Cutting with a weekly splurge: interesting early data
On Monday I wrote about the splurge snack I’d consumed the day prior, which was noteworthy for just one reason: in the nearly 14 year history of JSF, I’ve never consumed a cheat meal or snack while cutting.
Because of the high sodium content of the snack (it was movie theater popcorn–nearly 2,000 mg of sodium), I expected some water retention/temporary weight gain. Even though I know full well that any retained water would be gone after a day or so, I thought that it might throw me off my game a little bit.
On Monday morning I was surprised to see that I was down nearly a half-pound. Yesterday my weight remained the same, and this morning I was down another 1.2 pounds. So if I did retain any water, it was offset by fat loss and didn’t show up on the scale. I think it helped that I pounded the water all day after my cheat snack (if you’re not sure why increasing water intake actually reduces water retention, please see my article “A few words about water weight, and what causes it.“).
I also noted on Monday that I started my current cut at the exact same weight as my January 2015 cut (179.2 pounds). At the one week mark of both these cuts my scale weight was down, but still identical (174.6 pounds). This morning, after 8 full days of cutting, I weighed in at 173.0 pounds; compare that to 174.2 pounds after 8 days of cutting on my January 2015 cut, and I’m now ahead of pace–with a cheat.
Of course fat loss is non-liner, and so 1.2 pounds over just 8 days doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot. I just found it interesting that I was tracking identically until I had the splurge snack, and then moved ahead of pace.
The really interesting data will come about a month from now, especially if I continue to have a single splurge meal or snack each week. I might have to, in the name of science. 🙂