I'm sure experienced people know this but, if my calorie budget for the day is 1200-1550 with no exercise (even though I do exercise each day) just to keep it simple, and I consume 1250 each day on average, can I save the extra 300 calories/day for a piece of cake at a birthday party, or whatever, at the end of the week without blowing my program? It seems logical but...My son goes to Weight Watchers and while I don't resonate with their system, the one thing that does seem nice is that you have a daily points allowance (Calories etc), but then you get 7 extra points each day no matter who you are (or what size) for a cookie or something else you crave. If you want, you can save them all up for the end of the week. You can do this with all the fitness points you earn as well. While I can't quite imagine eating all the food that you could possibly "earn" at one sitting, this method allows for the occasional splurge. At the end of the week, however, any extra points you earn or were given, vanish. You can't carry them over to a new week. The other question is about going over your daily budget for a particular nutrient in any given day. For example, the upper limit of my daily "fat" budget is 60 grams. If I take last week as an example, two days I was over budget. One day by 4 grams and one day by 6 grams. If I average each day of the week though my average daily consumption is 49 grams which is 11 grams under what my daily allotment would have been. To me it seems like general trends over time is what you really want to track and not that you are 5 grams short one day on protein and 3 grams over on fat, but rather that you stay as close to budget as possible for the month, for example. I'd be really interested in what others think or if anyone actually knows Spark People's point of view is.
Best of Luck to everyone on their journey to better health and thanks in advance to all those who may have info for me. Alyssa
PS: For any non-scientists out there, it takes approx. 30 grams to make an ounce, so being off here or there by 3 or 4 grams is a very small amount regardless if you are over or under in a particular catagory.
Peace be with you
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