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Im a thursday weigher and as of last thursday I was down 21 pounds after 3 weeks on this diet... great, I set a goal of an average of 5 pounds a week so in my mind I'm ahead of the game. So last saturday comes arround and I think hmm, maybe I can go cheat just a little, how much can it set me back. I go to my favorite chicken wing place and get wings and beer for lunch. The next day I get on the scale and I'm up 4 pounds from one freaking meal, I'm a daily weigher...I know it's bad to weigh every day but I cant stop. Anyway this whole week I have been fighting to loose the 4 pounds I gained from the one meal I ate.

Anyway I'm just ranting over my frusteration and lack of will power..

Comments (67)

Well Mike,.

It seems that you learned a hard lesson. You're back on track and that 4 lbs and more will be gone soon! Good luck!.

Comment #1

Thank you for sharing. There are times I am tempted to cheat and it's stories like this that help me stay on track. Good luck, I'm sure those 4 pounds will be gone before you know it!.

Comment #2

I lost 5 pounds my first week and then I got complacent. I have trouble eating at night so I was making me a white egg omelet with mushrooms and cheese at night what could it hurt. After all it was egg whites. Well I stopped losing weight for a week. I went back OP and lost 2 pounds overnight. This works if you stay on plan. Its worth the effort so don't cheat..

Comment #3

I have been tempted to cheat, these stories help to keep me in line. I've thought "oh, just one won't hurt", yeah, it will. Thanks for the story, sorry we are learning from your mistake. 21 pounds is great!.

Comment #4

I am a firm believer that hands-on lessons in life often teach us more than words ever can. Glad that you recognize this experience as a chance for growth, and to get a tangible lesson in why eating well matters. Take the silver lining from this, and move past it!.

Comment #5

Ok , so you cheated and gained 4 pounds afteer eating wings??? that worries me.... what happened after we all lose this weight and go back to eating, not like a pig but just eating... do we have to worrie about gaining 4 pounds after one meal??? I hope not!!!.

Comment #6

Ahhh to cheat or not to cheat !! important question we have to deal with at the beginnings of this journey..

Resolve and commitment are the answer, my friend !!.

Transition and maintenance programs that Medifast has put into place, if followed correctly, will let us kno what foods will trigger weight gain and what foods wont. it is a continued learning process every day !.

I am * an op bigot * as I have been called , and I am proud of it !!.

Onplan bigotry has gotten me to goal, and onpln bigotry will keep my weight under control the rest of my life !!.

Stay true to yourself ! and good luck !!.

Comment #7

Penew1, you do the transition phase of the program precisely to avoid just jumping back to real food willy-nilly. The most likely reason the OP gained 4 pounds was because of the incredibly high sodium content of the wings and the carbs from the beer. Once you hit goal, you transition properly in order to reintroduce foods with higher carb counts slowly and progressively without having the huge rebound of fluid weight gain like the OP just had..

Comment #8

Ok, you cheated,,and you know you cant keep doing that and hit goal,,,,so no more,,ok?? .

But, lets be realistic also,,you didn't gain 4 pounds of weight(fat)from that one meal. Unless you drank boatloads of beer and ate wagons full of wings. It takes 3500 calories of over eating to gain a pound. no way you ate that X 4! My guess is the salt, and the fact you didn't keep up with your water during that time and are maintaining high fluid levels. Chug the water, stay 100% OP, and you will be fine..

Comment #9

You must have missed the beer part of his cheat. hehe. Between the sodium and fat in the wings and the carbs and alcohol in the beer, he probably retained a bunch of water. Of course he also didn't mention HOW MANY wings or bears he had.

Once you have been through t&m and have learned how to add regular foods back into your diet, you can have just about anything. Moderation is the key, as is eating frequent small meals as you do now. The biggest lesson you can learn during 5&1 is to control and change your eating habits and making the choices that are healthiest for you. Save the wings and pizza etc. for special occasions and make the portions small. You might be surprised at how little you want these after you transition or that they just don't taste as good as you remember.

Mike - GUZZLE WATER!!!! As much as you can get down. This will help flush the junk from your system..

Comment #10

Hey Mike, hang in there. You might find this tool interesting if you like to weigh in daily. It's a Google gadget called "The Google 15" it tracks a moving average of your daily weights, and alerts you when you're no longer heading towards your goal weight. Here is the link to it http://www.red-bean.com/fitz/ig/google15/faq.html..

