Are break days (from your diet) beneficial? Watch

icn06
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*I did a search and couldn't find a thread addressing this*

For ages I've been told that when dieting it's good to take one day off a week. Since your body gets accustomed to the lower amount of calories you are feeding it on a diet your metabolism slows down...and so supposedly taking a break day (eating more than you do when dieting) will throw your body a curve ball and boost your metabolism. Is this true?

I honestly hate eating a lot/junk food and so I find "break days" an annoying concept...but if it's going to boost my metabolism then I'm down:cool:
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Break days are more for sanity purposes, I would say. You don't have to eat a lot of junk food, just have some good food that you otherwise restrict yourself from for the rest of the week. (I know grammar has gone to **** there, but I'm too tired to care).
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yes. you should take break days.
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Yes break days are good but I don't see the point if you don't want them. I watch what I eat but always have a blowout or two at the weekend and as long as I'm back on track on Monday I don't gain weight. But I see it more as 'getting away' with having a treat than a deliberate ploy to frighten my metabolism.
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You should really be taking two days out per week of your cutting following a plateau in weight loss. But this doesn't mean to eat whatever you want in whatever amount, it means eat at your BMR i.e. don't go over it and don't go under it.
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your metabolism isn't going to change overnight

the only "off-day" being beneficial is whereby you are low-carbing, like say 60g/day for 2 weeks

then you have a re-feed day which serves to refill glycogen stores mostly

then you go back

otherwise, stick to dieting at all times, with 1-2 cheat meals not days a week for sanity [if need be]
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It's a good idea if you're carb-cycling and don't come off the rails (just eat more of the same stuff).
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