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REDSHOES2011
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5/24/12 1:32 P

You can't rob Peter to pay Paul.. Our calorie total zero sets daily.. If you ate over your calorie intake just try to eat sensible the other 21 meals during the week.. Skipping a meal will only make hunger hormones increase your appetite until you binge again..

Stoke your appetite and don't allow yourself to get overhungry- this causes overeating..



DRAGONCHILDE
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5/23/12 11:32 P

Brewmaster, while I agree you can "save up" calories for a little indulgence, that's one thing. That's an accepted technique. What the OP is talking about is hidden in the title. "Skimping" to make up for a "binge." That implies that punishment is indeed the the goal here. If it weren't, the language would be different. This isn't a planned calorie cycle, this is a deliberate attempt to undereat, which can leave the body short on calories for the day, and lead to overeating later.

Intentionally planning to save up for a treat is one thing. Trying to shortchange yourself for an unplanned overage and calling that a binge is something else altogether.





REDSHOES2011
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5/23/12 10:59 P

You can't rob Peter to pay Paul.. Our calorie total zero sets daily.. If you ate over your calorie intake just try to eat sensible the other 21 meals during the week.. Skipping a meal will only make hunger hormones increase your appetite until you binge again..

Stoke your appetite and don't allow yourself to get overhungry- this causes overeating..



AILEBBELIA
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5/23/12 8:09 P

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400 calories is NOT a binge.

You ate over your calories, but you didn't binge.














SUZIE36
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5/23/12 2:57 P

I would agree with the others and also I have done the same thing and it lead me to another binge. Just take it as a learning experience and try to do better tomorrow. We all make mistakes, but what we do to correct the mistake is the biggest thing. Best of luck!

Sue

Edited by: SUZIE36 at: 5/23/2012 (14:57)


BREWMASTERBILL
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5/23/12 1:55 P

Spamtastic.



JENNIFERH625
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5/23/12 1:47 P

I agree with what others have already said. Get back on plan and work out/walk a little bit. Don't skimp on yourself. What you ate won't be put on in one day, just like you can't lose it all in one day. Hang in there and good for you for at least being accountable. That is a hard part sometimes.



BREWMASTERBILL
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5/23/12 1:36 P

Not sure what your point is, but my point is that calories are not subject to the 24 hour boundary. I'd also argue that you can "save up" calories for a day or make up for a surplus the next day without calling it "punishment". The 24 hour cycle is convenient for tracking, but it's not the only way to fly. Deviating from what you're proposing is not punishment at all. I do it quite regularly and intentionally and with purpose.



DRAGONCHILDE
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5/23/12 1:32 P

Whether or not it's calorie cycling or something else, I'm going to go with a different track here.

I don't think you should punish yourself for overeating one day by undereating the next day. What matters for weight loss is by the end of the week, you've made the total differential enough. You can make that up easily, without cutting calories below safe limits.

By punishing yourself through restriction, you're setting yourself on a slippery slope to unhealthy food relationships. If you go over on your calories, you don't try to "make up for it" or punish yourself by cutting calories or exercising more.

Just aim to make healthier decisions next time. Aim to stay in your calorie range today. It's fine if you eat at the lower end, as opposed to the higher end, but don't go below that minimum. If you go under your minimum, you're risking setting yourself up for a binge by leaving your body short on nutrients.

Don't get on the self-flagellation bus.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/23/2012 (13:33)


BREWMASTERBILL
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5/23/12 11:36 A

Sure they can. It might not be exact, but the 24 hour boundary we call a day means nothing to your metabolic processes. You can over-consume by 500 one day and under by 500 the next and be roughly the same. This is the basis of calorie cycling.

I will agree that 400 calories one time is nothing to sweat over.



DIDS70
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5/23/12 11:29 A

Calories cannot be saved from day to day. If you go over, you go over. If you are under, you are under. As long as you stay within a healthy range over the long haul, I don't see the issue. 400 calories is nothing.



ANCLIFE
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5/23/12 9:46 A

My calorie range is 1550-1900 because of my activity level. I think it's a little high but that's what Sparkpeople says. I've been staying around 1500 and have been losing a pound a week for the last 4 weeks. So I guess what you're all saying, combined with that, is to put yesterday in perspective and get over it. Thanks for the words of wisdom.



NIRERIN
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5/23/12 8:56 A

if you are set to lose a pound a week or more, that just means you're eating in your maintenance ranges [or actually a little under], which means you'd be on track to lose 6/7 of your goal. so in that sense, 400 cals isn't much to sweat over.

if you do feel the need to make up those calories, don't do it in a day, especially if you are in the lowest ranges [1200-1550 cals]. take the 400 you went over and divide by six to get 67 calories. now for the next six days subtract that 67 cals from the top of your range [if your range tops out at 1550 you'd be looking at 1483] and put a post it by your computer reminding yourself to eat between 1200 and 1483 for the next six days. this balances out the overage without making it such a large spike [which tends to prime you to binge again].



LUANN_IN_PA
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5/23/12 8:51 A

400 calories in NOT a binge! Not even close.

Log it and move on....



BREWMASTERBILL
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5/23/12 8:47 A

I don't see anything wrong with it as long as it doesn't trigger a binge. Some people call this "calorie cycling".



SMERRIMAN7
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5/23/12 8:46 A

I say no and here is why:

If you 'skimp' today you're likely to be hungry, and if binging is a problem for you - that can easily lead to a binge tonight or tomorrow. Its an unhealthy cycle. Mentally you're telling yourself you can trade off one extreme with another extreme.

On the other hand - you went over your calorie range by 400. So what - its not a big deal. So you may miss your 'goal' by 1/10th of a pound for the week. Not significant in the overall scheme of things.

Instead of going extreme today, focus on having a good day and learn to fit the things you want in with the things you need. Find balance...

Note: I'm assuming you're on a 1200-1550 goal as that is the minimum. Aiming for 800 is NOT a good idea.

Edited by: SMERRIMAN7 at: 5/23/2012 (08:48)


ANCLIFE
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5/23/12 8:41 A

Yesterday, I went over my calorie alotment by 400 calories. I was thinking of going under by 400 calories today to make up for it. Does that make sense?



 
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