I got a blood test today out of curiosity about B12 and whatnot, so I had to skip breakfast–I didn’t end up getting to eat til noon! I survived just fine but it renewed my appreciation for the magic of breakfast.
Also, as for the ravenous hunger point I mentioned yesterday: after years of binging and restricting cycles, my body has a very specific, very strong reaction to losing weight: it craves fat with no off switch. It got to the point where any weight loss attempts ended with me being in a rut with my diet consisting of 70% fat in the form of compulsively eaten almond butter and chocolate chips while still trying to restrict calories.
I think that this experiment activated the same response, because I lost 2.5 lbs in the first week–I only have 25lbs of body fat total (according to body composition tests), so losing 10% of that in a short time span probably put my body in panic mode. My dietary fat intake has gone up as a result (I think my body just craves the most concentrated form of calories to regain the weight ASAP), and my overall calories have gone way up too–prepping this much food is just getting tiring!
After things settle down, I think I’ll just go back to my happy zone around 75% carbs, 12% fat, and 13% protein, with occasional very low fat days around 5%. I think that will be a nice equilibrium because I’ll lose a bit of weight on the 5% days, and keep my body from making me a ravenous beast by eating more normally the other days. If I were to try this higher carb experiment again, I would make myself eat more calories at the beginning to make sure I don’t lose too much weight, so I don’t turn on my emergency fat-craving setting!
If you have excess weight to lose, I am completely confident that a very low fat diet would work just fine for you. In fact, this diet worked too well for me in terms of weight loss considering how little I have to lose, which is why it activated the same defense mechanisms that my past calorie restriction used to!
Macros: 70% carbs, 12% protein, 18% fat
Exercise: Biked 35 minutes
- Steel cut banana oats
- Irish breakfast tea
- Baked russet rounds
- Lentil veggie soup
- Japanese sweet potato
Calories eaten: 2060 | Calories burned: 1560 (according to Fitbit data)
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