My normal testing procedure for new diet or exercise routines is to get about 20 or 21 days of results. Or to put it another way, I like to get about 3 weeks of results. The reason for this is because you don’t know whether you are starting a new experiment on what may be an unusually good or bad streak.
In the case of the snacks-only diet, I am now well past 3 weeks and have completed 29 days. If we count 30 days as a month, then today will mark one month of tracking on this regimen.
The last 6 days have been one of those good streaks. If this were the beginning of the test, I would be cautiously optimistic but not coming to any conclusions yet. But since I have 29 days under my belt, I can safely conclude that these are realistic long-term results, not merely a short-term lucky streak. No, I do not mean average results. The last 6 days are definitely a hot streak and probably better than average. But it is the type of streak that is not a weird anomaly among an otherwise failed system. It is a nice streak in a successful diet regimen.
Let me give some words of caution, though. Just because you find a successful diet regimen that is working this month or this year, it does not necessarily mean it is going to achieve the same results forever. Even if you maintain the same diet and even the same exercise, your body may change in unforeseeable ways. This may require a modification of your diet or exercise. When I say that I have found a successful diet, then I mean it is successful at the present time. Barring any negative changes in my metabolism or other body functions, this will hopefully remain successful without modification. But there is no such guarantee.
My ankle does not feel 100% healed yet. This has convinced me to hold off on starting exercise again. When I do start back up, the good thing is that I will be in position to take a break when needed instead of being forced to work out almost every day. I am still over the moon that I can at least take a break when my body actually needs it. My ankles sure don’t seem to be built for running about 40 miles a week.
I still need to run full test of the snacks-only diet with exercise. It will be especially interesting to see if I can easily get back down to my target weight of 75.0 kg and, if so, how much lower I can go. When I previously bottomed out at 75.0 kg for 3 straight weeks while running 90 minutes almost every day, was that because of my diet at that time? With this new diet, will I keep losing weight even after reaching 75.0 kg again?
Today, I was 79.6 after combining the last 2 snacks into 1. Before that, I was doing just fine, sitting at only .8 kg over for the day (78.2 to 79.0).
I waited too long for the 5th snack, getting too hungry. This was a tactical error on my part, and it may well have killed my 6-day streak. It’s possible to lose 1.4 kg in 13 hours. I even did that yesterday. But it’s borderline and could easily end my streak. This still needs to be recorded as a snacks-only day because errors are part of a diet plan. All-out cheat days don’t count, but small errors must be counted (at least in my opinion) since small errors are bound to happen from time to time.
I was still at 79.0 when waking up at 6 in the morning. I was not expecting something this bad. Not sure
what to make of it, but I do know that I have 4 hours left until the weigh-in. That is hopefully enough time to at least come within .3 or .4 of breaking even. What a brutal result!
Fortunately, I kept on losing weight after waking up. I was down to about 78.6 with 2 1/2 hours to go before the final weigh-in. That gives me an outside chance at breaking even, but at least I will get within .1 to .3 kg of it even if my streak is over.
With 20 minutes to go, I had only dropped to 78.5. There is not enough time to break even now, as I already finished going to the bathroom. I was only able to squeeze out .1 kg more, finishing at 78.4 kg. That is a daily weight gain of .2 kg. While it’s not possible to prove this, it’s likely that that last meal is what hurt me today. It was a small mistake, but sometimes small mistakes are enough to ruin an otherwise good day. Anyway, even with this, I am still doing great overall on the snacks-only diet.
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
Day 30 – gained .2 kg
Overall Result: lost 2.6 kg
“No Exercise” Days: lost 1.3 kg – 28 days
Simultaneous “No Exercise” Portion: lost .2 kg – 2 days
All “No Exercise” Stats: lost 1.5 kg in 30 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