In the first 28 days of trying the snacks-only diet, I have seen the same up-and-down streaks seen throughout my entire Pentamize tracking history. This is true whether I am trying a snacks-only diet with no exercise or a 90-minute run.
I will say that I have only done one day with a 90-minute run and the snacks-only diet. This might not ever result in a weight gain until I reach my target weight, where the body may refuse to lose weight. But that would be for a good reason since it would mean I have already lost enough. At any rate, testing of the snacks-only diet with 60-minute and 90-minute runs and some other durations is my next step. Time will tell.
I just happen to be on a nice 5-day streak at the moment, having either broken even or lost weight. I broke even on Days 1 and 2 and have lost the past 3. The total weight lost on these days has been .5 kg, for an average of .1 kg per day. That is a little more than my 28-day average of .06 kg of weight loss per day.
At this time, there are only 2 downsides I see to the snacks-only diet. The first is the obvious one, which is that you tend to stay a little hungry and are never totally full. The second is that there are a lot of dishes, especially when adding drinks other than water, that you probably won’t be able to eat at all. A medium-sized hamburger with all the trimmings (even with nothing on the side) is probably too big for one snack. So you may have trouble eating out unless you change some of your habits. Even many appetizer dishes are too big.
One solution to this is to get something you like but eat only one snack worth of it and take the rest home with you. This is sometimes easier said than done. It can take significant willpower, particularly if you are with a group of people who are scarfing down all their food.
Compared to many other diets, though, the positive part of a snacks-only diet is that you can presumptively eat anything you want, just in a lesser amount than you might want. This diet plan focuses on the amount that you eat instead of a strong focus on what you eat. You can still eat too much bad food, and it is up to you to test and track to determine how much is too much. This is why I say you can presumptively eat what you want and instead of never being able to eat certain things. However, eating 2 pounds of sugar a day is probably not going to work.
The point I am making is that I would personally never try a diet routine which says I can NEVER eat this, that, or the other. But I am perfectly willing to try a diet plan that focuses on moderation. This is exactly what a snacks-only diet is – a way to eat in moderation instead of strictly limiting what you eat.
Do you really think you are going to get fat on a few grams of sugar a day? Highly doubtful. So if you can limit the bad food by eating it in moderation instead of totally getting rid of it, why try a diet that says you can never eat what you want? If a snacks-only diet doesn’t work for you, then try a strict diet if necessary. Are you really going to never eat sugar the rest of your life? If you can honestly say that, then try one of those super strict diets. But if you cannot honestly see yourself doing that, then maybe learning to eat everything in moderation is the way to go for you. This is what has been working for me. Ultimately, though, you won’t know what is the right fit for you until you actually try it for at least a few weeks.
Today, I started at 78.2 kg. Most of my snacks have been even smaller than usual this time, so I have already had about 4 to 5 snacks. However, as I said, they have been just a few bites in some cases. At 2:45 p.m, I weighed 79.0 kg. This is a bit more than usual, so I should probably be careful the rest of the day. For example, I was only .9 kg above for the day at bedtime last night. If I am not more careful the rest of the day, my streak may be over. But as always, I am not going to starve to keep a streak alive.
At 4:30, I was at 79.1. I have consumed a whole lot of water today, which may have some effect on my current weight. Actually, though, it’s not even that bad. I just need to continue being careful to have small snacks only. As I have observed many times, all it takes is one oversized meal to screw up an entire day.
My snack at 6 in the evening was a cucumber with red pepper sauce. The red pepper sauce is a good way to add a little flavor instead of a high-calorie salad dressing.
Cucumber is obviously a healthy snack, but that and water is making my weight go up more than on the usual snacks-only diet day. I got up to 79.6 kg after that, with one snack to do. Sometimes, that weight is reduced by morning, and sometimes it is not. Anyway, it is probably okay in the long run even if it appears to hurt me today. I am going to have my last snack, anyway, since it doesn’t seem like I have made any mistakes.
I did start to lose fast and was back down to 79.3 within only about an hour after the last snack, which was quite small. If that keeps up, I may still have a good day.
Overnight was pretty good. I was 78.4 when getting up, which puts me on pace to break even. At a minimum, it will at least turn out to be a decent day.
As expected, I broke even. This does keep the streak alive at 6 days, although 3 of them are breakeven days. But it’s still 6 days without gaining weight on any of those individual days.
Day 24 – broke even
Day 25 – broke even
Day 26 – lost .2 kg
Day 27 – lost .2 kg
Day 28 – lost .1 kg
Day 29 – broke even
Overall Result: lost 2.8 kg
“No Exercise” Days: lost 1.5 kg – 27 days
Simultaneous “No Exercise” Portion: lost .2 kg – 2 days
All “No Exercise” Stats: lost 1.7 kg in 29 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