1.7 kg Weight Gain?

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 11.18.33 AMWell, the Fish & Chips, donuts, prime rib, nachos, candy bars, and potato chips I ate last week on my Pacific Northwest road trip caught up with me this morning. I weighed in at 82.3 kg, which is 1.7 kg above my low of 80.6 kg last month. I thought I could get away with eating almost anything, because I biked 200km/week, with 2,000m/week of climbing.

Well, what they say is true: “you can’t outrun your fork”. In other words, it’s pretty easy to inhale 1000 calories, while it takes several hard hours of training to burn it off. So you can’t just serially eats donuts without consequences, even if you train a few hours a day.

It’s been about a year since I ate this amount of high-fat, fried, and sugary foods. I didn’t binge on them, but I ate full-fat restaurant dinners, then snacked on donuts and chips at my sister’s house. It’s pretty much the standard American recipe for weight gain.

I’ll get back to losing weight, and towards my ultimate 70 kg goal. Once I returned home, I immediately re-started my normal whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) way of eating, which I was starting to miss (especially after weighing myself).

I learned an important lesson here. Yes, we get fat because of rich western diet. Fried foods are horrible, sugary treats are calorie bombs. It’s pretty much all they sell, and you have to go out of your way to find something healthy, if you can find anything at all. Mystery solved as to why Americans get fat.


  1. Any update on what your carb/fat/protein ratios are (roughly?) I noticed you said you add about 15g of oil for cooking per day..do you use a scale to measure it? I ask because 15g of oil is really deceptively small, I’d imagine most people use significantly more when they add a “little bit” of oil to their things.


    1. Jon,

      My macro-nutrient ratios are probably around 55%/35%/10% (carb/fat/protein). I still don’t add much oil to my cooking, but I often spread butter on my tortillas and bread. It’s hard to abstain from fat — I love avocados, eggs, nuts & butter. I couldn’t imagine getting down to the 10% – 15% range.


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