Now that I don't have to be that super strict, it's been nice to enjoy all those foods again. I probably gained about 4-5lbs since May just by increasing my calories back up what they were before I started leaning out.
At first I wanted to go back to my lower calorie food plan to lose those five pounds, but I realized it wasn't healthy. It wasn't healthy because restrictive and very low caloric diets are for leaning out only. Also low caloric diets lead me to binge. It's a vicious cycle. I binge, then restrict myself with eating low calories, then binge, etc...
This all leads to damaging your metabolism! I never used to know this and actually though this was a healthy way of eating. Boy, was I wrong. When your body gets used to eating less food, your metabolism actually slows down. Plus it becomes harder for you to lose weight since your metabolism isn't helping you to burn as many calories. When you diet down so much, you get to a stalling point. So when you add those calories back in, your body will put on weight faster since your metabolism is slower.
If you're more interested in metabolic damage check out Layne Norton who is not only a master of bodybuilding but a phd in nutritional sciences. He has such great (and free!) knowledge of metabolic damage, macro needs, and maintaining your body weight.
So I've decided instead of eating clean all week and binging on the weekend, I'm going to start tracking my macros more closely. I don't want to feel like I can't have any "bad foods" or "unclean foods". My new food plan will still be hitting my regular macro numbers, but if I want a certain food I will work it in. This way I can still enjoy some treats, but stay on my numbers. So I can factor in my treats without binging and not feeling guilty for eating "certain foods". Finding a balance, I guess, is what you can say I'm looking for.
***Do you ever feel like you deny yourself treats and then binge out?
***Do you feel like you've found your eating balance?