So, I had a little weekend vacation and did not count calories - just ate what I wanted and how much I wanted. A little break from the steady counting I've been doing for 7 months!
Anyway, I know I ate extra calories - probably a lot, but I don't know how many... so how long do you think it will take to see what kind of "damage" I did to show up on the scale so I can evaluate what if any changes I need to make to "fix it"?
Thanks for your help - you all are great!
Well, it really depends. If you go back to eating healthy right away, it may not show up on the scale at all. The metabolism is mysterious that way. Or, if you ate a large quantity and still have the bulk of it in your digestive system, that might cause temporary weight gain. As for converting into fat, that happens almost on a daily basis, so if you gain fat it will show up within a day or two.
Pretty much just return to healthy eating habits and you should be back on track without too much to worry about.
The way I think about food is that it is ok to splurg on food every now and then. Don't make a habit of it, because the habit is why you gained weight. Not the once every 7 month weekend splurg.
BUT - I'm trying not to let it get me down. I'm heading to the gym straight after work today!
And.... I just found out my gym will be closed for the next 2 weeks. I'll have to find something else to do to get back on track.
I'm assuming that I'll have lost about a week of ground... so I'll catch back up! I'm starting back right away with my plan.
Also - have NOT been hungry at all today. I think my body knows there is extra food in my system and is working away at it instead of making me eat. Pretty cool!
dont avoid the truth.
that way you are more in control because you are aware of everything. no surprises as to why something happened as it did on the scale.
also you can budget in those weekends and avoid the uncertainty and enjoy yourself if you just look at what you have eaten.
i have made eating up to maintain cals part of my diet when i am in that situation. it makes it a lot easier to stay on track and not feel so diet burdened.
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