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RJ 1980
08-05-2011, 01:39 AM
I was thinking about this. From July 1 to July 25th I lost 4.5 pounds. Not a huge number, but then I realized that SEVEN out of those 25 days I binged big time. (As in, at least an extra 1000+ calories a day binge. At the VERY least.) It made me wonder what I could actually lose if I stayed on plan for a full month! I just can't seem to do it.

Anyway, I was curious about everyone's rate of weight loss, and how many 'off plan' days or meals you usually average, if any, and if planned for or not. What is your rate of weight loss when you consistently stay on plan vs. when you have off days? I've honestly NEVER been able to go more than 2 weeks on plan. :(


DietVet
08-05-2011, 01:46 AM
I've honestly NEVER been able to go more than 2 weeks on plan. :(

Hi there, what kind of plan are you on? Your statement makes me wonder if your plan isn't too restrictive. It might be better to make a more moderate plan that you are able to stick with over the long haul.

luckymommy
08-05-2011, 01:52 AM
Wow, the fact that you lost weight with all that binge eating is really great! :) I have a huge issue with binge eating and so the more I've done it, the less I've lost....or gained. A month where I don't binge, I lose anywhere from 6-10 lbs. but when I do binge, I lose less. I don't really know how much less because I don't really keep track of how often I binge. In July I lost a few oz. shy of 10 lbs. (tons of working out and vigilant calorie counting) and I only binged once I think....and that binge was 1,000 calories, as far as I can tell.

Why not commit to one week of no binging? Take it one day at a time. There's a binge-free challenge on Chicks In Control...maybe that would help?

Honestly, I feel like binge eating right now. I'm doing everything and anything I can not to. It's soooo hard. I try to save up extra calories for the evening. I chew gum. I eat sugar free low cal popsicles (15 calories each), I chew some more gum. ;) I try to look at cute clothes online. I even go on the Victoria's Secret website. Right now, I'm taking it one minute at a time. I tell myself that if I don't give in to my urges, I'll wake up feeling so proud of myself and if I do give in, my satisfaction will be very temporary and then I'll be overcome with guilt and disgust.

I hope you find a way to stay on plan. It's SO worth it!


RJ 1980
08-05-2011, 01:54 AM
Well I've tried numerous types of plans but what I feel works best for me (even with the binging!) is eating about 1500 cals a day, with two 1700-1800 calorie days a week. I just started getting some exercise in there too.

My problem is binge eating, and usually I'm not even hungry when I do it, so I don't necessarily think my plan is too restrictive... I'm just lacking enough willpower to stay on track and conquer my cravings consistently. :(

RJ 1980
08-05-2011, 02:00 AM
Luckymommy- Stay strong! Yes, I often remind myself of that crappy, disappointed feeling I wake up with after a binge. Vs the proud, happy feeling you wake up with when you decided to stay on track. You've lost so much, how inspiring!!

10 pounds a month would be awesome, I REALLLY want to go a month (or even a week) without binging to see what I could lose, b/c I suspect I have a good metabolism- I'm just challenging it way too much! lol

Do you mind me asking what your calorie limit is?

xxkaleidoscopic
08-05-2011, 02:57 AM
I could probably lose 10-15 pounds in a month if I stayed completely on plan - we'll see how that goes! The last time I dieted like this was about two years ago, so I don't remember for sure. And it also depends on where I am. If I weigh like 135, it's coming off much slower.

Alwaysbeenbig
08-05-2011, 03:35 AM
The one and only time that I sayed completely "on plan" I lost a stupid amount of weight very fast. I'm talking 15kg (33lbs) in about 31 days. At the time I was eating only between 1000 and 1200 calories a day. I was eating 40% carbs, 40% protein and 20% fats. And I was exercising at hight intensity (heart rate of between 155bpm to 185bpm) for 90minutes a day. I was also stupidly stressed and not sleeping properly.

