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Can i binge eat on Thanksgiving and end up not gaining weight?


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I am currently on a 2000 calorie diet and so far ive im down to 298.9 lbs from 320. I started calorie counting when i weighed 320 pounds, but back in the spring i maxed at 345 pounds.

First off im extremely happy to be under 300 pounds. I just turned 19 and i havnt weighed under 300 pounds since i was a sophmore in highschool (3 years ago). 

Today, being Thanksgiving, i ended up eating A TON of food. I ate a normal breakfast and then played 1 and 1/2 hours of flag football. Then came the splurge. I ate TG dinner with my uncle at 1:00pm and then i ate TG dinner at my grandparents at about 4:00 pm (i didnt eat much there, just some devilled eggs and green bean casserolle, and some eggnogg). I plan on eating again at about 8:00 pm tonight and doing my night cardio workout about 9:30pm because im gonna be out for Black Friday shopping all night and i dont want to eat nothing while im out.

Tomorrow i plan on going back on my 2000 calorie a day diet, maybe ill eat 1600-1800 a day instead every day this week. I also am going to do cardio 3x a day instead of 2x.

Do you guys think i will gain any weight when i weigh in next Thursday? Ive been losing between 3-5 pounds a week since i started my diet/workout program. Im planning on working out hard this week because i will feel terrible if the scale reads over 300 pounds again :( Hopefully at best i am hoping i can get by this week with a 0 weight loss and 0 weight gain.

Ugh i really want to never see 300+ again QQ =(
Sorry this is so long but i will really appreciate any answers, Thanks Guys :)

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You shouldn't gain any weight and I'm sure you'll still lose some...When I do that I gain up to 3lbs but I'll drink lots of water and go back to normal eating and lose it in 1-2 days...it's a temp gain. I wont even weight myself today! lol....well, i'm gonna try not to! Good Luck! and don't let it get you down....you're doing great!!!Smile

You'd have to eat a whole lot to counteract a typical weekly weight loss of 3lbs, like 10500 calories over and above your maintenance calories.  For comparison's sake that's 10 BK Double Whoppers with Cheese over and above maintenance.  You don't provide a lot of details for your splurge, but it doesn't sound like even half of 10500.

I usually recommend that people trying to lose weight DON'T try to make up for splurges by increasing their calorie deficit or exercising harder, btw.  Just get back to normal, eat what you'd normally eat and exercise like you normally would.  Trying to make up for mistakes can get you dwelling on them and undermining your confidence, when putting them behind you and getting back on track as soon as possible puts them in proper perspective.

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Original Post by rjzitroxela:

I am currently on a 2000 calorie diet and so far ive im down to 298.9 lbs from 320. I started calorie counting when i weighed 320 pounds, but back in the spring i maxed at 345 pounds.

First off im extremely happy to be under 300 pounds. I just turned 19 and i havnt weighed under 300 pounds since i was a sophmore in highschool (3 years ago). 

Today, being Thanksgiving, i ended up eating A TON of food. I ate a normal breakfast and then played 1 and 1/2 hours of flag football. Then came the splurge. I ate TG dinner with my uncle at 1:00pm and then i ate TG dinner at my grandparents at about 4:00 pm (i didnt eat much there, just some devilled eggs and green bean casserolle, and some eggnogg). I plan on eating again at about 8:00 pm tonight and doing my night cardio workout about 9:30pm because im gonna be out for Black Friday shopping all night and i dont want to eat nothing while im out.

Tomorrow i plan on going back on my 2000 calorie a day diet, maybe ill eat 1600-1800 a day instead every day this week. I also am going to do cardio 3x a day instead of 2x.

Do you guys think i will gain any weight when i weigh in next Thursday? Ive been losing between 3-5 pounds a week since i started my diet/workout program. Im planning on working out hard this week because i will feel terrible if the scale reads over 300 pounds again :( Hopefully at best i am hoping i can get by this week with a 0 weight loss and 0 weight gain.