Comment #11

Isn't it bad enough to have the scale tell us that we're not losing? I couldn't imagine having my computer tell me too! ROFL..

Comment #12

I agree- probably sodium. DRINK MAN- DRINK! Like never before- pee that salt out.

How are you feeling? I would think you would have been feeling like doo-doo (like the beginning of the plan) after your little slip-up. I have heard the many went-off-plan-now-I-feel-like-stink-again like when we all began this. I would have thought that would have pushed you out of a ketotic state..

Comment #13

Does it matter? The point is - Off plan = bad..

Mike, I wrote a blog about this, you might want to read it:.

Basically going off plan costs $83..

Comment #14

I think it's AWESOME When someone goes off plan and the scale goes up!.



Why? Because it's how we learn. Well, It's how I learned..

I got sick and tired of losing weight, then going back to my old ways, etc..

If we go off plan and get away with it, we learn nothing..

So, what happened was what should have happened, eat high sodium high fat foods and the scale goes up. Makes sense to me.......?.

For years, I would lose large amounts of weight and then resume, MY Normal eating and gained all my weight back! I wonder why?.

I had to change my lifestyle in order to maintain my weight-loss. It's that simple..

I appreciate this post, because it's honest and cheating doesn't help anything, we only CHEAT ourselves and our health..

Schu's post matters because knowledge is power, it's not an actual gain when you do the numbers, so yes, it matters and I also don't like to use BAD/Good..

These are all choices, not judgements on ourselves and our behaviors..

If I want to eat garbage and remain obese, that's my choice, doesn't mean I am BAD! Just rather unhealthy.

Thanks to the original poster for bringing this up and my suggestion is to try and think towards making this a lifestyle change, for the long haul etc..

I make a delicious, ON Plan, Buffalo Chicken, it was a staple for me during my lean and green phase, just fyi. I take my favorite foods and now put a healthy spin on them, rather than resort back to my OLD Eating behaviors, because after numerous off plan adventures, I too, grew weary..

Comment #15

Dan - I couldn't agree more with this statement and the reason behind it. I think that people who slip and suffer no consequences are usually the ones that end up losing the same weight over and over again, because there are no effects from their cheats. To come and post that they cheated and still lost makes them learn nothing and think that it's ok. I too Applaud Mike for coming and posting. Takes a lot of guts to fess up to the likes of us!.

Comment #16

TO ANSWER THE QUESTION ON HOW MUCH I HAD.. 20 BREADED WINGS AND 6 BEERS...OH I FORGOT TO MENTION THE LARGE OREO BLIZZARD FROM DQ. ANYWAY, IM GLAD IT HAPPENED BECAUSE I LEARNED THAT I CANT EAT WHATEVER I WANT AND EXPECT TO STILL LOOSE WEIGHT..

Comment #17

Just some swag math, since people brought it up in this post:.

Beer: 900 calories, 73g of carbs.

Wings: 1040 calories, 20g carbs, 110g protein, 60g fat.

Blizzard: 1010 calories, 142g carbs, 19g protein, 37g fat.

Total: 3000 calories, 235g carbs, 129g protein, 100g fat.

I'd swag you gained a lb of fat, 2-3 lbs of water..

Comment #18

Mike,.

I think very much the same way you did - it's okay, I've been perfect all week, I can treat myself. But, that is the thing we are trying to get away from - rewarding ourselves with food! We need to pick something else that we enjoy and use that as a reward. My family has been going out at night for ice cream rides after dinner - it's been hard and I have cheated by having light ice cream, but last night I was good. It's so hard, once you have had a taste of that food, it pulls you right back into your old ways (at least, I find for myself it does). You gotta do this "whole hog"... all or nothing baby! You can do it - it looks like you've already had some great success on program! Best of luck to you and remember the ultimate goal - to become a new, healthier you!.

Comment #19

Lol,,if you feel the need to point this part of my post out, please go back and read the first line, which you didn't quote,,well I do tell him not to do this again if he wants to hit goal. This part of my post was sensible,,he didn't gain 4 pounds of true body weight from one meal,,,,I don't ever approve off plan eating,,,,,,.