I know now that I need about 1400 cals a day and moderate intensity exercise will get me about 1kg (2.2lbs) a week. If I stay on track. I tend to have a problem with binging, so I will have 2 days a week where I have up to 1800cals, just so I don't feel deprived. This tends to slow my weight loss down on the scale, but my measurements all continue to go down.

Hope this helps. :)

gagalu
08-05-2011, 03:41 AM
i've lost an average of 7.3lbs each month (in a year)

i had about 2-3 months where i ate a lot of chinese food and likely ingested more calories than i liked to have think that i had, and my weight loss journey was very, very slow.

those months, i'd probably lose 5 lbs. i think the least i've lost a month is 4? sticking on plan 100%, i tend to see close to a 10 lb loss.

lin43
08-05-2011, 08:04 AM
Well, I don't weigh myself, but I wish I was losing as fast as you guys are-----and I don't binge. I overeat occasionally by a couple hundred calories, but since I started on 6/1, I've had only one week where my calorie range wasn't about 1400 per day (it ended up being 1500 per day averaged). I'm estimating by my pants size that I've lost about 10 - 12 lbs---or 6 lbs a month (although in actuality probably not that constant since a big chunk came off in the beginning). Maybe it's my age (43)?? I'm 5 ft 3 and [estimating] 170 lbs.

To OP, why not make it a goal to try to cut your binges in half (i.e., instead of 5 times a month, 2 times a month). I understand that you do not want to binge at all, but perhaps if you give yourself permission to do so but only once every two weeks, you can stick to that for now and see how much you lose.

sontaikle
08-05-2011, 08:08 AM
I honestly really don't have a plan. I cut my calories but I don't count them exactly (i.e. measuring, etc.) I just try to eat healthy (and less of it) and exercise more.

Doing this, the first 20 pounds came off ridiculously fast. One month I lost 13 pounds! After that it slowed and I had a month of only a 5 pounds weight loss and another with 8. This month looks poised to be another slow one, but I'm not really in a rush to lose this. It would be nice if it came off fast, but either way it's coming off.

JessLess
08-05-2011, 08:23 AM
I only lose about 4 lbs. a month. I do strength training and cardio with a trainer 3x a week and eat on plan, 1,450 low carb calories a day about 5 days a week and closer to 2,000 2 days a week. I also eat back some of the calories I burn when I exercise. I think my slowness may be in part due to age (I'm 41). But the good thing is, I don't care. As long as the scale is going in the right direction I am thrilled to be losing successfully without appetite suppressants.

Blondie160
08-05-2011, 08:38 AM
I can lose 10 - 15 pounds a month if I stay on plan, (this might even be with a couple of binges thrown in there), but in reality I will gain and lose the same 10 pounds for months because of binging and I struggle for a week on plan also! With my binges, probably about 4 pounds in a month if that!

TL0812
08-05-2011, 10:51 AM
I'm averaging about 8-10 lbs per month staying on plan.

RJ 1980
08-05-2011, 10:58 AM
Thanks for the replies! Wow binging really is a huge issue for us, isn't it?! Uggg.

Lin43- I have been considering doing just that. I figure, I seem to binge pretty consistently, AT LEAST once a week. And it's been almost impossible for me to resist binging on special occasions or dinners out etc. So I think this month I may plan for my binges, maybe knowing they are coming will help me not have any unexpected binges. For example, this month I two events where yummy food and drinks will be served. One is at night so I will plan to be good all day but let myself eat what I want at the event (plus I'll be around people so I won't go TOO crazy). One event is during the day, so that whole day will probably be shot. But that's ok, I'll just plan my meals for the next day and get right back on track. Also I'm going out for dinner with my sister on Sat, I'm going to try to do 'halfway' good, not stuffing my face but not counting every calorie either.

