Tips On Continuing Your Diet For When You Move To a Different City

Continuing the same diet you are currently on can be a challenge when you move to a new place. What I am talking about is moving far enough away that you can’t shop at the same stores. If you are just moving down the street and can go to the same places to get your food, then this situation does not apply. But if you are moving to a different town or maybe even a different part of a large city, then you may have problems buying the same food as before since you will be shopping at different stores.

I am in my new place and have been looking in stores to see if I can buy the same stuff I have been eating on my snacks-only diet.

I have found pretty much everything I need to continue with the same diet routine. It’s a little annoying that one of my main items (chicken patties) is a 25-minute walk away. But I can buy a bunch of those at one time that are likely to last about 3 weeks or more. There is also one more store close by that I need to check to see if they sell those patties.

Most of the tips related to moving are about structuring your diet choices in case of a possible move. Here are some of the main ones:

1. Try to eat foods that can be purchased virtually anywhere. Of course, some of these foods are really bad for you, such as chips and cola. But some good ones include oatmeal and common fruits and vegetables.

2. If the foods are not super common, then try to select a brand that is still sold in more than one major chain. It’s better to pick that for your diet instead of some obscure local brand that can’t be purchased in other towns. You may find some cheap hot dogs at your local store, but finding a cheap brand that is sold nationwide is a good idea as long as it’s still a good choice for your diet. Of course, I am not actually recommending hot dogs for a diet and am just giving an example.

3. Shopping at major chains can help because branches in other cities often sell the same foods. This is not a guarantee, as supplies even at huge chain stores can differ by location. This is not a recommendation not to support locally owned businesses. But if you do and think you might be moving in the future, then consider how easy it would be to replace what you are buying now from that local store. If it’s a national brand product, that would be easy. But if it’s a local product from a local store, then you might not be able to find it after you move.

4. If budget is a big issue, then it can be hard to structure your diet for a move if you have found cheap but obscure local items. At least have a set of name brand alternatives in mind that are within your budget. If you do move, then you will at least have a temporary adequate replacement diet until you find local replacements (if possible) at your new place.

5. If possible, buy food online that can be shipped anywhere you move. This is not always possible, but at least check around for this option and see if you can buy food online that fits your diet.

On Saturday morning, my weight was 79.1 kg. I have not started exercising again because we are still preparing the new house with light fixtures and stuff.

At 2:30 in the morning (on Easter Sunday), I happened to be up and weighed in at 80.1 kg. That looks like a terrible start at trying to get back into snacks-only dieting, although today was not exactly an appropriate diet. I had quite a bit of rice and chicken for the first meal, and it was more than a snack. I don’t know if it’s fair to really count this as a snacks-only day since I didn’t actually follow that diet routine. I am going to officially start that diet again tomorrow.

Despite not really following that diet, 80.1 seems excessive. But I do still have a few hours to go, so we’ll see how much I lose by official weigh-in time.

I have decided to count today. It was a 79.7 finish and a weight gain of .6 kg. It has always been my opinion that being conservative about positive results is the best approach. Today was basically a snacks-only day with bad discipline. To say that it was not a snacks-only day is inappropriate because days with mistakes are still days on the system. Mistakes are part of any system.

However, I am also going to run at the end of this day in order to give myself a boost. It’s time to start exercising again on a regular basis. The march down to 75.0 is on now.

I had a good run in my new town, finding a trail that is about 80 to 85 minutes as a round trip. I ran around a little extra to make a clean 90. My weight dropped significantly to 78.6 as a result of this exercise session. And just like that, with all the cheat days and everything, I am back below the starting weight of 79.0 when beginning testing on the snacks-only diet. I am also a little better than breakeven on days without exercise. But I have gained when including the cheat days, so the 4 days of running was needed to erase the cheat days.

Overall, I lost only .5 kg today because my diet results were so bad. If my diet is good on a day with a 90-minute run, it works like gangbusters. I ended up losing 1.0 kg recently on one of these great days.

I am going to now separately track how long it takes to get down from 79.1 to 75.0. The 79.1 refers to today’s starting weight.

