise needed to maintain my weight.
With one day left in the initial test, I am still 1.0 kg below on days with no exercise and would have to intentionally overeat at this point not to have a net weight loss.
Today’s first snack was about .05 kg of beef and a bowl of oatmeal. The second one was 3 chicken patties and about 10 chips. I was only at 78.6 after those snacks, so I am off to a great start. I am feeling a little hungry but not starving. I’ll eat another snack in about 45 minutes, which is at about 2 in the afternoon.
My 3rd snack was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a small cup of soy milk (probably about 4 ounces at the most). I did not bother to weigh in until after the 4th snack, which was a bowl of oatmeal and a pear. After eating that and going to the bathroom, I was at a very reasonable 78.9, or only .6 kg over. This is comparable to recent days with good results, so this last day of the initial experiment is good so far. I do want to try to keep it as normal as possible, though, and don’t want to eat less than I should just to finish strong. At any rate, I am so far ahead that it doesn’t matter much at this point.
I had a bowl of stew and a small roll for the last snack. A little while after that and going to the bathroom, I weighed in at 78.9 kg. With 12 hours to go until the final weight check, I am about to smash it on this last day of the initial test.
The last 12 hours did not produce a great deal of weight loss, but I did get down to 78.0 kg. A .3 kg loss on a non-exercise day is very good.
Having now completed 21 days on the snacks-only diet, it’s the best test I have ever done of either diet or exercise. Of course, I lost a lot of weight when running 90 minutes on almost a daily basis. But one could easily expect such a result due to the extreme amount of exercise. Conversely, the results of this snacks-only-diet experiment took me by surprise.
I have lost .07 kg a day even when not exercising. While that is not a super fast rate, it’s not supposed to be because of the lack of exercise. This just shows that losing weight fast is usually going to require exercise. The purpose of testing the snacks-only diet was not to try to lose weight fast without exercise. I have never expected that and do not think it is realistic for most dieters. Just coming close to breakeven should be enough when adding exercise. That was the idea, and it is looking very doable at the moment once I get to exercising again.
21 Days On “Snacks Only” Diet And Final Stats On Initial Test
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
Day 20 – gained .3 kg
Day 21 – lost .3 kg
Overall Result: lost 2.6 kg
“No Exercise” Days: lost 1.3 kg – 19 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
Moving forward, I will need to add a lot more exercise days to the 2 days of exercise completed so far. 2 days of stats is practically worthless. There is almost no doubt that I will lose a lot of weight on those days. However, it is also important to track the day after those exercise days to test my theory about possibly gaining weight in such a spot. So far, I have gained weight on those days, but 2 days’ worth of tracking is not enough to be useful.