This blog post covers 2 cheat days that both had no exercise (read for details). I did not do any tracking except the very beginning and then the very ending of the 2-day period (48 hours later). My starting weight was 79.2, and I was mildly shocked to step on the scale 2 days later and weight in at 79.4. That was only a total gain of .2 kg, for a daily average gain of .1 over this period. Very surprising and happy that I won’t have to spend a week or something to recover.
I will say that the second of these 2 days was more of a partial cheat day than a full one. The first was a full cheat day, though.
On the first day, I went out with the family and had a pretty big bacon cheeseburger with fries and a coke. That is probably my favorite cheat-day meal of them all. However, this was definitely not a huge meal. The burger was more of a medium size.
After that lunch of burger and fries and coke, I had a pretty big dinner. We had some fried chicken, pork soup, and more coke. So while I did not have one huge meal, I did have 2 pretty big ones that would never be consumed on a snacks-only diet.
I ate yet again before the usual daily weigh-in time in the morning. However, that was not a particularly large meal. So for the first day, I had 2 semi-large meals and about 3 additional snacks.
While I did not really exercise on this first day, there is a caveat to this statement. I did walk for 45 minutes or so to get to where we were going and back. And we ate at one of those places that has slides and other stuff for kids to play on. My daughter wanted me to play, so I did do some crawling and running around in that play area, working up a little bit of a sweat. All in all, I figure my total weight loss from physical activity on this day was probably only .2 to .4 kg. That is not enough to burn off many of the extra calories from a cheat day. It was, at best, minimal exercise.
The second day was not as bad on diet as the first one. I did not have any particularly big meals, but some of my snacks were a bit bigger than what a snacks-only diet is supposed to be comprised of. I also had 2 can cokes, which certainly added some sugar-based calories. As I said, though, I don’t have a weight measurement for the first day. Thus, I don’t know if I gained weight or not on this second day. I guess it’s possible that I actually lost a little on this day. But even if I did, it’s clear that drinking coke is not a good idea if you are trying to maintain a diet.
These last 2 days were Tuesday and Wednesday, so it’s time to get back to a snacks-only diet on Thursday. I might not be exercising on Thursday, but I definitely want to get back to a proper diet. There will be plenty of time to exercise next week, as my daughter is starting school again. I will finally have some time to actually focus on what I need to do starting on Tuesday.
Note that it’s a good idea to exercise on a cheat day, but my schedule didn’t work out this time. If I had exercised, I may have actually lost weight. It sure would be nice if the typical cheat day had this kind of result. But I can’t rely on such results and generally exercise on the same day to prevent some gain and aid recovery.