Re: LoseIt July
posted at 7/4/2013 6:50 AM EDT
Happy 4th, Loggers and Losers!!
Just a friendly insanity check reminder here - BBQ FOOD IS SALTY so you will be HEAVIER but not FATTER for a week after today if you indulge. Please, STAY ENCOURAGED through the temporary weight gain.
Life is FUN and in includes the 4th BBQs, parties of all kinds, etc. No need to miss them or even to avoid all the treats to stay on track. By logging you have a good eye for 1/2 cup. There's nothing that will do you that much damage if you stick to 1/2 cup. (Even the heaviest of Ben and Jerry's ice cream is about 250 calories per half cup.) A Big Mac is only 550 so one burger or hotdog in the backyard isn't gonig to break the budget, either. The key to BBQ calorie success is being MINDFUL, not avoidance. The goal of eating is still just to satisfy hunger - don't eat 3 plates when one will do or have 3 whole desserts instead of 1/3rd of each one you want to try.
Sodium is a lost cause at a BBQ so don't worry about it as far as weight goes (unless, of course, you have high bp or other reason a high sodium day is a disaster worth avoiding). As for calories, you can do what I did when I was losing - keep my budget to loss, go OVER budget, and then make up for the overage by being underbudget until it was taken care of. OR, you can set your budget to maintenance for one day only, accept that today will not be part of your LOSS plan, and that way you get about 500 - 700 calories extra, probably bumping you to 1800 or so. Plenty to feel like you're feasting after being used to 1200, LOL.
So, remember, bottom line, you will be heavier tomorrow and for as long as a week. Eating 3500 calories above maintenance (that you don't burn, in other words) is what it takes to gain a real pound of FAT. If you are 3 lbs heavier tomorrow rest assured you didn't eat over 12,000 calories in 3 hours no matter what you ate so it IS water retention.
Oh, and to combat this (if you must), drink a LOT of water all day!! It will keep the sodium concentration in your blood from getting high enough to cause a big weight increase...in theory, anyway - I never bother.
Discretion is the better part of valor.