Comment #20

I was agreeing with you, btw. It doesnt matter what he gained/lost, or whether it was fat, water, or donuts. Its been discussed ad naseum going off plan is bad. Weight is weight, no matter what it is, and staying OP is the most efficient course of action..

Comment #21

Well Mike,.

It seems that you learned a hard lesson. You're back on track and that 4 lbs and more will be gone soon! Good luck!..

Comment #22

Thank you for sharing. There are times I am tempted to cheat and it's stories like this that help me stay on track. Good luck, I'm sure those 4 pounds will be gone before you know it!..

Comment #23

I lost 5 pounds my first week and then I got complacent. I have trouble eating at night so I was making me a white egg omelet with mushrooms and cheese at night what could it hurt. After all it was egg whites. Well I stopped losing weight for a week. I went back OP and lost 2 pounds overnight. This works if you stay on plan. Its worth the effort so don't cheat...

Comment #24

I have been tempted to cheat, these stories help to keep me in line. I've thought "oh, just one won't hurt", yeah, it will. Thanks for the story, sorry we are learning from your mistake. 21 pounds is great!..

Comment #25

I am a firm believer that hands-on lessons in life often teach us more than words ever can. Glad that you recognize this experience as a chance for growth, and to get a tangible lesson in why eating well matters. Take the silver lining from this, and move past it!..

Comment #26

Ok , so you cheated and gained 4 pounds afteer eating wings??? that worries me.... what happened after we all lose this weight and go back to eating, not like a pig but just eating... do we have to worrie about gaining 4 pounds after one meal??? I hope not!!!..

Comment #27

Ahhh to cheat or not to cheat !! important question we have to deal with at the beginnings of this journey..

Resolve and commitment are the answer, my friend !!.

Transition and maintenance programs that Medifast has put into place, if followed correctly, will let us kno what foods will trigger weight gain and what foods wont. it is a continued learning process every day !.

I am * an op bigot * as I have been called , and I am proud of it !!.

Onplan bigotry has gotten me to goal, and onpln bigotry will keep my weight under control the rest of my life !!.

Stay true to yourself ! and good luck !!..

Comment #28

Penew1, you do the transition phase of the program precisely to avoid just jumping back to real food willy-nilly. The most likely reason the OP gained 4 pounds was because of the incredibly high sodium content of the wings and the carbs from the beer. Once you hit goal, you transition properly in order to reintroduce foods with higher carb counts slowly and progressively without having the huge rebound of fluid weight gain like the OP just had...

Comment #29

Ok, you cheated,,and you know you cant keep doing that and hit goal,,,,so no more,,ok??.

But, lets be realistic also,,you didn't gain 4 pounds of weight(fat)from that one meal. Unless you drank boatloads of beer and ate wagons full of wings. It takes 3500 calories of over eating to gain a pound. no way you ate that X 4! My guess is the salt, and the fact you didn't keep up with your water during that time and are maintaining high fluid levels. Chug the water, stay 100% OP, and you will be fine...

Comment #30

You must have missed the beer part of his cheat. hehe. Between the sodium and fat in the wings and the carbs and alcohol in the beer, he probably retained a bunch of water. Of course he also didn't mention HOW MANY wings or bears he had.

Once you have been through t&m and have learned how to add regular foods back into your diet, you can have just about anything. Moderation is the key, as is eating frequent small meals as you do now. The biggest lesson you can learn during 5&1 is to control and change your eating habits and making the choices that are healthiest for you. Save the wings and pizza etc. for special occasions and make the portions small. You might be surprised at how little you want these after you transition or that they just don't taste as good as you remember.

Mike - GUZZLE WATER!!!! As much as you can get down. This will help flush the junk from your system...

Comment #31

Hey Mike, hang in there. You might find this tool interesting if you like to weigh in daily. It's a Google gadget called "The Google 15" it tracks a moving average of your daily weights, and alerts you when you're no longer heading towards your goal weight. Here is the link to it http://www.red-bean.com/fitz/ig/google15/faq.html...

Comment #32

Isn't it bad enough to have the scale tell us that we're not losing? I couldn't imagine having my computer tell me too! ROFL...

Comment #33

I agree- probably sodium. DRINK MAN- DRINK! Like never before- pee that salt out.

