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Thoughts about *Wendy* the old WW unofficial plan to vary intake

Thursday, October 03, 2013

So this morning I set back up my calories consumed daily, with a weekly average column on my spreadsheet. I had this going from July of 2012 to April of 2013 when I was over a normal BMI and going back to it after some major bumps in my road (bicycle accident, Mom with Alzheimer's dying, bla bla too much to list but I had gained some weight). The record keeping ALWAYS brings me back. I took another little vacation from it when I retired in May, and gained 4 pounds which are nicely leaving now that I am recording again. I started doing daily weights, then logging my food in September. 3 of the 4 pounds are gone, the other one is leaving this month :).
Enough with the background. I really know the level of average intake that will cause me to lose weight. I kind of like to deny this, but I know. I also know that I eat more than others my size and age. Significantly more. I think it is the *WENDY*. (and the weightlifting)
This concept has to do with having one or two days a week that I plan more calories (2000+) and two to three that I plan less (1500 or so) and then two in the middle (1700). When the average for the week ends up 1700 something I lose weight. If it ends up 1950 ish, I maintain. If it goes over that a slow gain happens.
I got to wondering this morning if anyone else does this. As long as I keep records and do something like this, I don't really have a difficult time with maintenance.

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KIMBERLY_Y 10/6/2013 3:49PM

    I know that right now, I have to track my food daily to maintain and I am not at that second nature point yet. But I have heard about calorie cycling and I have noticed that my body tells me on those days to eat more when I am hungry and usually on the days that I do not work out as hard, I am less hungry. I have been trying to listen to my body more and only eat when my body tells me it is hungry in addition to my planned meals. Best of luck!

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DIDMIS 10/5/2013 10:24AM

    This varies from the other responses. I am sorry your mother had to suffer from Alzheimer's. I was caregiver to my husband who suffered from it for years and finally had to be put him in a nursing home. Even there I went once or twice a day as he didn't want to let them shower him and at the end he couldn't eat and when I saw how they fed them I went especially in the evening to feed him myself. I, of course have a long story about this, as I know you do with your mother.
God bless you for being a good daughter. emoticon

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AJDOVER1 10/3/2013 5:17PM

    I just record my calories daily. I don't micro-manage them in advance. It's rare when I go outside my range. When I do, I'm just more mindful the next few days. When I look back, I see things balance out over the week as a rule.

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NICKYCRANE 10/3/2013 2:06PM

    I did average my cals for a while. Now I just observe. I don't think it's worth going hungry for me, so I don't. Today has been (positively) stressful, so some of my hunger may have been emotional. I also neglected to drink water before meals and when hungry. Remembering that might have helped. Thanks for pointing us to this blog

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NELLJONES 10/3/2013 11:54AM

    WW used to have weekly optional calories and bonus selections. You could use them any time over the week, so your daily calorie intake would naturally vary, though we never counted calories. I still do that Plan. It's so easy for me because I do all my own cooking.

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VTRICIA 10/3/2013 9:46AM

    I used calorie cycling for a couple of months last winter, but I got to a point where it was stressing me out. I know that something reassuring for one person can be stressful for another, like jogging or tracking food at all. I'm interested to see the information about it being to beat inflammation without giving up carbs. I don't know that giving up carbs is really a goal for me.

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LESLIE871948 10/3/2013 9:18AM

    I think as a factor of how much less I weigh now as opposed to when I was at my heaviest, I am Always going to be hungry while maintaining the near normal weight I carry now. I admire people who naturally gravitate toward eating to a comfortable state. I can tell when I am eating too much, because I don't feel hungry 2 hours later, and/or before bed. I have actually taught myself to sleep better hungry.

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LILY_SPARK 10/3/2013 9:01AM

    Calorie cycling and also carb cycling for people who are trying to lower inflammation in their bodies *but* can't give up the carbs :)

I always said the Wendi plan (I was a lifetime WW from 1985) was 'just how I eat.' When I'm doing hunger-directed eating (rather than emotional), I naturally eat a couple low days, a couple high days and moderate the other. I think it's kind of natural, if you think about it. Not every day is as demanding (not for me, anyway).

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TWOWEEKS 10/3/2013 8:35AM

    In the past, this has worked very well for me (I've heard it called calorie cycling I think) although I never did it intentionally. It is just natural for me to be more hungry some days and then less others.


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    Since I eat all raw organic produce my calories average 2200 - 2500 per day with a very active lifestyle. The only time I gain weight, which I did the past 13 months!, is when I go off program and eat "food".

Glad you found something that works for you.

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ISHIIGIRL 10/3/2013 7:52AM

    I didn't know it was a WW thing. I hadn't ever heard that when I was going, but it makes sense. I have heard Jillian Michaels talk about this same principle. As long as you have a caloric deficit at the end of the week, you will lose. I envy you how many calories you can eat. I am very active and the most I can eat to lose weight is an average of about 1200-1400 calories a day. To maintain that I have to stay around 1400. If I go over for too long, the weight starts creeping back on, even with the added muscle I have developed. You are very lucky! Great blog, thanks for sharing.

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