Tuesday

Day 14 - The Weighting Game

At the beginning of this experiment, I had no idea if I would actually lose weight. Sure, I knew I would be eating less, but I also knew what I was eating would be mostly carbs (which I hear make people fat, although that’s almost exclusively based on weight-loss commercials I see on TV).

Anyway, I did lose weight. Fast. In fact, I lost about seven pounds in ten days. Something has to be off about that measurement since I’m not even sure it’s possible (what with a pound representing 3500 calories), but never-the-less, it’s what the scale said.

My weight has been holding just about constant for the past few days. This is a good sign. I’m not eating any more or less than I did in the first 10… I think my body has just caught up and adjusted my metabolism. I wouldn’t be surprised if I lose 12 or 13 pounds total by the end of this.

By the way, I plan on eating back those 13 pounds by noon on December 1.

21 Comments:

Blogger Survival Acres said...

Carbs convert to fat faster then anything else, so yes, this is true.

But that is a dangerously fast weight loss, as I'm sure you've figured out.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Carbs convert to fat faster then anything else, so yes, this is true."

Faster even than fat itself? Think before you spout off consumer diet industry rhetoric.

Starver: What you are seeing is rapid fluid loss as well. A molecule of fat requires a few molecules of water to hang around and that partly explains your rapid weight loss.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, faster than fat itself. I didn't believe this until I had a metabolic biochemistry class in my undergrad years.

In plain terms, your body can't transport fat from the digestive system to your fat cells as fat. Fat (and any food) is broken down first, then dumped into the blood stream as simple sugars. Fat cells sponge up the/any excess and build those simple sugars back into fat for storage.

Think of fat as very tightly packed energy - your body has to unpack it first, with a little effort, before it re-packs the 'left-overs' for storage as fat.

Carbs do break down very easily into simple sugars.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spent about 9 months dieting two years ago to lose around 65 lbs. I was morbidly obese and now I'm just fat. I spent a long, long time reading and understanding what it takes to lose weight and studying the changes that were happening to my body as I did it.
One of the things I learned is this:

People are full of poop.

When you gorge on that giant lunch or dinner day after day your colon just fills up and eventually each new meal is just pushing the last one out. When you start to starve yourself, for the first time, you start to empty all that out. That's where your huge initial weight loss comes from. Eventually things even out. You'll notice a huge change in the amount you defecate and in it's consistency. 5-10 lbs right off the bat is pretty average for this whole thing.

I'm not obsessed with poop. I swear.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That "full of poop" argument is just that, complete BS.

Snake-oil salesman have been selling that explanation for years, but it has been widely disregarded as mythical rubbish. They like to also pass this rumour around that John Wayne died with 45 lbs of poo in his system. They even say that on infomercials for weight loss - even though it is completely untrue.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

December 2005, I was sorta out of it for a little over a week. I lived almost entirely on Starbucks chais and dropped to 135lb from 160. Since I have a very low fat %, I imagine that most of that was muscle.

In the year since, eating like I used to and working out a lot, I've only managed to get back up to 150lb.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

That "full of poop" argument is just that, complete BS.

Snake-oil salesman have been selling that explanation for years, but it has been widely disregarded as mythical rubbish. They like to also pass this rumour around that John Wayne died with 45 lbs of poo in his system. They even say that on infomercials for weight loss - even though it is completely untrue."

Eew. Lovely topic for an infomercial. :) Nonetheless, it is absolutely true. Not so sure about the 45 pounds thing, though. Food takes a while to go through you. Anything coming out of you within 12 hours of a meal cannot be from that meal (depending on fiber content and/or bacterial issues.) If you have to go right after lunch, that's gotta be dinner or even lunch from yesterday.
Also, when we die, we poo. Even if you haven't just eaten. So, yes, we are all full of it.

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not reading any of the comments, and by (non-personal) experience, i have noriced that people tend to lose weight REALY fast when the change thier diets (when you start eating again, you will rapidly gain weight, because your body will be scared of losing it)but yeah, i think it has something to do with you metabolism re-adjusting

3:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, a person can eat something and a few minutes later crap it out. It's called dumping syndrome or even diarrhea. Also, not everyone poops when they die. I've been a funeral director and now I'm a RN. It's not true. Some do, some don't.

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