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After the gluttonous feeding frenzy I definitely gained weight and looked smooth. From eating a lot of refined carbohydrates and sweets, my food cravings increased in magnitude and frequency.
But post-gluttony extended fasting wasn’t as difficult as I had imagined, and I believe that has to do the mentality shift that occurs when you’ve made the decision you’re simply not going to eat.
So for 3 days post gluttony I ate only one meal per day, and I ate to complete satisfaction. My food choices were of wholesome, real food that’s minimally processed.
At the end of day 3, I definitely leaned out, but suspected a lot of it was due to water release — eating the standard Western diet results in high salt and increased glycogen storage, which dramatically shifts water balance. I also assume that the weight lost was partially from glycogen and fat storage.
Although in 3 days I lost most of the weight I gained, I wasn’t quite back to the same leanness pre-gluttony. The skin around my body (most noticeably around the stomach) still giggles. The theory is the diminishing fatty acids in fat cells are now partially replaced with water.
I believe there’s a little more fat to be lost, as eating excessively for 5 days can’t always be undone in 3. My plan didn’t necessarily produce a big enough deficit to lose all of the weight gained.
Had I done, however, a 2- or 3-day complete fast, then most likely it would have gotten me “there.” But I don’t care to do long fasts of that nature.
So my plan is to add a couple more single-meal days next week. As for now I’m back to my regular daily intermittent fasting lifestyle, eating my first meal around 4pm and my last around 11pm.
But today (Sunday), I’m off to my 4-year-old niece’s birthday party and BBQ, and you bet I’ll be eating burgers and cake. She only turns 4 once.