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Are Weekend Treats Sabotaging My Weight Loss?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

For this weekend's BLC challenge, we're supposed to identify and eliminate something that might be holding us back from our goals. Other than my RA and OA, I figure the culprit must be food-related since I exercise most days of the week.

So, I always figure that a food treat on the weekend is something that's nice to have. I don't typically treat myself through the week so I'm thinking the weekend treat is two-fold. One is that it's something I don't usually eat through the week and two is that I typically do more snacking on the weekends.

Even though my weekend snacks may not necessarily be good for me, I usually stay well within my calorie range even with them in my food plan for the day so I'm not 100% convinced that they're a bad thing to do on the weekend or anytime for that matter. And, it's not like I buy a whole bag and eat them all until I feel ill; I measure out the amount I want and I do track them so we'll have to wait and see whether the number on the scale on Wednesday is lower or not.

The snacks that I've treated myself to recently include shortbread cookies, black liquorice, Turtles and dry-roasted peanuts. So as an experiment this weekend, I'm only going to snack on healthy foods if I want/need something (some people might argue that dry-roasted peanuts aren't unhealthy but for this experiment, I'm including them). I didn't buy any of my go-to snacks at the grocery store when I was there this morning and I avoided the Bulk Barn as well even though I really, really wanted to get something.

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  • 4CYNDI
    It sounds like they "shouldn't" be affecting your but everyone is different and not all calories are equal. Hope you found your answer to whether the treats are holding you back.
    1401 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Sounds like the snacks are in calorie range then they shouldn't be too bad.
    Do you use the dynamic tracker that gives you a range based on what you worked out and tracked for the day? I really like it because of the variety and length of time of exercise I do in a day always changes. If you haven't switched, you may want to try it.
    Good luck with the change in snacks!
    1403 days ago
    You may need to evaluate and adjust your fitness settings to lower your calorie ranges. I find that the level of activity changes with the eh and flow of life and I need to adjust my fitness / calorie ranges to fit what's happening. Example is when I travel for work I still workout at the hotel gym but overall that week will be less than normal, mostly from sitting long ours in meetings. If I don't adjust, I ate within my ranges but ended up affecting the scale. It's a factor worth keeping in mind.

    Wishing you the best possible results in the challenge!
    1403 days ago
    Mmmmmm.....I would tend to think that since you're staying in range with the calories it shouldn't affect your weight loss. I'll be interested in hearing how this plays out.
    1403 days ago
    Since you stay under your calorie limit and they still affect you, I'm wondering if your weekend snacks are usually really salty. Anyway, good for you for doing a little science and seeing what works.
    1403 days ago
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