Ugh i really want to never see 300+ again QQ =(
Sorry this is so long but i will really appreciate any answers, Thanks Guys :)

You won't gain much on  a 1 day binge, even if it's like 15000 calories. You have to do it on a regular basis over weeks and months. I would ignore people who count calories and live life by that garbage- just be more active throughout the day. I have been 130 as a male for roughly 10 years and I eat whatever I want, whenever I want. My doctor wants me to gain 20+ pounds, though, so I stumbled upon this site to see what supplemental poisons the bodybuilders take so my doctor can lie and say they're fine :). But yeah if you weigh more today it's all water weight, and you mightve gained a fourth of a pound in reality, even if you had like 15000 calories. I know for a fact, with the liquid and desserts, I had over 8-10k calories yesterday and my scale didn't budge much, so don't panic for deviating off your lifestyle commitment for one day. Look forward to Xmas now

Wow thanks alot guys, i love all of your responces =) Im so glad i should be able to just move past this and work it off with the burn :P By the way i had soo much pie yesterday /wow. Im doing my best to feel good about it but a just have a this minor guilty feeling i hope goes away when i do my morning workout today :) Thanks again guys <3

Wow! How easy it must be to weigh 130 pounds, unable to gain weight because of a high metabolism, and say that it takes weeks and months of binge eating to gain weight. Ignore counting calories? really?

I’m a bit surprised in the responses to your question. 3 years ago I made a change in my eating and exercise by counting calories, carbs, fat, and excluded refined and natural sugar from my diet and I lost 173 pounds in under 2 years which I have kept off! Trust me, if you believe that binge eating doesn't have consequences your chance of long term weight loss success is going to be limited unless you are one of the lucky few with a high metabolism.

The actual weight of the food itself is going to make your total body weight increase. In addition, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is loaded with sodium so your body is more likely to retain some water which will also contribute to weight gain. Will you gain fat weight? That will depend entirely on how many calories you consumed andhow many grams of carbs and fat you consumed. I’m guessing that number is high. At least I know it was for me and I didn’t binge.

Remember that allcalories, fat, and carbs have to be burned up by your metabolism or it is stored as fat. In addition, the refined sugar found in all the deserts people eat on Thanksgiving will quickly spike blood sugar levels which will slow the metabolic rate which means whatever calories, fat, and carbs you ate may have less chance of being burned as energy which contributes to fat weight gain.

The thing to remember during the holidays is IF you decide to enjoy the foods that come with it, get back to clean eating the next day and any weight that you do gain will be re-lost in a reasonable amount of time.

I would love to hear what the scale says when you weigh in next. At least then you will know for sure how your body will react to binge eating.

Best of luck to you in your quest to lose weight.

my calorie intake should be 1600. yesterday,i at 3200 calories. wonder what will happen?  gain weight or steady? just wondering...

@Dave160

About 2 weeks ago i had a major slip up "Splurge" day. I mean i ate everything and to make it worst i ate it all right before i went to bed (At like Midnight). I knew that i screwed up really bad but all the next week i cut a few hundred calories back a day and worked out really hard and i ended up losing .2 pounds. When i weighed in at this time though i did drink a large glass of water for some reason i guess i wasnt thinking much. So with that Friday Night being a major splurge day, i was able to work out hard and cut calories and still manage to lose weight by the next Thursday.

Honestly i feel terrible about eating all day on Thanksgiving and im quite sure that I will appoach Holliday eating much differently now. I am only a few weeks in my calorie counting program and i have learned much already, this is just another speed bump learning curve i must overcome.

On the other hand you obviously are wondering if splurging like this will effect my overall weight loss goals. Im aiming for 10 pounds a month right now, at least until i get down to 270 lbs. I just weighed 298 and i already feel great, ive gotton compliments from so many people, i cant explain the feeling i get when i go to Thanksgiving Dinner and get compliments from several family members.

My program has changed like 4-5 times already and i plan on continueing making minor changes to my program that will increase my chances of "Sticking with it".  I wish i had an exact number for you of how many times i have put a mini weight loss program together and completely failed (all throughout highschool). Now i share everything with my family and they support me greatly.

Im being completly honest when i say that your post scares me a little. I have this fear deep in the back of my mind that i will end up putting all the weight back on. I just feel so amazing when i look into the mirror and having a splurge day on a major holiday like Thanksgiving makes me realize that its totally not worth it.  Im doing this 100% for my personal life. It sux when i look back on HS and realize how i acted in the eyes of my peers. I was so embarrased to even walk around the halls in school. There are people in school that serriously look 10x bigger than me and i just couldnt figure out anything to boost my self esteem.  Honestly im not "that" big, im 6 ft 5 inches tall so my weight is spread thouroughly throughout my body.

Im looking to fix, yet again, a splurge day in my scheduel. Im trying my best to stay positive. Hopefully i take advantage and  learn from the way i ate yesterday, and fix it in the future.  It sux the other posts made me feel better about TG day and now i feel down. Coming from someone who has lost a tremendous amount of weight i must respect your replies.  Once again i appreciate the replies and id better go finish planning out how i can fix this and "feel happy" about the way im fixing it.

