Second Day Trying to Reduce Water Intake

For my 2nd day in trying to avoid large amounts of water intake, I actually drank quite a bit of water to start the day. I was up from 76.3 to 77.1 after the first meal, and that included waiting about an hour to go to the bathroom.

That first part of the day is important for rehydration, though. I have been ending every day with a 90-minute run. This means the beginning of the next day is after running. I am naturally going to be thirstier at this point of the day because of that. Thus, the initial part of each day on this particular schedule naturally has more water intake than other parts of the day.

Before eating my 3rd snack, I was up to 77.3. This is not looking like a great day at the moment, but I will just try to stay the course. By the end of the 4th snack, I loaded up on water and was up to to 78.1. What the heck? I am taking a big step backwards today if this water weight does not come off. It is definitely not overeating.

I was not able to drink less water today. It’s simply not healthy to ignore the brain when it is telling you that you are thirsty. So instead of having less water every day, it’s probably better to handle this issue by modifying water intake on a daily basis instead of having a specific amount of water to consume each day. I can’t see making myself stay thirsty for short-term weight loss being a good idea and certainly not a permanent thing. I imagine that I will lose the same amount of weight in the long run, but perhaps at a slower pace.

I was all the way up at 78.0 at bedtime. Worse yet, I was still at 77.4 when getting up. That put me at 1.1 kg over for the day. With my older results of 90-minute runs, that would not be an issue. I would be looking at almost certain weight loss for the day. But based on recent results, I may be gaining weight today. It’s going to depend mainly on that exercise result, which is sometimes around 1.0 kg. So there is still a chance to have a good day.

The only thing that is certain from today is that trying to limit water intake is a poor idea. Instead, I’ll just be drinking what I feel my body needs. If it slows down the weight-loss process, so be it. However, I also don’t want to force myself to drink, either. That is about the extent of this 2-day experiment, which I am basically ending now. It just means that I will not try to force myself to uncomfortably drink less water than my body feels it needs.

What the bloody hell! I checked 2 hours later, and it said I was 77.6 kg. Maybe the earlier reading was wrong. But even if it was slightly off, I should have been losing a little more weight in the meantime. In no way did I overeat yesterday. From that perspective, this is one of the worst days I have ever had. I am still going to run, which means it will not be one of the worst when counting the run. The point is there is no way I should be 1.3 kg over when in no way did I overeat.

I suddenly had an unexpected change of plans and did not have time to run today. The results were a disaster. Despite weighing in about 4 hours late, I was still at 77.0 kg. I’ll mark this as a .7 kg weight gain even though it might have actually been a little more. However, tomorrow’s “day” will be less than 24 hours. So it basically evens out overall.

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
average: about .3 kg of weight loss on exercise days; non-exercise average – gained .57 kg

Day 39: gained .6 before exercise; lost .3 kg including exercise
Day 40: gained .1 kg including run (could not track before exercise)
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)

“No Exercise Days” (or non-exercise portion before running) when no exercise the day before – lost .1 kg – 34 days
Exercise Days: lost 5.1 kg – 12 days
30-min Days: lost .3 kg – 1 day
90-min Days: lost 4.8 kg – 11 days
Non-Exercise Portion On Days After Exercise: gained 2.2 kg – 5 days

Going To Try Drinking Less Water For More Consistent Results

Today, I am attempting to drink a reasonable and healthy amount of water, but also without going crazy with it like the past week or so. While the body can likely safely handle huge amounts of water, I may have been taking a lot more than necessary lately. The idea was to load up on water to help reduce food intake. But I can hopefully still do this by finishing a cup or so per snack instead of constantly sipping all day long.

So far, I am .9 kg over after the 2nd snack. That is about the same as yesterday, but my weight got a lot higher after this point yesterday. So there is plenty of time to get better results. As long as I stay at a max increase of about 1.4, then it’s likely that I will have a good day.

After the 3rd snack, I jumped to 78.0, or 1.2 kg over for the day. That is more than I expected, but I still feel that I am doing better. We’ll wait a few hours and see how this progresses.

I have continued to drink less water today and have still had about the same amount of food. After the 4th snack, I was back up to 78.0. That is a 1.2 kg increase with probably one snack and then maybe one mini snack to go. My weight was about 78.6 at the same time yesterday. I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but this could potentially be a huge day. There is an outside chance of hitting the 75 range. However, I’d say it’s more likely to hit that tomorrow because a .9 drop in one day is unusually high. But .9 over 2 days is definitely doable with a couple of decent days.

