That's absurd. 3 beers is nowhere near the 10k+ calories it takes to cause that much weight gain. It's water weight or natural body fluctuations. I had a terrible moment and ate half a box of cereal among other things and I didn't even gain a pound.
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I know it wasn't fat that I gained on either occasion but nonetheless it take about 1 to 2 weeks to lose the 2 to 4 lbs i gain on a carby cheat day. Honestly I'm not sure what is going on in my body.
For those who have been primal for a while, occasional cheating probably doesn't do much harm. If it takes weeks of Primal to adapt from sugar-burner to fat-burner, I guess it would takes weeks of SAD cheating to re-adapt back to sugar-burner.
But I don't like the idea of a "scheduled" cheat, because that would give too much leeway to the newbies. Just when they've used up their glycogen and are getting ready to adapt to fat-burner, you allow them to stuff up with beer and pizza?!? Horrible idea. Newbies need to be really strict.
Look, cheat happens, I know that. But it should NEVER be a scheduled appointment. We should feel guilty about it, ya know?
5'0" female, 44 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained to 109 on sugar cheat. Reset with 85P / 90C / 90F. Currently weaning off fat to 85P / 90C / 60F.
MY PRIMAL: I (try to) follow by-the-book primal as advocated by Mark Sisson, except for whey powder and a bit of cream. I advocate a two-month strict adjustment for newbies. But everybody is different and other need to tweak Primal to their own needs.
This is my lifestyle, and incorporated into that is an occasional bad day. Once a month, maybe once every six weeks. I dont plan it, isnt part of my schedule. it just happens. I have found that if i hit a wall, a bad meal helps jumpstart my motivation and reminds me of how i feel when i dont eat right.
about two or three months ago someone that had lost a good deal of weight on another diet told me LIVE MY LIFE. I dont let eating primal get in the way of my happiness and enjoy events. For example, i like to get a drink now and then. a few weeks ago my friends and i went to the Outer Banks for a weekend. I drank beer, had a few chips and when drunk, ate pizza. did i feel guilty? maybe a little but i dont regret it. i didnt plan on eating bad, but i allow myself to indulge in life once and a while. If i didnt drink with my friends would i have wound up in a hot tub with two young topless women enjoying the sunrise? probably not. thank you beer.
SW 333 PBSW 308 CW 291 LW 254 GW 220
I think if you are trying to lose fat, and are on a daily lower-than-maintenance calorie regimen, then a cheat day every 7-10 days of eating over-maintenance calorie levels is probably a good thing. There are also some that recommend that after being on calorie restriction for a few months, that a couple weeks of higher calorie eating can promote fat loss. It's really a hormonal thing, and probably works for many. However, I thing it's still a good idea to do this by eating foods we know are good for us. There are a lot of primal/paleo treats such as fruits, nuts and so on that should satisfy any craving.
My "cheating" is never planned. It's always an "oh, what the hell" kind of thing. And I never feel guilty, even if what I've eaten or drank has made me feel gross. I am done with letting food make me feel bad about myself.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related
Yes, you can have "cheat days" but everything needs to be done in moderation without going over the edge!
I mean, for every 1-2 weeks of proper training, one day of the weekend can be used as a cheat day in which you can eat an additional pizza or something you crave for.
This will help on a psychological level by making yourself staying longer on the diet and also on a physiological level by helping you get pass fat loss plateaus (we all get them).
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