3 x 3

- POSTED ON: Jan 04, 2017

For more than 10 years, I’ve maintained a very large weight loss. It took effort to lose the weight, and it still takes effort to maintain that weight-loss.  For detailed info see “My Petite Meals”.

My weight went up over the Holiday season, so now I need to work hard to get it back inside my acceptable maintenance weight-loss range.

I frequently experiment with various “Diets”, “Lifestyles”, and “Ways-of-Eating” randomly depending on my current interests and mindset. I’ve previously experimented with the 5-Bite Diet. For early 2016 detailed info see “Intermittent Fasting via 5-Bites”.

Sometimes I choose to share about my personal diet experiments here at DietHobby, and sometimes I choose not to do so.  Whenever I do share personal information publicly, I limit it to what I feel comfortable with sharing at that time.

For my post-holiday 2016 season… early 2017…, I’m modifying that previous plan. Instead of 2 meals of 5 bites each, I’ll be having 3 meals of 3 bites each.  Instead of “2x5”, I’ll be calling it “3x3”.   I’ll be working to: 

  • Eat any kind of food I want, ignoring exact calories.  Take only 3 normal or small size bites each meal.  “My hand goes to my mouth three times and I am done.”  One bite should equal about 1 swallow.  If any meal serving contains food in addition to that amount, throw it away or store it for future meals.

I am posting some photos of my future 3-bite meals here at DietHobby, see: RESOURCES, Photo Gallery.
My Photo Gallery also has a file showing some of my past 5-bite meals.

This 3x3 plan is very much how I ate during the year immediately following my gastric bypass 25 years ago, EXCEPT for the fact that at that time my tiny amounts eaten seldom included sweets or fatty foods because my recovering body couldn’t tolerate them. During that post-surgery year, even a bite or two of those foods made me feel “lie-down-ill” due to “dumping syndrome”. 

During the months immediately after WLS, because of “dumping syndrome”, most of the time my tiny meals consisted of about 3 to 5 bites of some combination of foods like: meat, chicken, fish, egg or cheese; raw or cooked easily digestible vegetables and fruits; bread, potato, rice, pasta with a tiny bit of dressing, butter, or sauce. Occasionally I would have a bite or two of: fried food; sauce or gravy; candy; cookie; pastry, but I tried not to do this unless I had an hour or so of free-time and was near a readily available bed because This was a high-risk gamble.

While my body rejected specific foods during the year immediately after my gastric bypass, my body now accepts those same specific foods.  Since those specific foods are higher calorie, my past 3 to 5 bites of eating resulted in a lower calorie intake than my recent years of 3 to 5 bites of eating. However, 3 to 5 bites is a very small amount of food, so this higher calorie count still results in very few calories.

Anyone who has read very many of the articles I’ve posted here on DietHobby will understand there are limitations on the ability to count calories accurately. For me personally, the benefits outweigh the limitations, and I find knowing the approximate number of calories in specific foods helpful.   For basic information on my perspective of dieting, see my articles: The Essence of Diets - Part One and The Essence of Diets - Part Two.

I firmly believe that … due to many different reasons … EVERY Diet works for SOMEONE, but NO Diet works for EVERYONE.

NOTE:  Bumped up into January 2017. First posted on 12/28/2016.

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Existing Comments:

On Dec 30, 2016 oolala53 wrote:
Wow. Do you have an estimate for how long it will take to get into your range?

On Dec 31, 2016 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Hi oglala, that's an interesting question. After Christmas I was 5 pounds over the top of my normal BMI range, some of that weight is salt/water/waste. I expect that I will drop 4 or 5 pounds in the first week. After that first week, my own personal experience tells me that even if I were able to perfectly follow a 3x3 plan, I would be lucky to drop 1/2 pound per week. This is due to my advanced age, my small frame, my weight-history, my personal genetics, and my extreme inactivity.. all of which I am pretty much stuck with. How long I CAN manage to stick to a 3x3 plan is an open question to which I don't have an answer, but assuming that I sustained the motivation, drive, & will to do so until I got to the mid-point of my normal range, which is my "preferred" weight, it would be a 12 lb weight-loss which I predict would take a minimum of 24 weeks, which is around the beginning of June. Truthfully, I find it difficult to follow ANY type of diet plan long-term, and my own style is to jump around from diet to diet. In general, this behavior has worked pretty well for me during my past 11 years of maintenance.

On Dec 31, 2016 Dr. Collins wrote:
             My above article states that I've maintained my weight-loss for more than 10 years, which is correct. I first reached my goal weight in January 2006, so this January 2017 will be years of maintenance since reaching goal, but since I was in my "normal" BMI range for a few months before I reached my actual goal of 115 lbs, I've actually already spent more than 11 years inside my maintenance weight-range .

On Jan 01, 2017 Kae wrote:
i'm restarting my diet today .. although i am thinking of it as my healthy eating plan and really hope to make it a permanent lifestyle change :) i'd like to commend you for the hard work you've put in these past 11 years as well as your commitment to lose the weight that you gained during this holiday season and also to wish you the best of luck as you embark on your new 3x3 plan :)

On Jan 01, 2017 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Happy New Year Kimber, Thanks for the kind words. Let's continue on together. You know how exactly get in touch with me any time that you want to talk diet.

On Jan 06, 2017 oolala53 wrote:
Jumping around on diets looks good on you!

On Jan 06, 2017 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Oolala53. Thanks for your kind words.

On Jan 15, 2017 Carolyn wrote:
I love your dedication to trying different things, which I also think is a way to maintain interest in calorie restriction and staying on the path to losing and/or not gaining. Keep us posted on your 5 bite "3x3" (I love your photo of the tiny cookies!), I will be following. I think three was a guy who wrote either a blog or an article about doing different diets one week at a time to avoid boredom and keep himself on track. Something to keep in mind! I could handle two Snickers bars a day for many 2-3 days before I would get sick of them! :) Thanks for the great post!

On Jan 15, 2017 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks Carolyn. I have a diet book around somewhere, by a guy who tried a plan of following a different diet every week of the year ... which is ... of course... actually a diet in itself. I've learned that I need an enormous amount of flexibility and freedom in the way that I deal with my "dieting hobby". ... although, of course, at this time there is very little leeway in the amount of calories that my body will burn, which does tend to limit my personal choices. Personality and personal preference have a lot to do with the workability of the various ways of eating. Having hard & fast Rules is very effective for a great many people, but not so much for others. I find it almost impossible to EXACTLY follow any type of eating rules created by Someone Else for more than a few consecutive days.

On Jan 15, 2017 Carolyn wrote:
I agree with you. Seems like the most important is knowing the calorie range and sticking to it. The Newcastle Diet has proven that 600 a day (800 if you include the 200 calories in veggies) will eliminate or at least cause T2 to go into remission, and that is on top of the weight loss. And those subjects were drinking meal replacement shakes! Even the Five Bite guy says it doesn't matter what you eat, what matter is getting the weight off with CR. It seems like nutritionists are going to have to re-think 2,000 a day as a "standard." It's just too much for sedentary populations and those who don't work in labor jobs, which is probably most of us. Good posts and look forward to your progress. I loved your 5 Bite pics - you use Snickers bars intermittently, which is probably how I would do it too. Can't stomach them everyday. Unlike See's candy. LOL.

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