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Bank Calories During the Week For the Weekend

Do You Eat Whatever You Want Over the Weekends?

Normally I only see my workout buddies during the week. We meet at the gym, and they're always in uber-fitness and healthy-diet mode. After months of only hanging on the treadmill, we got together a few times this weekend. Since I was so used to hearing them discuss diets and workout regimens, I was shocked to see these gals eating and drinking anything — and everything — they wanted.

They explained that during the week, their diets are strict, regimented, and controlled. Once the weekend rolls around, it's all out the window: indulgent brunches, Bloody Mary happy hours, and a Saturday spent bar hopping are all the norm. They told me that they "bank" calories during the week to use on the weekend. While I definitely give myself a little break on weekends, I am still pretty mindful of what I eat. Especially since two days filled with booze, fried foods, and refined carbs is enough to leave me feeling hungover into the work week.

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laurenislost laurenislost 4 years
Zebra cakes are my downfall
KeLynns KeLynns 4 years
tanya - you seriously eat *whatever* you want on those days? Or do you eat whatever you want up to a certain (higher than usual) point? I ask because I could definitely eat something nutty like 3500 calories a day if I really gave myself total freedom!
littlekaren littlekaren 4 years
I totally do this, and have for many years. It works for me! I've returned to slim, and stayed slim after 2 kids!
imLissy imLissy 4 years
what Tanya said. Seems to work well for me.
tanya29 tanya29 4 years
I do it, & it's completely intentional & part of my regimen. After lots of research online from calorie counting sites to bodybuilding sites, calorie zigzagging started to make alot of sense to me & lots of dedicated athletes practice it. Basically the idea is that your metabolism slows in response to a low-calorie style of eating & you will plateau quickly & your body will stop responding to your healthy diet, so by increasing your calories drastically & often (say on weekends, for example), you're shocking your metabolism & kicking it back up, so when you return to your healthy eating & lower calories, you keep losing weight instead of holding onto it, because your metabolism stays in high gear. Also it virtually ends cravings & feeling deprived of the foods you really want throughout the week; I never get cravings anymore & my mind isn't ever really on food, & believe me I used to have to fight cravings literally 24/7 & I hated it. Anyway I also found out that your body automatically starts slowing down metabolism after 2 days of restricted calories, so you should never go more than 2 days without upping your calorie intake at least by a few hundred to keep your body from freaking out & slowing down your progress. Here's what I do:: Monday/Tuesday, eat super healthy, low calories. Wednesday, it's the 3rd day, so I add something healthy to up my calories, like a big spinach buffalo chicken salad from Subway. Thursday/Friday, same as Mon/Tues. Then the weekend... I literally eat WTF ever I want. I LOVE WEEKENDS. That tells my body that there's plenty of food available & that it doesn't need to slow down & hold on to every possible calorie, & that it can keep on burning that fat & building muscle. These type of days also make it possible to build muscle, which is impossible with a 24/7 low-calorie diet. You need "load days" like this to keep toning/building muscle in addition to losing fat. Anyway I've been doing this for almost a year now (as opposed to eating healthy every day all the time like I used to) & I'm in the best shape I've ever been & I've steadily lost weight, which is VERY hard for me, my body is so resistant to every attempt I make at looking good, I have to work really hard at it, & I still don't have the results I want ultimately but for me to find something that's working & keeping me happy is an achievement. Doing this doesn't "undo" 5 days of hard work, it complements it because it keeps that work WORKING. Letting your body get used to anything is bad news.
KeLynns KeLynns 4 years
I do indulge a little more, but I absolutely don't eat "whatever I want" - I could easily undo a week's worth of dieting and more in one night!
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 4 years
I definitely eat way more on the weekends, but I try not to get too out of control. Usually I have one big meal each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and balance it out with healthy stuff between the fried food and drinks!
laurenislost laurenislost 4 years
Zebra cakes are my downfall
amber512 amber512 4 years
Not intentionally, but I do eat lighter during the week than on the weekend.
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