Starting Weight: 77.4 kg
Ending Weight: 76.7 kg
My weight after the 3rd snack was about 78.1 kg. This is definitely the best mark I have had at this time of day in a while. This is likely due to less water intake, though, rather than any marked difference in food consumption.
Not having run this morning, I have definitely felt less thirsty and, as a result, have consumed less water than recently. Again, though, I have quickly abandoned the idea of actively trying to drink less than desired, instead opting to drink whatever amount of water my brain is telling me that I need.
Later in the day, after the 4th snack, I was up about 1.0 kg on the day, or 78.4 kg. After that point, my weight topped out at approximately 78.6. I actually did not measure, but that’s just about what it was (around 1.2 kg over).
I was 77.9 at wakeup time, which was very early. That was a decent drop for a short overnight period, and my run was from 5:45 to 7:15. I then cooled down and weighed in at 77.1 kg. That is not a great run result historically, but it is okay when compared to recent results. Additionally, this has set me up for a nice daily weight loss. At 77.1, I was already below the start of 77.4, but also with over 4 hours left until the final daily weigh-in.
I finished the day about an hour early, but I had already lost .7 kg. My final weight today was 76.7 kg. Thus, I came fairly close to erasing the 2 really bad days I just had. I was 76.3, 77.0, 77.4, and now 76.7. The .7 loss today is another example of great results on the snacks-only diet when not exercising the day before.
I am finally starting to wrap my head around how exercise affects my body’s need for more water. Today, it was pretty easy to stay at a max increase of approximately 1.2 kg, whereas it is very difficult to stay at a 1.2 when exercising the day before. And why is this so? Well, conclusions are so hard to draw. But the simple facts are that I did not exercise yesterday and clearly felt less thirsty. And this day is consistent with other days that I have had when testing the snacks-only diet without exercise the day before. In the next blog, I will go into more details on these differences, as it can greatly affect your understanding of what is going on with your own results (you will not necessarily receive the same results as me, but you might).
Ultimately, I have decided that actively trying to drink less water is basically fighting against nature. In the short term, it can slow down weight loss. But it certainly does not promote a healthy overall lifestyle and good general nutrition. If you were trying to set a speed record for weight loss, less water might actually help. Fighters trying to make weight, for example, dehydrate themselves. But no one claims that is a good long-term or permanent solution. In the end, water leaves your body. So you are probably going to end up losing around the same weight in the long run.
Day 1: 79.1 to 78.6 (lost .5 kg); non-exercise portion – gained .6
Day 2: 78.6 to 78.0 (lost .6 kg); non-exercise portion – gained .4
Day 3: 78.0 to 77.7 (lost .3 kg); non-exercise portion – gained .6
Day 4: 77.7 to 77.8 (gained .1 kg); could not measure non-exercise portion
Day 5: 77.8 to 77.1 (lost .7 kg); no non-exercise tracking
Day 6: 77.1 to 76.9 (lost .2 kg); no other tracking today
Day 7: 76.9 to 77.0 (gained .1 kg); no non-exercise tracking
Day 8: 77.0 to 76.8 (lost .2 kg); no non-exercise tracking
Day 9: 76.8 to 76.3 (lost .5 kg); no further tracking
Day 10: 76.3 to 77.0 (gained .7 kg, but no exercise at all); non-exercise portion – gained .7
Day 11: 77.0 to 77.4 break day and also not a snacks-only day; not included in averages below
Day 12: 77.4 to 76.7 (lost .7 kg); no other tracking
average: about .34 kg of weight loss on exercise days; non-exercise average – gained .57 kg
Day 41: lost .7 kg including run
Day 42: lost .2 kg including run
Day 43: gained .1 kg including run
Day 44: lost .2 kg (90-minute run)
Day 45: lost .5 kg (90-minute run and focus on less water)
Day 46: gained .7 kg (no exercise)
Day 47: lost .7 kg including run (did not exercise the day before)
“No Exercise Days” (or non-exercise portion before running) when no exercise the day before – lost .1 kg – 34 days
Exercise Days: lost 5.8 kg – 13 days
30-min Days: lost .3 kg – 1 day
90-min Days: lost 5.5 kg – 12 days
Non-Exercise Portion On Days After Exercise: gained 2.2 kg – 5 days