80:20 method. Sounds to me a bit like some natural contraceptive method Don't know why that keeps popping into my head when I say 80:20 Right, so the last 2 weeks I've been trying the approx 80:20 method. Okay, so not exactly 80:20 in mathematically terms. Neither is it the official 80:20 method! I thought I'd see if I could maintain by cutting back in the week and eating without any restrictions from Saturday afternoon to midnight Sunday. The Good News I have managed to maintain my weight using this method. Each Monday morning, I have been about 5lbs heavier, but by Saturday morning it's been gone. I've really enjoyed eating anything I fancy without guilt. Just be able to pick up and eat without question. To fill up (okay...to more than full) without worrying. To indulge and enjoy a load of rubbish It's been great to serve up 2nd helpings of puddin' and not have to think about the consequences. I have found cutting back during the week has been relatively easy. I thought that I would be very hungry after stretching my stomach over the weekend, but this hasn't been the case. I think my brain is beginning to stop registering hunger Reckon it's decided that I've ignored it so many times in the past...hey, what's the point I couldn't give up my daily curly wurly and since I had no plans to go into ketosis, I found I could still eat one a day during the week. Knowing that I can eat over the weekend has helped keep me motivated to stay on track. The Bad News. Ummm, well, yes. Nothing is perfect is it I have noted, that I still have little control when I'm allowed to pick freely knowing that the weight gain is only temporary. Much that I tried to be sensible....I'm just not Any element of control was quickly followed by my reasoning that the idea of this way of eating, was that I didn't have to control it. During all my maintainence post CD, I've allowed myself some indulgences each day, but these have been controlled, and I haven't had a problem. This all went out of the window during the weekend with this method, and boy...can't I still pack it away I found I had to really cut down during the week. This wasn't difficult, but I did find it annoying that I had to cut out a lot of healthy foods to balance the estimated calories that I had indulged in! Not sure that I ended up eating 80% healthy 20% unhealthy. Hard to tell really. Psychologically, it's a bit of a downer. Basically, I'm having to diet during the week. I estimate that I'm having to cut down to approx 1,000 cals a day. When I came off of CD, I promised myself that I wouldn't diet again. This I've managed until I tried this method. I'm not totally sure that I want to restrict my calories this much every week. I'm also not sure how healthy it is for my body to have mad eating sessions and then cutting back quite drastically on a regular basis (like for the rest of my life). Just because I am maintaining, doesn't mean that it's healthy. Monday mornings I am huge BTW. Look about 9 months pregnant. Yes, it does come off by Friday, but it's a tad annoying that I spend half the week with my bigger stomach. Conclusion Not sure what to do now. I know I need to cut back to about 1,000 cals this week to make up for the weekends damage. It's certainly been fun to just indulge at the weekends, and if I go back to what I was eating before, I won't be able to do that. I think that if I continue using this method, I would have to practise some element of control over the weekend for health reasons really. I'm thinking that to get a little more balance and control, that maybe I need to do a box of goodies for the weekend. Something very generous, but still putting some limits on what I'm eating. Right...so this has just been an experiment. I think I would need to do it for longer to see whether I can control my pacman tendencies at the weekend. Undecided about whether I want to...... Of course, I could just do this way of eating some weeks, and my original method the others. This could be a little difficult for me as I would have to cut right back during the week, knowing that I couldn't over indulge that weekend. Oooh, the workings of my mind. Clunk, click, explode, analyse the exploded parts.