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Thanks everyone for your input. I guess I will just try my original idea of balancing each day.
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I can't say I have that problem - I found when I started logging my foods daily that I do not binge as long as I meet the days caloric needs.
Perhaps if you were eating the right number daily, you wouldn't be going over so much on the other days. I can't imagine how you would get into that cycle to begin with, but I do hope you figure the best solution for your needs.
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On the days you are eating lower, you can eat higher calorie foods, like cheese.
Also, what you are doing is considered calorie cycling and really not that wrong. Do a web search on it and get a spark point to boot!
I usually eat more on the weekends and it seems to be working for me... Just as long as I go back to better eating patterns.
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I guess my question to you would be whether you started this pattern deliberately, or if it just seems to be the way your body naturally responds to an abundance of food and options.
When I was young and thought I was oh-so-smart (between high school and college) I lost weight by having a feast day / fast day cycle diet. One day I would be severely restricted, and the next day ate whatever I felt like, no limits. Very, very bad idea for me. It set me up on the gain / lose roller coaster that I'm still working to correct today.
So, if you're doing this just because that's your hunger cycle, have been a picky eater since childhood, and that's just the way it is... you're probably OK. But if you started this out with "willpower" and the thought that you should restrict... here's what I ended up doing (that is working for me):
Track it (you're doing that). Eat breakfast. Every day. Whether you're hungry or not. If you DON'T have at least 1200 KCal by the end of the day, have a bedtime snack (milk, fruit...) to round it out. The idea is, if you don't starve your body on those couple of days, it won't demand you overeat the others.
Good luck... can't fight natural body rhythms... but most of our natural body rhythms work well with balanced, spaced eating.
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some people do it the same way you are doing. If it works, I wouldn't worry about it.
So I need some help. My problem is that I eat really low calories for 2 days (800-100) then have one day of 3500 calories or so. Or I will eat 3 or 4 days of 15-1700 calories and have 2 or so days of 22-2500. I know that this is a terrible way to eat and if I averaged the days calories together, I would probably be eating about 17-1900 daily which is what I want to be eating in the first place.
Does anyone else out there seem to have this same pattern, and if so, how did you break out of it?
I know my body would be so much happier if I were consistent, but this seems to be a challenge I haven't learned to conquer!
I would greatly appreciate anyone's help!!
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