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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/18/13 4:33 P

Actually when I calorie cycle it is the same type of thing where I have two cheat days a week...on those two days I eat what I want....and back to the same old same old the other 4 may not show in pounds but I have lost 26 inches in total in the last 8 months. I very the two days with in the seven days and never two consecutive days

I do agree that this isn't a diet to lose weight but I am fine with Non Scale Victories. It does keep my body guessing as I don't have the exact same caloric count each day which according to the Nutritionalist I saw and I use it to as a lifestyle wherein I stay on track with my eating without depravation.

This is along the lines of how I work out....I don't do the same thing over and over and over as my body gets used to it, I mix it with "bricks", easier workouts, runs, swims etc....a good mix makes it work. I also work out 4 or 5 days per week.

As with anything, what works for one may not work for someone else but I am just giving my opinion of how it works for me as an example.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
1/18/13 9:48 A

"But the results are suggested to be 30 lbs in a month which is a pound a day. So not that different from any other diet plan if done right."

A safe rate of weight loss is generally considered to be 1-2 lbs per week and that's the rate that a reasonable, healthy, weight loss plan will aim for. A pound per day is extreme. It takes a calorie deficit of 3500 calories to lose a pound. If you figure that the number of calories that you need to simply maintain your weight is around 2000 (the exact number would depend on activity level, current weight, age, height, etc...) and you reduce your calorie intake to an average of 1500 calories per day, then you have a calorie deficit of 500 calories per day. So, you can expect to lose 1 lb per week. If you increase your calorie deficit further by exercising, you might lose 2 lbs per week (if you burned an extra 500 calories per day through exercising, which would mean, for most women, a solid hour of cardio per day). It's just not reasonable to expect to lose a pound per day and what you'd have to go through to achieve such a calorie deficit would be extreme and not healthy because you'd either be really over-exercising or eating so little that you'd not be able to get the nutrients that your body needs in so few calories (this is why the minimum recommended calorie intake for a woman is 1200 calories per day). Sadly, there's nothing magical about calorie cycling that's going to fool your body into losing extra weight, especially not a pound per day.

DELRIO1 Posts: 6,226
1/18/13 9:28 A

never heard of it

NBISHOP3 SparkPoints: (1,106)
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1/17/13 9:23 P

I think i do a pseudo cycling thing? If i go under one day, I'll eat more the next. Or if I go over, I'll eat less the next day. It works pretty well.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
1/17/13 8:51 P

I like calorie cycling. It sure changes up things and keeps your body guessing.

JMARIE576 Posts: 3
1/17/13 7:52 P

Thanks everyone for all your input! I'm still only on my first week and haven't weighed in yet. I was reading an article in Womens Day magazine that talked about cycling and suggested to start at 2000 calories on day 1 and 1000 calories on day 2 so that you have a high cal day and a low cal day and alternate between the two. It is supposed to keep you metabolism guessing and working at all times. I guess it can't hurt. But the results are suggested to be 30lbs in a month which is a pound a day. So not that different from any other diet plan if done right. So I am going to continue with it and see how it goes! I'll keep you posted. In the meantime I will check out the link below! Thanks again! Good luck on all of your journeys!!

MNNICE Posts: 16,691
1/17/13 8:55 A

This is something I think might work well for me since I'm in maintenance mode. I need to learn more about it.

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1/17/13 7:30 A

Haven't but sounds interesting

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/17/13 7:29 A

Hi Guys

Here is a great link regarding Women's Nutrition. Within the article is a NUTRITION on that as it speaks about calorie cycling.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/17/13 7:27 A

If you click on the link that KJFITNESSDUDE posted in his WOMENS FITNESS thread in the cafe you will see another link to on that and you can read the benefits of calorie cycle.....very interesting

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/17/13 7:02 A

Yes I do this twice a week about every 3 days to keep my body guessing. Works for me but then again I work out 4 times a week 2 hrs each time.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,623)
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1/17/13 7:00 A

I just started yesterday. I used this calculator (
calculator.htm) to figure out a basic plan because I'm new and lost, haha. I'm trying to eat right between what would be considered fat loss and extreme fat loss. I had my first high calorie day yesterday of 1650 cals, for the last 6-8 weeks I've been eating at 1200 cals so it was A LOT of food. I felt soooo stuffed and my stomach still feels rough today. I don't think I should have started with my high calorie day. :( I should have eased my way into it. The scale also went up slightly today but probably due to extra food and bloat from eating more than I'm used to. Today is a medium day, 1400 cals so hopefully it will go easier on my stomach.

The weight loss is suppose to be the same. The benefits of calorie cycling as claimed by calorie cyclers is that it helps break us through plateaus and may even prevent plateaus. I have 10-15 lbs to go to my goal weight and have hit 2 in the last 3 months. So I'm hoping this will wake up my metabolism and get to realize it's ok to shed some more weight. I've heard many people claim calorie cycling is what helped them to lose those last pounds when they were stuck, like me. Just going to give it a trial and error approach.

A great place to look for recipes is It's under your "Healthy Lifestyle" tab. This morning I'm having Cottage Cheese Pancakes. No flour, just egg whites, cottage cheese, oats, vanilla, baking powder and a little bit of brown sugar. High in protein, low in fat and medium carbs. I add a bit of fruit and low cal (no sugar added syrup) and a serving of 95% fat reduced cool whip. Under 300 cals for 3 pancakes and the toppings. I will admit it's not as "clean" as I usually eat but a nice treat.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
1/17/13 6:42 A

I don't consciously "cycle" my calories.
I eat a reasonably balanced menu all week.
I don't need one more thing to add to make a list of obsessive behaviours regarding my healthy journey; I need to just focus on today, and keep that healthy

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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1/17/13 2:32 A

It can be an effective technique for some people to control their calorie intake, but it will not provide a different kind of weight loss. What matters isn't when you eat your calories, but how many calories you've eaten at the end of the week. :)

JUSTKLH Posts: 1,489
1/16/13 10:50 P

I have tried it before but I didn't really see any major differences in my weight loss. Also I kind of prefer to eat without planning. It makes me feel more like a regular person and less hyperfocused on food.

JMARIE576 Posts: 3
1/16/13 1:27 P

Sorry, I don't mean riding a bike. Calorie cycling is when you eat a high calorie diet one day and the next day you eat a low calorie diet. They call it calorie cycling. It is suppose to keep your metabolism going! But thanks for the feedback! :) I do love to ride a bike as well! emoticon

TCANNO SparkPoints: (315,372)
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1/16/13 1:17 P

I use the bike back in the summer and it was lovely, you get to burn a lot of cals for the same distance.

Try it and see you will love it

JMARIE576 Posts: 3
1/16/13 1:14 P

Hi! My name is Jessica. I'm not really new to the Spark community but have been on and off for a couple of years. This time I am committed!! Spark is such an awesome thing! Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone is trying calorie cycling or if anyone has tried it? I am wondering how well it works and any food/recipe suggestions. I am trying it. This is day 3 for me. Not bad so far although I think I overdid it on my high calorire day already! Just because of the choices I made, not because of how much I ate. Any help/comments/ideas on this would be great!! Thank you and good luck to all!! :)

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