When I wrote ‘Houston – we have a problem‘, I had weighed myself and was maybe 197 – I say maybe because my scale varies and I weigh myself a few times and don’t get hung up on the exact number. Today, I weighed myself on the same scale and I was 184 – more or less.
Thirteen lbs seems a little much but as a person who’s lived low carb for a number of years, I think I have a supernatural ability to gain water weight. Low carb living is a natural diuretic – it prevents you from storing water. What I had heard was that carbohydrates bind to water in your body – remove the carbs and the water has to leave.
I *did* make a pig of myself the day before I climbed back on the horse of low carb so I personally think the loss was mostly water. All I know is that my pants seem a little looser – I threw all my old ‘fat clothes’ away or donated them, so there’s no going back for me.
And they were getting pretty tight.
As to what I ate and how I felt – I tend to graze during the day – macadamia nuts and slices of cheese. I don’t do a lot of precise counting – life’s too short for that in my estimation – but I’d say that during those days I would have a handful of mac nuts and maybe 4 slices of American cheese. In the evening I had a small bowl of Brussels sprouts that were cooked with bacon, a few bites of cauliflower drenched in olive oil, and some low carb bread and more cheese. I also finished up some bologna I had – I have a fondness for bologna but am trying to wean myself off of it.
Yes – it’s an odd mixture, but my point is that my success was due to relentless experimenting in finding what worked for me and not adhering to any conventional notion of what to eat or when to eat. Most of my caloric intake is at night, which is supposed to be the worst time – but if I lost 80 lbs doing it – is it bad?
Another aspect of this is appetite. After the first two days, I find my appetite becomes controllable. I have had carb binges where a slight indulgence has set off a chain of events leading to multiple stops at fast food joints. Carbs can make me ravenous.
Now the hard work begins. I have found that a loss like that makes me very susceptible to putting it right back on. I have to be particularly vigilant the next few days and expect the scale to remain rock solid at 184. It’s as if my body has to re-stabilize at this new weight before more weight loss can occur.
I weigh myself every day – another thing they say you shouldn’t do until someone did a recent study and found that it did help in weight loss. It helps you to be in tune with your body’s rhythms – as long as you don’t get hung up on the number for any given day. I could get on the scale tomorrow and find I gained 3 lbs even if I eat like a beggar today – no worries – it like the stock market – there’s short-term ups and downs that make little sense – it’s the long-term – the big picture that counts.