General Diet Plans and Questions - CHEAT MEAL - A Great Way to Break Plateau




joyfulloser
12-11-2010, 11:30 PM
This is an excerpt from a Personal Trainer on why weekly cheat meals help break plateaus and keep our metabolic engine revving.

When you are dieting and in a submaintenance level for a prolonged time your metabolism, thyroid production, and leptin levels down regulate and this is usually when weight stalls or there is performace issues during training. The first thing people do on plateaus is reduce calories which actually makes things worse and causes your body to start storing fat to survive and you damage your metabolic rate as well. So when you cheat (calorie spike) it up-regulates your leptin horomone , which controls thyroid, test levels and GH. This basically jacks everything up and your body starts burning fuel more efficiently again.

The thing is you shouldn't do this more than once every 7 days to make sure you need it and it works. This is very general as you really need to know how to read your body's bio-feedback to determine if a calorie spike is needed. Don't cheat just to cheat.

I DO personally find that after a good cheat meal (approx 16-17 ounces of take out Jamaican curried chix, rice & peas, steamed cabbage...my favorite cheat:)), that I do usually drop a few lbs when I'm on a stall/slow down phase.

How bout you? Do you have cheat meals? Cheat day? Discuss.:smug:


BarristerGirl
12-12-2010, 12:12 AM
I have consciously decided to go off plan to break a plateau/stall. Oddly, I find that if I take the whole day off and eat whatever I want, I will definitely have a few lb drop on the scale over the next week, whereas if I just had a few bites of off plan food (I'm doing MediFast) the scale would stall for days.

My most recent break was three days over Thanksgiving...longer than I had anticipated and the longest cheat than I've ever done. I gained 6-7 lbs, but have managed to lose 15 pounds in the two weeks that have followed. My first month of dieting I only lost 16, so this has really shocked and dumbfounded me.

The obvious implication of cheating, especially when you experience a woosh after, is that it will develop binge/yo-yo eating habits. It's something I'm very conscious of, so I've spaced my cheat days out...usually one day every 6-8 weeks. I don't want to lose all this weight to end up in a cycle of binge-ing and restricting calories to lose every few days.

rainbowsmiles
12-12-2010, 12:45 AM
i SURE DO WISH i had known this the 1st time around...part of the reason i gave up after losing 68 pounds was the 4 weeks of losing NOTHING even though i was cutting more and more out of my intake...
this time around...i am so thankful for you sharing this!!!
i will be READY now!! :)

thanks :hug:


Rosinante
12-12-2010, 03:25 AM
Nope, never do. I don't have the willpower to eat off plan Just Once. It would be the beginning of the end if I tried it.
Plus, I have really profound objections to the word "cheat" - for me it reinforces an idea that a healthy way of eating is some kind of penance to be broken out of.

However, if it works for someone, then it works! We all do what works. :)

Focused Lani
12-12-2010, 04:28 AM
I'm following a high protein, lower carb (not exactly low carb) and low fat eating plan, embarrassingly named 'Bodytrim'

The plan recommends eating two free meals once a week (on the same day) They call it the zig zag effect. I don't really know if it works yet, but it really does help me prevent eating off plan. I no longer care if there are yummy mashed potatoes on the stove or some such thing because I know that I can have it in a few days anyway.

Butterfly7
12-12-2010, 04:39 AM
Interesting! My scale had stalled for about one week when I ate 500-600 cals over my plan and the next day I dropped a lb and started losing again. I still think it might have been a fluke. Any more info or studies done on this?

Nola Celeste
12-12-2010, 04:46 AM
I've read a fair bit about the zig-zag thing and tried it myself for a couple of weeks. Really seemed great, but I couldn't (yet) get over the psychological hurdle of "less than average calorie target = good" and "greater than average calorie target = bad" mentality. Would love to give this another try once I've more thoroughly internalized the concept that less isn't always more and yes, sometimes more means less.

