Sunday, July 07, 2013
Calorie cycling or Zig-zag dieting are new ideas to me and I see a real benefit in this concept. The theory is to keep our metabolism from settling into a rut. Our bodies like to reach a stable state and stay there; if we are trying to lose weight - or gain it - this tendency to stability can get in the way. We experience the dreaded plateau.
The theory of calorie cycling is that over the course of weeks or months one eats, on average, the number of calories one needs; but from day to day varies the calories by 300 or 400. On days when the workout will be heavy eat more calories, and on a rest day eat fewer.
I'm going to play with this idea, but right off I see a helpful application. If I have an out-of-control day, a day when for whatever reason I eat way more calories than I need, that one day loses significance in the context of a week or a month. One 'bad' day has less impact than I always thought it did, when I eat healthily most of the days before and after. It's not too hard to eat maybe 100 calories a day less for a couple of days after a binge, minimizing the damage and restoring a sense of being in control.
So that's a new trick up my sleeve!