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.
F 28/5'4/100 lbs
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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, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.
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).
I am not a bodybuilding/fat loss/strength training "guru" BUT I achieved a lean state with ease after learning the correct way to train and eat and I want to HELP YOU achieve the same.
Getting fit is also about managing your mindset: