So it’s been a bit over a week since I finished up the 5 Day Pouch Test, and I’ve had a few people asking me questions about it… I sort of left the last posting stating how I likely wouldn’t know the impact for awhile, but let’s see if I can address some of things now.
How much weight did I lose? Well, I tried to be up-front and realistic in the fact that this isn’t… and shouldn’t be about losing weight in and of itself. If you go in to doing the 5DPT with the expectation of losing a bunch of weight that week, I think not only are you doing it “wrong”, but you’re doing it for the wrong reason.
Another regular on the BTV Forums posted some pretty passionate thoughts she had against the 5DPT. And yes, I had to stop of a moment as I read them to remind myself this was about the 5DPT and not about me. Least I don’t think it was. One of the arguments against it was that it’s simply another “crash diet”. While I disagree with the assertion that the 5DPT in and of itself is a crash diet – mainly because it isn’t presented as a way of losing a ton of weight – I have seen people treat it as such. The folks that feel they can go off the wagon and it’s ok, cause they’ll just do this every few months to “get back on track”. While maybe the original author could do more to dissuade this whole scenario, I don’t believe using it in this way is outright supported.
Does it fit a broader definition of “crash diet”? Yea… I suppose. But at the same time, how many folks who have had bariatric surgery out there rely on logging their food intake day in and day out? How many continue to count calories… or protein… or carbs? How many of these same folks blast programs such as Weight Watchers because they are “diets”? How is what they’re doing not a “diet”?
Yes, I personally tout eating a healthy diet. I use the “d-word” in the sense that diet is what you eat on a regular basis and that the by-product of a healthy diet is that you can reach and stay at a health weight. When talking about diet in general I am not using it in the sense of being something you “go-on” for a period of time with the specific goal of losing weight. I’m talking noun vs verb.
There’s probably more I could get in to here… but that’s for another posting I think.
So did I lose any weight? Maybe. I didn’t make a concerted effort to weigh before and after. I did weigh myself at one gym the Saturday before and at another gym the Friday I ended and there was a 1-2 pound difference towards losing. Can it be attributed to the 5DPT or was it just a difference in scales or some other factor, there’s no way to know for sure.
Overall, I did find myself eating better this last week. Possibly even eating less on average than I had been over the last few months. And I am also eating better overall again, avoiding the junk better. But not entirely.
Can I attribute any of this to the 5DPT? I’m inclined overall to say not really. But again, it comes back to my original thoughts on using this as part of a mental-reset. And it’s also why I said it could take awhile to figure out if it’s helped even in that context.
Do I regret having tried it. No. Even if all it’s done is given me that first step back towards more mindful eating, towards getting myself back on track, on making me more aware of what I’m doing, what I’m eating, etc. Than I suppose it was worth it.
And I still ain’t buying the book.