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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Eat 10,000 Calories a Day to Lose Weight

One of the UK's top competitive eaters has lowered his body fat percentage from 25 to just 8 by eating 10,000 calories one day a week.

This morning I got an email from English fitness expert Christian Finn. (He has a wealth information on his site Muscle Evo.) The competitive trainer, although not Finn himself, Finn having better spelling, says:

“I started doing meal challenges when I wanted to get really ripped because it helps you loose weight.

“When you diet for a long period of time your body gets to a point where it won’t loose any more weight.

“That’s why bodybuilders have ‘cheat meals’ because it helps their bodies recover with all the protein.

“It also gives you energy to want to go and train and without it I wouldn’t have got the body I wanted.”

Does any of this make any sense?

There have been studies that find that "cheat days" help people stick to diets and still lose (yes, I saw the misspelling in the quote) weight. Maybe it's the knowledge that you are never more than a few days away from having at least a little of the foods you love. Maybe it's the ability to lose weight and still have a social life.

A cheat day with 10,000 calories of junk food is excessive for most of us. However, loosening up on your diet about once every three days, some research tells us, won't interfere with your weight loss goals, especially if you also make a practice of intermittent fasting, which I'll describe in the next post.

Photo credit: Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas during the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
By Nate "Igor" Smith from Brooklyn, NY, USA - http://www.drivenbyboredom.com (Nate "Igor" Smith) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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