As I have mentioned before, I have been tracking my calories using MyFitnessPal for quite a few months now. I approach MFP with a skeptical eye, as I know that each individual’s caloric and nutritional needs are different and the recommendations of MFP may not be completely accurate.
It always recommends that I have 1,200 calories per day. I think this is kind of low and maybe contributes to my irregular weight loss – a few pounds one week, nothing for a couple weeks. I have read that too little calories can cause your body to go into starvation mode and hang on to weight.
The other day I came across a website, Super Skinny Me, that featured a tool that gives you a week’s schedule of calories to consume that is varied each day but in the end averages to the amount of calories you should have consumed anyway. It is called calorie cycling / zig-zagging. They claim that this “confuses” your metabolism and gets you through a weight loss plateau.
I don’t know if this works or not… or is true or not, but after losing 5 lbs one week and 0 lbs the next, I figured it was worth a try for a week.
This is the schedule it gave me:
I am writing this on Wednesday, the highest calorie day, and I am finding it sort of hard to eat 1,785 calories today! I guess I have gotten really used to eating 1,200 calories everyday.
So, what do you guys think of this zig-zag calorie thing? Does it work? Sound crazy? Ever tried it? Live by it? Please comment at the bottom of this page! :)