This was not a good week of eating for me. Last night, at the gym, the scale read 211 lbs. This is a 6 lb. jump from the 205 that it read a week prior. Now, I know that there is a day to day fluctuation in weight, but certainly, I can chalk this 6 lb. weight gain up to a week of poor choices.
That's not fair; I shouldn't say "poor choices". Some of it was due to poor choices in food and diet, but a lot of it was just do to sociability. Controlling what you eat is so much easier to do when you are alone. When you are with others, controlling what you eat is substantially more difficult. This week has involved a lot of dinner with friends and ordering-in lunch with co-workers. The lunch stuff is not so harmful, I think; it's the eating big dinners that's the real killer.
Eating big, late at night, I think is the main culprit for my weight gain this week. I eat, and then I hang out, and then I go to sleep. I don't do anything active and then I follow it up with 5-6 hours of sleep. My body had no choice but to store the calories as a future energy source (read: body fat).
Dinner, I think, is the worst meal of the day for you. And, ironically, I think it usually is the biggest meal of the day for a lot of people. I think people's eating habits (mine included) are totally backwards; we start out eating small when we have the most day ahead of us and eat increasingly large meals as the amount of day remaining decreases. This sets us up for weight gain without a doubt. We should reverse this. We should be eating big in the morning when we have an entire day to get through and then decrease the meal size as the day comes to a close.
Right now, I am trying to deal with that by not eating any solid food after like 6pm. After that time, I can have a protein shake, but even that, I am trying to not do after like 8 or 9 pm. This way, my body should have a few hours to use up excess caloric intake before I go to sleep. Of course, at the same time, I don't want to throw my body into starvation mode, which is counterproductive as the body will go into calorie conservation mode - exactly what I don't want it to do. That's why I am OK with the late night protein shake. Studies have shown that the body will more readily store excess fat calories as opposed to excess carbohydrate or protein calories (they are not sure why this occurs but it has been a documented observation). Therefore, by allowing a high protein / low fat-carb caloric intake late in the day, I can avoid going into starvation mode while simultaneously lowering the chances of the my body creating adipose tissue from the calories.
Of course, this is all thrown to the wind when it comes to going out to dinner with friends. If I meet friends after work for food, we don't usually eat till like 7pm and when we do eat, it's usually not the best food or food portions. Being social seems to be one of my major inhibitors of weight loss.
There are so many opposing forces in life! Keeping balance is extremely hard. I want to be social, but eat well. I want to be social, but find time to work out. I want to work out, but also put a lot of time into research. I want to do research, but I want to read fiction. I want to concentrate on work, but I also want a romantic relationship. I want a romantic relationship, but I also want friends. I want to eat well and have a romantic relationship, but I want to eat at the same time my significant other eats.
How can we deal with all that and still maintain balance, sanity, and be successful in our pursuits?!? Is it even possible? Isn't the phrase "A Jack of all trades, master of none" just as applicable to social life as it is to work?