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will one day of over eating ruin my diet?


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I accidentally ate about 2300 calories today. I normally eat between 1200-1500. But I'm worried that this one day of serious over eating will ruin my diet! I'm afraid that it will have ruined all the hard work I put in, and that I won't be able to go back to limiting how much I eat. Does it make a difference to my weight loss, or should I not worry about it? Im just struggling to lose weight, and need some kind words!
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No need to feared something had happened. But according to the principle of input-output. That obesity will occur when consuming more calories than spent. Although workout, but after that consuming excess calories. The alternative way is to remove the calories you have entered by way of a little exercise or eating less calories at your next meal. But the key is to enjoy life. Excessive calorie intake is only once, will not much affect the diet.

1 day will not ruin your diet, don't worry! Sometimes it is good to eat above your calorie intake, so you won't hit a platue easily. Take it as a cheat day and go on, i promise it didn't ruin everything :)

No, one day will not ruin your efforts unless you let it. Take a deep breath, recognize that you fell off the wagon, and get back on track. Double-check that you're actually eating enough, work on incorporating an exercise routine that you'll actually do (that's always been a hard one for me), and keep going.

Absolutely not! It is putting those days together , one after the other, that can make or break your success. Just make sure to forgive yourself for not being perfect, learn why you were able to go off path, and create a plan for success to combat those kinds of situations next time. One day of imperfection does not impact us long term unless we choose to let it. Good luck and keep on moving in the right direction toward your goals!

Personally, I think it helps to have OCCASIONAL days where you eat way over your weight-loss limit. It helps you to feel less deprived, which enables you to diet better on your regular 1200-1500 calorie days. It also keeps your body from getting used to receiving a lower amount of calories.

I usually allow myself one cheat day a week where I don't count calories and where I allow myself to eat foods that really don't fit into the diet (like pizza or beer Smile). It has not inhibited my weight loss, and sometimes it seems to help.

Good luck with your journey!

Don't even worry about it lol. It's only like 1000 cals. I've eaten 5000 in one day when I usually get 2300.don't stress about it and move on.

2 days a week here and there hasn't killed mine....Cool

Original Post by saussi:

Personally, I think it helps to have OCCASIONAL days where you eat way over your weight-loss limit. It helps you to feel less deprived, which enables you to diet better on your regular 1200-1500 calorie days. It also keeps your body from getting used to receiving a lower amount of calories.

I usually allow myself one cheat day a week where I don't count calories and where I allow myself to eat foods that really don't fit into the diet (like pizza or beer Smile). It has not inhibited my weight loss, and sometimes it seems to help.

Good luck with your journey!

What she said.  I've probably averaged 2100 calories per day since I've started (I'm 5'8"), and I've lost over 30 pounds very slowly.  I think sometimes the danger is undereating - safe weight loss happens when your caloric deficit is between 250-500 calories per day, so if your deficits have been higher than that, maybe it would be good for you to have an occasional day of eating 2300 calories to "jump start" yourself.

It actually may help you.  I had been eating very low amounts of food for a while (realized that this was a terrible idea and had a friend confront me about it).  Now, I eat around 1200 - 1600 calories a day, but after spending a week on vacation and eating way too much (I didn't keep track, but I was eating out every meal), I actually am losing weight faster than I did with eating very little.  Obviously my case is more extreme, but it helps to break up the routine and force your body out of "starvation mode", which can develop over time from low calorie diets, not only from starving yourself.

The ONLY way it's going to ruin your diet is by affecting you emotionally. If you think "ah well, I've ruined my diet forever, screw it, I'm going to get some McDonald's now" then yes, it's 'ruined your diet.' If you take it all on board and get back on the horse you'll be fine. :)

edhla that's the thing that I'm most worried about. I used to binge/purge, so having a day of serious over eating is a bit scary for me. I don't purge anymore, but it's still hard to feel so out of control like that, that I can't stop myself from binging. 

But thanks everyone, for your advice/motivation! I'll have to remember not to feel too guilty about having one day of eating lots! 

2300 calories is not "lots."  For many people, that's actually maintenance.  Before I started CC, I probably routinely ate 3500 calories per day.  When I started CC, I ate 2300 calories per day for awhile to get used to eating at maintenance and was STARVING until my body got used to eating less (I also lost weight for awhile, surprisingly, even though Weight Watchers told me I was exceeding my "points" by 70 per week).  Successful weight loss must be slow and involve a long-term commitment to the end goal.  If you beat yourself up every time you have a surplus on calories, you'll never get there.  Wipe the slate clean at the beginning of the day. :)

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It is my understanding through various European cultures (and let's admit, they're all skinnier than Americans) that having a very limited diet throughout the week and getting good sleep is important.  However, weekends are full of celebrations that revolve around food in several cultures.  In former health classes it was my understanding that eating a lot (while still exercising for sake of digestion, also you can eat a lot without eating badly) will help to keep the metabolism from going "flat" per se.

Hopefully not, because I just had two bad days. First was at about 2000cal and the second was like 2100. I had a chicken basket from Dairy Queen and got SUPER sick and threw up. Like it was hell. Never again fast food. And to think I ate all those calories and couldn't enjoy it. So today I only had 800cal since my stomach doesn't want anything right now anyway. I figure if we are that worried, we can always exercise a bit for those extra calories? Now, if you ate badly for a month...that would be troublesome.

Just think this is going to happen... It may happen again for xmast, thanks giving , your bday, etc.. You can not assume you will never pass 2000 cals in day FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. It's part of the gain, the overalll trend and the habits you build (or do not gain back) its what drives your new steady state. The rest is random noise, you should not bother about it...
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Ursula-what you're saying is that you're human, and we all sometimes deviate from the path of perfection. Occasional overindulgences are inevitable. If we were all so perfect that we never ate something unhealthy or too large a portion of something, perhaps none of us would be battling the bulge in the first place.

I have found it necessary to include a cheat meal in my program once a month on the first or last day of the month which is when I weigh myself.  During the month when I have a craving, I note the time of day and frequency of the craving and exactly what it is I think I want most. Then I remind myself that I can have it on my cheat day.

A cheat meal might be a $5 DQ lunch special where I get a cheeseburger, fries and a small ice cream cone. Another possibility is 2 slices of pizzeria pepperoni pizza and a small chocolate bar, or perhaps some Chinese food followed by a donut and coffee.

This is a matter of maintaining my sanity, and it keeps me on track the rest of the month looking forward to it. It also actually resets my metabolism, helps prevent plateauing, fends off any feelings of deprivation, and keeps my body familiar with the intake of ALL foods-even the not so healthy ones. 

I hope you find what works for you. But always love and forgive yourself no matter what mistakes you make on your journey. Just pick yourself up, pat yourself on the back, and move on to what is really important each day beyond any weight and food issues.

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