Last week a guy at the gym asked me a question. He said he’d been dieting for a while and it was working but he slipped up. He told me he binged on Oreos. He said he’d gained 7 lbs. “That’s a lot of Oreos,” I thought. Also, Oreos are delicious.
He asked if there was any way he could drop the weight in 3 days. “What happens in 3 days?” Nothing. He just wanted to lose the weight as fast as possible. He pitched ideas of eating nothing but broccoli and water, or broccoli, egg whites and water, and even nothing but water.
I’m recounting this story not to pick on the dude at all. We’ve all had moments where we gave in to temptation and ate way too much. It happens. We’re human, not robots. I’ll tell you what I told him.
Me: “You were on track before, right? You were losing weight?”
Him: “Yeah. Then I binged.”
Me: “There’s no point in starving yourself. You’ll be miserable. The 3-day thing is just arbitrary. Just go back to eating like you were when you were on track.”
As much as I like to think of myself as amazingly persuasive, I had the feeling that he had already made up his mind to go the really low-calorie route. That’s fine. He’s an adult, his choices are his own.
Here’s the thing: what happened to him isn’t unusual and neither is his idea that the right move is to counter a binge with severe under-eating.
Indulge me in an imperfect metaphor for a moment, please. You’re driving on the road and a deer jumps out in front of you. You swerve hard to the right to avoid it. Now you’re headed right for the guard rail. Do you swerve really hard to the left or just turn the wheel enough to get you back on the road in the right direction?
You don’t have to overcorrect hard when you slip up on your diet or your training. If you missed your three workouts for the week, would you go six times next week? Of course not. I mean, I really hope not.
All you need to do in order to get back on track is to get back on track. Hope this helps!