HI- I've been dieting now for 5 weeks and have been doing pretty good with my calorie intake and keeping track of what I eat. My question is how bad is it when you have a day where you slip up and eat more than you should? Is it more important what you eat overall for the week than one day or one meal?I've done it about 3 times in the last 5 weeks and so far I've just really beeen good the next day--like eat even less than I should be but then I start thinking "well I'm not going to ever lose this weight because I ate too much that one day last week ". Trying to lose weight is so depressing!!!!! Any replies would be appreciated.Thanks!!
Everyone is going to have those days where you "slip up". And that is only human to do so. You should actually plan a reward to yourself for doing so good. As long as you don't fall into a pattern of thinking, "it's ok to keep slipping"....
For example, I would treat myself to a cheeseburger and vanilla milk shake at McD's once a month and something else like a 3 Musketeers another time during the month. Also eating less the next day will only complicate the diet, and cause possible weight gain in the future. Just excersise harder the day after rewarding yourself. AND DRINK YOUR WATER!!!! Hope this helps! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif"><p>[This message has been edited by packerfan4ever (edited 05-21-2002).]
Going for a day or so a week above the calories that you are trying for can replenish depleted leptin levels. This is good for long term weight loss. It is preferable that you do this with good foods rather than fast food or candy....but as long as you eat clean most of the time, I wouldn't worry about a "cheat day" once in a while.
I think as long as you get right back on your plan you'll be ok. In the past, my problem when I've done that, is when I've just kept slipping and slipping till it got out of control again. Also... on days when I know I have to go to a party or out to dinner or something, I try to plan a head and I watch really carefully what I eat during that day. Congrats on 5 weeks!! How much have you lost so far?? Keep going, sounds like you're doing well! :-)
Knowing some friends that have worked with a personal fitness trainer and nutritional specialist they actually recommend a "cheat day". This cheat day will allow you to vary from your regular diet and have something that you normally wouldn't eat. This cheat day helps with your motivation to keep going.
For example, if you plan your cheat day on Fridays.. you are always looking forward to Fridays to have that Cheesburger you've been wanting. It's also been shown that your "cheat day" shocks your body because it's not used to getting that type of food and may actually aid in your weight loss.
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