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Day 5: Losing 5 Pounds in 5 Days

I weighed in this morning at 156 pounds. Up four pounds from yesterday.

So on the fifth day of my "5 Pounds in 5 Days" power diet challenge, I succumbed.

After four straight days of punishing myself with tiny morsels of food spread out over the whole day, with exercises mixed in, I couldn't take it any longer. I jumped on my motorcycle and headed out to a tavern and had a couple of beers and some boneless buffalo wings, potato skins, and several peanuts. Then I went to a friend's house and had two more beers.

However, I did spend that Friday morning trying to stick to the plan, eating some whole wheat muffins, and doing some sit-ups, crunches, and push-ups.

However, I did weigh in yesterday morning at 152 pounds. So, basically what I did was I lost 4 pounds in 4 days. Had I stuck to the plan all day, I'm sure I would have extended it to 5 pounds in 5 days for this morning's weigh in.

But what this tells me is that it's effectively impossible to lose one pound every single day. That is, when you see advertisements promising that you'll lose 30 pounds in 30 days, it's a gimmick. In truth, it is technically possible to do, but effectively, it's impossible. After so many days of punishing yourself eating just a little bit here and there, four or five times a day, and eating the lowest-fat, lowest-carb foods, your mind cracks.

And I think that's what happened. Having punished myself for four straight days, it caused me to binge on Friday. I gorged on so many beers, buffalo wings, potato skins and peanuts, that I'm now back where I started at the beginning of the challenge, at 156 pounds. Although, much of that weight gain is water from the beer, and I can piss that out and probably get myself down to 153 pounds. Still, it doesn't look good on a scale.

So, it's better to do this kind of "power dieting" for maybe three days straight at the most, and then break out and enjoy something more fulfilling, but not as guilty, maybe a chicken salad, or a trip to the sushi bar.


August 31, 2010 at 7:44 PM Anonymous said...

Hey there,

Found your website while looking at a beef jerky website. Sure this is an old post but I wanted to chime into my opinion on my personal diet. I've lost 30 pounds (220 to 195) while losing fat and gaining muscle, i dropped my body fat percentage from 30% to the very low 20's. I would never recommend something that harsh simply because thats the kind of weight you can't keep off.

Starving yourself means the next time your body gets some real food it will store it and in turn defeat the purpose. It will also start eating at your muscle to feed itself rendering you weak and unhappy. I'm not personal trainer but the truck I found to work best is to eat a good and balanced (key word here, get the right ratio of fat to protein to carbs) lunch of up to 700-800.

Then for the rest of the day I may snack a bit and will often alter the snacking depending on my activities for the night, but either way you should wake up the next morning hungry for breakfast. I used to eat way too late and too much for dinner but thats a bad idea. Also if you have trouble getting up in the morning having an empty stomach makes it much easier to wake up and much down that breakfast with a purpose (high fiber really helps keeping u satisfied longer).

Anyways thats my 2 cents I've been doing this for about 6 months now and I feel very comfortable and can keep off the diet while keeping the muscles too.

Good luck with the rest of your diet though, remember that the word diet is from the latin root lifestyle so may your life be long and healthy!

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