With that said, though, I agree that considering it a "cheat meal" would just set off a big failure cascade in my head. Cheating leads to feelings of guilt which leads to Nola saying, "RAWR, must eat heaping platters of Doritos!" :D

joyfulloser
12-12-2010, 10:25 AM
Ok so without getting into semantics...let's call it a "FREE MEAL" instead of "CHEAT MEAL":)

I think alot of people confuse the "FREE" meal with a license to gorge on cookies, cakes and pies. The FREE meal should include any otherwise forbidden or "off-plan" foods that you may crave like pizza night, mexican, jamaican, chinese, etc. It's only ONE MEAL, which should consist of proteins, carbs and fats....just a bit higher in calories than "on-plan" meals AND you still have to limit your portions.

With that said, and keeping things into the prospective with what the Personal Trainer intended, anyone else try this "cheat meal" once per week/month, etc.? How has it worked for you?:)

*EDIT - Just for clarification, this is NOT the zig zag diet. That is something totally different. This is just one limited portion cheat MEAL per week.

deetermined2
12-12-2010, 11:15 AM
Maybe a better name for the meal might be your "REV meal" since it revs up your metabolism.

joyfulloser
12-12-2010, 12:09 PM
Interesting! My scale had stalled for about one week when I ate 500-600 cals over my plan and the next day I dropped a lb and started losing again. I still think it might have been a fluke. Any more info or studies done on this?

Actually...I'm in the process of doing my own "study" on this right now! About 5 weeks ago, I had a "cheat meal" and 2 days after lost 3 lbs!:o Since then, I haven't went "off-plan" and my weight loss has slowed to a crawl. My exercise has increased in intensity, but the scale has been up/down/up/down...not really making much progress (lost 1 lb in the last 2 weeks!:o)

So I decided to test this "cheat meal" theory once again. As you do, I wanted more proof that it wasn't just a freak coincidence. Yesterday I had my "cheat meal" and it was delishous (Jamaican curry chix, rice/peas and cabbage..YUM!) Had about 16-17 ounces (which is a pretty hearty portion). My weekly weigh-in is Mondays...so I'll be checking my weigh for the next few days to test this theory.

I shall report my findings here...hoping this works!:^:

SIDE NOTE - I used to have that "all or nothing" attitude about food, but after yo-yo'ing...I realize I MUST learn to be satisfied with just a little...I must be able to plan for it...and if I fall...I MUST be able to just get back up. Afterall....that's life...the unexpected, right?:^:

sacha
12-12-2010, 01:05 PM
You may want to look into the concept of a "refeed", this is a common strategy used in bodybuilding when they are dieting down to extremely low fat levels. You can read more about the actual process of it, it has to do with a "carb up", rather than a "cheat meal" (although most "cheat meals" are carb-based so they use the term interchangeably).

Nola Celeste
12-12-2010, 06:52 PM
SIDE NOTE - I used to have that "all or nothing" attitude about food, but after yo-yo'ing...I realize I MUST learn to be satisfied with just a little...I must be able to plan for it...and if I fall...I MUST be able to just get back up. Afterall....that's life...the unexpected, right?:^:

Let us know how it works out for you; I'm going to predict a nice "whoosh" of a few pounds for you. :carrot:

I think what you said here was especially wise--we DO need to learn how to fall and get back up. Really good food for thought there; thank you! :)

Annleslie
12-12-2010, 09:21 PM
Now, this is particularly interesting. I have the same philosophy that you need to jolt your body back into fat burning mode by surprising it, because the body and its system can adapt. The same goes for exercise. If you have a routine that you follow faithfully, you will certainly continue to become well-conditioned, but the effect of weight loss will eventually wear off. This is why you hear about people who exercise and exercise without getting results. So the remedy is similar to the diet alteration, which is to change it up and surpise the body. Work different areas of the body, do different activities every now and then to keep your body on its toes.

I also think that calling it cheating is psychologically detremental. Think of it as just going on and off, like someone mentioned above, zig-zagging. And, while for one individual this may be necessary weekly, for others it may only be necessary every couple of months. I would think that at the point where you see that the results are steadily no longer meeting your expectations and not matching your investment, is when your body needs that jolt, however you measure your progress, whether by scale or dress size.

