Our bodies are keeping tabs on those calories even if we're not......
well I did have my birthday yesterday and indulged more than I should have, but other than that, it was really a good week! I may have had a day or two where I had a *little* extra but nothing huge, and I tracked all week.
Okay there. How much extra are we talking here? Unfortunately, it doesn't take much to erase any "good" efforts we've put forth. Without a doubt, one "off" day can definitely derail the other 6 "good" ones. We are trying to create a calorie deficit. We do that one day at a time. Appox. 3500 calories below what we burn will provide us with a pound of weight loss. Every time we create a 3500 calorie deficit, we lose a pound. Let's say we create a 500 calorie deficit every single day. We do that 6 days in a row - that's 3000 calories burned - or almost a pound gone. But on that 7th day, we don't create that 500 calorie deficit.
There goes that should have/could have/would have been one pound gone. Depending on how many calories we consume on that off day, we've not only wiped out our potential to lose the pound - we may create a calorie overage or surplus - and now gained weight - not lost.
That's why people who eat off plan even one day a week often find they do not lose weight... And why consistency and staying on plan – 7 days is a week is SO important.
But of course, it could just be a normal fluctuation or your expected TOM.
It's really hard to clearly figure out what caused this and what caused that. You can't. You'll drive yourself needlessly batty.
Oh and how is stepping on the scale "cheating"? I think daily weighing is a good thing. That reality check first hing in the morning. That AWARENESS that is needed to be health/weight conscious. And you learn what "your" normal fluctuations are.
Anyway, STICK with that program and the lbs WILL come off. And let's celebrate the fact that you lost 1/2 lb. A 1/2 LB!!!!!