How To Take A Diet Break

Sometimes when you’ve been going at it in a calorie deficit for a long time (let’s say more than 4-6 months) it starts to become draining

...and before you know it you crack and all hells breaks lose - you eat everything in sight for a few days, a week or maybe even longer.

Now you feel like you’ve messed it all up and getting back into the swing of things can be difficult.

So instead of waiting for that to happen then trying to clean up the mess it might make sense to schedule in what’s called a diet break.

This is a period of time where you intentionally eat a higher number of calories to give yourself a rest from being in a calorie deficit.

Eating more food is pretty much always easier and more enjoyable than eating less isn’t it?

Basically the goal of a diet break is to spend 1-3 weeks eating just enough calories to maintain your current physical state - for most people this is usually equals an extra 300-500 calories a day.

So just to clarify, during a diet break you’ll be eating what you need to keep your body pretty much the same as it is right now, you’re not trying to gain or lose weight.

You’ll also keep getting in the gym and lifting weights as normal.

It might sound counter-intuitive to purposely try to stay the same but sometimes you need it.

There’s a few physiological benefits that can come from doing a diet break and most importantly, you'll able to take a mental breather.

Being in a constant calorie deficit can be hard work, taking a short pit-stop like this allows you to avoid a car crash, re-fuel, re-focus then get back on with losing body fat.

So if you’ve been in a deficit for a long time and you’re starting to feel the strain it might be worth considering a short ‘diet break’ so you can relax a bit and get your head back in the game.

Note: This is not an excuse to binge and overeat, also if you've only been in a deficit properly for about 3 days then this is not for you.

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Mike Waywell