Annleslie
12-12-2010, 09:24 PM
O, btw, Atkins also promoted this philosophy to actually go off the diet for a day or two when stuck on a plateau and then resume the diet protocol. So it seems to be an acceptable and common approach.

Annleslie
12-12-2010, 09:30 PM
joyfulloser, I have the same all or nothing attitude. One social gathering had me going off diet and pigging out, becoming overstuffed with an "Oh well" attitude. I hated that feeling so much of not having control that the next social gathering which was only this past Friday, I didn't eat anything. I hope that as I progress in dropping weight that I will overcome the all or nothing mentality. It's just so hard because for so long now, food...desserts in particular...has been my main friend or enemy, I'm not sure which.

Annleslie
12-12-2010, 09:44 PM
Maybe a better name for the meal might be your "REV meal" since it revs up your metabolism.

Oh, that's a good one!

(I post and then read..doh)

joyfulloser
12-12-2010, 10:14 PM
I completely AVOID cakes, cookies (the soft chewy kind you bake in the oven...oooooooooohhh myyyyy!:)) because I KNOW I still have absolutely NO CONTROL once I've had even a little bit....right now I'm doing pretty good with off plan foods in moderation and I generally enjoy them every now and again.

I am hoping to reach goal by March 2011...that is when I'll throw in a small treat every now and again to my diet...I'll start slowly.

I think the trick is to BE HONEST with yourself...and don't try to conquer mount everest all in one day....one step at a time:)

Thanks all for your comments...I'll be sure to post my personal findings this week:)

joyfulloser
12-13-2010, 09:43 AM
Sunday (day after cheat meal)...weight went up from 181.0 to 181.6
Monday - weight went down 181.6 to 180.4
Tues - down from 180.4 to 179.0
Wed -down from 179.0 to 178.2

Sunshine73
12-13-2010, 12:41 PM
One of my best friends has found that this works very well for her when she hits a weight stall. She'll work her plan for a couple of weeks to be sure she's truly in a stall and then she'll have an "off plan" treat type of a meal. Within a few days her body will respond with weight loss.

The more I learn about weight loss and the way our bodies work (or don't work) the more I come to believe that weight loss is not as simple as some medical professionals would have us believe.

joyfulloser
12-14-2010, 08:27 AM
Sunday (day after cheat meal)...weight went up from 181.0 to 181.6
Monday - weight went down 181.6 to 180.4
Tues - down from 180.4 to 179.0
Wed -

Seems the CHEAT MEAL is working...woo hooooooo!:carrot: Finally...GOODBYE 180's....HELLO 170's...:cp:

Annleslie
12-14-2010, 09:35 AM
So what exactly should the Off Plan or Rev Meal be comprised of? Would you eat the same quality of food that's on your diet, but just in greater quantity, or should you simply eat an average every day meal without any specific rules as to content, as well as quantity?

Which method would be MOST effective at shocking your system back into fat burning mode once you return to your diet?

mkendrick
12-14-2010, 10:09 AM
About 25lbs into losing I hit my plateau. It lasted one month. I hadn't changed any of my diet that I lost the first 25lbs with, but I had added exercise. So I was eating the same, burning more, thus a bigger deficit. And I completely stopped losing. This wasn't muscle-building strength training, it was straight cardio.

I tried the cheat meal to rev my metabolism. It was a party, and I ate whatever I wanted. I lost 2.2lbs that week (I have every cheat meal recorded on my weight loss graph so I can see exactly how much I gained/lost after a cheat). Every month after that, I planned one day per month as a free for all day. I'd plan it on holidays, birthdays, parties, etc. For that entire day, I do not count or worry about calories. I eat whatever I'd like. Jump right back on plan (this has never been hard for me) the next day and carry on with life.

I had monthly cheat days for the whole second half of my weight loss and never plateaued again. Besides smaller losses during TOM weeks, my loss was linear. I've maintained for exactly 6 months today, still having monthly cheat days, and I've never approached the high end of my weight maintenance range. On the contrary, I've had to up my calories a few times (like right now) to get away from the low end of my range.

