What happened when I took a weekend off of my diet

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Posted: 19 Mar 2014, 19:53
I spent last weekend hanging out in a beach house with a bunch of friends. I decided before I left that I was on a diet vacation too-- I'd eat whatever I wanted to, but in reasonable portions.

Freshly baked Nutella chocolate chip cookies? Yes please.

Beer? Yes please. Scotch tasting? Definitely. (I brought all the scotch, so I was obligated.)

Pie, for pi day? Absolutely. Barbecue? Yup. Bacon cheddar bourbon burger and fries? Bring it. I didn't finish the burger and fries, though, because they were both huge portions.

On Monday morning I was up two and a half pounds from where I started on Friday. I expected that and it was no big deal... it's just water weight, probably from the sugar and salt. Tuesday morning I was down a pound from Monday. On Wednesday morning I was right back to Friday's weight.

People always worry about whether they've completely blown their diet if they eat something they shouldn't, or if they go on vacation. You won't. You may see the scale go up for a couple of days, but don't worry about it-- you aren't going to pack on pounds of fat that quickly. You will probably retain water, though, and that's OK. Don't freak out about it, just go back to your new normal healthy eating patterns, and the water weight should go away pretty quickly.

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Posted: 19 Mar 2014, 20:34
I did the same thing when I went on Vacation. I gained 4 lbs, it took about a week to get that weight back off. I think for sure some was water, but maybe 1 of it was fat! I drank 4 out of the 7 days, and ate anything.

You're right, the water weight came off pretty quick! In two days I think.
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Posted: 19 Mar 2014, 20:49
Yep, we all put on weight on vacation IF we don't stick to our diet. It is OK if we do NOT stick completely to the diet though, as long as you don't go too crazy. The trick is to resume the routine/diet ASAP upon return! I was just out of town for 3 days/2 nights. The first and third day I spent most of it in the car driving to/from home. I ate fast food (no fries or soda though), Olive Garden (healthy meal but 3 breadsticks lol) and Cracker Barrel (too many carbs. I surprised myself and was only up I think 1.1 pounds at my next morning weigh in. That was this morning. Tonight I am the same weight AFTER eating and a 5.7 mile walk. Tomorrow? Should be back to where I was!
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Posted: 20 Mar 2014, 10:27

Hoser, your weekend sounds super-fun!!!

My problem with diet-vacations is that I find it very difficult to go back to my normal, healthy eating pattern after. I get brain fog, cravings are back and I want to eat all the sweet/fried food on earth! It's like I wake up my inner cookie monster. And then my diet-vacation extends...

How do you swith back from vacation diet to your regular healthy style? If there are any tips for the transtion - please share.

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.

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Posted: 20 Mar 2014, 18:44
For me, I ensure that my normal healthy eating style involves foods that are flavorful and satisfying. I don't deprive myself of anything. If I had to eat crappy foods in order to lose weight then it would never happen.

One of my first rules of dieting is that nothing is off-limits except artificial sweeteners, and that's because they're vile and disgusting and I don't want to put that crap into my body. The lure of the forbidden is strong for me, so if I can't have something that I want then it's very hard to avoid cheating. Instead, I ask myself whether I want it enough to make room in my calorie budget or to go a tiny bit over. If the answer is yes, then I have a small serving of whatever I'm craving. If the answer is no, and it usually is, then the craving pretty much just wanders away on its own.

I make room in my diet for some sort of dessert almost every day. My most common thing is a fruit crisp made with apples or berries, or stone fruits when they're in season. Here's a "pattern" recipe:

1. Slice up an apple, or grab about a cup of mixed berries. Microwave this in a small bowl for a few minutes. This pre-cooking in the microwave saves baking time, but it's optional.

2. Melt one teaspoon of butter in another small bowl. Mix in a couple tablespoons of rolled oats, cinnamon to taste, and a teaspoon of brown sugar. Make sure there are no big lumps in the brown sugar... I usually put the sugar and cinnamon in first, mix it up, then add the rolled oats. Add about a teaspoon of white flour if you want it to clump together a little better, though I rarely bother.

3. Put the topping over the fruit and bake at 375 for 5-10 minutes. If you really want quick-and-dirty then you can microwave the whole thing for a minute or two, but baking gives the topping a better texture.

One apple: ~75 calories. Rolled oats: 75 calories for 2T. 1t butter: about 35 calories. One teaspoon of brown sugar: ~20 calories. (I'm doing these from memory.) So yeah, the whole thing comes in at around 200 calories, but I'm also getting lots of fiber and most people don't get enough of that.

I also used to make an "ice cream" with bananas and cocoa. Here's the recipe. I use agave nectar instead of maple syrup.

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