3500 calories = 1 lb.  So I don't think you could have gained much.

Original Post by rjzitroxela:

@Dave160

About 2 weeks ago i had a major slip up "Splurge" day. I mean i ate everything and to make it worst i ate it all right before i went to bed (At like Midnight). I knew that i screwed up really bad but all the next week i cut a few hundred calories back a day and worked out really hard and i ended up losing .2 pounds. When i weighed in at this time though i did drink a large glass of water for some reason i guess i wasnt thinking much. So with that Friday Night being a major splurge day, i was able to work out hard and cut calories and still manage to lose weight by the next Thursday.

Honestly i feel terrible about eating all day on Thanksgiving and im quite sure that I will appoach Holliday eating much differently now. I am only a few weeks in my calorie counting program and i have learned much already, this is just another speed bump learning curve i must overcome.

On the other hand you obviously are wondering if splurging like this will effect my overall weight loss goals. Im aiming for 10 pounds a month right now, at least until i get down to 270 lbs. I just weighed 298 and i already feel great, ive gotton compliments from so many people, i cant explain the feeling i get when i go to Thanksgiving Dinner and get compliments from several family members.

My program has changed like 4-5 times already and i plan on continueing making minor changes to my program that will increase my chances of "Sticking with it".  I wish i had an exact number for you of how many times i have put a mini weight loss program together and completely failed (all throughout highschool). Now i share everything with my family and they support me greatly.

Im being completly honest when i say that your post scares me a little. I have this fear deep in the back of my mind that i will end up putting all the weight back on. I just feel so amazing when i look into the mirror and having a splurge day on a major holiday like Thanksgiving makes me realize that its totally not worth it.  Im doing this 100% for my personal life. It sux when i look back on HS and realize how i acted in the eyes of my peers. I was so embarrased to even walk around the halls in school. There are people in school that serriously look 10x bigger than me and i just couldnt figure out anything to boost my self esteem.  Honestly im not "that" big, im 6 ft 5 inches tall so my weight is spread thouroughly throughout my body.

Im looking to fix, yet again, a splurge day in my scheduel. Im trying my best to stay positive. Hopefully i take advantage and  learn from the way i ate yesterday, and fix it in the future.  It sux the other posts made me feel better about TG day and now i feel down. Coming from someone who has lost a tremendous amount of weight i must respect your replies.  Once again i appreciate the replies and id better go finish planning out how i can fix this and "feel happy" about the way im fixing it.

 Aww, don't beat yourself up too much. Dave made lots of valid points, but none of us is perfect, and there will always be the splurge day, even the ones that get out of hand.

Personally, I see nothing wrong with cutting back a bit more to compensate over the next few days, but I suppose that does depend how much you're eating to begin with. Obviously if your normal plan is already restricted as much as it reasonably can be, you don't want to torture yourself, but if there is room, why not.

There is no harm in skipping a snack or having slightly less dinner or something.

 

Yes he did lose alot of weight but he is a bit of a downer!!! Damn! I lost alot of weight too, maybe not 160 but I did lose 60 (got prego, gained alot, and am now losing again) I regularly have a day a week that I cheat and eat whatever the hell I want!I'm not losing weight of course as fast as I could if I didn't do that but idc, I'm happy and I look good! Do not get down about this, it's not worth it, it happens! I ate all kinds of "bad" foods yesterday and I did weigh myself...I'm up 3lbs....but guess what? It will be gone in 3 days!!! And that food was delish!lol......Oh and from my experience, I think as women we tend to be so hard on ourselves that we feel bad and guess what....EAT! So, no more feeling bad!Have a great rest of ur day! Smile

Original Post by jlfox:

Yes he did lose alot of weight but he is a bit of a downer!!! Damn! I lost alot of weight too, maybe not 160 but I did lose 60 (got prego, gained alot, and am now losing again) I regularly have a day a week that I cheat and eat whatever the hell I want!I'm not losing weight of course as fast as I could if I didn't do that but idc, I'm happy and I look good! Do not get down about this, it's not worth it, it happens! I ate all kinds of "bad" foods yesterday and I did weigh myself...I'm up 3lbs....but guess what? It will be gone in 3 days!!! And that food was delish!lol......Oh and from my experience, I think as women we tend to be so hard on ourselves that we feel bad and guess what....EAT! So, no more feeling bad!Have a great rest of ur day! 

 3 pounds? I can bloat twice that much and have it last for a day or two. That's nothin!