77.9 was my mark with about 30 minutes before the last snack. While I did not measure at the end of the day, it had to have been around 78.1. Then, I was at 77.3 in the morning, for a decent overnight weight loss of roughly .8 kg. With a run ahead and 2 hours before weighing in after that, it would be difficult to hit 76.0 or below. But this is going to be a definite substantial weight loss even if I were to have a poor run result. It’s too early to tell, but it looks like my new approach to water consumption may have helped.

After the run, I peed and then weighed in at 76.5. That is another disappointing result. At my peak and also during warmer weather, I would routinely lose 1.5 kg when running 90 minutes. It’s amazing (and not in a good way) that I am seeing losses of only .7 kg. I don’t know the reason for this, but it doesn’t bother me as long as I am losing weight. I am already .3 kg under today with 2 more hours until the official weigh-in. It’s going good. I suppose I need to lose less water weight during these runs since I am eating and drinking less. Whatever the reason, I’ll take good results as long as I can make this a permanent lifestyle change.

I got down to 76.3 at 12 noon. This made for a big day of .5 kg of weight loss. Not too shabby. My first day of trying to maintain more control over my water consumption was a huge success. However, it’s still not clear whether that was the reason. One day could be a coincidence. I lost quite a bit of weight overnight, and the reason for that is basically impossible to determine. Then, my run result wasn’t even that good. Causation is very hard to determine in weight loss. Psychologically, though, this was a very good day.

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
average: about .3 kg of weight loss; non-exercise average – gained .53 kg

Note: The above days are for my short-term goal of reaching 75.0 kg. The below days refer to days on the snacks-only diet.

Day 39: gained .6 before exercise; lost .3 kg including exercise
Day 40: gained .1 kg including run (could not track before exercise)
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)

“No Exercise Days” (or non-exercise portion before running) when no exercise the day before – lost .1 kg – 34 days
Exercise Days: lost 5.1 kg – 12 days
30-min Days: lost .3 kg – 1 day
90-min Days: lost 4.8 kg – 11 days
Non-Exercise Portion On Days After Exercise: gained 1.5 kg – 4 days

Review Of Ongoing Results Of Snacks-Only Diet With 90-Minute Runs

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
average: about .3 kg of weight loss; non-exercise average – gained .53 kg

This review is for the first 7 days listed above. Day 8 is today, and I am writing the post before those results come in. The review covers only the first 7 days, and they are 7 straight days of 90-minute runs.

If I included the other 3 days with exercise, my results would be far better. The reason I don’t want to include them is because those were days where I did not exercise the day before. The results when not running the day before were fantastic. I lost a full kilogram on one of those days.

It turns out that results are substantially better when not exercising the day before. While Day 5 of my current challenge to get from 79.1 to 75.0 produced a very nice weight loss of .7 kg, this stretch has also seen 2 days with weight gain of .1 kg. And the average is .3 kg of loss per day. Further, if you are only working out occasionally, you must take care to subtract the next day’s weight gain if you have it. So far, I have seen a large weight gain on the day after exercise if not exercising or if weighing in before exercise. But it’s still a net weight loss because that weight gain has been less than the weight loss on exercise days.

If your goal is to run on a daily or at least semi-daily basis, then you want to track results when exercising the day before in order to get a reasonable estimate of what you can expect over time.

If you exercise only once a week and track those results, you will likely be overestimating your weight loss estimated average. Let’s say you track something like this:

Days 1 to 6: no exercise – break even
Day 7: exercise and lose 1.0 kg
Day 8: generally would gain a little weight back here if you drink a lot of water to recover from the run; must include this weight gain by subtracting it from the 1 kg lost on Day 7

Now, imagine that you want to run 6 days and take 1 day off. This is a sample of what you can expect, although your results will obviously vary based on your specific diet, exercise, and biological factors:

Day 1- no exercise – break even
Day 2 – exercise – lose 1.0 kg
Day 3 – exercise lose .3 kg
Day 4 – 7 would be the same as Day 3.
Day 8 – same as above (likely to gain a little on this day, and that must be subtracted from the total lost on the previous days)

Now, add this up. You lose 2.5 kg minus whatever you gain on Day 8. Although your average goes down, you still lose 2.5 kg instead of the 1.0 kg from running a single day. Thus, losing less on average is not necessarily that bad of a thing. It depends on how much you exercise. In this case, you would be losing a lot more by working out more even though the average is .3, as opposed to 1.0 kg.