This goes agaisnt everything that seems 'right' with dieting, but I have to try something different since trying to be good 100% of the time is obviously not working for me. If it works, I'll have 3 binges in the next 26 days instead of the 6 or 7 that I've been averaging lately. Giving myself permission to binge feels strange though!

runningfromfat
08-05-2011, 11:06 AM
Oh man, just to break the statistics here... I lose about 2lbs/month. For the most part I'm happy with that because I'm always going in the right direction. I am trying to speed it up a bit because we have a wedding to go to soon and we'd like to TTC in a few months.

I sort of have my own plan (little to no sugar, whole grains, smaller portion sizes etc). I haven't been nearly as good about the no sugar thing lately so that's what I'm working on. If I get that under control I can normally lose about 4-5lbs/month, which is what I want to be doing now.

KatieC87
08-05-2011, 12:16 PM
Let's see... I've lost 7.4 pounds over the past four weeks. I had TWO unplanned meals - catered Chik-fil-A for a coworker's birthday (plus a chocolate cupcake) and a burger from Litton's (delicious). I worked out (30 min. elliptical and 30 - 60 min. weight training) 15 days out of 28.

Honestly, the easiest way for me to avoid binging is to keep the tempting foods (pizza, chocolate) away from the house unless I can buy them in individual servings (60 calorie pudding cups). The only time I've binged since starting my plan was one day when I said screw it and doubled my taco portions for a big taco salad. (I get stressed and most prone to binging around test time at school. Cannot wait to graduate in December and be done with that! Luckily, I didn't do what I normally do - binge on fast food!)

christine123
08-05-2011, 12:56 PM
10lbs a month if I am perfectly on plan, rigidly calorie cyclying, and exercising for 45 min/4-5 days a week.

Realistically,with social events, missed workouts, and overall living life, while staying on plan most of the time, it's about 6lbs.

lin43
08-05-2011, 02:10 PM
. . . Honestly, the easiest way for me to avoid binging is to keep the tempting foods (pizza, chocolate) away from the house unless I can buy them in individual servings (60 calorie pudding cups). . . .

Me, too!! Last night, I had this intense craving for some Snyders honey mustard pretzel pieces (I literally haven't eaten those in YEARS!). I looked up the calories and decided that if I could find a small bag, I would buy it today. Today, in the grocery store, I couldn't find anything but the regular sized bag. I put it in my basket and . . . put it back. I visualized myself eating straight from the bag, and knowing that I might not be able to control myself (those things are addictive), I figured I just wouldn't buy them.

tricon7
08-05-2011, 02:11 PM
In order to keep from binging, do any of you think it's ok to have, say, two days a week that I could have 1800 calorie days instead of my usual 1500-1600 days? This way, on those days when I get home and I'm hungry enough to eat a horse before dinner, I can safely eat larger portions without feeling like I've "blown it."

I had a slight binge last night where this exact thing happened - I kept on track all day, but after getting home from work my dinner meal didn't satiate my hunger in the slightest, and I wound up eating about an extra 800 calories before bed (only about 2400 for the day, but in the I'm-not-going-to-lose-weight-today category). And since I was throwing caution to the wind, I didn't feel like riding my exercise bike, either. Needless to say, I felt like cr** when I got up this morning. And to make matters worse, I got on the scale (I'm a masochist) and had lost a half a pound from two days ago. Aaargh! If I had kept my diet, I probably would have seen a pound and a half loss!

Funny how a 2400 calorie day for me now is binging, whereas in the past, when I wasn't dieting and counting calories, it would have been a "lite" day. Of course, this was when I ate at places like McDonalds, Krispy Kreme, and Outback regularly, and when relaxing in front of my favorite TV show included a 2-lb. bag of M&Ms.

runningfromfat
08-05-2011, 02:23 PM
In order to keep from binging, do any of you think it's ok to have, say, two days a week that I could have 1800 calorie days instead of my usual 1500-1600 days? This way, on those days when I get home and I'm hungry enough to eat a horse before dinner, I can safely eat larger portions without feeling like I've "blown it."

