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June 13, 2012 9:54 AM
What do you think about zig-zagging your calories?
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June 13, 2012 9:55 AM
it has worked for me, all i can say is try it and see if it works for you!
June 13, 2012 9:55 AM
I havent tried this so i'm not sure of the outcome. curious to see what people think, idk i'm a bit skeptical
June 13, 2012 9:56 AM
what is that?
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June 13, 2012 9:57 AM
http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm

I just started this, hoping it works out! I've heard good things about it. Just try and see if it works for you :) The link I posted is a calculator that gives you your zig zag for the week!!
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June 13, 2012 9:58 AM
This is an old concept called Calorie Cycling. I have heard it works but never really done it myself for more than a week. I found it hard to remember if today was a super low day or a high day and it drove me insane. But if you google Calorie Cycling, there is a lot of info out there.
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June 13, 2012 9:59 AM
Just started trying it myself and I was at a plateau and had started to gain a little bit and now with calorie cycling I am seeing losses again. I am going to keep trying it!
June 13, 2012 9:59 AM
how do you mean? Like eating 1400 one day and 1500 the next? or just eating more when you exercise?
June 13, 2012 10:01 AM
its really working for me too! wink
June 13, 2012 10:02 AM
QUOTE:

how do you mean? Like eating 1400 one day and 1500 the next? or just eating more when you exercise?


http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm
the website above ^ will explain it but you have the around about idea.
June 13, 2012 10:02 AM
I have done it from day one!!
June 13, 2012 10:03 AM
I had been actually doing it by accident before I heard about it and was losing consistently. Gonna keep it up flowerforyou
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June 13, 2012 10:03 AM
bump!
June 13, 2012 10:04 AM
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June 13, 2012 10:05 AM
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June 13, 2012 10:07 AM
QUOTE:

This is an old concept called Calorie Cycling. I have heard it works but never really done it myself for more than a week. I found it hard to remember if today was a super low day or a high day and it drove me insane. But if you google Calorie Cycling, there is a lot of info out there.


I do not do mine based on days....mine is done by week...Sunday - Saturday.

For example:
Sunday I left 800 calories
Monday I left 700 calories
Tuesday I eat an extra 150 calories
Wednesday I eat an extra 200 calories

So for the remainder of the week, before exercising, I have 1150 extra calories for the remainder of the week.
Edited by DBiddle69 On June 13, 2012 10:07 AM
June 13, 2012 10:08 AM
sounds like too much work lmao
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June 13, 2012 10:08 AM
Some one on here gave the suggestion to set yourself manually at the lowest calorie intake and then input your own exercise and have it be "Monday zig-zag", etc. that takes into account the difference you need to eat that day. Then you can just add the exercise and eat all of those calories. I've just started trying it (trying to get refocused on losing the last few pounds of fat), but doing that has made it super easy.
June 13, 2012 10:09 AM
I think there might be some truth to the idea. i watch what i eat all week, eat very low calories per day. and then i have one day per week that is my cheat day, and i eat more calories. and it hasn't hurt me yet, if any thing i think it might be helping. i'm losing the weight really well. and i still get to enjoy my one cheat day per week.
June 13, 2012 10:09 AM
i zig-zag with exercise days. i work out 3 days a week and eat 2800 calories on those days - the in between i eat 2000 - i'm losing weight when i zig zag. i am also low carb on non-workout days. I read the book by Chris Powell "Chose to Lose" who's the trainer on Extreme Weight Loss tv show - he helped a guy lose 421 pounds. i've been stuck for a long time - now that my calories are up (i was at 1700 and not losing) and i zig-zag it seems to work for me. I'm eating mostly whole foods and even have nuts back in my diet. I'll take it compared to starvation anyday.
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June 13, 2012 10:10 AM
I think it's kindof smart in a way.. But I also can see how it would be negative. Humans are creatures of habit and it's actually very natural for us to form set systems and follow similar routines. I think it would throw me off a little bit, at least at first.
June 13, 2012 10:10 AM
I was on a plateau , and started the zig-zaging , I've been on it it for one week and I have lost one lb.
I would recommend it !
June 13, 2012 10:14 AM
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June 13, 2012 10:14 AM
See this confuses me.. I did the Calorie Cycling calculator and it says (approximately)
Monday 1300
Tuesday 1200
Wednesday 1500
Thursday 1300
Friday 1200
Saturday 1400
Sunday 1300


I dont understand how that could work.. Granted with working out and having extra calories I would be burning the exact same as eating 1300 everyday... I would have to dramatically cut my calories in order to have a deficit without working out.
June 13, 2012 10:15 AM
I tend to do this without trying as I have some high days & some low days.
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