One thing I continue to monitor is the fact that I have recently been eating 5 snacks instead of 6, which is what I was consuming in the first month or so of testing. As long as I am not getting too hungry, I suppose this is okay. But to be honest, it’s probably only something like 1200 to 1500 calories on some days. That may be on the low end in terms of getting ample nutrition into the body. It might not be a bad idea to eat 6 for that reason. If my body tells me I need a little more, I don’t mind it even if it might mean less effective results. But it seems my body is getting so used to small snacks every 2 hours.

If I started eating 2 hours earlier in the day, then 6 would probably naturally be the amount I would be eating. Lately, I have run early and then waited a few hours (about 2 to 4 hours) before the official weigh-in. Perhaps this technique can help someone eat a little less. Instead of eating right after getting up, wait some time before the first snack. This is just something to try. I know from the past week or so that has probably been the main reason I have reduced daily snacks from 6 to 5. But trying this method might have a different effect on you. There’s no way to know unless you try it and track the results. And some people might legitimately get too hungry if eating only 5 small snacks a day.

Today was a little better start than yesterday. I was still up .9 kg (77.9) before the 3rd snack, though. My weight was about 78.3 at the same time yesterday. So this is hopefully going to turn out to be a better day.

The day is not going as hoped. I was up to about 1.5 kg over (78.5) before the 4th snack. So I had a very small 4th snack, and this will hopefully allow me to drop a little before the last snack of the day. Yesterday’s max was about 78.6, so I need to be extra careful here, but while also not starving. I am not fasting here. Eating snacks only is just that and has nothing to do with fasting.

Before the 5th snack, I was back down to about 78.5. That last snack got me to about 78.6. I did not check, but it was surely not more than 78.7. And I finally did well with the overnight weight loss, getting down to 77.7. This gives me a fighting chance for a good day.

I only had a so-so result on the 90-minute run. My loss was .8 this time, which did get me to a daily weight loss of .1. But that also left 3 1/2 hours until the final weigh-in – hopefully good enough for a daily loss of at least .3 kg. Anyway, at least it is going to be better than yesterday’s ridiculous gain.

With 1.5 hours until the weigh-in, I had only gone down a smidgen to get to 76.8. Nothing is looking super great at the moment. But to be able to go up 1.7 kg and still come back down and lose weight is a good sign.

There was nothing else to lose or something because I stayed at about 76.8 for the rest of the time until the final weigh-in. That is a daily weight loss of .2 kg.

Perhaps the only thing I can do to improve my short-term results is to drink less water while eating the same amount of food. No, I am not saying this is a healthy approach and am also not talking about dehydrating myself. The point is that I have been drinking large amounts of water that are not leaving the body very fast. If I can have a little less water and the same amount of food, that would probably make the results more consistent. Even if this is not good for me physically, it may be good for my psychological weight game. I really want more consistency in getting to 75.0 kg. I may stop losing weight soon after that because the body doesn’t want to cooperate. But I need to get back down to 75 in a natural way (no starving or dehydration). A little less water may speed this up while avoiding dehydration at the same time.

Still Stuck On The Low Carb vs. Low Fat Nonsense?

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
average: .3 kg of weight loss; non-exercise average – gained .53 kg

In any field of study or endeavour that has a substantial commercial component, a few nonsensical debates always inevitably pop up. These usually have to do with either experts in the field trying to legitimize their studies or people trying to make money off of the debate. When it comes to weight loss, perhaps the most pointless of them all is the low carb vs. low fat debate.

Actually, the debate is not just pointless. It’s also a false choice. You certainly aren’t limited to either a low fat or low carb diet. And while picking one might work for you, the likely reason it ends up working is not because the diet is low in fat or carbs. It is probably because the best of these diets have you eating a balanced diet or one that is somewhat balanced and heavy on vegetables.

In other words, the success of a diet is based on the fact that it is “low everything.” That is what a balanced diet is – low in everything and just big enough in overall portion sizes to give you the energy you need without overeating, with the obvious possible exception of vegetables if you like to eat a lot of them.

On the flip side, neither a low fat nor low carb diet is going to work if you overeat. I used to think that my diet success was based on limiting carbs. I no longer believe that to be true, although it is a factor. Instead, I eat less food overall, but that lesser amount still includes a generous amount of bread by percentage of diet and often a very good amount of oatmeal or a smallish amount of rice.