I had a slight binge last night where this exact thing happened - I kept on track all day, but after getting home from work my dinner meal didn't satiate my hunger in the slightest, and I wound up eating about an extra 800 calories before bed (only about 2400 for the day, but in the I'm-not-going-to-lose-weight-today category). And since I was throwing caution to the wind, I didn't feel like riding my exercise bike, either. Needless to say, I felt like cr** when I got up this morning. And to make matters worse, I got on the scale (I'm a masochist) and had lost a half a pound from two days ago. Aaargh! If I had kept my diet, I probably would have seen a pound and a half loss!

Funny how a 2400 calorie day for me now is binging, whereas in the past, when I wasn't dieting and counting calories, it would have been a "lite" day. Of course, this was when I ate at places like McDonalds, Krispy Kreme, and Outback regularly, and when relaxing in front of my favorite TV show included a 2-lb. bag of M&Ms.

I think that's a very reasonable plan. Definitely try it!

Oh, and I hear you about rethinking a binge. Yesterday I had a "binge" on chocolate, which I ended up calculating to be 390 calories. Way better than in the old days where I could EASILY eat well over 1000 calories.

christine123
08-05-2011, 02:28 PM
In order to keep from binging, do any of you think it's ok to have, say, two days a week that I could have 1800 calorie days instead of my usual 1500-1600 days?

The idea of going up a little in calories a day or two a wk is similar to calorie cycling. I haven't been as rigid as usual with it but it does help when you know you have "higher" days coming on. Binging and higher calorie days are two totally different things to me. I don't qualify an additional few hundred cals as a binge, in my world - maybe overeating.

KatieC87
08-05-2011, 02:29 PM
Me, too!! Last night, I had this intense craving for some Snyders honey mustard pretzel pieces (I literally haven't eaten those in YEARS!). I looked up the calories and decided that if I could find a small bag, I would buy it today. Today, in the grocery store, I couldn't find anything but the regular sized bag. I put it in my basket and . . . put it back. I visualized myself eating straight from the bag, and knowing that I might not be able to control myself (those things are addictive), I figured I just wouldn't buy them.

Way to go! That takes some dedication right there, especially putting it back on the shelf! :hug:I think making those compromises - say, to allow yourself to have a treat if you can control the portion or buy in individual portions - is important to overall success. My lifestyle change is not the enemy. Hopefully one day we'll be able to buy the big bags and count out one portion for a snack, eh? :)

mamamorgan
08-05-2011, 02:38 PM
I have been dieting for 2 months, and have had maybe 2 or 3 days off plan. My off days werent planned & I probably went 300 over those days. Anyways, I have been losing at a lb a week. Meaning 4lbs a month, very slow. I eat 1200 calories & exercise 4 to 5 days a week, for 30 minutes at a time. I plan to up my exercise next week (pay day) when I go get a gym membership.

I think your weight loss is normal & healthy. Nothing wrong with that. The closer you get to your goal, the slower the weight will come off too.

ChickieChicks
08-05-2011, 02:41 PM
I've been 100% on-plan for 83 days now, and I average 8-10 pounds per month.

Esofia
08-05-2011, 08:15 PM
I lose a pound a week, and I don't have days off. I build in small treats as a regular thing, and special meals occasionally, but with the exception of one day the other week when I decided that adding a bagel to my usual day's calories once in three months was not going to be the end of the world, I've always stayed nicely on plan. It's worth remembering that bingeing or food addiction were never my problem to begin with, which I realise puts me in a minority; I gained weight due to memory problems and sleep disorders, primarily, so I'm probably going to lose weight differently too.

Magalo
08-05-2011, 09:49 PM
I'm calorie cycling ! It's way more motivating and entertaining than following a straight calories plan, and this way you can trick your body to lose weight faster.

But 1000 more calories is WAY too much. If I was you, I'll move all the foods from big bags to smaller bags, and just take one at time. You'll feel like a pig if you go take 3-4 bags, so you'll end up with way less calories than just eating out of the bag.