[quote]Professor X wrote:
well… i’ve been dieting for 12 weeks now… and today i ate like 10,000 calories… will that effect my body ? but i stopped eating at 4 pm… and came back to my diet… even more strict… i ate half of a tuna can with cucumber and lettuce… and for 5th meal im gonna eat the same… will that be a problem ?
because some people say that if you shock ur body with a lot of food once a week… u will actually lose fat :S!.. but i dunno… i feel that i’ve done a terrible thing to my body !!
First thing, that one cheat day didn’t do anything but speed up your metabolism, especially if you have been dieting the entire time you just wrote about.
Second thing, unless you are competing and have an upcoming goal, you should not be dieting for more than 3-4months at a time. Exceptions would be those who are obese and are losing very large amounts of body fat with overall health being the primary concern.
Long periods of dieting can wreck your metabolism. While how much time it would take to slow down your metabolism making it easier to gain fat after a diet is largely individual, I would personally recommend most people not diet in excess of 4 months at a time before there is some type of break for a few weeks OR MONTHS thrown in with either maintenance or above maintenance caloric intake.
Cheat meals are recommended by many trainers in terms of dieting during the week. One day where you eat whatever you want for one meal is believed to increase your metabolism. Cheat DAYS are less recommended. It is believed by some that this can slow down effective fat loss.
This is where PERSONAL EXPERIENCE comes in. What works for you may not work for someone else. I have done cheat days and it slowed down the process. It also increased the likelihood of falling off the diet before initially planned. Cheat MEALS seem to make the most sense…FOR ME. You have to find what works for you.[/quote]
I agree with most of this post, except for the “diet” part (but its really just a matter of semantics).
It sounds like what you’re saying is people shoudn’t be in a calorie restricted state for too long, and that in between they should be eating at or above maintenance.
In terms of the average person, a “diet” just means paying more attention to what you eat and/or planning it out to some extent. So, this would make an eating plan that goes 500 calories above maintenance a “diet” as well.
To many “not being on a diet” means binge eating at Taco Bell 4 nights a week.