How are you feeling? I would think you would have been feeling like doo-doo (like the beginning of the plan) after your little slip-up. I have heard the many went-off-plan-now-I-feel-like-stink-again like when we all began this. I would have thought that would have pushed you out of a ketotic state...

Comment #34

Does it matter? The point is - Off plan = bad..

Mike, I wrote a blog about this, you might want to read it:.

Basically going off plan costs $83...

Comment #35

I think it's AWESOME When someone goes off plan and the scale goes up!.

Why? Because it's how we learn. Well, It's how I learned..

I got sick and tired of losing weight, then going back to my old ways, etc..

If we go off plan and get away with it, we learn nothing..

So, what happened was what should have happened, eat high sodium high fat foods and the scale goes up. Makes sense to me.......?.

For years, I would lose large amounts of weight and then resume, MY Normal eating and gained all my weight back! I wonder why?.

I had to change my lifestyle in order to maintain my weight-loss. It's that simple..

I appreciate this post, because it's honest and cheating doesn't help anything, we only CHEAT ourselves and our health..

Schu's post matters because knowledge is power, it's not an actual gain when you do the numbers, so yes, it matters and I also don't like to use BAD/Good..

These are all choices, not judgements on ourselves and our behaviors..

If I want to eat garbage and remain obese, that's my choice, doesn't mean I am BAD! Just rather unhealthy.

Thanks to the original poster for bringing this up and my suggestion is to try and think towards making this a lifestyle change, for the long haul etc..

I make a delicious, ON Plan, Buffalo Chicken, it was a staple for me during my lean and green phase, just fyi. I take my favorite foods and now put a healthy spin on them, rather than resort back to my OLD Eating behaviors, because after numerous off plan adventures, I too, grew weary...

Comment #36

Dan - I couldn't agree more with this statement and the reason behind it. I think that people who slip and suffer no consequences are usually the ones that end up losing the same weight over and over again, because there are no effects from their cheats. To come and post that they cheated and still lost makes them learn nothing and think that it's ok. I too Applaud Mike for coming and posting. Takes a lot of guts to fess up to the likes of us!..

Comment #37

TO ANSWER THE QUESTION ON HOW MUCH I HAD.. 20 BREADED WINGS AND 6 BEERS...OH I FORGOT TO MENTION THE LARGE OREO BLIZZARD FROM DQ. ANYWAY, IM GLAD IT HAPPENED BECAUSE I LEARNED THAT I CANT EAT WHATEVER I WANT AND EXPECT TO STILL LOOSE WEIGHT...

Comment #38

Just some swag math, since people brought it up in this post:.

Beer: 900 calories, 73g of carbs.

Wings: 1040 calories, 20g carbs, 110g protein, 60g fat.

Blizzard: 1010 calories, 142g carbs, 19g protein, 37g fat.

Total: 3000 calories, 235g carbs, 129g protein, 100g fat.

I'd swag you gained a lb of fat, 2-3 lbs of water...

Comment #39

Mike,.

I think very much the same way you did - it's okay, I've been perfect all week, I can treat myself. But, that is the thing we are trying to get away from - rewarding ourselves with food! We need to pick something else that we enjoy and use that as a reward. My family has been going out at night for ice cream rides after dinner - it's been hard and I have cheated by having light ice cream, but last night I was good. It's so hard, once you have had a taste of that food, it pulls you right back into your old ways (at least, I find for myself it does). You gotta do this "whole hog"... all or nothing baby! You can do it - it looks like you've already had some great success on program! Best of luck to you and remember the ultimate goal - to become a new, healthier you!..

Comment #40

Wow, hang in there and you can do it!..

Comment #41

<tangent>.

Could you PLEASE post a recipe?!? Thanks!.

</tangent>..

Comment #42

Lol,,if you feel the need to point this part of my post out, please go back and read the first line, which you didn't quote,,well I do tell him not to do this again if he wants to hit goal. This part of my post was sensible,,he didn't gain 4 pounds of true body weight from one meal,,,,I don't ever approve off plan eating,,,,,,..

Comment #43

I was agreeing with you, btw. It doesnt matter what he gained/lost, or whether it was fat, water, or donuts. Its been discussed ad naseum going off plan is bad. Weight is weight, no matter what it is, and staying OP is the most efficient course of action...

Comment #44


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