Originally Posted by TrH
Had my class reunion on friday, so I did a full-body power workout on fri am, then basically forgot about my diet for the next 1,5 days. As befits the occasion, I got pretty hammered on friday and then spent my entire Saturday nursing the inevitable hangover, basically eating junk and watching crappy movies.
Imagine my surprise when I woke up today and actually look quite a lot leaner than I have in a while. I was fully expecting to see the Pillsbury doughboy staring back at me in the mirror, but no - I guess there's something to those dirty refeeds after all, huh?
There's long been the theory that if you're cutting or eating clean for a period of time, you can actually enhance results by the occasional caloric surplus day. A lot of people use this to eat basically whatever they want. Some people have built programs around this idea (i.e. Cheat Your Way Thin) while others such as Chris Shugart advises that those refeeds still be comprised mostly of "good" calories, and not just shit.
I'd only go with the former camp once I had a lock on legitimately clean eating as my usual way of eating. In those cases, the cheat day can provide a nice psychological break before you return to your normal way of eating. If you're not there yet, then I side with Shugart's school of thought, which is a day of atrocious eating makes you prone to relapse and extend that cheat day into cheat days, weeks, etc.
Over the last several months, I've moved from craving fast food/junk food a lot of the time. I know that if I have something like that, I can usually return to my regular diet the following day with relative ease. Fast food burgers no longer taste good to me, a lot of tortillas you get at Mexican restaurants now obstruct the flavor instead of enhancing it. Stuff like that.
So I decided to experiment with a real cheat day on Friday, since my calories and macros had been well in check for six or seven days. Here's what I had from 11 a.m. to about 10 p.m.
- Whatchamacallit (I can't remember the last time I had one)
- 2 hard tacos / cinnamon twists from Taco Bell (first visit there in maybe 2 months)
- 4 ounces extra lean ground beef with shredded cheese
- 4 slices deep dish pizza
- Snickers brownie ice cream sandwich
- Tollhouse cookie ice cream sandwich
- Twix ice cream bar
I woke up the next morning feeling great and my love handle area was an inch less. I followed that up with pulsing protein throughout the day yesterday (mostly whey shakes). Still the same size around that area this morning. FWIW, I had been kind of stuck at the prior measurement for several weeks, despite mostly good eating.