Despite my typical hardcore tracking, the past few days have had very little weight tracking. When this happens, I don’t expect results to be good. The past 3 days have shown a weight gain of .4 kg overall, although yesterday was a breakeven affair. However, I must point out that 2 of the days were partial cheat days, meaning I probably would have gained weight on those days even if I had tracked.
My belief is that a lot of people gain weight simply because they don’t realize that they are overeating. For example, I never even realized before that one large meal can cause you to overeat for the whole day. The reason this happens in my case is because I will just eat again in a few hours even after having a large meal. The damage is usually done by the end of one large meal and is going to be hard to reverse since it would entail starving the rest of the day in some cases.
There are many ways in which you can avoid having to track all the time, but they may or may not fit your situation. Can you accurately estimate in your head how much you are eating all day long? Can you exercise enough to compensate for mistakes? Do you actually not mind fasting the next day if you eat too much? You may also be someone who doesn’t gain weight even if eating a lot, but you don’t even need weight maintenance tips from me or anyone else if you fall into that category. Unless any of these situations applies to you, then you are usually going to need to track your weight on a regular basis.
I did not track after every snack today, but I did check near the end of the day and was at 79.6 kg, or .9 kg over. This was also after having avocado smoothies again, which is a bit high in weight for the snacks-only diet. But it left me in good shape with only 1 or 2 snacks to go. This is the value of tracking. At this very point in the day, I could have easily overeaten. But by checking my weight, I knew that about .3 kg more food would be just about the perfect amount to set up a probable day of weight loss.
After that 79.6 kg weigh-in, I had some spring rolls that were a total of about .3 kg, making for an ideal final snack based on weight. While I was a little hungry before bed, it was the typical small amount of hunger that I have gotten used to on a snacks-only diet. If you were in my shoes and still a little too hungry, you could eat one more small snack as long as it is not too risky for you. To know whether something is too risky, you have to track and determine your own approximate max weight increase for breaking even. That is about 1.4 kg for me, but it could be a different number for you since everyone is different.
At 7:30 in the morning, I was sitting at 78.8 kg, or only .1 kg over for the day. That gave me 2 1/2 hours to lose a little more and either break even or lose weight for the day. I was likely to lose at that point. With 30 minutes to go, I was at 78.6 and hoping to get down to 78.5. The snacks-only diet continues to be a huge winner. When I fully incorporate exercise into it, I strongly feel that my weight-maintenance issues will be completely solved. This includes recovering from cheat days, which has been a considerable problem at times so far. I have done it, but only through extreme amounts of exercise.
Despite doing so much better today on tracking and working to maintain proper discipline, I somehow only broke even. Then again, the system did what it was supposed to do – allow me to at least break without exercise while not starving to do it. Now, adding exercise will be the icing on the cake so long as I maintain the same diet or add only a small amount.
I have decided not to run today, but I plan on getting in a run tomorrow.
Day 19 – gained .1 kg
Day 20 – gained .3 kg
Day 21 – lost .3 kg
Day 22 – gained .2 kg
Day 23 – gained .1 kg
Day 24 – broke even
Day 25 – broke even
Overall Result: lost 2.3 kg
“No Exercise” Days: lost 1.0 kg – 23 days