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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Calorie cycling or Zig-zag dieting are new ideas to me and I see a real benefit in this concept. The theory is to keep our metabolism from settling into a rut. Our bodies like to reach a stable state and stay there; if we are trying to lose weight - or gain it - this tendency to stability can get in the way. We experience the dreaded plateau. emoticon
The theory of calorie cycling is that over the course of weeks or months one eats, on average, the number of calories one needs; but from day to day varies the calories by 300 or 400. On days when the workout will be heavy eat more calories, and on a rest day eat fewer.
I'm going to play with this idea, but right off I see a helpful application. If I have an out-of-control day, a day when for whatever reason I eat way more calories than I need, that one day loses significance in the context of a week or a month. One 'bad' day has less impact than I always thought it did, when I eat healthily most of the days before and after. It's not too hard to eat maybe 100 calories a day less for a couple of days after a binge, minimizing the damage and restoring a sense of being in control.
So that's a new trick up my sleeve! emoticon
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    I hope it works for you. I like the idea of this plan knocking binges down in importance. Very empowering.
    1775 days ago
    Ah, so that's what it means.
    I'd certainly heard of this but had no idea how it worked. Sounds logical to me, and doable. Thanks!
    1779 days ago
    I like this concept as well. At one point I do wish to play with it further. With my long runs (18-22k runs) I do eat more those days than my regular amount by about 2-300 calories. However, that is above my usual day, and I don't adjust the other days. Which probably ends up all being where it should be, calorie-wise, anyways. If that makes sense.

    Thanks for sharing!
    1779 days ago
    I tried the "5:2" thing because it suits me very well to starve - but the eating in between went chaotic so if I want to handle the 5:2 I need to stay in my calorie range the other days - which is up to 2 500 and when I am "good" I do about 1800-2000... but it is an interesting concept if I can make it work... I want the benefits of a lighter body...
    1779 days ago
  • JO88BAKO
    This concept is basically what I have been doing for about 6 weeks now. My goal is to get my blood sugars down and lose weight. It is going very well.
    1779 days ago
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