Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekend Fat Fast Results

I started a Weekend Fat Fast on Friday, July 19, 2012. My beginning weight (as of Friday morning) was 189 pounds. This is naked butt prior to eating or drinking anything weight.

The Fast
Day One (Friday) - I had to rearrange my meals to fit my day. It's not that big of a deal, but I had to drive across town and knew I'd be out and about for 3 hours, so I made my protein shake on the go. I also woke up late (had to pick up the teen daughter from the Batman premier at 3 a.m.), so I had my scrambled eggs around 9 a.m. I found that I'd get a little hungry at the 2 1/2 to 3 hour mark, which was fine because it was time to have another mini meal. I was never starving, but I can't say I felt completely full either. I kept telling myself it's only 3 days. I can do anything for 3 days, right?
Day Two (Saturday) - I lost 2 1/2 pounds! Yippee! I finally broke past 188 (lowest I've gotten in my 3 pounds on / off game). My Saturday morning weight came in at 186.5. To top it off my morning blood sugar was 156. Now that is still too high, but I've been struggling with this since I started back low carbing (and actually started testing -my bad). Every morning my BS has been 220-230. This is a significant improvement! One things though: I started to have foot cramps. I take a chelated mineral for this reason (low on magnesium). Two a day usually cuts it, although it was recommended I take 4. I think I might be low on potassium with my diet (I am using Morton's Lite Salt). I'm going to go ahead and take 4 chelated minerals (you can't take them at once, so I have to spread them out through the day).
  Saturday started out great, but it was kind of tough. I felt hungrier, and flipped out on DH when it was time for my super Jello. He ate the whole darn bowl! Seriously! The entire bowl! I had to have my protein shake, and make another bowl of Jello. I also had a headache and a toothache (I guess I'm going to have to suck it up and go to the dentist). I went to bed early (without my Jello), but woke up about 10:30 p.m. and ate my 1/2 cup as if it were ice cream.
Day Three (Sunday) - My weight is the same (phew) and my BS came in at 158. One more day to get through eating the same thing in the same amounts all day. It's not horrible, but it's not fabulous either. I felt better on Sunday, so it wasn't too bad of a day. I was definitely ready to eat something different!

The Results
Drumroll please...
This morning my weight is 186.5. I maintained a 2.5 weight loss. I've read that people have lost 5-7 pounds on Atkin's Fat Fast, but would gain half of it back within the week. I didn't lose as much, so I truly hope it sticks. I also lost an inch in the bust. Oh yeah! My Monday morning blood sugar came in at 161. Certainly far from perfect, but much better than it was prior to my fat fast.

I knew almost as soon as I started that I should have made 3 days worth of meal plans in order to have a little variety. It takes time to work out the fat/protein/carbs/fiber/calorie intake. DH won't do this fast with me because he hates mayo (sad for him). I need to come up with replacement ideas for the man. I also realize he will need more calories. He could stand to lose 10-20 pounds, but he's not that far over the scale like me. There really is a tiny person under all of this fat. I just need to let her out. Overall, I think this 3 day fat fast did me some good (jumped started my weight loss which was stalled and lowered my blood sugar). It also made me realize that I'm really going to have to count, record, weigh, measure, and track what I eat in order to figure out my sensitivities. What causes me to lose / gain pounds? What causes my blood sugar to go up / down? I tried to do this by estimating and staying away from processed food, flour, wheat, and sugar, but I realize now that I'm seriously sensitive to something. I need to figure out what that something is exactly.

I'm now a bit stumped. What was the cause behind the effect? Was it the upped fat? The lower carbs? The limited calories? Did protein play a role? And what about fiber? I'm going to carefully play with these things over the next few weeks to see which ones my body responds to. Overall, I consider my fat fast a success. If I do it again, I will definitely make a 3 day menu with a little more variety.

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