In fact, my diet even after eating less carbs was not successful because I still gained weight if I did not exercise. Not until I developed my own snacks-only dieting routine did I finally break even on any diet without the need to exercise.

I am still eating carbs, but I eat less of everything overall. Funnily enough, I probably eat the same or more carbs now than before, but I eat less of everything else except maybe vegetables. It’s a “low everything” diet, not a low fat or low carb diet. Heck, I even eat crackers or cake all the time on my snacks-only diet. But I eat these kinds of foods in small amounts. I also eat vegetables in small amounts. Everything is in low amounts. I do this because eating loads of veggies is not going to make me stop eating meat or other stuff. Since I prefer stuff that is not vegetables, I eat EVERYTHING in low amounts. Eating loads of vegetables is completely unnecessary and is not going to make me lose weight.

As soon as you start thinking “low everything” instead of low carb, low fat, low sugar, or whatever other gimmick, then you will begin to understand that it is often the amount you eat that is affecting your weight more than the content of your food. To put it simply, people just eat too much. That is the main culprit.

I will say this one more time here, although I am now actively blogging on this topic every day. I GAINED WEIGHT ON EVERY DIET I TRIED WITHOUT EXERCISE UNTIL DECIDING TO EAT SNACKS ONLY. Is that big enough of a hint to at least try it for yourself? There is plenty of information throughout this site on how to develop your own snacks-only balanced diet instead of complicated gimmicks like low carb vs. low fat.

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Today appears to be the same song and dance as the past few days on this routine. I am already up a full kilogram, from 76.9 to 77.9, even before the 2nd snack. This absolutely has to be from water because my first snack was only about .2 kg. Maybe doing less tracking throughout the day will actually help me for this particular routine because it keeps on annoying me.

I was up to 78.2 after the 2nd snack. This seems absurd. I had one piece of bread and some broccoli and coffee. It is ridiculous for my weight to be this high already. And it rose some more to 78.3 before the 3rd snack. This is even higher than yesterday at the same time. I will not starve myself and will not abstain from drinking water. I will just have to accept that this is a strange pattern that occurs with this specific combination (the snacks-only/90 combination). At least I am learning something new, which also includes the fact that conclusion drawn about dozens of my days tracked during Pentamize full weight loss mode are probably unreliable. I will discuss that further soon.

And the parade of silliness continues. I am up to 78.5, which was yesterday’s max weight. But that was shortly before the 5th snack, and I have not even had the 4th one yet today.

Although it is risky not tracking throughout the day, I am not going to track like this tomorrow. It is not good for my psyche. If I get to a period of several days where I am not going to exercise, then I will go ahead and track more closely again. I no longer feel that tracking like this on days immediately following a 90-minute run is worth it. I know what a small snack is now for me and don’t need to check before and after every one. I am used to the weight going down, and this is not going to happen with this diet-exercise combination. Instead, the weight goes up most of the day, falling only in occasional spurts, and then sometimes falls quite bit overnight.

I did see one of those spurts before the 4th snack, getting down to about 78.2 kg and then 78.1. However, I ate the snack about an hour late. But any drop is a good drop considering the ridiculous 78.5 from before.

I was back up to 78.4 after the 4th snack and am still definitely not overeating. That last snack was only about .15 kg, but I had more water, too.

For my 5th snack, I got up to 78.6 kg. That is a daily increase of 1.7 kg – the same or more than all recent days. I did not eat much today, so I don’t see any reason to change a thing. I have to drink water because that’s what helps me stick to snacks only. These 2 things go together and likely cannot be separated. The extra water has helped me eat less.

Another ridiculous overnight result. I only lost .4 kg in about 7 hours, so I was still at 78.2 and 1.3 kg over before the morning run started. That is horrible, but I will have 5 hours after exercising to wait for the final weigh-in.

My run result was devastating and demoralizing. I don’t understand how I can only lose .7 kg on top of barely losing any weight overnight. This would seem to make more sense if I broke even after such a run. But I was still .6 kg over the starting weight. I am eating way too little and working way too hard for this to keep happening. But the possible reason is that I am close to my target weight. If I were 20 pounds or more heavier than what I am now, then I suspect that I would be losing a lot more and losing consistently instead of having these kinds of poor days. While the day is not over yet, I’ll be lucky to even break even and am on pace to possibly gain weight. Unbelievable.