Day 1: 79.1 to 78.6

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Day 33 – gained .5 kg
Day 34 – gained .5 kg
Day 35 – lost .2 kg
Day 36 – lost 1.0 kg
Day 37 – gained .6 before exercise; lost .5 including exercise

“No Exercise Days” (or non-exercise portion before running) when no exercise the day before – lost .1 kg – 34 days
Exercise Days: lost 2.8 kg – 4 days
30-min Days: lost .3 kg – 1 day
90-min Days: lost 2.5 kg – 3 days
Non-Exercise Portion On Days After Exercise: gained .5 kg – 2 days

Gained a Little Over Several Days of Non-Snacks-Only Dieting And Moving Houses

Between Wednesday, March 28, 2018, and Saturday morning, March 31, 2018, I was moving to a different city. Because I was too busy and things were getting packed and moved around, I was not able to track my weight. I also could not exercise or do the snacks-only diet. As a result, I did gain some weight. However, it was less than one kilogram.

I am actually pretty happy with that because there were 2 or 3 somewhat large meals between Tuesday and Saturday morning. It was definitely not a snacks-only diet, but I somehow managed not to gain too much weight.

The last time I was able to check my weight before the moving activities was on Wednesday morning, and I was at 78.7 kg. Then, the next weigh-in was Saturday morning, when I was at 79.1 kg. That is a bad but not terrible weight gain of .4 kg during that period of about 72 hours. At any rate, it’s not much of a concern to me because it’s about time to start crushing it with the combination of a snacks-only diet and exercise.

During the move, I was carrying a number of items up and down staircases. That may have actually helped a little to reduce how much I gained over this period. But there is no way to track that. In my experience, only jogging has really helped me lose weight so far. It might be interesting to test such a thing if you have a job with a lot of heavy lifting. You would do that by comparing your work days and off days and keeping relatively the same diet on those days.

Over this 3-day period, I had a lot of coke and sugary foods, and a couple of meals were at friends’ houses and were way too big to work for a snacks-only diet. This is why the results are somewhat surprising. I was actually expecting to gain more weight. With lots of exercise, I suppose I could maintain with such a diet. In fact, I have pretty much done it for a couple of years now.

The problem is, some people just don’t have the time to work out over an hour a day, not to mention people who can’t exercise (at least that much) for medical reasons. My goal is to help others and help myself lose or maintain weight even with limited time or ability to exercise.

What I have seen so far on the snacks-only diet is that it is not going to be particularly easy. However, I have apparently the amount of necessary exercising while making it a little more difficult in the dieting area.

The reason a snacks-only diet can be difficult to follow is that society has conditioned people to eat 3 meals a day and perhaps a snack. If you aren’t used to eating smaller meals, then you may find it difficult to put the food down and step away from the table. This may take practice, which shouldn’t be surprising. If you want to be good at something, you generally have to practice. But for some reason, people who want to lose weight want it to be easy. I have still not discovered such a system, but the snacks-only diet is the closest I have come IF you are able to exercise to supplement it. That is because, at least for me, the results have been so good so far that it gives me room to have some cheat days or make some mistakes and still do fine overall.

I want to be clear about something. I have another couple of months of testing to flesh out results that include significant exercise. The goal is to see if I can get back down to my target weight of 75.0 kg and also to see if I can get below that and still feel healthy. I don’t know exactly what my weight should be, but the BMI says that 75.0 is a little into the overweight range.

I still don’t trust the BMI as a one-size-fits-all tool and am not sure that it is even supposed to be that. So instead of relying on the BMI, I will get as low as exercise plus the snacks-only diet will take me, with the caveat that I want to still feel reasonably healthy and energized. If I lose to below 75 but feel like crap, maybe that means it’s okay to eat a little more or maybe eat the same and exercise less. Making this determination might actually take much longer than 2 months. I’ll just have to play it by ear.

Tips For When Adding Exercise To a Snacks-Only Diet

I will not be able to weigh in after 24 hours today because of a short day trip to run an errand. So the next 2 days will not be snacks-only days. They are semi-cheat days, so I may gain back some of the weight that I just lost after the 90-minute run on Monday morning (this counts as a Sunday run the way I do my tracking because the run was at the end of the tracking day.