I'm a big believer in finding a way to incorporate cheats into your plan in a way that will work for you.

joyfulloser
12-14-2010, 03:18 PM
So what exactly should the Off Plan or Rev Meal be comprised of? Would you eat the same quality of food that's on your diet, but just in greater quantity, or should you simply eat an average every day meal without any specific rules as to content, as well as quantity?

Which method would be MOST effective at shocking your system back into fat burning mode once you return to your diet?

My Cheat/Rev/Off Plan meal was Jamaican food...curried chix, rice & peas, and cabbage. Which is pretty good considering that Jamaican Foods are generally LOADED with fat (coconut milk, butter, etc.) But then again that's probably why it's sooooooo good!:p

I supppose another type of cheat meal could simply be a fattier cut of your favorite steak or pork (prime rib, pork ribs, etc.), with a nice portion of REAL mashed potatoes, and some veggies (ooooh...I think I just gave myself an idea for next week's cheat meal...mmmmm...prime ribbbbbb!!!:cool: )

joyfulloser
12-15-2010, 07:52 AM
Sunday (day after cheat meal)...weight went up from 181.0 to 181.6
Monday - weight went down 181.6 to 180.4
Tues - down from 180.4 to 179.0
Wed -down from 179.0 to 178.2

Ok...soooo....here's the end results of my test to fiind out if having a CHEAT MEAL can help break a plateau. The results are truly astonishing!:o

I think it's clear. I went from 181.0 to 178.2, but notice I had a slight weight gain the day following my cheat (probably from extra sodium), and the scales been steadily declining since....hmmmm????

Here's something strange...I've been really really HUNGRY the past few days, but I didn't endulge in any off-plan foods, but I definitely had a marked increase in HUNGER???:?: Well actually, yesterday, I DID have 1 fried chicken leg (was starving and had no snacks left...MUST GO SHOPPING). It was onlyl 85 calories though as I didn't eat the skin so still on-plan!:^: Also, I didn't exercise yesterday.

Well anyhoot...hope this helps someone. :hug:

Slim CB
12-15-2010, 09:00 AM
This might help someone joyfulloser but I would encourage you not to treat every week. Maybe you could do it when you see that you have hit a plateau. It might cause you to slip back into your old ways of eating. Just my two cents........

TapasLover
12-18-2010, 09:20 AM
Completely a believer in this phenomenon. Had been stuck at 153-154 for 2 weeks. Went on a weekend getaway, ate a meal or two with small amounts of decadent items...
Voila. Weigh in this week, 151.2
I think the body just needs a change of pace sometimes:)
Megan: Love your maintenance philosophy and balanced approach to this whole process. When I'm at my goal, I hope to treat "what comes after" just the way you do!

joyfulloser
12-18-2010, 10:07 AM
Sunday (day after cheat meal)...weight went up from 181.0 to 181.6
Monday - weight went down 181.6 to 180.4
Tues - down from 180.4 to 179.0
Wed -down from 179.0 to 178.2

Thurs - ATE 2 slices of Digiornio 3 meat frozen pizza...YUM! (this after my on-plan dinner, so yes, another cheat...ooops!:o

Sat - down from 178.2 to 177.2!!!:carrot:

Just so this study is fair...let me include my workout habits for this week. Actually, I kinda slouched. I ran 4 miles Mon & 2 sets of 12 pushups, no workout Tues, Ran 3.4 miles Wed, no workout Thurs except 3 sets of 12 pushups, Ran 4.27 miles Friday...and my results posted above are from first thing this morning (Sat.)

So...I started out last Saturday at 181.0, my weight this Sat is 177.2 - that's almost 4 POUNDS!!!!!..WOO HOOOOOO!!!

