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Zig Zag Your Calories


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To get over the plateau and keep your metabolism reved up.
its good to do low calories for 5 days and then 2 days a week increase your calorie intake by like 500 and then decrease it on your other days, so never let your metabolism adjust! This is a secret athletes use all the time!

zig zag diet.
- Submitted by DBANNIST 4/21/2010 in Weight Loss | 43 Comments
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SUMMER_TYME 5/13/2010 12:43:00 PM

    I do this with carb intake. I have eaten low carb with unlimited carbs 1-2 days a week for 5 years and successfully kept of 65 pounds!!
PAIGEHOUGHTON 6/28/2010 10:57:00 PM

    This is a great way to feel positive about over-eating. I no longer feel like I failed today, but rather tricked my body into keeping my metabolism active! Tomorrow I can start fresh, without guilt! emoticon
SBATES63 4/21/2010 6:07:00 PM

    This has always worked for me. I just try and make sure it averages out at my limit for the week.
CHANELLESMOM 11/29/2012 10:41:00 AM

    Interesting and it makes sense. We need to mix up our exercises because our bodies get use to what we do. So, why wouldn't it work for eating and calorie intake as well. I just got over a plateau that lasted two weeks. Wish I would have known this. But I will try it next time I hit a plateau again. Thanks!
DEE500 9/3/2012 12:11:00 AM

    Thanks for the advice. I needed to hear this because I frequently fall off the wagon on Saturday or Sunday. I do much better during the week.
MCMIESTIE 5/30/2010 11:34:00 PM

    WOW! How helpful, what a great idea!

It's odd to think that "not letting our bodies adjust" when we exercise is such common knowledge, but it's always taken for granted that our caloric intake needs to stay at a certain level! This is totally going to be a new strategy I work into my routine!


DENISEHIDALGO 4/29/2010 2:02:00 PM

    Also called "calorie cycling" this is recommended by Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Loser and Susan Sly of Isagenix, based on studies by top athletic nutrition specialists.
KIRSTINMAE 4/24/2010 11:19:00 PM

    This really does work. Years ago when I was on WW many of the lifetime members used this. They called it the WENDY plan. It helps get you over the hump.
METALBABE 3/16/2015 10:17:00 PM

    I didn't know this, and am excited to try it!
NERDFAERIE 11/18/2014 5:51:00 PM

    This is why the idea of "cheat days" are good. I used to think it was a cheat day so you could eat what you were craving all those other days. But now, I believe cheat days are more so you can trick your body into thinking it's got plenty of food and doesn't need to hold on to its fat stores.
STEWWOLFE 4/23/2014 6:45:00 AM

    I'm going to try this next time I plateau. Thanks for the suggestion! emoticon
KEVINMCDONNELL 4/9/2014 12:33:00 PM

    i have been doing this for the last month and have lost 25 lbs total,it really works,on the calorie load day i just add a few more carbs to give me a boost.and im good for another 5days of low carb and high protein ,low calorie diet,i keep my calories at about 1200 per day,and jump up to about 1700 on calorie load day.
PHX459 10/4/2013 8:35:00 AM

    Thanks for the tip, I'm going to incorporate this into my plan
PATTIEMCD 9/7/2013 1:11:00 AM

    I am definitely going to try this. I've been stuck at the same weight for the past 3 weeks!
DEE500 9/5/2013 1:40:00 AM

    I going to try this. I'll room to eat my favorite oatmeal cookies and not feel like I'm cheating. Thanks for the advice. emoticon
ABBEH23 7/16/2013 2:36:00 PM

    So, if I currently do 1500 calories per day, should I do 2 days of 2000? Or should I do 5 days at say, 1200 and 2 days of 1700? What's best?
TXSANDY1 2/15/2013 11:02:00 AM

    Excellent idea, so happy to hear this great tip, Will definitely try.
MACLEOD771 2/12/2013 3:30:00 PM

