can anyone explain to me how it is even possible for me to gain a whole inch around my waist after a free day. My free days are pretty bad because I dont hold back, but how does that justify adding a whole inch or even half an inch in just one day of eating? I have been doing the bfl for 18 weeks straight now and the same thing happens to me when ever I used my free day to the max. Overall I have lost over 30lb and have dropped 6 inch around my waist which im proud of. Im just getting frustrated with not being able to eat my face off on the one day of the week im allowed to.
does anyone have any tricks to relaxing more on free days? Ive tried the free meal thing but I end up eating more cals with doing that because I feel I have to make the most of it. The only thing I can think that I havent tried is just telling myself that there are no free days. during these past 18 weeks I have not cheated on a single meal. I have incredible self disapline when I want to, its only when I let my guard go down that I screw the pooch.
your words...different order
It is possible for me to gain a whole inch around my waist after a free day, I don't hold back and free days are bad, 18 weeks straight and the same thing happens, getting frustrated using free day to the max to eat my face off, I have incredible self disipline when I want to
When I want to eat my face off it is possible for the same bad thing to happen.
If you want to overeat simply because its your free day....expect the same results each time. It is your day to do what you want . If you don't want an inch...don't eat an inch-worth....or don't measure!
Relax by planning on relaxing, seriously plan PLAN take the pooch for a lonnngg walk.
when i "eat my face off" i am usually making some pretty bad food choices. my body is not used to poor food. a lot of times it will be a bloating issue. it is your day to do what you want, just know there are consequences to every action
Im not really concerned with the bad food choices. and it usually only takes about 2 or 3 days for the bloating to dissipate. This is my first diet plan that I have every used so im still trying to figure out the best ways to eat correctly. To lose weight previously I would just exercise and then eat whatever I wanted (everyday was a free day) and that worked fine for me so that is where the confusion is coming from. maybe its my old age 26 that is caught up to me.
I agree with JimmieB, The extra inch is water retention and bloating from your free day. This happens to me too. I just expect that the day after, there will be the free day hangover, as others have called it. I don't get on the scale or measure myself the day after. Usually I wait a day or two. I am not willing to give up my free day for a day of no bloat. Melissa
Brian in all honesty, this isn't a diet plan. It's a way to educate yourself on what works and what doesn't work for YOU. Evidently "eating your face off" frustrates you. For me, eating my face off reminds me that I have food issues and that I need to be in control of my choices.
Free day is simply a way for your body to recognize it's not starving. In my humble opinion it's also not intented as an out of control bingefest either.
I rotate my free days just to see how my body responds to "different" free foods. In example this past free day was a day of primarily carbs. Not ginormous portions of carbs, but meal after meal was basically carbs. I woke up the next morning and could literally see the difference in my skin texture on my upper arms.
Here it is Tuesday morning and all is back to normal.
Some free days, I eat only fruits for carbs, but they are all high sugar like pineapples and bananas.
I don't set the six meals of carbs and protein rules for myself on free day.
It's up to you buddy to control whether you eat your face off or you use free day as a tool to learn more about this process. You won't gain back all of the weight you've lost during one free day. But if you truly want to progress, you'll work toward finding a balance on free day. You rule the food, it doesn't rule you.
As to old age...come talk to me in 20 years. ;-)
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This free day I made myself sick will deliciously bad food. I injested fatty foods and sweets ALL DAY. I workout at about 5:30 am, and Monday morning I felt like calling into work. I was so excited about my free day until it was over. I felt so bad by the evening. Next free day, I will use a little more self-control.
It is hard to slow down a free day.... but if you still make decent choices and add some treats thats better than all bad all the time for the day... then you wont feel like you swallowed a brick and you wont feel ill after either...
old age of 26, huh? lol.
i take each free day without any guilt. i have noticed that over the weeks (i am now in c2w3) i don't go as crazy as i did in the beginning. i do NOT measure every day. i measure the morning of my free day, after a week of hard work. i do step on the scales after a free day, just out of curiosity. but i take that with a grain of salt.
do what works for you. and if what you are doing doesn't work, then tweak it a bit. good luck!
Brian- I have to be the bearer of the obvious:
If it doesn't work.... DON'T DO IT.
I think that is what I am going to have to do is just stick with the plan and maybe have a few treats or un approved snacks rather than going out to eat for every meal...thanks for the advice especially yours stacy, if its obvious, then your not being a bearer of anything...jaybee i am measuring/scale obsessed. I actually dont own a scale for that reason but I measure like 15 times a day. I cant help it. Michelle - just to let you know this is a diet dont let the semantics fool you. bfl has more aspects to it than just nutrition but its a diet non the less. most diets are used to change your behavior (unless youre still putting down 2000 cal a day which in that case good luck to you.)
By definition alone, it is a diet. However, because of preconceived notions, or invariably, the meaning "diet" has taken on, I too refuse to label it as such. If you tell someone you eat nutritionally as a way of life, they are open, if you tell someone you are on a diet, they are laughing behind your back. Does it matter? maybe not personally but empirically, if you want to be taken seriously, describing BFL as a diet is going to be met with negative reaction, make no mistake about that; semantics aside.
I tell people im doing a diet...who cares if they laugh and semantics aside is correct! you tell people you are on a program they are going to instantly think diet unless you sit and explain that there are multiple components to the program, theyre going to laugh anyways. bfl has taught me a lot about my abilities to control my eating that is for sure, I would be in bad shape with out structure. But the nutrition part in itself is a diet. Im just struggling on my free days to care about the line between full and stuffed.
It's not a diet...it's a training program. I lift, I sweat and I eat clean. They give me results. It's a mentality.
It's a lifestyle and it's all relative to what you want to accomplish. You set goals, you write out your plan and you follow through.
Why is it because someone that chooses to eat outside of what society dictates as normal is on a diet?
The definition of diet is "what a person or animal consumes".
Don't make this about what you can or can not have even on free day. Learn to enjoy what you are having on free day in moderation. And don't lose your mojo. You've had great progress in 18 weeks. You didn't mention what your goals are long term.
For me, I never use the word 'diet' when explanaining what I am doing. Not because I care one iota about someone laughing at me because I could care less, look at me and look at them. However, I choose to explain with a different angle because there is a degree of separation in openness between the word 'diet' and the other; again semantics aside(seems to be a recurring theme in this conversation). Simply put, the people who care enough about me or, ideally, themselves to ask about it WILL BE more receptive to an alternate explanation than just diet; it's the psychology of it. If I know there is going to be more reception, no matter how small you or anyone else perceives it be, to those who are not necessarily as healthy as me but want to be, then I will use it every time based on those percentages. I have completed the challenge and successfully, I mastered the art of setting goals and now I feel better about myself both today and in the future and while I am still battling with certain things, I am comfortable in knowing that I may have the ability to help someone else make the same transformation, even if it means sacrificing a word like diet to get them there.
As for the free day: There is a line you have to find. It took me 10 weeks to find it, it means not binging or eating for the sake of eating....I eat when I am hungry on my free day to the point of being full, or basically three meals a day, if you can call them meals, with mix of snacks in between. Absolutely nothing healthy about how I eat on my free day and I usually gain 2lbs which is lost by the end of of the next day but I have managed to figure out how to not get to the point of feeling like I want to vomit - again, eat when you are hungry and eat what you have craved through the week. All that said, there are those who will disregards this message in the first few weeks, I know I would have, and will binge...all part of the learning process. The good news is, you care enough to find that line and that kind of caring is what will get you to the point you want to be at. You've mastered goals already, this is just another one.
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