I definitely do this, although I hadn't thought of it as "bonus calories" but I think its the same result....
I have a 200 calorie range as my goal and my plan is to stay within the range 6 days a week, at the bottom of the range at least three of those days (which means about 100-150 calories below the top of the range) and up to 200 calories OVER the top one day. That's usually a dinner out on the weekend with dh and/or friends. So I am also focusing on the week's average.
I also allow myself daily "anything goes" calories, although I don't always use them and I save them for the end of the day so if I've overeaten during the day I can compensate by skipping my planned evening treat. Those are supposed to be 150-200 calories which is 1/2 cup of ice cream or an oz of chocolate covered nuts or a mug of hot chocolate... those are my favorites. But on days when I needed an extra snack or slipped up a bit, those calories go to cover that overage and I have herbal tea in the evening instead.
It helps me a lot to know that I CAN have a controlled treat, even if I can't always have it that day or certainly usually not Right Now.
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I have heard of that too. At one time in the past, I used to have a higher calorie allowance on weekends but I still tracked food. Some people pick a meal where they can just eat without tracking.
I'm not sure whether or not there is a "better" way to handle it. I think that whatever makes you feel good, lets you keep some control but lets you not feel deprived, lets you stay on your plan for a long time, anything like that is "right". You should think it over and notice how you yourself seem to feel about it.
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Hello, I made the mistake of overeating on a few days, and I tried to make up for it by exercising off the calories I ate. I don't think it worked and I still gained a pound. Darn. I guess if I hadn't worked out so much it could have been worse.
Does anyone keep a bonus calorie allowance for the week? For example, I'm thinking about allowing myself an extra 400 cal. for one day. Anyone have experience with this?
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