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Zig Zag Your Calories



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!

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  • 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!! - by SUMMER_TYME
  • 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 - by PAIGEHOUGHTON
  • SBATES63
    This has always worked for me. I just try and make sure it averages out at my limit for the week. - by SBATES63
    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! - by CHANELLESMOM
  • 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. - by DEE500
  • 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!


    emoticon - by MCMIESTIE
  • 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. - by DENISEHIDALGO
  • 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. - by KIRSTINMAE
  • emoticon Thank you, I'll give it a try! emoticon - by ANGELHUGGS37
  • I always have a 24 cheat period in my week. Knowing that I can eat whatever I want (within reason and in moderation) for that one day helps keep me on track for the rest of the week.

    I'm not denying myself anything, just postponing it until later. - by MIRJIYUMMY
    Just wondering if the concept is evidence-based and approved by SparkPeople. Maybe an article on this would be good. Thanks so much for the concept - I'll definitely look into it further! - by TONETTER
  • I heard of this before, will need to try this on days when my husband is home from work. - by 4ADANCE
  • When I was much younger (60 years ago or so) both my Mom and I were dieting together. We always "took weekends off". It seemed to work quite well. Guess I should try it again. Note: "weekends off" does not mean bingeing! - by GRANNIECB
  • Will try it out! - by RAPUNZEL53
  • Sounds like a great idea. I guess it works best not to hit a plateau. - by ELAINEMILLAR
  • So having an oops day once or twice a week isn't such a bad thing after all then. Good to know. - by KELLY48647
  • I've heard of this. I am going to try it. emoticon - by HAIRDRESSER4U
  • Will try - by MSPEACHSWEET
  • I have done this before and it really does work as long as you don't over do. Also when you are exercising if you rest when you get tired and go back after that little break it seems to help get through the exercising sessions better. emoticon - by CONNIE_E1253
  • I didn't know this, and am excited to try it! - by METALBABE
  • 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. - by NERDFAERIE
    I'm going to try this next time I plateau. Thanks for the suggestion! emoticon - by STEWWOLFE
    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. - by KEVINMCDONNELL
  • Thanks for the tip, I'm going to incorporate this into my plan - by PHX459
  • I am definitely going to try this. I've been stuck at the same weight for the past 3 weeks! - by PATTIEMCD
  • 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 - by DEE500
  • 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? - by ABBEH23
  • Excellent idea, so happy to hear this great tip, Will definitely try. - by TXSANDY1
  • I love this! I'm doing the 5:2 diet and it's working for me :) - by MACLEOD771
  • 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 - by JOYOUS1917
  • 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. - by EBETHET
  • It makes sense. - by AMYABELL
  • This REALLY works! . . . I do the same thing with my workouts to keep my body "guessing" and to avoid boredom.
  • 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. - by NICGAM
  • 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! - by RUMBLEAVE
  • I had never heard this before! I'm going to look into it. Thank you. - by TRICHARDS19
  • This trick has worked for several people I know who have lost weight and kept it off. Thanks for the reminder! - by SPINTEXAS
  • 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 - by SLEE103
    Cool idea. Thanks for sharing! - by EXPATBABYMAMA1
  • I'm going to give this a try. thanks - by LAURAKOHORST
    Makes sense. Thanks! - by NELLIE_RAMONA
  • This is a great idea. I am trying it. - by BJPENNY70
  • I've heard this before and it seemed to work for people trying this. I may try it too! - by GABIBEAR
  • Thanks I never knew about it but will sure try it when I get to a plateau - by JUDYAMK
  • JOEL91
    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 - by JOEL91
    Sounds good to me :) - by K_MAUREEN_C
  • 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 - by MAKEESHA2
  • I have been curious about this....
    Thankyou - by ZOEYBLU
  • This is great! I have been doing this -not as formal - and it has been working great! - by DRPOOH63
  • 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. - by DBURSIKOVA
  • 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!! - by HUNGARIANMAMA
  • Good advice--I'll take it! :-) - by BBGOOGIN
  • I never heard that advice before. I am going to try it. Thanks - by GRAMMAP1
  • Nice idea, may need to give this a try. - by LADYJ6942

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