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can you undo a bad diet?

slamken1slamken1 Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
all week i eat in a deficit but on the weekend i eat more “junk foods” although still in a deficit. i am then bloated and fatigued for days and i can’t lose weight. is it because i’m eating unhealthy or is there other reasons?

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  • Dogmom1978Dogmom1978 Member Posts: 1,590 Member Member Posts: 1,590 Member
    How do you determine your deficit? Are you using a food scale to make sure you know how much you’re eating? Do you track accurately on weekends also?

    I would start there. You might need to evaluate your activity level selection also if you aren’t moving much once you eat the junk and then are tired for days.
  • lorrpblorrpb Member Posts: 11,401 Member Member Posts: 11,401 Member
    It’s probably because you’re retaining water due to high sodium foods in the weekend. By the time you shed it, you’re back to another weekend. If you’re in calorie deficit, you should still see an overall net decrease in weight.
  • J72FITJ72FIT Member Posts: 5,708 Member Member Posts: 5,708 Member
    cwolfman13 wrote: »
    Weight management is about calories...if you're eating in a deficit, it doesn't really matter (you will lose weight...ie fat)...but bloat = water retention, which shows on the scale. It doesn't take much water weight to mask small amounts of fat loss. Also, fatigue will affect the CO side of the equation as you will tend to move less in general being fatigued...even simple things like fidgeting and whatnot that we don't really think about burn more calories than not...and fatigue will affect those types of things.

    That said, it is possible to undo progress or slow down progress if your weekends are eating into or eliminating your deficit altogether...which would be easy to do if you're eating a lot of "junk" food and your logging isn't particularly accurate.

    All of this...
  • tgillies003tgillies003 Member, Premium Posts: 315 Member Member, Premium Posts: 315 Member
    can you undo a bad diet? Yes. CICO have you ever heard of the Twinkie diet? http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/index.html

    Not recommended, but evidence that CICO when at a caloric deficit will result in weight loss.

    Now, you real question of ‘if I eat at a deficit for 5 days and then binge on junk food for 2 days every week, will I lose weight?’
    Same issue CICO. If over the course of a week you are at a deficit, then you will lose weight.

    Why are you not seeing results? Factors could include:
    - you are not actually eating at an overall deficit
    - you haven’t given it enough time yet
    - Your weekend junk food has too much salt and causing you to retain water

    What can you do?
    Drink more water
    Reduce your junk food
    Add vegetables
    Weigh and measure and track your food

    You can do it!
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 23,132 Member Member Posts: 23,132 Member
    There are mistakes that people commonly make that cause them to not lose weight that we might be able to spot if you change your Diary Sharing settings to Public: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/account/diary_settings
  • jessienanijessienani Member Posts: 49 Member Member Posts: 49 Member
    slamken1 wrote: »
    all week i eat in a deficit but on the weekend i eat more “junk foods” although still in a deficit. i am then bloated and fatigued for days and i can’t lose weight. is it because i’m eating unhealthy or is there other reasons?

    You are exactly what you said. Bloated. Processed junky foods tend to do that when coming off of a clean diet. Just stick to your diet and it'll shed with time.
  • yirarayirara Member, Premium Posts: 5,805 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5,805 Member
    jessienani wrote: »
    slamken1 wrote: »
    all week i eat in a deficit but on the weekend i eat more “junk foods” although still in a deficit. i am then bloated and fatigued for days and i can’t lose weight. is it because i’m eating unhealthy or is there other reasons?

    You are exactly what you said. Bloated. Processed junky foods tend to do that when coming off of a clean diet. Just stick to your diet and it'll shed with time.

    Has nothing to do with processed vs. clean food. What is clean food anyway?
    People bloat for all sorts of reasons. Hey, I can eat raw veggies and bloat. Are they not clean then?

    Holding onto water weight can be caused by more sodium in the diet, but can also be caused by a higher amount of carbs than usual, or by having more food waste in the digestive tract. And all of this is temporary.
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