I was able to get down to 77.2 quickly after going to the bathroom. This gives me a chance, but the lowly .7 kg drops from both of the past 2 running sessions is an ugly trend.

I was down to 77.1 with 3 hours to go. This puts me at close to the breakeven mark. And with 1 1/2 hours to go, I had gotten down to 77.0. At least it’s not a terrible day in terms of the actual result. I am still surprised that a snacks-only diet ever results in a breakeven day or a little weight gain despite running for 90 minutes.

Another unbelievable day. I stayed at 77.0 and ended the day there, actually showing a weight gain of .1 kg. This is now the 2nd day with weight gain with this combination of diet and exercise. However, both of these days had the minimum weight gain of .1 kg.

Day 37 – gained .6 before exercise; lost .5 including exercise
Day 38: gained .4 before exercise; lost .6 kg including run
Day 39: gained .6 before exercise; lost .3 kg including exercise
Day 40: gained .1 kg including run (could not track before exercise)
Day 41: lost .7 kg including run
Day 42: lost .2 kg including run
Day 43: gained .1 kg including run

“No Exercise Days” (or non-exercise portion before running) when no exercise the day before – lost .1 kg – 34 days
Exercise Days: lost 4.4 kg – 10 days
30-min Days: lost .3 kg – 1 day
90-min Days: lost 4.1 kg – 9 days
Non-Exercise Portion On Days After Exercise: gained 1.5 kg – 4 days

4 Determining Factors For Your Ideal Diet-Exercise Combination

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
average: .37 kg of weight loss; non-exercise average – gained .53 kg

At some point in your quest to find the ideal diet-exercise combination, you will hopefully find something that is going to work on a permanent basis. This does not mean you will never cheat or have the occasional bad day. As long as recovery is part of your plan, then the bad days are okay.

I think I have finally found this combination for myself. It is the snacks-only diet with running sessions when necessary, but with an occasional loosening of discipline to allow for a cheat day or a partial cheat day.

The diet portion of this combination gives me breathing room to be human while also largely following a diet that allows me to more or less break even on a daily basis.

The amount of running is going to depend on how much I need, so it will vary. This flexibility is not like the diet because the diet should largely stay the same (a snacks-only diet). However, what I eat on this diet is flexible so long as I eat a somewhat balanced diet overall.

It is best to give a series of examples. If I gain .3 kg on a particular day, then a moderate 30-minute run should be enough to burn off that excess. This example is different than what I am currently doing, which is a series of daily 90-minute runs. But the reason I am doing that is to speed up the process of getting down to 75.0 kg. It’s not even necessary to do this, but I just want to speed up the process because I have grown very tired of being in the 78 to 79 range when I should be in the 75 or maybe 76 range. Being 7 to 10 pounds over my target weight is not where I need to be for a long period of time.

Now, let’s look at a really good example. I follow my diet and lose .3 kg before exercising. If I feel like it, I can go ahead and just cancel my exercise session since I have already lost weight for the day.

It’s important to cover bad situations, too. Let’s say I have a cheat day and gain .7 kg. That would be the right time to maximize exercise activity for recovery purposes. It could take me multiple days to recover. But as long this kind of recovery is a realistic part of my plan, then I don’t worry too much about the occasional cheat day.

In my case, if I could not exercise, cheat days would likely be out of the question. For now, I am able to keep up a decent level of exercise activity. So I can weather the storm of these cheat days.

But let’s say that I had an accident and could no longer run. This would force me to alter my ideal diet-exercise combination. That wouldn’t necessarily be a super dramatic change, but it could mean something like less cheat days. It is for this reason that I highly recommend that you try to formulate a diet where you can break even without exercise. Any accident putting you on the sidelines would then not be too much of a shock since your basic diet without exercise would already be in place. You wouldn’t have to start from scratch with a brand new diet.

I already know from over a month of experience that I can do all the following:

1. Stay at least close to breakeven on days with the snacks-only diet with no exercise;
2. Easily lose some weight when exercising along with the snacks-only diet;
3. Quickly recover from cheat days by exercising to my personal max, which happens to be a 90-minute jogging session but may be something totally different in your case; and
4. Maintain this diet in the foreseeable future without starving myself or sorely missing anything that was in previous diets.

