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What does a "cheat week" do to you?

Simbii95Simbii95 Member Posts: 14 Member Member Posts: 14 Member
Hey everyone! Ive been working and eating clean for like 2 months now. Been under the weather this past week so zero workouts and eating like a pig. Just wondering what sort of affect is this gonna have on whatever progress I have made. Plan to get back on track this coming Monday! Thanks a bunch!

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  • PAV8888PAV8888 Member Posts: 7,401 Member Member Posts: 7,401 Member
    Cheat week and will start again Monday after the weekend = end of this iteration of a weight management attempt... see ya again after the regain.

    Resumption of normal MANAGED eating starts with your ***next meal*** or even snack!

    You DON'T HAVE to eat at a large deficit in order to be actively MANAGING your weight. You can eat at a small deficit, at MAINTENANCE, or EVEN at a small SURPLUS if that is what it takes to get back into the swing of things.

    But it doesn't involve continuing to eat like a pig (whatever that means to you) for another 2+ days.

    You may also want to review your goal setting to ensure that your deficit goals and methods of achieving them are reasonable enough that you can keep at this till the expected end of weight loss and a couple of years into maintenance...

    edited August 1
  • LietchiLietchi Member Posts: 1,024 Member Member Posts: 1,024 Member
    Either you are really feeling under the weather, in which case eating at maintenance is warranted. But not 'going crazy' and, I presume, not even logging.

    Or you were too restrictive during those 2 months and it caught up with you. In which case pigging out for a while week won't solve anything. Choosing a more sustainable way of losing weight will. You don't need to 'eat clean', whatever that means for you, you just need a reasonable (not excessive) calorie deficit and eating foods that satisfy and satiate you. Making sure to eat mostly healthy foods is good too of course, but cutting out foods you enjoy is not sustainable long-term.
  • cmriversidecmriverside Member Posts: 30,212 Member Member Posts: 30,212 Member
    I know how you can find out.

    Step on the scale.

    When I have weeks like that (and I do, even now at 12 years in Maintenance) I just get back to the plan and it drops back off in a few days.

    I mean, we know nothing about you so it's all a guess.

    Step on the scale. :)
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 15,968 Member Member, Premium Posts: 15,968 Member
    Lietchi wrote: »
    Either you are really feeling under the weather, in which case eating at maintenance is warranted. But not 'going crazy' and, I presume, not even logging.

    Or you were too restrictive during those 2 months and it caught up with you. In which case pigging out for a while week won't solve anything. Choosing a more sustainable way of losing weight will. You don't need to 'eat clean', whatever that means for you, you just need a reasonable (not excessive) calorie deficit and eating foods that satisfy and satiate you. Making sure to eat mostly healthy foods is good too of course, but cutting out foods you enjoy is not sustainable long-term.

    This is very true. I don't know why anyone would click disagree.
  • springlering62springlering62 Member, Premium Posts: 1,240 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,240 Member
    We took a three week vacation to Eastern Europe last spring, staying in small family guest houses. Food was home cooked, fresh from the garden, homemade cheeses, wood stove baked breads, homemade vodkas. Not only was it all new and I wanted to sample everything, it would have hurt our hosts’ feelings if we didn’t eat. I came back five pounds heavier.

    In December we spent nearly a month in Germany for a family wedding. Our air bnb host would leave plates of homemade cookies and Christmas candies out for us. Our room was next door to an irresistible bakery. We had several large and extraordinary meals, including a particularly memorable Swabian cuisine wedding dinner.
    I came back eight pounds heavier.

    However, over the past twenty months, I’ve also lost a net over over 90 pounds. So I guess you could say I’ve really lost 110, lol.

    Just because you take a week, or two, or three off, and throw all planning to the winds and literally eat ALL tha food, if you have the mentality, you can get right back to it, rather than using it as an excuse to stay off the wagon you fell out of.

    It’s on you to make it what it’s gonna be.
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