I highly suggest the CHEAT MEAL to any dieter eating regularly below maintenance. It just makes sense...it's good for the mind and body.:hug:

joyfulloser
12-20-2010, 08:33 AM
Ok...today's my OFFICIAL weigh in day - 176.0!!!!!:o

Just to make sure this is not a fluke. I am planning another CHEAT day this week. Can't be sure (at this point) of the EXACT date, as I will go by what I crave/feel. But I'll post here when I do, and I'll post my weight in the days following that CHEAT meal.

As you all know...it's quite hard to lose the second week after a WHOOOSH week, which (4.4 lbs is quite a whoosh). So if I lose again by my next weigh-in and after my cheat...I will convinced beyond any doubt!!!

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! On to the 160's!!!:D

deetermined2
12-23-2010, 01:56 AM
That's wonderful!!! I may have to try doing this.

Alisme
01-24-2011, 02:14 AM
I follow the 5 factor diet loosely. Basically it's 5 small meals a day with protein and fiber, that add up to about 1200 calories a day. Once a week he advocates a cheat day. I find that it really helps, as if i crave something during the week, I can go, oh I can have it on Saturday. I've been losing a steady 2 pounds per week, so I don't think eating off for one day is that terrible! I'd usually eat pretty normal on that day - and then go out to lunch or dinner and drinks... I DON'T count calories at all that day - so no idea how many I'm consuming, but prob a lot! I also only weigh myself once a week, about 2 days after the cheat day, so no idea the immediate effect.

natamars
01-24-2011, 01:30 PM
I used to follow a WW plan many years back that had a "weekends off" option. I think they dropped this pretty quickly because let's face it, it's very easy to do a lot of damage in a weekend! What I did that worked for me was to pick two meals a week where I wouldn't count anything(back then WW had exchanges like protein, starch, etc). It worked for me. I probably was only consuming a few hundred calories more each meal than I normally would, because I truly appreciated being able to eat what I wanted and savored every bite.

Lately I've been having my Friday night dinner as my off meal, but I find I'm kind of gorging, which I don't think is helping me any. It's become like a free-for-all. I'll have 2 slices of Grandma pizza(very thin crust, crushed tomato, not too much cheese and fresh mozzarella) and a glass or two of wine. But then I want dessert, and instead of just a square or two of dark chocolate, I've been reaching for my son's ice cream. I don't have any problem getting right back onm plan the next morning though.

I'm now on Day 3 of a clean eating program, and I won't be doing the Friday night pizza for the next few weeks...think I finally broke through a plateau but I don't trust it yet!

Beverlyjoy
01-25-2011, 12:30 PM
I actually think this has worked for me in the past. I can't do it every week though.

TJFitnessDiva
01-25-2011, 12:37 PM
This what I use my WPA for on Weight Watcher's.....worked just fine for me :)

WeightForMe
01-26-2011, 12:08 AM
I was stuck for 2 weeks or so with no weight lose. Had a cheat dinner at a restaurant because i gave into my frustration. Went back on track the next day and lost 3lbs that week..

pnkrckpixikat
02-08-2011, 06:51 PM
@ joyfulloser i find myself super hungry whenever my weight is wooshing usually right before and sometimes during as well... Ive determined its my body going 'oh crap we are needing to access storage better ramp up the appitite to prevent it'... It likely isnt the cheat meal that upped your appitite but just a side effect of the woosh

joyfulloser
02-08-2011, 07:07 PM
@ joyfulloser i find myself super hungry whenever my weight is wooshing usually right before and sometimes during as well... Ive determined its my body going 'oh crap we are needing to access storage better ramp up the appitite to prevent it'... It likely isnt the cheat meal that upped your appitite but just a side effect of the woosh

That's the thing...my weight loss has been linear...not really many whoooshes...except for maybe the 1st or 2nd month into my healthier lifestyle. Additionally, I'm only 14 lbs to goal (which is really a vanity goal), and I have NOT stalled ONCE and have NOT have to DECREASE my calories...in fact, my calories may have gone up 100 cals/day...not on purpose, but by hunger needs.:)

It's been a while since I first started this experiment/thread. I have since been documenting all my CHEAT MEALS, and my weight for each of the 3 days following the cheat meal here---> http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/calorie-counters/220403-joyfuls-journey-drop-26-lbs.html

The results of several months have shown (to me anyways) conclusively that a CHEAT MEAL once per week/bi-weekly is a great way to keep your body guessing and keep weight loss consistent WITHOUT having to lower your calories as you get closer to your goal weight.

Appetite really doesn't have much to do with it...I just INDULGE my cravings for delishous cuisine on a regular basis.:carrot:

katy trail
02-08-2011, 07:10 PM
this whole idea of it 'revving' my metabolism gets me on a slippery slope. i do better to not have such strict rules. just adapting the food to less fat/carbs so on. less often. lots of healthy produce, beans, very filling foods most of the time.

i try to pay attention to what i enjoy most. sometimes all i really wanted was the crust. or a small slice of pizza. or make my own version on a tortilla.

i'm always at home, so i do much less planning than most though. each person is different.

fillupthesky
02-09-2011, 07:32 AM
i do the same actually. i haven't hit a plateau (and i hope i won't) yet.

every week/two weeks, i let myself have a meal that i want. whether it be a corndog and fries, a steak, chipotle, or some good ethnic food. i follow weight watchers, so i do work it into my weekly points, but i do consider those foods to be treats/off plan/cheats/or rev meals...lol. don't get me wrong, the food i cook for myself is good, and i enjoy it, but its not "heavy" like my little weekly/bi-weekly indulgences.

i think doing this makes me feel more in control psychologically, and has helped me stay on plan. and i hope it keeps me from a plateau! i have to weigh myself daily after these meals to see if there is a drop after a couple of days as per joyfulloser's experiment :) i usually weigh myself once or twice a week.

aspenemry
03-13-2011, 04:11 PM
yes having a free day every two weeks has been really helpful for me. I know that no foods are off limits and I don't feel deprived during the rest of the time. Keeps me focused and healthy mentally and helps break those stalls.

joyfulloser
03-14-2011, 07:54 PM
Regular "CHEAT" Meals are still workin!:carrot:

sophiew
03-14-2011, 10:59 PM
I have one "free" meal a week, which always includes dessert. The reason I'm doing this is I previously lost about 20 pounds by not eating any sugar for a couple of months, but then I had one Christmas cookie. And then I had another Christmas cookie. And then I had the whole container. Then I really went nuts after being "deprived" and gained all the weight back. So this time I am allowing one "free" meal per week including dessert on the theory that I am not going to live without dessert for the rest of my life so I need to learn how to eat it in moderation. I've also tried eating something like a Fudgesicle every day, but that didn't work well for me either.

greekgirl73
03-24-2011, 11:30 PM
I started at 143 pounds last december, and by june, i was at the 112 I am now. I've managed to maintain that weight until now, but i have fluctuated a LOT. During the summer I dropped as low as 100 pounds, but then I got back up to 115 in the past month. I have noticed that cheating definitely does help get off the plateau, but you HAVE to be careful; i decided to use the "cheating" strategy, and it was too difficult for me to stop! i gained so much weight, and now it is hard for me to get back into my old healthy habits. it definitely helps a lot; you just have to be EXTREMELY cognizant of your actions! :)

melissakp313
03-29-2011, 06:57 PM
This concept is amazing!!! I seriously am so excited to try it! I fell off the wagon pretty hard, so I am really watching what I eat this week, but after this week is over, I will incorporate one or two "cheat" days a month. NOt only will it help with weight loss, but I'll be able to enjoy some of the foods I've been restricting. Awesome thread

joyfulloser
03-29-2011, 07:15 PM
Progress update: Weight loss has slowed this month...but still NO PLATEAU's...only 6 more lbs to go til ultimate vanity goal!:D

MarriedLadyTara
03-29-2011, 08:00 PM
I've always done this. After I get weighed, I allow myself one good meal. I eat whatever I want. Then the next morning, I'm back on program. I can't speak to plateaus, but it certainly helps me stay on track.

