Planning Out a Snacks-Only Diet

Today, I am going to give some ideas on how to plan out a snacks-only diet. To be clear, though, I have not yet decided whether I will permanently follow this diet regimen. But after 15 days, I am getting much more confident that this is the way to go. It does not mean I will do it 100% of the time, but I have done this for 15 days now with good results and, just as importantly, without starving.

Snack 1:

a small bowl of oatmeal and a small piece of cake

Snack 2:

3 frozen chicken patties, one piece of bread with a very small amount of jam, and another small piece of cake

Note that I am continuing to have black coffee pretty much all day long. This is how I get most of my water whether or not it’s a good way to take it. I will also point out here that I do not really plan out all of the individual snacks. That would be a time-consuming affair. However, it’s a good idea to have the kinds of food on hand that you know you want to eat.

Having the right food on hand is just basic planning, though. That keeps you from having to run to the store all the time. My point is that I don’t bother getting down to planning exactly what I am going to eat every snack. However, over time, you may compile a list of sample snacks that you can eat over and over again. One of my snacks is to have about 25 to 30 french fries that are baked in the oven. Another one that I already ate today is 3 chicken patties. I actually ate a little more than that for the 2nd snack today, but that’s okay because it was probably only around .1 kg more. Besides, I could just make the next meal a little smaller if necessary.

To put it another way, I already know the kinds of food to eat and roughly how much to eat. But instead of rigid planning of every snack, I eat one of my sample snacks when it comes time to eat another one.

To use this method, you just need to come up with a few sample snacks. Of course, it’s better if these are nutritious, but you can see even from today’s post that I will throw in a few bites of cake and can still maintain good results so far. Again, 15 days is a fairly short time, but the results are incredible compared to my old diet, where I actually gained weight even with a light 30-minute workout.

Once you have some sample snacks and decide to eat one, you can add a little bit if you are hungry or even reduce the amount if you feel satiated. Just remember that adding too much can destroy your diet. Adding .2 pounds from time to time is probably okay, but adding half a pound of food might mess up your whole day.

Today, I was at 79.3 from a start of 79.0 after the first 2 meals and bathroom time. That is a decent start.

Snack 3: about 30 grapes and one hot dog wiener

Snack 4: about 30 french fries and a little cake

My weight increased to 80.0 kg after the 4th snack. I have drunk a whole lot of water today. I hope a lot of the increase so far is due to that because it seems a bit too much. I am waiting 2 to 2 1/2 more hours until having a smoothie. Depending on how much I drink, I may let that serve as 2 snacks instead of 1. That would make 6 snacks today.

An hour later, I had dropped to 79.9 kg. So far, so good. And it kept going down to 79.8 before smoothie time. However, one cup of smoothies shot me up to 80.4 kg. That is definitely at least 2 snacks, so these count as Snacks 5 and 6. I am in a little danger of gaining some weight now, but the smoothies might digest fast. It was made of celery, apple, and avocado, along with milk and a little ice and sugar.

I am not sure if smoothies are a good fit for a snacks-only diet. A decent glass of the stuff is more like 2 snacks in one and even approaching 3 if you are used to really small snacks of 8 to 10 or so per day. I am going to see the results in the morning and then think about this issue once I have that additional information.

In only 2 hours, I dropped fast to about 80.0 kg. This day is starting to look up. I am 1.0 kg over with 12 hours to go.

Holy crap. I was down to 78.7 when waking up, and that was with 2 more hours to go until the final weigh-in. It looks like the smoothies, while higher in weight than most of my other snacks, digested fast. I still think that you have to be careful about the weight of any food you eat because it can knock you off of the snacks-only regimen. In this case, though, treating the smoothies as 2 snacks instead of 1 seems to have been a good idea. The potential problem with this is that it can cause you to eat an extra snack. There are possible solutions to this that I will go over in tomorrow’s blog post.

I weighed in a few minutes early this time after dropping to 78.6 kg. That was a very solid daily weight loss of .4 kg. The smoothie thing worked out okay. This is just one scenario, so I am neither recommending nor not recommending smoothies. I am not a nutritionist and don’t give that kind of advice. But I do report on my own results, which gives you the option of trying out things that have worked for me.

16 Days On “Snacks Only” Diet

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
Overall Result: lost 2.0 kg

“No Exercise” Days: lost .7 kg – 14 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

Snacks-Only Diet Produces Another Weight Loss

I am getting back to my snacks-only diet after 4 days of being off of it. At this time, this is going to be my 15th recorded day on this regimen.

It is not the 15th day in a row because of the previous 4 days. Going forward, I am going to separately track any days not on this diet. For example, the last 4 days did not utilize the snacks-only diet and actually included 2 full cheat days. The goal of my Pentamize tracking for this diet is to see what would happen if I theoretically follow it every day. And these results need to be separated out into exercise and non-exercise days.

Of course, I will not and do not even have a desire to follow this snacks-only diet every day for the rest of my life. That is not the point of this tracking, though. I can separately track recovery periods after cheat days. But to be honest, I already know that exercising more, such as daily 90-minute runs, can allow me to recover.

