Is it okay to blow a day?

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SunshinePony

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Posted: 02 Nov 2012, 18:14
So... I guess I want to ask a bunch of other dieters... is it okay to completely and utterly blow a day with calories? Like... I eat about 1380 calories per day, I am training to start running so I do that about 4x a week... but I want to know, is it okay to blow a day? What if I ate like... 3000 calories one day? It's not that hard, pretend I had a milkshake with a fast food meal, then ate candy, cookies and nutella all day long. And to top it off, lets say on that day, I didn't do any exercise except for trying to hit my 10000 steps a day goal.

If I get back on the horse the next day, eating 1380 calories, running/walking or doing other exercises... is it going to hurt me? Should I eat my low calorie goal for like... months before I do something like that? Get my body into the routine more and then worry about blowing a day? I'm really only about 2 weeks into being back on track so I'm not like planning on blowing a day badly any time soon, sometimes I go over my calories but usually not by more than 100.

Once in a while I just want to be able to indulge in something like a pizza and ice cream or candy, but I don't want to really throw myself off. So my will power should be good to get back on track, but will my body rebel from something like that?

I will say that food seems to be my main issue with gaining and losing weight, not so much exercise.

Just looking for input or opinions! Thanks.
kimjinxie

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Posted: 02 Nov 2012, 18:33
I typically blow one day a week now, but not by as much as you mentioned. I might go as much as 400 calories over on that one day, but try to make up for it in exercise.
HCB

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Posted: 02 Nov 2012, 19:35
There are food plans that encourage calorie cycling, and carb cycling (high days alternating low days) however, a jump as high as you suggest is not typically how it is done. Calorie cycling is more about one week staying at say 1300, one week at 1600, one week at 900, and then the final week back to 1300. The idea is to keep the metabolism guessing - also calories count but s does the quality of foods you eat - ice cream and pizza is high fat - may not be the best choices for weight loss.
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Hoser

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Posted: 02 Nov 2012, 19:42
A calorie deficit of 3500 calories is one pound. You've essentially eaten about 1600 calories to your normal diet. If you're losing one pound per week then you've basically delayed your final goal by about three days.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 02 Nov 2012, 19:47
The macronutrient profile of what you eat does not matter, calories do.

The problem with doing 2x your RDI is that you set yourself back days. You will gain waterweight which can make you feel like you did a lot of damage but in reality you probably only gained a few ounces of fat. Just abide by your calorie goal from there on.

I avoid these binges by indulging daily. I have no need to go overboard because I have treats when I want, as long as I keep it within my calorie goal, there is NO issue.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 02 Nov 2012, 19:48
Hoser wrote:
A calorie deficit of 3500 calories is one pound. You've essentially eaten about 1600 calories to your normal diet. If you're losing one pound per week then you've basically delayed your final goal by about three days.


Short and sweet. Great answer. No need to beat yourself up Sunshine Pony(lolwut).
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.
riocaz

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Posted: 03 Nov 2012, 01:34
If blowing a day keeps you on your plan the rest of the time. Then go-for it. Yes it will slow you down a little. But it's the long-term that's most important!

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Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
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Hoser

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Posted: 03 Nov 2012, 02:57
Also, you *will* "blow a day" from time to time. It's part of the process. Maybe for thanksgiving or christmas you'll decide that you're just going to eat whatever you want to. Maybe you really want birthday cake for your birthday, or maybe you're visiting your great aunt who cooks fabulous Italian food and you just can't resist it.

It's best to do it in a mindful way rather than an uncontrolled binge-eating way, of course. You also don't want to do this often, for obvious reasons.

Give yourself permission to take a day off of your diet every couple of months and you may find it easier to maintain discipline the rest of the time.
paperiniko

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Posted: 03 Nov 2012, 03:13
my experience is that as long as you log everything and you know where you stand it does not really matter because you keep control, you have to reach a calorie target over a period longer than one day so it is perfectly possible to have a few days high calories and then compensate over the rest of the week/period. Just keep track of the calorie deficit or surplus not the weight which can fluctuate way over what would be implied by the day of overeating
riocaz

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Posted: 03 Nov 2012, 03:43
Hoser wrote:
Also, you *will* "blow a day" from time to time. It's part of the process. Maybe for thanksgiving or christmas you'll decide that you're just going to eat whatever you want to.


Heck I'm fully planning on blowing out the 23-26th of December... (My Birthday, xmas eve, xmas, boxing day) Smile

I'm not going to go completely mad and eat an entire tin of quality street, just because I can, or anything stupid like that! But I if I want something I'm going to have it! And on the 27th, I'll weigh myself and get right back on the wagon and start again.

