The past week – one that included a birthday celebration and Thanksgiving – and included what would pass as ‘normal’ eating for the average person – proves the assertion that I am kept artificially thin against my body’s will through a low carb diet.
On Thursday I was 197. Today, just 2 days later, I am 205. The ability to gain 8 pounds in 2 days is a remarkable feat, and has to do with my body thinking that my weight is far to low for its comfort. In reality, my body decided long ago that I should be at least 250 pounds and while I have kept it from that number for many years now, my body has never been in agreement with me on this, and the past two days – when I have given it the opportunity through providing it what would be considered a ‘normal’ amount of daily carbohydrates (300 grams per day), it has taken the opportunity to go for the gusto and start to rebuild my fat stores back to what it deems appropriate.
My body and I will never see eye-to-eye on this. And to prevent my body from following the course it is most content with, I will need to maintain a low carb diet for the rest of my life. I have known this for many years now – I can just point to the past 2 days as to a concrete example as to why I believe this is true.
If I am good moving forward, it will take 3 to 5 days to get back to that 197. The weight that comes on fast can usually be shed fast by the simple application of low carb ketogenic dieting without starving. Letting it hang around seems to give it time to ‘get comfortable’, which makes it a hell of a lot harder to be rid of.
I predict I’ll be back to 197 by Wednesday. I must say the eating was fun, though. I had an Indian friend over for Thankgiving and he brought 2 wonderful home made Hindi dishes as well as an Indian dessert called rasgulla, an Indian dumpling roughly equivalent to cottage cheese and flour, cooked in a sugar syrup until the sugar is infused into the dumpling and the carb count skyrockets. I love trying new foods from different cultures and couldn’t pass this up – high carb or no.
Despite the scale’s reaction to this indiscretion, I highly recommend the occasional diet vacation. It helps you to stay sane.