If I eat carbs, I seriously swell like a balloon. I don't know if it's some kind of gluten issue or what, but even my fingers will look like sausages the next morning.

It always goes away though, and it's no reason to panic, as you say.

 

Once again i thank everyone that contributed to answering my question. I found some great motivation, especially for bouncing back on track after a splurge day. I now have a goal to reach 290 by Xmas =)

I know i really fell in love with the challenge of losing weight healhily and i felt great about it until yesterday lol. I was getting compliments that made me feel like i was on top of the world. Earlier today i swear i sat in the tub and balled for like 1/2 hour. I just wanna let anyone who is having difficult dealing with a splurge day know that if such thing ever happens, just dont put yourself down because that one meal, or one day of overeating will not effect your overall progress. Keep your head held high and bounce back on track the next day.

http://caloriecount.about.com/im-not-fat-guy- anymore-b295877-1#last

This link helped me get back on track, there are many wonderfull tips in this weight loss story and i hope it can help anyone like it did me.

<3

I'm glad to hear you're feeling better about it now!

Have you got a 'plan' for Christmas, rj? Though the occasional 'higher cal' day won't ruin your weight loss, there is a difference in bingeing and upping cals. The main problems with bingeing are that it is addictive and can ruin your confidence. If you eat enough to feel guilty about it, it can start a vicious circle - you feel worthless because you haven't stuck to plan, so you get upset, so you comfort eat, so you feel worthless. I've been there, it's not a fun place to be. 

Higher calorie days are planned in advance. You're not losing control, you're allowing yourself to have a relaxed day without going overboard.  Holiday season is tough for everyone - so many temptations! In England, we haven't even had a holiday yet this winter, yet I've been putting in one Higher Calorie Day a week, just to help with the winter chill.  

What I'm trying to say (in a very long winded way) is that, for the Christmas season, you need to factor in higher calorie days, BUT you need to stay in control! It is your body, so you have the ability to plan what you're going to put into it. Your BMR is approximately 2144, and even if you're entirely sedentary you'll burn 2500 in a day. So, for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day/Boxing Day, plan to eat 2500-3000. Have those extra 500-1000 calories, and savour them.  Try a little of everything, but in small portions, and once you've finished one plate, try not to go back for seconds. If possible, why not wrap up warm and see if any family members will go on a walk with you? In our family, it's tradition to go on a two hour walk along the beach on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It's a great way to burn some calories, and keep away from the piles of snacks that seem to mount up over the Christmas week!!

Another useful piece of advice for Christmas Dinner is to try and eat slowly. I always notice that I start shovelling down my food, as if someone's going to steal it! Take a moment between mouthfuls to put your cutlery down and talk to someone. It takes 20 minutes for the body to recognise it's full, so give it some time to catch up!

Original Post by cyclist86:
I would ignore people who count calories and live life by that garbage- just be more active throughout the day.

Dude, you are on the wrong site.

I only eat 1300 calories a day, and on Thanksgiving, I didn't count calories at all, but I estimate that throughout the day, I ate about 2500-3000 calories. I just weighed myself, and I lost a pound (from my pre-Thanksgiving weight). Maybe my metabolism had a bit of a kick?

 

I wouldn't worry about it, and try not to overcompensate. Just continue with your regular eating/exercise habits, and you'll be fine. You might gain a little bit, but it'll come right off as soon as you continue with your regular habits. A rare splurge day won't hurt, as long as "a rare splurge day" doesn't happen every couple of days.

 

Just be wary of overcompensating from splurge days, because that can develop into binge/purge behavior, if it happens more and more regularly. It doesn't sound like you're overcompensating for Thanksgiving, but just be careful.

 

Also, congrats on your weight loss journey thus far!

WOW!!! I am totally excited right now !!!!:) I decided to weight in today (Monday) instead of Thursday like i always do. I just wanted to get the guilt out of my way and read that scale over 300 like i knew it would. I was sooo wrong. I weighed in today at 298.9 lbs.....The majority of you guys were so right when you said i would probably still lose weight after splurging on Thanksgiving. With as much crap and pie i ate on Thanksgiving I am soo surprised i lost it all already.  Jees i really shouldnt have been so hard on myself.

I know i definatly will NOT splurge on Christmas day. I will definately set a calorie limit (which of coarse will be higher than the norm, just so i dont "splurge") Thanks alicandra for the recomendation there. My new goal is to be 290 by Xmas day, which at the rate i have been losing weight i should be under  290.

Im stoked! Thanks everyone <3

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