Binge day *eep*

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ve heard that the occasional cheat day is actually GOOD for you since it keeps your metabolism “guessing” and you don’t get locked in to the dreaded starvation mode where you are eating too few calories and your body is resistant to losing weight. Has anyone else ever heard this? Please correct me if I’m spreading misinformation!

 

So maybe pizza night isn’t going to get you off track after all- I wouldn’t worry about it 🙂

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I would NOT eat under 1200 calories. It sounds like you are saving for a cheat day, but it doesn’t work like that for weight you actually want to keep off. The worst thing you can do (even worse then overeating or cheating) is not eat enough at all. That’s a standard MFP sets, simply bc you should never go below that. You can actually slow down your weightloss this way, as your body will hold into calories. Even if you do lose weight, as soon as you begin eating normally again, you will gain it back. You just don’t eat less. You eat more, and workout more. 

If you cheat, just accept it and move on. Eat better the next day, but that doesn’t mean “less” to compensate. It doesn’t necessarily work that way. I did that and stalled my weightloss… Researched why through my personal trainer, a nutritionist/health coach and even on the MFP forums and found a wealth of information about how unhealthy it is and how it slows progress.

Also, unless you ate over like 5000+ calories (I don’t know your height or weight), you wouldn’t have to worry about necessarily “gaining”. Well, except for temporary water weight, due to sodium. Your body can burn thousands of calories per day, simply by living and functioning. 

to lose weight in a healthy way (that will stay off), you can calculate your TDEE (Google any calculator online)… Punch is your specs and it will tell you how many calories you personally burn each day based on height, age, activity level, bmr etc… Then, You can deduct 15-20% and THAT should be your daily caloric goal. Also, work out five days a week to see results.

Also, just curious what you are eating to hit between  700-1000 cals everyday? Bc your diet alone will make a huge impact… The GI, protein, etc. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

200-500 calories a day is starvation. This wasn’t a cheat day so much as a survival day.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

@shaka:  I don’t think she meant she was ONLY eating 200-500 a day, I think she meant that her deficit is 200-500 a day (which is alright)

Post # 9
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Helper bee

@smv22114:  +100000! OP, please don’t net less than 1200 a day for an extended period of time. Some days you won’t meet your deficit goal because youre not hungry enough or whatever, but it shouldnt be a constant thing. It really is unhealthy over time. 

For your specific question, look at your weekly intake. You can view it under the nutrition tab. It will show your net intake every day and how far away you are from your weekly goal. That’s way more useful than day to say comparisons in my opinion. If you’ve been under all week, this cheat day won’t do anything. Especially if you’re set to lose so much a week – you will still be in a deficit even if you are a few hundred calories over your weekly goal. The past two days I’ve eaten at least 1200 above my goal. Not super thrilled about it, but I had a great time with friends and my SO at the fair and doing other things. Life happens, so don’t stress as long as your everyday habits are healthy. But PLEASE go about it in the right way. I know some people have higher goals like 1700 to lose, so if that’s the case and you are netting at least 1200 a day then you should be fine, but it’s really better to stick to meeting the goal rather than staying way under. Remember that the goal is already a deficit!

If you want more help, use the online forums – you can’t access them from your phone. There are a lot of knowledgable people there who can help with any other questions. 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@FutureMrsHallam:  I lost 51lbs calorie counting, so I think I can help!

I also eat like a hog on the weekends, and like a saint during the week.

So I budget 1200 cals/day during the week, and 1800 cals on Fri/Sat/Sun. And if I go over that by a little, it’s not a huge deal. Remember–you’re still going to lose weight! As long as you don’t go over 1800 cals EVERY day, you’re still going to lose weight!

So no stress. And if you can manage 30 minutes of walking three days a week, you’re going to burn another 300 or so calories!

But don’t go under 1200 cals. It will SERIOUSLY mess up your metabolism.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@OrchidsandCandles:  it’s not alright when her daily goal is 1200. 500-700 cals below will still send your body into starvation mode. Not trying to be rude, but please don’t give misinformation that could compromise someone’s health. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

@shaka:  I was confused as well until I reread it lol

 

OP, I do hope you aren’t only eating 500 calories a day. Obviously eating only 500 calories a day would be absolute shite (been there, done that). When I was doing that, alongside 2 hours of cardio a day and weightlifting (which did not help), I was moody, depressed, cried so much, felt just so damn ANGRY. It was not good. Yes the weight was falling but I wasn’t building muscle and it was just a mess. My poor FI has to put up with it and implored me to eat properly (thank goodness I listened to him!)

 

Now I’m doing weightlifting three times a week (same as before), with HIIT, and eating (fairly!) clean as well as hitting my protein macros (100g a day). As long as I am hitting my macros and eating below 1500 a day, I am happy. I’m making progress and I’m not a moody cow! 

 

Don’t worry about cheat days; I happily maintained a 13lb loss from not calorie counting, just watching my protein and weightlifting! I would eat ‘crap’, but it didn’t matter as long as I got my protein. Obviously now I am calorie counting in order to lose the last couple of lbs but it is far better to do it nice and slow rather, the results are much better! Let yourself relax, unless you are trying to cut for a competition or a show, enjoy yourself every now and then. 🙂 Find what works for you and stick with it! Don’t do something just because a magazine said to do it. Don’t be scared of food, you need it to sustain yourself! 

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

@smv22114:  I didn’t realise her goal was 1200, I thought she was eating at 1200 and THAT was 200-500 below her goal. My bad! 

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