Let's talk #refeeds
I have an analogy for this... Your body is like your bank account..yes that's right I said bank account. So, here goes nothing. If your bank account is sitting at zero, then most likely when you get some money you hold on to it. You try to save it, right? (Unless you have spending probs, but we won't go in to that) Now on the other hand, if you have plenty in the bank, then you don't mind burning through what you've got coming in. Following me so far? Ok. Now let's put this in to body terms. If your body is always at zero...meaning you are in a deficit for a long time and never refeeding, then when you do refeed or slip up, your body is going to hold on to all that fat. It will not use it as fuel. It will just store it away because your body doesn't know when it will get fat again. Vice versa. If your body is getting refeeds when needed, then it realizes that it can burn that as fuel because it has that extra constantly coming in.
Refeeds are important for your Health, not only mentally but physically. The pictures above prove my point. Yesterday, not only did I eat what is pictured, the rest of my meals were carb loaded. As you can see, I woke up this morning looking just like normal! Don't be afraid of refeeds. One meal/one day will not destroy your progress, especially when strategically placed. If you do slip up & they aren't strategically placed then do not let that slip up spill over in to multiple slip ups. Our body is a machine..if you fuel it right, it will do any job you will it to.