adefwebserver's Journal, 21 May 2018

By gaining weight I now understand my weight loss better.

I expected to gain a pound or two today because I planned to eat a lot of carbs on Sunday... and I did :) I feel that it is not really a "pound of fat" because I actually had a calorie deficit yesterday.

However, eating a ton of carbs, after a week of fasting, I 'suspect', that my body has "filled up" on glycogen (and the 3-4 grams of water with it).

See: Losing Water Weight: How Carbs Really Work:

Anyway, I start my 5 day liquid only fast today. Most importantly I plan to walk 12k steps a day to draw down the glycogen tucked away in my muscles and liver (and the 3-4 grams of water with it).

If this happens, (this is all my theory after all), I should have a weight loss tomorrow that wont actually be fat, but "Water Weight". I need to burn through all the carb created glycogen in my body. After that, I hope that "gluconeogenesis" kicks in and my body starts fueling itself by burning fat.

This is why I fast. Without fasting I would screw all this up by taking in too many carbs and/or calories. If by Wednesday, as I suspect, my body does switch to burning fat, CICO (Calories In Calories Out) fully kicks in. 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound. I burn over 2000 calories a day by simply "staying alive". Exercise will move the process along faster.

See: "Where fat goes when you lose weight" -

I also feel better when fasting. Energy from burning fat is 'smoother' and more plentiful than the 'up and down' blood sugar spikes that come when I consume food.

I am posting my recent "after" picture to show that I have "plenty of fat" to live on :) What I should do is simply stay of the fast until I lose all the weight. However, mentally I want to eat solid food (I experience no actual hunger a day or so after the fast starts).

My problem is that when I do eat, I want carbs! and go overboard, and gain weight (even with a calorie deficit, like I had this weekend). If I do that again this weekend I may extend the fast to 10 days rather than 5.
192.0 lb Lost so far: 15.0 lb.    Still to go: 28.0 lb.    Diet followed poorly.

Diet Calendar Entries for 21 May 2018:
228 kcal Fat: 4.00g | Prot: 8.12g | Carb: 46.60g.   Snacks/Other: Edward & Sons Organic Miso-Cup Reduced Sodium Soup, Honey, Honey. more...
2446 kcal Activities & Exercise: Calisthenics (light, e.g. home exercise) - 30 minutes, Walking (moderate) - 3/mph - 1 hour, Resting - 14 hours and 30 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
on diet adefwebserver's own diet   gaining 7.0 lb a week

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