There is one thing I forgot to mention last week when I was discussing my strategy when trying to become 80% of the man I was. It is something that makes it possible for someone like me to embark on an extended diet modification. By someone like me of course I mean someone who really enjoys eating things that are just awful for you.
I speak, of course, of Faturday. Once a week I take a break from maintaining a strict caloric limit and just eat whatever I feel like eating. There’s a risk of binging but it hasn’t become an issue in my past attempts. I think this time around I’ve found a couple ways to make Faturday work even better than it has in the past*.
* – I only bring up the past because I want to remind all of my reader that I’ve lost 30+ pounds using this method on several prior occasions. I may not have the “keeping it off” part figured out, but I do know how I lose weight.
In the past I have just eaten whatever I felt like on Faturday and didn’t track it or anything. While it didn’t have any adverse effects on the weight loss process, it did, I think, give me some bad habits. Rather, it didn’t allow me to fully develop a good habit. Since I was only tracking my food 6 days a week I never got to the point that tracking was just what I did, and so eventually I just stopped and didn’t feel like anything was missing.
This time around I’m tracking what I eat on Faturday which can be a little disturbing. Yesterday, for example, I ate about double what I usually do on a non-Faturday, calorie-wise. But man was it good.
The other thing I’ve tried which I think makes negligible difference except psychologically is try to keep my total weekly calories under or at least close to my goal for the week. Most days I am under my target by a couple hundred calories and by Faturday I end up with a weekly deficit much larger than what is necessary for hitting my weight loss goals. If I stay under my weekly goal (which is currently 7000 calories fewer than I need to maintain my weight) whatever I’m under gets added to what I can eat on Faturday. And it usually ends up being a much larger number than I’m going to eat even if I do go full Jabba.
So that’s Faturday for you. If you’re a big fat fatty who really likes eating, knowing it’s less than a week away can help get you through the times when you’re just starving and want nothing more than to drink a giant glass full of gravy.
You guys want do that sometimes too right?
Bacon Ninja’s Stop Being Such a Fat Fatty, Fatass Challenge
Weight as of 2/24: 244.5
Goal for 3/3: 242.5
Weight as of 2/17: 241.6
Total loss: 13.3 lbs
Goal for 2/24 (adjusted): 239.6
Thoughts: Although I haven’t quite hit it yet, I’m pretty sure I’m soon going to to get into the weeks where I struggle to hit my goals. Fortunately I have about a seven pound buffer which is nice. Still, the next few weeks are really where the grind of this starts happening. The nice thing is I’m more acclimated with exercising daily so I can start pushing it more than I could three weeks ago. So…good times. Wish me luck!