My three-day tater trial has ended as planned. The results? A not so impressive total weight loss of one half pound. Strange because yesterday I was down two pounds! Of course lots of things affect daily weight and it's not possible to say with any certainty that the Tater caper was responsible but the results certainly do not point to undoubted success.
In fairness, my compliance to the program was not 100%, it was 89%. Due to a business lunch yesterday, I ate a salad with grilled chicken instead of a potato. This brought my calorie totals per day to 950, 1500, 950. This represents a significant caloric deficit, so I would have expected some loss, even if only water.
But I believe that my body had downregulated my metabolism in response to the long term calorie restriction. Of course three days is not long term, but the tater trial followed a month of cyclical 48 hour weekly fasting. This may have triggered the so-called "starvation mode".
I've wondered about this before, people talk about it, but other than a feeling of lethargy i didn't understand how the body would suddenly use less energy. Of course the answer it to reduce the body's temperature, duh! I read about this in the tater thread.
For two days I have been very cold, not just because the weather has turned cold, but I feel cold on the inside. I have never felt this way before, I'm always warm, warm hands, warm feet, warm heart! I rarely wear heavy coats, even in the dead of Winter.
I've got one of those instant read thermometers, they're not so accurate, but should at least show me the range. My waking temp was 97.0*F. I'll take it for a couple of days and then see if it stays low.
For the time being I'll raise my calories to 2000 - 2500 eating Primally to see if I can dial up my temp baseline and then dive into the fasting again. Hopefully I can use temperature as a tool to know when my metabolism is slowing so to avoid pointless starvation.
So while the tater trial wasn't in itself a huge success, it got my thinking in order and maybe has added a new tool to the chest. So I am happy!
Some eggs, some Applegate franks, a steaming hot cup of coffee with heavy cream (I missed this the most) and I'm beginning to warm up!