So I’m four weeks into my Lite n Easy experiment, and over the past week I’ve had more weight loss, but it’s significantly less than previous weeks. Over the last 7 days I’ve dropped 400g. That’s not bad in the scheme of things – it’s certainly 400g I’m pleased to see go – but in the context of the previous three weeks, it leaves me scratching my head. What changed? If I’m eating from a box and only eating the prescribed food, why the slow-down when I still have heeeeeaps of fat left to lose?
I’m pretty sure the answer is that I went down to a 1200 calorie plan. I spent the week obsessing a little bit about food – the 1200 cal plan really did have significantly less food, and there were more times in the week where I was feeling hungry but was out of snacks. The meal sizes were still fine, but realistically on LnE the lunch and dinner sizes don’t change between calorie plans, and that means that the 300 calorie difference has to be made up between breakfast and snacks. Going off what I’ve experienced, I’d say they lose about 100 calories at breakfast (only one egg instead of two, only one piece of toast, etc), and 200 calories in snacks (no nuts, no baked goods, no cheese, nothing savoury – only fruit).
So given that that was the main difference in my week from a food and exercise perspective, I’m thinking that maybe my body didn’t enjoy consuming only 1200 calories a day (and less on the two fasting days). I’ve gone back to 1500 calories this week, and yesterday I felt like I was overloaded with food. A tub of yoghurt added to breakfast, a packet of nuts, a piece of date and walnut cake – it made all of the difference in feeling satiated, and being able to forget about food again rather than obsessing. It will be very interesting to see what the scales say next Thursday.
Total weight loss so far: 4.6 kg, four weeks in