“I barely eat but I can’t drop a pound.”
“I’m ‘good’ all week”
Have you ever thought or said any of the above while being confused about why you can’t drop weight?
Let’s take a closer look at a CLASSIC cycle so many of us get ourselves into!
Let’s say that your body needs 2200 calories to maintain your current weight; so at the end of the week you need to take in 15,400 calories (2200 x 7) to keep the scale consistent and any less than that will result in weight loss.
Now here is how your typical week looks on a daily basis.
Monday – 1500 calories
Tuesday – 1800 calories
Wednesday – 1800 calories
Thursday – 1500 calories
Friday – 2000 calories
Saturday – 3500 calories
Sunday – 3300 calories
Total = 15,400 calories
Look familiar…? You’re ‘good’ all week but once the weekend hits your calorie intake goes through the roof making up for the entire week, which causes your weight to stay the same! You ate out all weekend, your booze intake spiked dramatically and you did a whole lot of sitting on top of it!
It does actually ‘seem’ like you’re working super hard to drop those lbs however on the weekends your ‘fuck it I was good all week’ attitude sabotages any and all progress you’ve made Monday to Friday!
This is why people that are ‘good’ during the week and then incorporate an entire ‘cheat day’ can look the same year in and year out! They consume enough calories to make up for all 7 days!! I know this to be true because I’ve done it resulting in nothing but frustration!
Side Note: If an eating schedule where you eat less Monday to Friday and more on the weekend works for you, you feel good and you’re happy with the way you look then by all means KEEP AT IT!
If it doesn’t, take a look at your typical calorie spiking days and be honest with yourself about how much you’re actually taking in over a 7-day period.
Also take into account nibbling/snacking here and there, we have the ability to forget and underestimate food grazing drastically! Mixing alcohol with snacks doesn’t help with this one in the slightest!
So now that we know about this cycle and how calorie intake can really add up over the whole week, especially when weekends are a free for all or lack your typical routine or structure…take a step back and look at your eating habits from Monday all the way through Sunday!