What happens when you go off your restricted diet?

I recently spent two days working as a movie extra, something I’ve wanted to try as part of my new effort to become an actor as a hobby and future possible career. As one of 650 people on the set those two days, I had no control over what I would eat and the planners of the event certainly were not thinking about my restricted diet amidst the mountain of other things they needed to consider.

So I went off my diet, first reluctantly and then hungrily as the two 14-hour days drained me physically. The first morning, I stuck with fresh fruit for breakfast but lunch was a roast beef sandwich, something I’m not supposed to eat. I took off the cheese to save some salt and fat and put all the meat in half a sandwich so I would eat less bread. I also only munched a few salt-laden potato chips instead of a whole bag. But I gave in to the chocolate chip cookie for dessert and even sought out a second one.

Day two, I started with a Boston cream doughnut which was fabulous. I used to eat those weekly, but have largely stayed away from them for the past year.

My lunch sandwich that day was something called a Big Tony, an Italian themed meal with mortadella, which is laden with fat, and high-salt ham gabagol which is an Italian spiced ham variety I grew up with. Again I only ate half the bread and one cookie this time.

Mortadella is an Italian bologna with gobs of fat in it
Mortadella is an Italian bologna with globs of fat in it

Still, after those meals I had gained two pounds in two days, mainly, I believe because of the added salt which contributed to water retention even though I was feeling dehydrated each day.

Now that I’m back to my normal diet, it will be interesting to see how quickly I can drop those pounds. I had gained six pounds on a recent 10-day trip to Italy, largely for the same reason of increased salt consumption, but lost it all in a week after returning home.



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