The genesis of this post was brought about by a post that i saw on facebook about reverse dieting. For those of you who do not know what reverse dieting is, it involves a slow increase in macronutrients over a period of time post-"cutting" diet. The reason for doing this is, it is hypothesized that over a long period of time, you become metabolically adapted to lower caloric intakes. Further, it is thought that after becoming metabolically adapted, if one were to all of sudden return to normal off season maintenance calorie intake, it may result in what is called bodyfat overshooting, or i.e. becoming fatter than you even were before you started cutting.
My stand on the subject is that I absolutely believe that it is a good means of getting yourself back to at least maintenance caloric intakes, while putting on minimal body fat, so that you can either gain muscle, or when the time comes, be capable of losing fat again. BUT, my main caviat is when people take things like this to extremes. The post I saw was about how someone was reverse dieting and now after their cut, they were granted "permission" to add 10 g of carbs and 2 grams of fat. For those of you that don't already know, that is the equivalent of around 58 calories, which in essence is less than one oreo, equal to about half a piece of cheese, or a couple of saltine crackers. My response? That person is an ass, and doesn't understand what it is about. Don't get me wrong, I firmly believe in having a plan and tracking macronutrient intake, but when it is taken to extremes like that, that is when i have a problem. 58 calories is not something that should be added as a mark of "progress" when reverse dieting, or dieting for that matter. 58 calories is an amount that should be considered wiggle room where if you were plus or minus that amount, you'd understand that it wouldn't make a difference.
I see the same kind of bullshit happening all of the time with so called "clean eaters." They put themselves on some pedestal for suffering through eating the same bland crap all of the time and claim that it justifies a binge cheat meal of oreos and pizza, when they could have instead just added those same things into their diet across the week in moderation and accounted for it while tracking.
What I'm trying to say is that going to extremes with these things and suffering through it doesn't make you look cool, and it isn't sustainable. Yes, have a plan and stick to it if you want to make progress, but do it in a way that will make an impact but not too much of an impact all at once. As for the eating? Eat healthy, but eat healthy in moderation the same way that you eat junk in moderation. Eat in a way that is healthy BUT sustainable. Instead of forbidding certain foods all week just to go and binge all saturday, add those foods in in moderation, not just for your physique but also your morale. It will make you happier and healthier because you'll be on a "diet" that you're willing to continue.