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Sometimes Not Tracking Everything Is A Good Thing...



OK... I'll admit it.... the week before my period I NEED (not want.. NEED) chocolate. I don't over do it, but for 5-7 days, I have to have it.

The problem is that once I go over my max 1300 calories a day, I tend to go waaay over.

Instead of tracking my indulgences this week, I make myself a deal... As long as my food calories stay under 1300, I allow myself up to 1000 calories each cycle that I don't track. My calories are low enough overall that the indulgence is okay.

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This means I could have a bar of dark chocolate each day (150 calories for my fav) OR two brownies over the week. My average calories per day stays the same, and I stay on track!

Plus, I think the unexpected calorie burst is good for my metabolism :)

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    Hi there! I hope this trick works for you as well as it has me... when I stick with this method, I never gain weight during my period :) 1300 is at the lower end of my range. I am actually supposed to have 1250 to 1750... this is a slightly wider range than SparkPeople suggested... my doctor feels that I am in good health so I can explore the lower end of the range to get my weight in a normal BMI, and then increase gradually thereafter... a pretty good idea really. I am about 20 lbs heavier than I need to be to have a normal 24 bmi, so aggressive weight loss is ok. If your range is 1400-1600... try using 1400 as your target, and allow yourself the untracked PMS calories.... it will all balance out. I used this method once before when I lost a lot of weight.... back then my big vice was lattes... did it the same way... it made tracking easier and much less stressful... good luck! :) - by RENEEOFARRELL
  • I like the idea but is 1300 the lower end of you range or higher end. I am allowed between 14?? - 16??. I don't think it would work out for me if I was to go on the higher end. But I love to know more about your suggestion (idea) because I really feel I NEED chocolate during that time too. emoticon - by ANNESYLVIA

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