This week, I took a “diet break”. There are many reasons why diet breaks may be a good idea, even if you are in an active fat loss phase. For me, I was cutting macros, increasing cardio, and still not losing any weight. Yes, the weight on the scale is NOT the only way to measure progress. However, after 4-5 weeks of no progress and just hitting a plateau even with my measurements, a diet break was necessary to basically “reset” my fat loss.
Since I normally carb cycle, this week my calories are being kept steady with no carb cycling, while doing no cardio but still going to the gym to lift heavy. I can tell you I already feel leaner and I look leaner as well. I have not weighed myself yet and will do so on Saturday, but my clothes are fitting looser, and I just feel leaner that I did last week.
Essentially, diet breaks are a good idea if you have hit a plateau. It’s just another way to shock the body and give it a rest before you jump back into your fat loss macros and cardio regimen. It will increase the glycogen in your body and basically act as a metabolism “reset”.
Other reasons why you may need a diet break include:
- Very low energy
- Low strength in the gym
- Non-stop hunger
- Being in a fat loss state for too long
- No weight loss
- Weight gain
- Increased irritability
- Getting sick often
- You are feeling the effects of dieting mentally
Make sure to check out my full day of eating video on my YouTube channel!
Have you ever taken a diet break during a fat loss phase?