GET OVER THE CHEAT DAY WEIGHT!
Second week in a row that it takes me 3 full days to get down to my pre-cheat day weight (mon, tues, wednes) This morning finally down to 279 again. I have been pushing water like crazy, 1.5-2 gallons a day. But what I wonder is, how long it takes most of you to get over the cheat day weight? Can we make this faster? Afterall, 1 cheat day+ 3 recovery days only leaves us with 3 days to burn fat.....
What do you think?
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Believe me I am with you on the "trying to lose all the cheat day weight SOONER than Wed/Thu" Sometimes it takes that long...sometimes you can get it off by Tue at the earliest....or even Monday. The key is not to gain a lot from the Cheat Day to begin with. Cheat early in the day, stop cheating after dinner. Drink tons of water, coffee, yerba mate, etc. throughout the day of Cheat Day. Do your Damage Control methods throughout your cheat day. Stay away from stuff that has sugar+fat. I have found that eating pizza and ice cream are BIG weight gainers the next day.
Regardless....I tend to gain about 3-5 lbs after cheat day and it is USUALLY gone by Wed/Thu....and even after that I lose another 1-3 lbs depending on the week(periods/ovulation and all that). So, if you are wanting bigger losses you can try the above suggestions or if you'd rather not deprive yourself of Cheat Day foods and cheat all day..then do so...just don't be surprised with the gain and just get back on SCD right away, drink lots of water/tea/coffee, and it'll come off.
It's just one of the hazards of having a Cheat Day, but it's one I've accepted. I'm cool with losing 1-3 lbs a week to be able to have a cheat day and still eat healthy.
Most of the weight is water retention anyway....some weeks I will gain like 5.6 lbs and the week before I had gained .8 from my lowest due to the monthly......the following week I lost not only the 6lb from cheat+monthly gain BUT an additional 3 lbs on top of that...so, I lost 9 lbs that week. Sounds good to me!
3 days is normal, don't worry. It takes me this amount of time to drop the cheat day weight it, sometimes up to 4-5 days if I eat a lot. Just because Tim says he lost is in 48 hours, doesn't mean you'll be the same, no matter how hard you try. It takes 3 days to deplete glucose in your blood/glycogen.
Some of the reasons for this is because you are 279lbs, Tim is probably under 200, so of course he has less mass and is less likely to retain glycogen/water weight for too long. Also, the food options you choose will be entirely different, unless you try to replicate everything exactly as he did in the 'Damage Control' chapter, and even then , everyone has a different metabolism and different levels of hormones.
There are just so many factors at work when it comes to fat loss, it is not as simple as 'calories in, calories out' like any so called 'nutritionist' who has been taught according to the current FDA guidelines, which are obviously making the world fatter, not thinner, so don't let it get to you if it takes a little longer to drop water weight.
If it helps, you can extend the time between cheat days, which I would recommend doing anyway since you have more to lose and your leptin levels/ thyroid won't drop as quickly. Maybe go 9 days in between each cheat day, and have it every 10 days. So this way you can get 6 full days of fat-burning.
As I understand, you didn't gain fat on your cheat day. Or at least not much. That gain is mainly water and the weight of the food you ate.
You're still losing fat the same time your body is working to get rid of the retained water and food bulk in those days following your cheat day. Your fat loss is just hidden in the data 'noise' because of the extra water and food weight.
And then when you think you're never going to lose your Cheat Day gains, you, and magically it seems that you've lost weight overnight.
That said, I've found that since I've eliminated grains from my diet, Cheat Day included, I didn't hold onto my water retention as long.
Some people reduce their legumes the day after Cheat Day.
Some folks IF the day before Cheat Day. Some the day after.
For some, they limit sugar/fat combos on Cheat Day.
Others limit their Cheat Day to a Cheat Day window (x number of hours as opposed to the whole day).
Some lengthen the time between Cheat days.
Different things work for different folks. It's up to you to figure our your personal hacks.
Drinking lots of water, green tea, yerba mate and coffee also help with the water and food bulk retention.
BWT, most folks hold onto their Cheat Day bloat for 1-3 days so you're in the norm.
My experience has been similar to yours, if not worse, I usually only see a break below the previous weeks low on the day before my cheat day,
I have been doing this for 4 weeks now, and this is a trend I have come to terms with. Although I believe spacing the cheat days further apart can also solve our problem. Starting next week I will be be taking them every 10 days.
It will take me till tomorrow, Friday, to get just below what I was morning of cheat day last Saturday.
Seems like a lot of effort to make up for that one day.
I think I'm going to try a cheat hour this Saturday instead, see how that works.
If I can stay sane...and unless I start to plateau I think I'll give that a shot for a while...
This post is exactly what I needed! I was getting ready to post the same exact thing I'm only in week 2, but week 1 went great. Lost 5 pounds in total week 1, started cheat day (Sunday) at 194...went up to 195 after cheat day and haven't been able to drop below 195 since then. Been doing everything the same...so I've been so frustrated as to why I'm not losing!!! Anyways, it helps so much to know that others experience the same thing and read all the encouragements from other members!!
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