The real goal here is to be able to exercise less when I do follow this diet. Forget about recovery periods for now because I know I can do that over short periods. I just want my typical workout to be less than 90 minutes.

As of today, my right foot still hurts, so it seems best to stick to limited running for at least another week.

My first meal today may have been just a little too big. I had a piece of bread, a small meatball, a little bit of fish, and about half a bowl of rice. After that and some coffee and going to the bathroom, I weighed in at 79.3. So that is a decent start and only an increase of .2 over the start of 79.1. I will continue to take some water slowly and keep the meals small.

I had an egg for my 2nd snack of the day and weighed 79.5 kg. That increase is probably mostly from water. Then, I had 3 chicken patties, which is something I have been consuming almost every day on this new diet. That put me at 79.7 kg, an increase of .6 so far. It seems to be a decent mark for 3 in the afternoon.

After having a small bowl of oatmeal and a hot dog wiener, I was still at only 79.8 kg. That is solid. It completes my 4th snack of the day, though. So I would not say I am in the clear yet. If I overeat on the upcoming snacks, it could still put me at risk of gaining weight.

For my 5th snack, I had some french fries and a very small amount of beef (only one bite). This, along with water, raised my weight to 80.1 kg. I am now 1.0 kg over and getting pretty close to a risky weight gain. 1.2 seems to be close to where I end up on good days. I doubt that I will be eating 8 snacks today and will probably end up eating one more small one tonight. In terms of hunger, I am really not that hungry and feeling pretty good now. I have not set a specific number of snacks for daily consumption and only estimate it at about 8. If it’s only 6 today, that is fine as long as my body doesn’t need more. The goal is to not starve but also not force myself to eat just for the sake of eating.

The last snack was a little too big, and I rose to approximately 1.4 kg over, or 80.5 kg. However, I was only 1.2 over shortly after that after going to the bathroom. Also, the last snack was an apple, half a pear, 2 carrot sticks, and a small piece of cake. Other than the cake, which was very small, this is hardly fatty food. That should digest nicely. Nonetheless, rising above 1.2 is always going to be risky.

I was 79.3 at 7:30 in the morning, for a nice overnight weight loss of about 1.0 kg. And that was with about 3 hours to go until the official weigh-in. This sets me up for either a breakeven day or small weight loss.

By weigh-in time, I had shed the average expected amount and got down to 79.0 kg. So on this first snacks-only day in 5 days, I lost the minimum of .1 kg. My successful results continue under this diet plan.

15 Days On “Snacks Only” Diet

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
Overall Result: lost 1.6 kg

“No Exercise” Days: lost .3 kg – 13 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

Almost Broke Even on 2 Partial Snacks-Only Dieting Days

This blog post covers the 2 days after the 2 cheat days on Monday and Tuesday. So it covers Wednesday and Thursday, which were February 28 – March 1, 2018.

I am not tracking these 2 days as snacks-only diet days because I intentionally ate a little more than that. The reason for this is that there was a pretty good amount of snack food left over from the short road trip. One of the best ways to avoid snacking on junk food is to just completely keep that stuff out of the house. And I try to do this on a regular basis. Just don’t buy it and you can’t eat it. However, that was not going to work in this situation.

Instead of having another full-on cheat day, I decided to nibble a little extra and get rid of the junk food over hopefully 1 or 2 days. Most of it was gone by the end of Thursday, giving me an opportunity to get back to snacks-only dieting days on Friday or Saturday. I will make that decision on Friday, but the snacks-only testing definitely needs to resume at least by Saturday.

The results of 2 days were expected to be somewhat of a weight gain. So I was actually happy to gain only .1 kg overall on these 2 days.

Wednesday was when most of the junk food was still left. Unsurprisingly, that was my worst day of the 2. I gained .3 kg, rising to 79.3.

The next day, most of the junk food was gone, resulting in better (although probably not exactly healthy, either) food being eaten. I ate some eggs, a frozen pizza, a little beef, and some other small things, along with some of the snack food that was still left over. By the end of this day, I had actually gone down to 79.1 kg. So even with eating some of the junk food (but in smaller amounts than the day before), I managed to lose a little.

Although these 2 days don’t prove anything by themselves, it does suggest that the amount you eat may be far more important than what you eat. You can potentially even include some junk food in your daily diet. That may make some nutritionists and dietitians cringe, but I am only talking about weight loss and maintenance, not nutrition. And I am not actually recommending that you eat junk food. I am simply saying that eating bad foods is not necessarily bad for your weight plan as long as you eat it in small amounts.

If you choose to eat junk food on a regular basis, then it is up to you to determine the proper amounts and limitations. The idea of dieting with no cheating whatsoever simply doesn’t appeal to me. I want to enjoy life and maintain my weight at the same time. I think this is why so many people fail on fad diets. They simply stop enjoying food so much on a diet that they don’t even like that they just give up.

The past 2 days cut both ways for me. When I analyze it, it’s clear that I ate a little too much. On the other hand, it shows that I can enjoy some junk-food snacks if I get it down to a manageable amount. That is still going to mean usually keeping the junk food out of the house on a typical day. But on occasion, I can eat that junk in small amounts. By small amount, I mean something like .1 kg here, not a binge session of chips and 2 large glasses of coke.