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
http://www.menu52.com/
sillybones10

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Posted: 05 Nov 2012, 10:37
I think i have a blow out day with that much calories weekly but I think my body can handle it since i workout regularly. Some people can't afford to blow over their caloric intake that much, your really just have to test and see how your body responds. I think you probably could handle it if u run 4x a week.
jeepjenn

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Posted: 05 Nov 2012, 12:42
No blow out days here...none at all.

I've had plenty of blow out days...thats what got me here in the first place. Now, my focus in on my goal, and I think it would be too hard for me to have a cheat day. I have consistantly dropped weight and I dont want to throw all that work away.

Some peopl may be able to do that, but I guess thats part of the learning process...what I can and can't handle..
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back2128

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Posted: 05 Nov 2012, 13:32
When I was younger, I watched what I ate 6 days per week, exercised regularly and "blew it" one day per week, if I wanted to ... some weeks I just didn't want to. Because I knew I could, I did it less often. As I've gotten older, gone through the big "M" (yuck!!!), and my metabolism has morphed into a turtle, I can't do that. I can binge MAYBE once a month, if that, and then I pay for it. I say listen to your own body and enjoy it while you can. I agree with paperiniko.. as long as you control the food and it doesn't control you, enjoy it as much as your body allows you to.
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sunnydaze77

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Posted: 05 Nov 2012, 15:32
I don't believe a person should deprive themself for a long time. They may end up on a binge. Just remember to be reasonable-1 piece of cake not the whole cake!
Pilsburry

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Posted: 05 Nov 2012, 21:41
mmmmmmm CAKE !
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riocaz

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Posted: 06 Nov 2012, 07:23
sunnydaze77 wrote:
I don't believe a person should deprive themself for a long time. They may end up on a binge. Just remember to be reasonable-1 piece of cake not the whole cake!


And getting back to it after you have binged uncontrollably is difficult. Treating yourself in a controlled fashion is one thing. You might "blow" your calories for that day, but it won't affect your overall goals.

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
http://www.menu52.com/
wallflowers0...

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Posted: 17 Nov 2012, 08:43
I can't binge anymore, it just doesn't work. I have to stay disciplined because I have heart issues too and watching sodium is HUGE for me. I lose one or two pounds a week and have steadily for the last year. It's slow and steady for me, but it somehow works.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 17 Nov 2012, 12:12
Yeah, I used to be able to have a cheat day without it slowing me down too much, but now at my bodyweight it is really easy to go over my calorie goal by 2000 calories. That can erase almost a week of work when my deficits are now down to 300-500 calories a day.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 17 Nov 2012, 12:57
jeepjenn wrote:
No blow out days here...none at all.

I've had plenty of blow out days...thats what got me here in the first place. Now, my focus in on my goal, and I think it would be too hard for me to have a cheat day. I have consistantly dropped weight and I dont want to throw all that work away.

Some peopl may be able to do that, but I guess thats part of the learning process...what I can and can't handle..



I agree!! Those are the days that got you where you are at. Have you really learned your lesson? The holidays used to be my starting point. I'd go off a diet around Halloween and then before I knew it it was January 1st and I gained weight. Found it so hard to "start all over" and easier to just keep up with the bad habits b/c they were rewarding. Honestly think that these cheat days are not good - think of it from the standpoint of smoking or drinking. (One cigarette won't hurt and I can stop at any time-- one little drink won't hurt -- says the alcoholic). Think about it. Why give in to something for immediate satisfaction if it might possibly get in the way of your long term success.

I've never been a fan of these binge days or whatever you want to call them. I've made lifestyle changes over the past 2 years and "cheating" does not fit in my lifestyle. However, enjoying a 1/2 slice of pumpkin pie with my small portion of mashed potatoes will fit. I will be conscious of what I eat and will log my meals. I plan to get some exercise in too. I'm trying to lose the final 10-15 lbs. and I want it so bad - nothing will slow me down. For me, it's not worth slowing the process down any further!
NCNOLE

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Posted: 17 Nov 2012, 13:00
sillybones10 wrote:
I think i have a blow out day with that much calories weekly but I think my body can handle it since i workout regularly. Some people can't afford to blow over their caloric intake that much, your really just have to test and see how your body responds. I think you probably could handle it if u run 4x a week.



Seriously? It defeats the purpose of most of the reason for the exercise in the first place. I exercise daily and really don't care if my "body can handle it" - of course it can handle it, but at what cost? Slower weight loss, weight gain, fatigue, guilt, having to reset my mindset to not crave all those foods.



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