As I told you yesterday, back around the end of October I stopped doing Extended Fasting for several reasons.
I expected that when I stopped fasting I would gain weight. Whenever you start a fast, you lose a lot of water weight. It is not unusual for me, on Day 1 of a fast, to lose 7 or even 8 pounds. So, when you start eating again, you gain significant weight too. No surprise there.
I was figuring I would gain between 5 and 10 pounds, and then maintain that until after Christmas when I would start fasting again.
I was quite surprised though
When I started eating, I maintained a good ketogenic diet, not overeating, etc.
I weighed myself again one week after I started eating. Up 10 pounds! I was a little surprised, but not terribly.
One week after that, so 2 weeks post eating, I weighed again. Now I was up 20 pounds! Wow, I was almost in tears. I decided not to worry about it, though. Funny thing was I did not feel fatter. My clothes were fitting the same. So, I more or less blew it off.
A week later, I weighed again. I was down 7 pounds, so 13 pounds up all in all. I was relieved at that.
About 3 days ago, I weighed myself for the 3rd time. I did not know what to expect.
The reason that I decided to weigh myself this 3rd time was because my body was feeling thinner. I felt that I had lost weight.
When I stepped on the scale, I found that I was right. I was down 8 pounds! So, my overall post-fasting weight gain stood at 5 pounds. That is less than the water that I had put on!
The Body Composition
I used my Tanita Body Composition Monitor to check my stats. I was pleased and amazed.
Since I stopped fasting, I had:
- Gained 13 pounds of muscle (I have been working out, most weightlifting)
- Water retention was up significantly (from 44% of body weight to 59%)
- Lost several pounds of fat
Hey, even being up in weight, all of my statistics were good. Very good! I had nothing to complain about.
At the rate I am going, I believe there is a very good chance that by the time I will start fasting again, I will be at, or very close to my lowest fasting weight. I will consider that to be a major accomplishment!
Nobody likes gaining weight, even 5 pounds! But, when you are losing fat, gaining muscle, and a lot of extra water weight.. well, that is pretty darn good in my book!