(I solicit your input at the end of the post, so read on!)
Harmony and I have experienced a very slow and fairly miniscule weight gain over the past 6 months or so. This is somewhat puzzling to us, especially since we joined a CSA back in June, and have since been eating many more (in quantity and variety) vegetables.
We weigh ourselves almost daily. So this is not a case of "I weighed myself once back in March, and now I step on in September and have gone up two pounds." ...Two pounds being how much my average weight seems to have shifted upwards. Our scale also does a (very rough?) measurement of body fat percentage, of which mine has, interestingly enough, remained fairly constant in the entire time we've had this scale. We got it maybe July 2007 or so, and my percentage has consistently been between 16% - 19%.
Now on to the subject of food. I have a short memory when it comes to food, so I'm not quite sure how differently we ate before joining the CSA. I'm pretty certain that since then, we've had many more vegetable-based meals though. One would think that eating more vegetables would cause body weight to decrease, but one might be wrong. The CSA takes a good chunk of our weekly food budget, so we are eating less meat these days. Again, you'd think this would cause weight loss, but one might be wrong. Maybe the decrease in protein consumption has us consuming more calories over all?
Another factor to consider is breakfast foods. Within the breakfast category, there are two sub-factors to consider: quantity and carbohydrates. I used to have breakfast cereal every day, and I had it with lots of milk (protein). When we started buying organic milk, I couldn't maintain the daily consumption rate (or else we'd go broke), so we looked for alternatives. Pancakes come to mind, as do blueberry muffins. Pancakes have somewhat gone out of style, as they are fairly expensive for us (3 to 4 cups of milk!). Overall, I think I am eating less for breakfast, and what I am eating has a higher percentage of carbohydrates and lower percentage of protein than Frosted Mini Wheats and milk did.
Current breakfasts at work consist of one piece of buttered-and-honeyed toast and one hard-boiled egg.
In the past, I never bought into the low-carb craze too much, but maybe the carbs have something to do with this mysterious weight gain? But remember that Harmony too has experienced a similar gain, but does not consume as many carbs as I do.
I know that the Internet has probably decreased all of our attention spans, so here's a quick bullet list of possible factors and other contextual things-to-know:
- Less meat/protein
- More carbohydrates (for me)
- Decreased size of breakfast (for me)
- Metabolism beginning to slow?
- (Activity levels have been steady in this period, so I don't think they're a factor)
- I drink plenty of water during the day
If you have either 1) more brains, or 2) more experience in this area, we'd like to hear your thoughts on the matter, whether it's suggestions or further speculation.