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Ugh... what a disaster.

Well it's been 5 days since my 5 day fat fast.  And despite the fact I never ate over 1600 calories, and most days quite a bit less, I still managed to regain every single pound at about the same rate I lost it.  I was looking for that happy medium between gaining and loosing.  I'm not sure it exists.  I spent most of the 5 days hungrier than when I was doing the fat fast.  Some of it makes sense... like the one drink I had on St.Paddy's day. Most of it though is just dumbfounding.  My macronutrient ratios aren't as good as I'd like being only 70-80% fat. But does a serving of cabbage really have THAT many carbs? Come on... 

Yes eating too few calories lowers your metabolism making it easier to gain weight and harder to loose it.  But it's impossible to loose weight unless you eat too few calories.  How are you supposed to win this game?

The amount of calories I'm taking in most people would consider a weight lowering amount.  Not my freaking body.   I've been fighting my weight almost my whole life, and every year that thermostat gets turned a little lower. Nothing EVER turns it back up again.  Today I'm just really tired of banging my head on this freaking wall, but it's not like I can stop.  I have to keep looking for that missing piece of the puzzle.

So, analyzing my diet over the past few days I see I've been eating more nuts than I had. So, eliminating the nuts is the next step.  Also I'd lowered my vitamin intake since I was getting more food.  I'll return to the fat fast vitamin schedule and see if that helps. And I'll make sure I get a full daily dose of water.  We'll see if any of that helps.

Fat Fast Final Results

Ok, fat fast done.  Total weight lost: 3.8 pounds.  Not bad for 5 days. Now for the hard part.  Keeping it off for the next week until the next fat fast.  Usually I just go back to regular low carb eating, but the weight slowly starts to creep back up.  Everyone talks about how when  you do low carb you don't have to watch calories.  "Just eat until sated but not stuffed and your body will take care of the rest."   Well... that doesn't work for everyone I'm afraid.  Some of us still have to be mindful of our intake.

Well the problem for me is right now, I have no idea where my golden zone is.  I want to be around where I'll either hold steady or loose a little bit.  I'm going to start by doubling my intake from the fat fast.  But I still have to keep the macronutrient ratios the same.  So I'll aim for 80-90% of calories from fat. And as much of the last 10% as protein as much as possible.  And there's always a few carbs in there to throw things off.  That's why there's 10% wiggle room.

I suspect 2000 calories a day is going to be a little high for me.  But I did enjoy doubling the size of my breakfast this morning. I suspect I'll have to adjust that down until I find the 'butter zone'.

But for tonight... corned beef!  Probably going to get way too much protein tonight.  I'll have to be careful to not get carried away.  It's already in the crock pot.  Just 8 hours to go. 

 

 

Fat Fast Last Day

I've made it to the last day of my fat fast.  Another .8 pounds down since yesterday, so I'm on target for my 163 goal. That will make for a total of 11 pounds in the last 30 days.  Of course that's 11 pounds I shouldn't have let myself regain in the first place. But there's no point in kicking myself.  That won't help.  All we can do is move forward from where we are and try to learn from our mistakes.

Had a couple of low points yesterday in my fat fast. The cravings were coming on hard telling me to eat eat eat. Do it... do it NOW! This accompanied by a wave of depression and that "is it really all worth the effort" thinking.  Well as it turned out in both instances I was overdue for my next feeding.  These were not the usual signs of hunger they tell us about.  No tummy rumbling to be found.  No empty sensation where the stomach is. No feeling weak or light headed.  This was my body telling me it was hungry, through the brain and nowhere else.  This isn't will power versus won't power. This is biochemistry. The brain is receiving chemical signals that the body needs food NOW.  Your brain can't fight itself forever.  It WILL keep nagging you and nagging you until you eat SOMETHING. The trick I'm finding is in choosing what that something is. For me, all I needed was one little choco cloud and my brain shut up and left me alone and happy for 3 hours. That's 3 hours of satiety on one tablespoon of what is essentially a mixture of equal parts unsalted butter and cream cheese. Throw in a little cocoa powder and sweetener for interest and that's all there is to it.

 Here's the recipe if anyone's interested. 

 

Day three done, day four begun

Almost another pound down yesterday. That's a little over two pounds in three days.  Wanting one more pound before the weekend. Not only will it get me a little more cushion going into the weekend but it will put me at 163 which is my magic number for crossing the line from obese to merely overweight.  Ok, it's a stupid arbitrary distinction but it makes me happy.

Going to make some corned beef this weekend. Got me a nice fatty point cut.  Should be delish!  Know I shouldn't be eating nitrite laden food like that but it's sooooo yummy, and it's not like I have it all the time.  It shouldn't really make me gain weight either which is nice; just less likely to keep loosing during the break.

 My mock shamrock shake was pretty tasty.  Here's what I ended up doing:

3 Oz. Ripe Avocado  (Make sure it's nice and soft for this)

1 C. Unsweetened Almond Milk

16 Drops Liquid Sucralose

2 Drops Peppermint Oil  (Probably 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract)

6 Ice Cubes

Put the first four ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Now's a good time to adjust the peppermint or sweetness to taste. When it's good and smooth put in the ice cubes and blend until thick.  Enjoy!

You could put in a drop of green food coloring if you want, but I found it green enough just the way it was.

10g carbs (7 of which are fiber), 16g fat, 1g protein, calories ~180 

Day two down

Starting day three... Lost .3 the first day and one pound the second.  Did much better with my vitamin intake yesterday.  Today I want to focus on more water.  I've been getting some, but probably not at much as I should.  It's amazing how little food it takes to satisfy your appetite when you're getting 85% of your calories from fat.  I never feel comfortably full when doing a fat fast, but I'm not killing myself with hunger either.

 It's weird but I think a fat fast is easier to do physically than mentally.  I dread having to do one before they start... and I count the days until they end.  But actually DOing it is not particularly hard or painful.

 Love Dana Carpender's Fat Fast Cookbook.  So many great recipes.  But I think I'm going to try an experiment today.  I want to create a mock shamrock shake using avocado, cream and ice.  I've made sweet smoothies with avocado before and they worked well.  The green color will work to my advantage too.  I'll report back on this little experiment once I've tried it. 

Round 2

Starting another fat fast round.  The first one a few weeks back worked well.  Lost about 8 pounds that week.  I managed not to gain it all back on the down week.  Though I'm not sure I can claim credit since I had the stomach flu.  Surprised I didn't loose then but oh well.  Mother nature can be perverse like that.

 It's definitely easier with a partner.  Mom tried to help me out the best she could from a distance.  At least my husband isn't constantly dragging me out to the buffet twice a day.  :)

 Time for bed and I still have 48 calories.  I probably should go eat something since I get so few calories to begin with. 

 Darn... just realized I didn't get my vitamins today.  Very important when you're fat fasting.  Guess I'll take one before bed here and try to do better tomorrow. 

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