Last weekend, Anita and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary with a short trip and a stay in an historic bed-and-breakfast.
I did my best to be true to both my wife and my diet. The B & B provided me with eggs, meat, and coffee in the morning. I ignored the platter of chocolate-chip cookies available 24 hours a day. (Anita did not.) We picked restaurants where I could put together tasty low-carb meals.
All in all, things went fine, until I weighed myself the morning after our return. Did I discover that romance was an aid to weight loss?
No. Just the opposite. I discovered that I’d gained more than two pounds — 2.4 pounds, to be exact.
There wasn’t much to be done but to rededicate myself to eating LCHF. I did, and soon lost the pounds again. Here is a table that sums up the two periods of weight gain and weight loss.
Average Daily Consumption and Weight Change in Two Periods
I’m a little more confident in the numbers for the second period since I was eating at home for most of the meals. But lets assume all the numbers are reasonably accurate. I ate almost the same average daily calories in the two periods, just eight more calories per day in the second period (in which I lost weight).
The numbers for fat, net carbs, and protein show a lot more variance. Compared to the weight gain period, in the weight loss period I averaged 9% more fat, 18.7% less net carbs, and 22% less protein.
For the two short periods, the differences in weight change and in consumption of fat, net carbs, and protein clearly support the tenets of my LCHF diet. Keep dietary fat high, net carbs low, and protein moderate. That’s the recipe for losing body fat.
I still wish I hadn’t gained weight during our romantic getaway. But otherwise I have no regrets.
I haven’t had any regrets for 34 years and counting.