Fitness Breakout
03-31-2011, 12:32 AM
I have had success in losing weight and maintaining my ideal weight after that using calorie cycling and cheating on the weekends. I just try to stay really low calorie during the week so that on the weekends, I have 2-3 meals where I can eat whatever I want. It's what you eat the majority of the time that determines your fate and knowing your favorite foods are always less than a week away will help you stick with your overall eating plan.

Also, another thing I do to help with damage control is to fast around cheat meals. For example, if I know I'm going to eat a 2,000+ calorie dinner out at a restaurant, I won't eat anything the entire day up until that point. Maybe not for everyone, but it works for me.

dragonlady1978
03-31-2011, 04:19 PM
The concept makes sense to me. It's actually what I'm doing on Weight Watchers anyway. Keeping strictly to daily points target, but you get flex points every week for exactly this kind of "indulgence". I'm doing the old momentum plan, so the allotment is 35 points but I have yet to go that high.

I save mine for the weekend, as my family always has some kind of splurge. Maybe a big Sunday morning breakfast of pancakes-something I wouldn't normally try to squeeze into daily points, but still use sugar free syrup and light butter. Or if we're at a restaurant or with friends, I can eat what others are having without any social awkwardness or explaining to everyone that I'm on a diet.

I don't go out and devour a whole pizza or anything, but I do use my flex points to have a "free" meal. I think however it is done it can be a good thing. It helps to break the monotony of constantly obsessing over nutrition facts, all the better if it revs the metabolism.

I think most people would have to make sure it is a controlled cheat for it to be successful in the long run. Even for cheats I have to have that limit set, or eventually I would convince myself that they are okay more often and undo all my efforts.

Amy23
04-13-2012, 04:09 AM
Just finished reading through this read and I'm really impressed with some of the results. I've been hovering at around the same weight for the past week and nothing's happening. Just feel yuck. Haven't had a cheat day yet but I'm starting to consider it. :)

Amy23
04-13-2012, 07:44 AM
Just finished reading through this read and I'm really impressed with some of the results. I've been hovering at around the same weight for the past week and nothing's happening. Just feel yuck. Haven't had a cheat day yet but I'm starting to consider it. :)

So I just had my cheat meal. Have probably consumed almost 2000 calories in that meal alone, but all in all today's calories would probably clock in at around 2500. Of course I feel guilty/full, etc. But I want to know whether having one "free meal" every couple of weeks or so will prevent me from stalling.

I hope so. I'll post my results after I weigh-in...

Wish me luck!

Amy23
04-15-2012, 10:24 PM
So the day after my cheat meal I felt normal, if a little sluggish. I was able to eat on-plan and do my exercise. But the day after that, yesterday, I felt hungrier than I can remember being since I started this thing. I was ravenous. I was so close to having a binge that the writing was on the wall. I don’t know how I resisted the urge to go out and buy all of my favorite binge-foods, but somehow I did. Maybe it was fear of being spotted at the local supermarket with a basket full of junk? I don’t know, but I’m grateful I didn’t binge.

Much.

I had two extra crackers, a low-cal hot-chocolate and about four extra small plums. I probably only just scraped into my calorie budget yesterday, instead of being under.

But I’m seriously so weirded out right now. I came in at 285.1 lbs this morning, which is a loss on the scale, but what on earth is going on? I can almost believe that my body had adapted to the small amount I was eating, and that the cheat meal really did stimulate my metabolism. But is this really possible? I’ve been hovering at 286 for the past couple of weeks and absolutely nothing could get me under that number. Until today.

I lost quite a lot of water yesterday. I know because I was peeing all the time. But I’m kind of skeptical that my 285.1 will last. What if I shoot back up to 286 and stay there? I’m worried because I’ve been seeing 286 constantly and I’m just sick to f**king death of looking at it!

So anyway, that’s where I’m at. Cautiously surprised by the effects of the cheat meal but still very skeptical.

I will check the scale in a few days time and if I’m still 285.1 or less then I will declare that the cheat meal WORKS!

FattyFatFat
04-16-2012, 11:44 AM
Dieting is just like exercising, you have to keep it guessing so it doesn't get too used to any one form of anything.