By 8 at night, I had risen more than the past few days. I was at 79.0, or 1.2 kg over. My snacks have been larger today, though, and I might not have to eat anything else before sleeping. At any rate, this is a semi-cheat day, so I can let up a little without going crazy. These days cannot be tracked as snacks-only days, anyway. But the most important thing right now is that I am very happy about losing the 1.0 kg yesterday on a day with a 90-minute run. I am going to crush it like never before once I move and get back into exercising on a daily basis. I have supreme confidence in this. Nothing is going to stop me. However, I certainly have to do better than I have done today so far.

Before going to bed early, I had dropped to 78.8. Then, I woke up about 4 to 5 hours later and had gone down further, hitting about 78.2 kg.

If I would have been waiting the normal time for the weigh-in, it seems like I could have broken even or even lost weight. So while I can’t finish tracking today (or tomorrow), this looks very promising for the future.

There is a risk when exercising while doing a snacks-only diet. You may be tempted to eat more than usual for the first snack after the run. Since one oversized snack can become a meal and ruin your whole day, you may need to take countermeasures. Here are some options:

1. Of course, you can exercise restraint and make sure you don’t overeat on that first meal. This can be hard if you tend to get hungry from a workout;

2. You can eat a little more and then compensate by eating a little less the rest of the day. This could be done by eating a couple of mini snacks that are even smaller than your usual one. It can also be done by eating one less snack. Hopefully, you won’t have to eat 2 less snacks. That would often mean that you have really messed up and veered way off the path of a snacks-only diet; or

3. Accept that you eat slightly more when exercising. This 3rd option should only be used when you know that the extra calories consumed from eating extra are less than the calories you burn off from exercise.

I estimate that I would have actually lost weight again if I had had the chance to weigh in Tuesday morning. This day turned out to be pretty close to a snacks-only day. However, Tuesday was a different story. It’s quite hard for me to maintain a good diet when traveling, and I ended up eating some fast food and other stuff that definitely did not help me. At 9 at night, my weight was 79.3 kg. That is not good, but these two semi-cheat days will not turn out to be so bad as long as I lose close to 1.0 kg in the 13 hours remaining in this daily period (actually, the 2 semi-cheat days covered in this blog post). If the weight does not come off, it could look pretty bad. But I will likely at least be in the low 78s or better instead of the 79.0 before the recent 90-minute run.

Holy smokes. When I woke up, my weight was still 78.7 even after going to the bathroom. That was much lower than expected, but I still had about 4 hours to go until the official weigh-in. Maybe that will be enough time to get into the low 78s. Regardless, I am very happy because my ankle was not hurting much during or after the 90-minute run for Sunday’s tracking day. As soon as I finish moving, I will start running on a regular basis again (not necessarily daily, though).

I was not able to track any further until Saturday morning, at which time I decided to change my official weigh-ins to the first thing in the morning after going to the bathroom. Read the next blog post for an update on Wednesday to Saturday.

Tired of Waiting And Decided To Exercise Today; Lost 1.0 KG Overall

Today, I had gained only .6 kg after the 3rd snack. This was a good amount that was achieved by successfully keeping the snacks small. Even after the 4th snack, I was still at only .6 kg over, but I was a little hungrier than usual at that time. There is concern in a spot like this about possibly getting too hungry, so skipping snacks is usually bad.

This is the kind of between-snack reduction that sets up a really good day of weight loss.
The 5th snack got me up to .9 kg over (79.7 from 78.8). That is still a good spot with one snack to go today. Fortunately, I don’t feel too hungry, either.

I had part of a pizza for the last snack, and that weighed approximately .2 to .25 kg. So my max was probably about a 1.2 kg increase today.

My overnight weight loss was not all that good. I was at 79.1 when getting up, and that was 2 1/2 hours before the final weigh-in. It looks like a breakeven day or within about .1 kg of it. Times like this are frustrating when you don’t exercise at all. But it would be extremely easy to burn off the extra calories with a low-intensity run. I am getting tired of waiting around and am going to start exercising again. The snacks-only diet is already achieving its purpose of breakeven or better. There isn’t really much of anything else to test besides adding exercise to it.

This day ended in what seemed like a cruel joke. For some reason, my weight stuck on. I lost only .1 kg during the remaining time and then had a final weigh-in of 79.0 kg. That actually made for a daily weight gain of .2 kg. It’s ridiculous. I don’t know what else to do except, as I said above, exercise. So that’s what I did to end today and have another official weigh-in after finishing the day with a 90-minute run. I lost 1.2 kg, getting down to 77.8.