    I love this! I'm doing the 5:2 diet and it's working for me :)
JOYOUS1917 1/30/2013 8:44:00 PM

    I have heard of this. I was wondering if we could go below the 'recommended' calorie alotment a few days...a posting following this answered that question as a "yes". Thank for the reminder! emoticon
EBETHET 1/22/2013 10:37:00 PM

    Thanks for the idea. I heard of eating extra calories when you hit a plateau but I didn't realize you could use this as a diet strategy.
AMYABELL 1/8/2013 10:50:00 PM

    It makes sense.
CUINPARADISE 1/4/2013 6:59:00 PM

    This REALLY works! . . . I do the same thing with my workouts to keep my body "guessing" and to avoid boredom.
NICGAM 1/1/2013 9:10:00 AM

    On your days were you consume extra calories it is important to keep the big picture in mind. I have tried this in the past and I tell myself, "Oh, it's ok to eat four cupcakes it's a free day." I think setting the calorie mark and continuing to track everything might me key.
RUMBLEAVE 10/21/2012 8:24:00 PM

    I have heard of this method before and when I read your tip it really got me motivated to try it. It gives me something different to focus on this week. Thanks!
TRICHARDS19 9/14/2012 5:57:00 AM

    I had never heard this before! I'm going to look into it. Thank you.
SPINTEXAS 8/25/2012 11:31:00 AM

    This trick has worked for several people I know who have lost weight and kept it off. Thanks for the reminder!
SDLEE514 8/20/2012 3:14:00 PM

    I'm skeptical about this...but on the other hand, it seems like a great excuse to feel less guilty about indulging some on weekends emoticon
EXPATBABYMAMA1 8/16/2012 8:24:00 AM

    Cool idea. Thanks for sharing!
LAURAKOHORST 8/11/2012 12:56:00 AM

    I'm going to give this a try. thanks
NELLIE_RAMONA 8/10/2012 1:33:00 PM

    Makes sense. Thanks!
BJPENNY70 8/9/2012 10:28:00 PM

    This is a great idea. I am trying it.
GABIBEAR 8/9/2012 3:58:00 PM

    I've heard this before and it seemed to work for people trying this. I may try it too!
JUDYAMK 8/7/2012 10:24:00 PM

    Thanks I never knew about it but will sure try it when I get to a plateau
JOEL91 7/10/2012 4:52:00 AM

    Wow, I have been doing this unintentionally for the 6 weeks and strangely enought the last 2 weeks i haven't been able to lose any weight. It seems this works best for my body. emoticon
K_MAUREEN_C 7/14/2011 8:22:00 AM

    Sounds good to me :)
MAKEESHA2 4/24/2011 10:09:00 PM

    I've read that some pros recommend 3 days low end of the "weight loss calories" then 3 days at "maintenance loss". Or sometimes 3 days low then 1 day maintenance. Either way, I think there's great evidence that this is a great idea for plateaus
ZOEYBLU 4/3/2011 12:04:00 PM

    I have been curious about this....
DRPOOH63 10/20/2010 11:07:00 AM

    This is great! I have been doing this -not as formal - and it has been working great!
DBURSIKOVA 4/23/2010 1:19:00 AM

    I'm glad to hear this. That means I'm safe this week, since I have stayed on program everyday except today. I had forgotten this advice and it was good for me to hear it again.
HUNGARIANMAMA 4/22/2010 3:17:00 PM

    Been doing the spark program for 2 months. I found myself 2 1/2 pounds more today, really needed some encouragement or ideas and this fit the bill. Thanks!!
BBGOOGIN 4/22/2010 12:15:00 PM

    Good advice--I'll take it! :-)
GRAMMAP1 4/21/2010 7:57:00 PM

    I never heard that advice before. I am going to try it. Thanks
LADYJ6942 4/21/2010 10:43:00 AM

    Nice idea, may need to give this a try.

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