Guilty as charged

Yesterday I was at LinuxWorld and the press was getting a free meal. So, I went for it but that was 500-600 calories right there. That’s 80% of my daily diet intake, and I had it in a single meal (just some pasta salad and half a sandwitch). So, my diet was out of the window by mid-day. When I got back home though, I thought “hey, my diet is off for the day, I should just eat what I’ve been craving for so long”. And I had some chinese rice, milk, cheese and ice cream. Bam! I was at 2000 calories before the end of the day.

Fast forward to this morning: I gained 1 lb, my stomach was hurting me like hell (because it can’t digest all that fat anymore being in a fat-free diet for so long) and I feel guilty for not having followed the diet yesterday. You see, this is not “just one day that I endulged, not big deal”. This is 2 additional days that I threw off of my schedule, because I usually eat about 700 calories daily and I need to spend/burn 7,500 calories to lose 1 kg. So basically, by eating as much as I did in a single day, I have to wait 2 more days to get the weight-loss result that I would normally get today.

This is why diets that suggest that “every Saturday you are free to eat whatever you want in order to combat your cravings and as reward for your efforts“, do NOT make any (mathematical) sense. And yesterday, I fooled myself that it would be ok to do just that…

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Adam wrote on August 17th, 2006 at 7:17 AM PST:

In fairness, if you get TOO mathmatical about diet, you waste your chance to enjoy life!

A day off is just a nice easy-to-measure block of time. There’s no rate of weight loss required. Yes, you set yourself a few days back from the PACE, but who cares? You probably loved enjoying the food!

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Eugenia wrote on August 17th, 2006 at 7:27 AM PST:

What you write is true. But I am in a race with time as I have two goals: be thin and healthy enough by Christmas when I go to Europe, and have a baby before it’s too late. Sure, 2 days behind schedule is not the end of the world, but then again, it could be… ;)

Tom Dison wrote on August 17th, 2006 at 8:06 AM PST:

But did it taste good, or was the guilt already ruining it?

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Eugenia wrote on August 17th, 2006 at 8:08 AM PST:

It did taste good. The guilt only started this morning. ;)

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Eugenia wrote on August 18th, 2006 at 3:03 AM PST:

I get what you say. It’s just that I hate exercise.

Shelley wrote on August 18th, 2006 at 7:30 AM PST:

I like your product reviews and all, and you seem smart. Except for the dieting thing. You’re going about it all wrong. You’re eating way too little and not exercising. So you may end up being thin, but you’re going to be the fat skinny girl. Thin but flabby. You see, when you starve yourself, your body will do all it can to preserve the fat. Muscles require energy for maintenance, and in starvation mode, they are too much of an expense. So they go first. And your metabolism slows down, and down, and down. The end result is that you’ll be the fat skinny girl for a while. And then you’re going to gain all that weight back plus more. Like last time. And do you think you can get away with a starvation diet and having a baby? Because you’re going to have to eat a lot more than 700 kcal a day to maintain a safe and healthy pregnancy! Why not try a smarter program like “Fit for Life” or “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle”? You’ll be far better off in the long run.

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Eugenia wrote on August 18th, 2006 at 8:02 AM PST:

I know all this. It’s just that after I exercise, I get really hungry. The idea was to exercise only the last 2-3 months of the diet and not throughout. Plus, I am lazy.

Shelley wrote on August 18th, 2006 at 9:37 AM PST:

So what if you get really hungry? You’re supposed to have a post-workout meal after exercise!! You really need to learn about how the human body works. I exercise 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day. I can still eat around 2000 kcal a day and lose BODYFAT (not muscle mass) at the same rate you’re losing BODYWEIGHT on your starvation diet. You’re not doing yourself any favor by not exercising or eating properly. Do you really want to yo-yo and stave for the rest of your life?

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Eugenia wrote on August 21st, 2006 at 4:33 AM PST:

>Saying no to food is not that hard, seriously.

Edwin, you are out of your mind. If you think that eating 700 calories a day when you need about 1500 is “easy”, then I guess you have never being overweight and you never struggled with a diet with your life. Such words only come from people who were thin in all their lives.

