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March 12, 2012 9:15 AM
Hey guys, so I've been doing pretty well so far, and I lost around 3(!) pounds this week, my biggest loss so far. I've heard lots of things about "leptin" and replenishing its stores with a cheat day or meal after having a calorie deficit for a while.

My question is: how many more calories than my usual ~1500 should I take in today should I decide to have my cheat day? Double? 50% more? Doesn't matter, just enjoy the day? Thanks
  13487840
March 12, 2012 9:17 AM
Cheat days have their benefits, but regulating leptin isn't one of them.

Leptin basically rises and falls within 24 hours of going into calorie deficit or surplus.
March 12, 2012 9:21 AM
I've done plenty of different types of cheats. Cheat meals, days, ate as much as I could stomach, only ate up to a certain amount. At the end of that week I always had the same results, 2-3 lb losses.

I will say this, the more extravagant the cheat day for me, the more water I retained. So it can get a little disheartening trying to shed all of that excess water, it usually took me 5 days on bigger cheats.
March 12, 2012 9:27 AM
Ok sweet, I don't mind having the water retention for most of the week as long as in the long run it will help, as I try and stay off the scale for the most part till my next weigh in rolls around
  13487840
March 12, 2012 10:37 AM
QUOTE:

Hey guys, so I've been doing pretty well so far, and I lost around 3(!) pounds this week, my biggest loss so far. I've heard lots of things about "leptin" and replenishing its stores with a cheat day or meal after having a calorie deficit for a while.

My question is: how many more calories than my usual ~1500 should I take in today should I decide to have my cheat day? Double? 50% more? Doesn't matter, just enjoy the day? Thanks


I don't worry about the total calories, but use my cheat days to enjoy something that isn't part of my usual routine - thin crust pizza, or baked potato with steak instead of brocolli, or frozen yogurt with toppings. I think it helps me from "cheating" everyday, and gives me something to look forward to. I also don't have three heavy meals that day; just incorporate some treats I'm craving. happy
  8220957
March 12, 2012 10:41 AM
I typically double my BMR on a cheat day.
  3706746
March 12, 2012 10:49 AM
Id couple cheat days, with an active after-day.

I d add 200-500 calories on a cheat day, followed by 1-2 hours extra exercise the next day.

Healthier foods (even if coupled with yummy risky sauces) seem to boost metabolism.

More processed foods, seem to slow down metabolism, and often are not as filling and satisfying as say, a good old fashioned Sunday Roast with gravy

In ways this is your experiment. 'One mans meat is another mans poison'.
March 12, 2012 11:28 AM
QUOTE:

Id couple cheat days, with an active after-day.

I d add 200-500 calories on a cheat day, followed by 1-2 hours extra exercise the next day.

Healthier foods (even if coupled with yummy risky sauces) seem to boost metabolism.

More processed foods, seem to slow down metabolism, and often are not as filling and satisfying as say, a good old fashioned Sunday Roast with gravy

In ways this is your experiment. 'One mans meat is another mans poison'.


I figured it would be more of an experimenting type of deal. I'll try a few different ways over the next month and see which one works the best :)
  13487840
March 12, 2012 11:30 AM
QUOTE:

Healthier foods (even if coupled with yummy risky sauces) seem to boost metabolism.

More processed foods, seem to slow down metabolism,


wow, lol.
March 12, 2012 11:32 AM
I really dont double my calories on my cheat day. But I do try to make better choices or eat one cheat meal and be good the rest of the day. Like this past Saturday I had a cheeseburger for a chain restaurant. I made sure I caculated the calories and made sure I didn't go crazy the rest of the day. I had my weigh in this morning and was still down 1 pound!!!
  17155421
March 12, 2012 11:36 AM
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QUOTE:

Hey guys, so I've been doing pretty well so far, and I lost around 3(!) pounds this week, my biggest loss so far. I've heard lots of things about "leptin" and replenishing its stores with a cheat day or meal after having a calorie deficit for a while.

My question is: how many more calories than my usual ~1500 should I take in today should I decide to have my cheat day? Double? 50% more? Doesn't matter, just enjoy the day? Thanks


I don't worry about the total calories, but use my cheat days to enjoy something that isn't part of my usual routine - thin crust pizza, or baked potato with steak instead of brocolli, or frozen yogurt with toppings. I think it helps me from "cheating" everyday, and gives me something to look forward to. I also don't have three heavy meals that day; just incorporate some treats I'm craving. happy


I do this, too! I weigh in on Sundays, so I use Sunday as my rest/treat day. Yesterday I had some of that super yummy popcorn from the Target "shop," a few bites of a soft pretzel, and maybe some more dessert than I do any other time of the week. I also worked out, so I tried to keep it relatively balanced. :)
March 12, 2012 11:41 AM
I eat what ever I want for an entire day. This past Saturday was mine. I had eggs, sausage and tater tots with ketchup for breakfast. For lunch I had a turkey sandwich with a side salad and red velvet fro-yo. For my afternoon snack I had Girl Scout cookies (lemonades and thin mints.) For dinner I had a fried chicken wing (just wasn't in the mood for any more) and a large slice of meat lovers NY style pizza from my favorite local pizza joint. No counting here. It's my cheat day and I eat what I want, when I want and try to focus more on what my body craves and how to tell when I am full.
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