If you can do all 4 of those things, there’s a good chance you have found the diet-exercise combination for you. If you miss even one of these factors, you’ll probably need to do some more testing and tracking to find the PERMANENT combination for you. A temporary fix is not going to cut it cause you will just gain the weight back in a lot of cases. That’s why the 4th thing (permanence) is crucial. You don’t have to envision yourself doing it till you are 98 years old. It is sufficient that you can see yourself HAPPILY following this combination for the foreseeable future.

After the first snack today, I was at 77.8. That was a fast increase, but I just want to stick with the plan. After yesterday’s great ending, I am not going to let myself get stressed at all today. Just let whatever happens happen. I have been in the dumps emotionally the past 2 days until the last part of yesterday turned it all around. So my only goal today is to successfully stick to my snacks-only diet and then do another run in the morning.

Before the 2nd snack, I was down to 77.6. This is the way my body normally reacts, so it is hopefully getting back to normal for a full day.

I had a big jump before the 3rd snack, to about 78.2. That is higher than yesterday, but it once again appears that a good deal of this is nothing but water. I am still getting used to this change.

After the 3rd snack and going to the head, I was back down to 78.2. My weight appears to be fluctuating more normally now as compared to the past 2 days (going up for each snack and down a little before the next snack). It looks like I may gain again before exercise but lose overall after finishing a running session.

After the 4th snack, I was at 78.3. I have noticed that I am peeing more now, too. I don’t even know why I have been eating only 5 snacks lately. But I am not starving while doing that. If I really feel hungry, then I will have another snack. 6 seems about right, but 5 is probably okay if it feels right.

I crept up to 78.5 before the last snack. It’s probably not going to be possible to stay below 1.4 kg on most days when running 90 minutes on a daily basis. I’m almost sure it’s because the body needs more water during the day after that much exercise. But as long as it still results in weight loss by the end of an average day, then I need to just get used to this and stop complaining about it. Pretty soon, I’ll be running a lot less, anyway.

After the 5th snack, I was at 78.4 kg. I am probably done eating for the night and most likely have a great chance to record another large weight loss in the morning. Say hello to the 76 range again if all goes as expected. 🙂 Before going to sleep, I hit the bathroom and then weighed in at 78.3 kg.

Goodness gracious. Even after using the bathroom, I was still at 78.0 after sleeping. That is I believe the 2nd lowest drop overnight in my Pentamize tracking history. It literally cannot get much worse than that. However, it was also 6 hours before the official weigh-in. And the run might be enough to get me below the daily start of 77.1 all by itself. Then, I will have to hope that more comes off naturally in the 4 hours between the run and the 12 noon weigh-in.

My scale was acting nutty after the run, but it appears I was at about 77.3 on the conservative end. That means I need to lose some weight naturally over the next 4 hours to have a good day. It’s very hard to have a good day when you only go down .3 kg overnight. Very strange result. This is one of those days where destiny seems to be against me.

Things just are not improving. I have about 1 1/2 hours to go and am still at 77.2. It’s like when a needle gets stuck in place on a gauge in your car.

The last 3 days have been like The Twilight Zone. I gained .1 kg and then suddenly lost .7 kg (a huge portion of it only from the run and the 3 hours after that) and am now struggling again to try to just break even. There is NOTHING ELSE to do with my diet. I can’t eat less. It wouldn’t be healthy and certainly would not be realistic as a permanent lifestyle change.

With one hour to go, I was finally at the breakeven point of 77.1. Very disappointing but a slight relief at the same time.

I finally hit a decent stretch and ended the day at 76.9 kg. At least that is back in the 76 range and marching to 75.0. I lost .2 kg today.

Here are my recent daily and overall stats for the snacks-only diet with and without exercise:

Day 35 – lost .2 kg
Day 36 – lost 1.0 kg
Day 37 – gained .6 before exercise; lost .5 including exercise
Day 38: gained .4 before exercise; lost .6 kg including run
Day 39: gained .6 before exercise; lost .3 kg including exercise
Day 40: gained .1 kg including run (could not track before exercise)
Day 41: lost .7 kg including run
Day 42: lost .2 kg including run

“No Exercise Days” (or non-exercise portion before running) when no exercise the day before – lost .1 kg – 34 days
Exercise Days: lost 4.5 kg – 9 days
30-min Days: lost .3 kg – 1 day
90-min Days: lost 4.2 kg – 8 days
Non-Exercise Portion On Days After Exercise: gained 1.5 kg – 4 days