It is the FIRST time in my life that I exercised will power and discipline for so long (3 months). I have lost over 20 lbs. Not recognizing this effort and spew crap about discipline to me, is MADNESS.

Regarding going to a gym, as I said, I want to do this the last 3 months of my diet plan and NOT now. Exercising ALWAYS made me incredibly hungry (I used to do javelin and sprinting) and this is why I need to place that activity at a time where my body has lost some body fat and is able to cope with fewer calories+exercise at the same time. I am not an idiot you know.

So, don’t bloody get on my nerves. You know nothing about me.

Edwin wrote on August 21st, 2006 at 10:43 AM PST:

I know plenty about how to say no to food, for different reasons than yours tho. If you have the right mindset you would be able to stick to your diet as well.

It’s funny you say ‘you know nothing about me’ when at the same time you assume I have never been overweight, are not on a diet and have been thin all my life. Pot and kettle, but whatever… You’re the one who admits to being lazy, I just state that this diet of yours, with the right mindset, is not hard to do. You’re hardly starving yourself here.

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Eugenia wrote on August 21st, 2006 at 10:57 AM PST:

>If you have the right mindset you would be able to stick to your diet as well.

JESUS! So, I am not allowed to have a break after THREE MONTHS on 700 calories??? After THREE MONTHS to not be able to eat cheese, bread or enough pasta or rice or potatoes or milk?


Instead of giving me PROPS that I have LASTED THAT LONG, you come here and tell me that I didn’t stick to my diet for eating some more in one or two or five days within these 3 months?

>You’re hardly starving yourself here.

Try to live with 700 calories a day and then come back and say that to me.

If losing 10kg isn’t a big achievement already, there wouldn’t be all those ads and products and magazines and pills about weight loss.


Edwin wrote on August 21st, 2006 at 12:32 PM PST:

Considering part of the reason you are on this diet is yer future kid, your lack of will-power/discipline is quite disturbing. Saying no to food is not that hard, seriously. Maybe it would help if you set milestones and lower yer calory-intake over a period of time instead of going ‘cold turkey’ (if this is what you did ofcourse).

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Eugenia wrote on August 22nd, 2006 at 4:18 AM PST:

>Your *entire* blog-post is about you not sticking to it,

NO. My entire blog is about taking a break for a day, which is a normal thing to do. What pissed me off is that you came along and you said I am not sticking to it and that what I do is not difficult and that I have no will power.

YOU DID accuse me of things that are not true.

Edwin wrote on August 22nd, 2006 at 8:41 AM PST:

I never said being on a diet for 3 months isn’t special (if you disagree, do point out where I said otherwise)… Do I feel I should give you props for it tho? No. But you feeling I (a complete stranger) should do so does make you come off like a spoiled person thinking she’s all that. If all you want to hear is how great it is you are on a diet and lost weight and how sorry we all are you had a momentary relapse and blahblahblah, then just say so.

Also, please point out where I said you didn’t stick to your diet and why this is wrong somehow? Your *entire* blog-post is about you not sticking to it, and I sure as hell didn’t write that piece now did I? In my original post I even ended with some possible advice to make it a bit easier on you.

FWIW, I’m vegan, saying no to (certain) foods (and many other goods) is quite easy, I speak from experience… Which is quite a bit longer then 3 months… Is it special? No. Do I deserve some props for it? No. It’s just the friggin way I deal with food… Again, it’s your mindset, if you feel right about this diet with every fiber in your body, it would not be so hard on you. How friggin hard to understand is that?!


Your very own A$$HOLE

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Eugenia wrote on August 22nd, 2006 at 8:47 AM PST:

>I’m vegan, saying no to (certain) foods (and many other goods) is quite easy

No, it’s not. It’s easy for YOU, because you had decided to do this. But for MOST people it is NOT. And besides, it’s not the same thing to compare my fat-free low-calorie diet to a vegan diet. You can eat as much as you want! I can’t! And get this: I can’t eat all kinds of foods either! So in a essense, I not only eat less, but I have less choice too. I would argue that my kind of diet IS more difficult than being a vegan.

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