I cannot believe that I haven’t heard about this already.
Alright… Since this post, I have been thinking that IF I weigh myself on a weekly basis, it makes a lot of sense if I count the calories on a weekly basis too. This means, I can have a lot more fun on my day off, including drinking some alcohol and eating take away food.
This is what I thought…
Basically if I allocate… for example… 1500kCal a day, so it means I have around 10500kCal a week. If on my work days (when all I did was go to work, go home, do chores, eat, and sleep) I have 1200kCal a day, which means 6000kCal for five workdays, then on the weekend I can have 4500kCal for the two days off…
I thought… wow I must be some kind of a genius for coming out with such idea. Until I googled and I found out that my genius idea was not really original anyways.
This way of shifting extra calories for days when you want to eat more is called calorie cycling.
While my thought process was very simple (eat basic during weekdays, so I can have larger budget on weekends — just like saving money for holidays), apparently a lot of people has been using this calorie cycling to optimise their exercise and fitness training. By eating more on training days, and less on rest days, this calorie cycling can help people to boost energy for training, without compromising the weekly calorie budget.
Getting excited by this newfound information, I dug deeper. Calorie cycling is apparently more complex than what I thought originally. There are a lot of ways of doing it, although the basic idea is just like what I already had in mind. The reasons why there are many variations of it is because of how it caters to different people.
I am not going to copy paste the different ways of doing it, because every author has their own idea of how to do calorie cycling. I am sticking with the basic, but you can always browse the wonderful world of internet for the details and the variations.
Back to calorie cycling… I like this idea.
I agree that the idea of being able to eat more during my day off might sound like cheat days. However, unlike cheat days, calorie cycling makes sure that you are still eating within the budget. It is more like reorganising, and redistributing the calories for more flexibility.
It means that if I have a problem saying no to food at work, I don’t have to worry too much that I will go over for the day, because I can shift the excess the next day, or distribute the extra calories for the next 3-4 days, until I get back on track again.
As a bonus help, my usual BMR/TDEE calculator can give me the weekly number in addition of the daily number.
Now I am going to slap my forehead lovingly with my palm, as my self punishment for not going for this way earlier. Let’s see how this would affect the next weekend weigh in…