Setting aside calories for a "cheat day"

  • Tyinstl

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    Aug 25, 2008 5:10 AM GMT
    How does one go about it?

    I've already deducted 500-1000 calories a day for 1-2 lb/week loss...if I deduct any more I'll go into starvation mode.

    Halp plz.

    Oh, and what's the best way to find out your weekly caloric needs in the first place? I tried going to websites and finding my BMR but I think they're assuming that since I'm 6'1'' and 200 lbs that I'm a fattie. Also the sites that tell me how much I burn when I work out seem sketchy.
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    Aug 25, 2008 8:01 AM GMT
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  • MuslDrew

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    Aug 25, 2008 11:11 AM GMT
    I don't deduct calories for a cheat day. i just cheat. shocks your metabolism.
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    Aug 25, 2008 11:21 AM GMT
    I watch what I eat all week long and eat pretty much what I want on the weekend and it works out great, maybe it's like MuslDrew says and it shocks your metabolism because it never has an impact when I'm trying to lose weight.
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    Aug 25, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    You've deducted 500 to 1000 calories ALREADY from your diet? How many are you taking in then in one day? I don't really have a cheat day per se, I just watch what I eat and don't go over board. People are amazed that I eat pizza, but if you plan it the right way, you'll be fine. Example: whole wheat crust, ricotta cheese, spiniach and tomato sauce. Simple, easy, and still healthy. Like I said, the key is to NOT overdue ANY type of cheat.
  • Tyinstl

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    Aug 25, 2008 8:46 PM GMT
    HighVoltageGuy saidYou've deducted 500 to 1000 calories ALREADY from your diet? How many are you taking in then in one day?


    About 1800 calories on a workout day. This may or may not be good because I don't know how much I burn per day.

    I'm sorry if I'm being overly quantitative here but I have no way of tracking my progress. When I lost 50 lbs I would just eat an amount that made the scale go down 2 lbs a week, but I can't trust the scale anymore. Therefore I need to make sure I'm doing it right or else I won't know if I'm wasting my time.
  • Aquanerd

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    Oct 09, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    Interesting question!

    I've lost 140 pounds on Weight Watchers. I have been following their "Flex Plan," which requires you to track the 'points" of everything you eat. Every food has a point value based on Calories, Fat grams, and fiber grams. You figure your daily point total using your sex, age, weight, height and activity level. When I weighted 338, my calculated total points was 47 ,but 44 points was the max you could eat on WW. Now that I'm down to 31 points per day.

    You do get 35 extra points per week. You can use them or not. Obviously if you don't use them you will lose weight quicker, To give you an idea, a 9 oz. Outback Victoria Fillet is 13 points, so is a McDonald's Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuit.

    Since Weight Watchers strives to make their plan less of a diet, and more of a lifestyle change, they don't like want you to use the term "Cheat" since everything is on the menu, just in moderation. But, you do have the option to "splurge' from time to time. I am not a huge red meat eater, but I do like a rare fillet from time to time. When I splurge I splurge on the good stuff. 'Chops" in Atlanta can easily run 50-60 points with a Steak Garlic Masher Potatoes, Asparagus with Hollandaise, wine and dessert. So it will take a few weeks to get that load off. icon_cool.gif

    Bottom line, Cheat or Splurge, if you want to stick to a routine, you need to do what ever it takes to stay with it. If you deign yourself, you are going to stop all together.
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    Oct 10, 2008 5:31 AM GMT
    Tyinstl saidAbout 1800 calories on a workout day. This may or may not be good because I don't know how much I burn per day.


    1800 calories?? OMFG

    I eat 3000+ calories a day and thats just to maintain the weight I'm currently at and I'm only a fraction bigger then you are in height and weight.

    What on earth do you eat on a daily basis? I couldn't imagine trying to stick to 1800 calories

    If I went that low, I'd probably starve to death hehe
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    Oct 10, 2008 6:53 AM GMT
    It's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and i'm drinking and stuffing my face!

    Peacan pie time! And a big ol' steak.. f*ck the bird.. that can wait till Christmas..icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 11, 2008 6:11 AM GMT
    Sean_85 saidIt's Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and i'm drinking and stuffing my face!

    Peacan pie time! And a big ol' steak.. f*ck the bird.. that can wait till Christmas..icon_biggrin.gif


    mmmmmmmmm Steak *drools*