This was the first day of my Pentamize maintenance mode where I decided to completely take the day off with no exercise at all. I gained weight. Of course, that’s not surprising. But what may be surprising are the results from my Pentamize full weight-loss mode. You can learn that and my entire system by getting the book on the home page of this site.
Today, I gained .6 kg, which is about 1.3 pounds. That’s definitely above average for a day with weight gain. And that’s true even in maintenance mode. It would not be normal to gain over 30 pounds a month, which is what would happen if you gained over a pound a day. Even if yo do not exercise, you are likely to gain less than this as a daily average. My average on days that I do gain weight is certainly lower than 1.3 pounds, as well. Nonetheless, what you may find is that dieting is simply not enough to lose weight even if you follow a strict diet on a daily basis.
There is a lot of talk about whether diet is more important than exercise, and vice versa. I definitively answer that question in my book. But here, I will just ask a few simple questions for you to think about.
1. If you eat 3500 calories daily and don’t exercise, what do you think is going to happen?
2. If you eat 2500 calories daily and don’t exercise, what do you think is going to happen?
3. And what do you think will happen if you eat only 1700 calories a day?
Well, I can tell you few people would lose weight when eating 3500 calories a day. But even that is possible. But as far as 2500 and 1700 calories, there is no answer that is going to apply to everybody. It depends on your size and body makeup, your metabolism, and the specifics of your diet. There is absolutely no one-size-fits-all answer here.
If you insist on not exercising, you may be in a world of hurt if you expect to lose weight. The problem is some people can eat only 1500 calories and not lose weight. Their metabolism really is that bad.
Based on USDA calorie guidelines, I am supposed to eat about 2400 calories if I have an average activity level and all the way up to about 2900 calories for an active lifestyle. Well, let’s just say I work out several hours a week and don’t even come remotely close to eating 2900 calories a day. I didn’t lose 68 pounds by eating 2900 calories a day. I ate a heck of a lot less than that to lose weight. Yet, I still gained weight with some exercise plans.
For me, dieting without exercise is not going to work to either lose or maintain my weight. While it might work for you, it would be a disaster for me. So I am forced to do both whether I like it or not.
My original blog from this day follows.
I will not do a regular workout today, although I will do some walking with the family. The numbers for the 24th are just for general tracking. I may gain a little, but that’s okay. A break is needed.
That was a pretty bad result. I went up .6 kg after doing no workout at all. My morning weigh-in from the day before was 74.0 kg. And when I weighed in for today’s official weight, it was 74.6 kg.
Running Totals and Averages:
Days With No Workout
average +.6 kg in one day
Since this was the first day with no exercise at all in maintenance mode, the average is the same as today’s total. Like I said, the average weight gain on my “no exercise” days is likely going to go down. But the overall picture looks bleak. In my case, and likely for millions and millions of people, dieting is only one part of a successful weight-loss equation. Going with no exercise is going to be mostly for the people who don’t need to exercise because their great metabolism is functioning at a higher level than the average person with a weight control problem. Even disciplined dieting often must be paired with at least some exercise.