When including the run, I lost 1.0 kg today, reducing my weight from 78.8 to 77.8 kg. See, now this is where the value of the snacks-only diet comes in. If I add exercise, the results are suddenly phenomenal. The rule is still the same with my original Pentamize concept. Find a combination of diet and exercise that, when working in conjunction with each other, allows you to lose or maintain weight. I think I may call this the Break And Lose combination or system. You “break” even on diet and then “lose” when adding any decent amount of exercise into the mix.

Day 33 – gained .5 kg
Day 34 – gained .5 kg
Day 35 – lost .2 kg
Day 36 – lost 1.0 kg

“No Exercise Days” when also no exercise the day before – lost .7 kg – 33 days

Note: I am suspending no-exercise-tracking in general. This turned out to vary based on exercise the preceding day. Thus, this metric is not reliable. Instead, I will start measuring the non-exercise portion on days after exercise and no-exercise days when not exercising the day before.

Exercise Days: lost 2.3 kg – 3 days
30-min Days: lost .3 kg – 1 day
90-min Days: lost 2.0 kg – 2 days
Non-Exercise Portion On Days After Exercise: gained .5 kg – 2 days

Note: I am also suspending the average of the day of and day after exercise. The key is to determine days with exercise on average, but also to compute the average of the non-exercise portion on days after exercise.

Are Weight Loss Success Stories Reliable Even If True?

Let’s face it. Fad diets are popular. That’s how they become a fad to begin with. And a lot of these diets will actually work for you to some extent. A number of them are even backed by some pretty serious scientific studies. Unfortunately, weight loss studies tend to have one severe limitation that I will discuss here. And for the same reason, even most honest weight loss success stories have serious reliability issues. Forget about scams. I mean even honest and accurate weight loss success stories have their limitations.

The main flaw of weight loss studies and related success stories is the period of time that they cover. You have to understand human nature to understand why the length of time is important.

When someone gets motivated to lose weight and either participates in a weight loss study or buys a book or otherwise starts a weight loss program, that is the exact time that someone is likely to have enough willpower to actually follow a diet plan. This is why people often do see positive short-term results from a weight loss plan or even a fad diet. This is a period of high motivation. In such a period, you are more likely to follow a diet that you don’t actually like. You will often reason that you can sacrifice for now and eat those vegetables because it is only temporary.

However, these same people who start a diet in a period of high motivation don’t always maintain that level of motivation. And this is when they fall off the wagon and start gaining weight again. This could be in a month, 6 months, or even a year.

So there is a good reason you should be careful about reading weight loss success stories. The vast majority of them give examples of short-term results. I have kept my weight off for over a year just on this blog and through all types of experiments. Heck, I even recently improved my results with the snacks-only diet. But I am not even convinced that one year of keeping weight off is enough. But it’s certainly better than the “lost 5 pounds in 3 days” and “lost 20 pounds in a month” stories.

Scientific studies have the same problem. Some of them cover only a few weeks or months of results. There are some better ones where the guinea pigs are tested for 6 months or a year or maybe even more. At least those have a little more reliability. But is even a year enough?

Studies do have other issues, as well. Do the participants try harder on average because they know they are participating in a study? Also, what do average results mean for you? They don’t mean a lot because you could do better or worse than the average. The value of a professional scientific study is to show the potential for a plan to work. It’s still going to be up to you to get at least the average or typical results, and that depends on a lot of factors.

Whatever you say about studies, success stories are typically even less reliable since it is only one person. I fully admit this with my Pentamize system. I have only tracked my results. But the idea of my system is to individualize a diet and exercise plan, NOT to prescribe a rigid set of rules that you may or may not follow.

In short, one of the main reasons fad diets work on a short-term basis is that the dieter is typically in a period of high motivation at the beginning of embarking on this new weight loss journey. But if and when that level of motivation falls, which often happens with rigid diet plans, then the dieter crashes and burns.

Trying to follow a rigid diet plan is not necessarily a good approach to permanent weight loss and maintenance. This is going to depend on whether you can adapt to that system on a permanent basis. Can you envision following that diet plan forever? When creating the Pentamize system, I tried to make it as nonrigid as possible. There is no food you can or cannot eat and no exercise that you must or must not do. Rather, you learn to balance diet and exercise until you find a permanent plan that works for you.