Is your weight going up on the weekends?
Sure is. Sugar is a treat, so I only eat it on the weekend. Carbs are pretty close to sugar, so I don’t eat much of those during the week either. But on the weekend? All bets are off.
So far I’m usually back down to my previous weight by Wednesday, and down another pound or two by Friday.
I might have to try it. I wonder if it works more for men since they seem to lose more easily.
I’ve seen several theories on why that’s true. I suspect it’s because when women treat themselves it’s something sweet, like cake or cookies. When men treat themselves it’s a steak.
Because steak is actually good for losing weight and sweets pack on the pounds, men’s natural tendencies sort of line up with losing weight.
Drew, you can count this woman on the steak side. Nothing beats a juicy filet for this momma!
Well … that’s it for the first goal, and I didn’t make it. I came within 4 1/2 pounds of my backup goal, which was 10 off from my real goal.
Over the weekend I’ll be coming up with a new goal, that’s going to include body measurements and not just weight.
I did the same eating style 5 years ago and lost 90 pounds. I gained about 35 of it back over the 5 years so in February I started again and so far I have lost 20 pounds.
You’re doing great! I’m so glad to see you doing it gradually, as you should, instead of hopping onto some crazy insane diet where you drop it all in a few weeks and then your weight rapidly rises as you go back to old habits, etc, etc. Also nice to see in the comments that you’re indulging still some on the weekends and living a “real” life at the same time.
Is there a website that you used for that chart? I would really like something like that for charting my weight loss?
Sunny, I used Google Docs for it. I’ll put up a tutorial for members next week explaining how to do it. Make sure you’re signed up so you’ll get the notification when it’s published.
I’m going to start this next Monday (6/13) but gradually start decreasing carbs/sugar over the time ’til then. I hope I’m able to stick to it! Do you have favored recipes you’d like to share to help make it easier on us? *hint hint*
Haha. Thanks for sharing!
Lauren, I’ve got a bunch already posted and more on the way. Check out the home page for a list of featured recipes down the side.
I’ve followed this same line of thinking and lost some weight – low carb real food (mostly “Paleo” so I don’t eat grains) during the week, and Saturdays are a free-for-all. Good job!
Drew, I love your new site!
I have lost about 14-15 pounds since Christmas. I’m following the 4 Hour Body (book by Tim Ferriss) which seems very similar to what you are doing.
I eat only beans/meat/fish/nuts/fat during the week and on Saturdays, I eat whatever I want. Usually copious amounts of pizza, bread, cheese, butter, chocolate, and raw milk, oh, and potato chips.
How did you come up with this plan?
Ann Marie, I started with 4HB myself, with a few modifications. I allow myself cheese during the week, and though I started with a lot of lentils I much prefer black beans. I also do a lot more variety than what he recommends, so I’m pretty explicitly rejecting the “eat the same thing over and over” rule.
Hi Drew. I really want to do this because I need to lose some weight, but worse is I have such strong carb cravings. I really can’t control my cravings
especially during certain times of the month. Help!
Devan, if the cravings are worst during certain times of the month, then don’t try to start during that time.
What worked for my wife and I was to just stop buying the kinds of treats that we normally had around and replace them with other things: nuts, cheese, jerky, peanut-butter. Then we started eating up all the high-carb stuff in the pantry and replacing it with low-carb.
It was about a month of eating up all the stuff in the house that we didn’t want in our regular diet any more before we really started. Then we just picked a Monday and went for it.
The first week we had some cravings, I’ll admit. The first Saturday came and we were soooooo looking forward everything we were going to eat. We went out to breakfast and had french toast with powdered sugar and syrup, hash browns with ketchup, orange juice, milk. It was awesome.
But then, about an hour later, we felt like crap. Total “food coma” setting in, and we just wanted to sit on the couch and watch TV. The girls still wanted to do stuff, so we kept going.
Lunch was fast food, and later we felt like crap again. Same story with dinner. We ate at home but had pasta and bread and spent the rest of the night in front of the TV asking ourselves, “Is this what I used to feel like all the time? Was this ‘normal’?”
Sunday we went back to low-carb, and it was such a relief. Sure, we still saw things during the week that we wanted. But remembering how we felt on Saturday made it a lot easier to resist.
It really was like recovering from a hangover. You feel so bad that it takes a week before you’re ready to face it again.
When you’re ready to give it a try, write back and tell me how it goes. I really want to hear how you do.
Hey, I just saw your post here. I am doing a very similar program and it’s working for me as well (not as fast as I had hoped, but slow and steady wins the race). I’m so glad you’re feeling good and making progress.
Tracey, I’ve tried explaining that to a couple of people recently. “Not as fast as I had hoped” is not the same thing as “not working”.
I spent over a decade slowly (but steadily) outgrowing all my jeans. So if I go a month without gaining anything — and I don’t spend that whole month starving and obsessing over food — I count that as a win.
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