Testing Diet And Exercise In Phases

Yesterday, my streak of 6 days in a row of not gaining weight came to an end. On the 7th day, I gained .2 kg. However, that is still a weight loss of .3 g over the past 7 days. And after 32 days of tracking the snacks-only diet, I am still .6 kg under the start even when including all cheat days and semi-cheat days.

The total is more than 32 days, but the cheat days are included within the total period. What this means is that I have discovered a method of at least breaking even or coming very close to it even with some cheat days in between the normal snacks-only days. The other crucial factor is that I have had almost no exercise, so this system is going to be getting even better soon. What I have done so far is mostly what you might refer to as Phase I of the test. Phase II will include a lot of running. I am considering a Phase III, which will include weightlifting/calisthenics instead of running if I do it. And if I do a Phase III, it will be weightlifting only so I can compare running to weightlifting. Mixing these two exercises into the same time period, such as on alternating days, could produce unreliable results.

Even though alternating can call into question the validity of results, there is yet another potential problem. If I run for some weeks, get down to my target weight, and then level off because the body doesn’t need to lose any more weight, then starting weightlifting/calisthenics at that point would yield results that cannot be compared to the running results. One solution is to do only running for a week, only weightlifting the next week, and then keep alternating on a weekly basis. While this might not yield perfectly reliable comparative results, it may be the best option among a list of imperfect options. Doing it this way, the results should yield at least a decent estimate. For your purposes and mine (losing weight), the most important thing is finding what works for you, not yielding a perfect scientific result. And your results aren’t going to apply exactly to anyone else, anyway, since everyone gets somewhat different results.

I was at .9 kg over (79.3) with 2 snacks to go today. As long as I follow the plan, this has a chance of being a very good day.

The day did not work out very well even though I maxed out at only about 1.2 kg over. The weight just didn’t come off quite as expected, but I did go down 1.1 kg and finished with the minimum weight gain of .1 kg (78.5 from a start of 78.4).

Day 26 – lost .2 kg
Day 27 – lost .2 kg
Day 28 – lost .1 kg
Day 29 – broke even
Day 30 – gained .2 kg
Day 31 – gained .1 kg
Overall Result: lost 2.5 kg

“No Exercise” Days: lost 1.2 kg – 29 days
Simultaneous “No Exercise” Portion: lost .2 kg – 2 days
All “No Exercise” Stats: lost 1.4 kg in 31 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

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