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6/11/14 5:36 A

when we have guests, I don't make them do spark and we don't do it either

MARKATSPARK Posts: 5,869
6/11/14 5:33 A


GOOSIEMOON SparkPoints: (236,857)
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6/10/14 11:36 P

Moderation every day.

SUNNYFUNNYSARAH SparkPoints: (8,694)
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6/10/14 11:30 P

No cheat day for me. No cheat meals either. I'm working with a friend of mine... She says "There will always be another event." What she means is that there is always a day you are going to want to cheat because something special is going on. The changes you make today will be reflected tomorrow. A cheat day is hitting stop or reverse (depending on how bad the cheat day is).

Personally, I lose motivation. If I tell myself it's okay today, then it's just that much harder tomorrow. Find ways to fight your cravings. Find things that inspire you and that show you the goal you're looking for. You can do it!

6/10/14 9:11 A

I used to do that, but I did have a hard time getting back on track. Now I plan for the pizza, or what ever it is into the overall. I do have short segments of time I know I am going to go over my food budget- say I am going away for the weekend to a family thing, or whatever. Those times, I just draw a line in the sand afterward, and not look back. The key is what are you doing routinely? What is your norm?

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6/10/14 8:09 A

To me, there is no such thing as a "cheat meal." I allow myself anything as long as it is counted in the overall daily plan.

However, I often choose not to eat some things others might consider "cheat food" or "cheat meals" because they are so high in calories and I would rather have more lower calorie to get the same calorie count. For the OP, since you said you have a hard time going back to your usual healthier eating plan, you may want to having a nice chicken salad (or Caesar or whatever you like) while you are at "Pizza Night" along with just one smaller wedge of pizza. Then you won't feel like you are cheating and it should be very satisfying and easier to stay on your plan.

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6/9/14 1:38 P

I don't consider them "cheat meals". My family Plans on take out/delivery Once a week on Saturday (the ONLY day I eat resturant food, I cook rest of the week) and I log it in as part of my plan-this is NOT a Binge. I Do NOT eat until gut busting full, but a Treat Meal. Keeps me emotionally satisfied, prevents me from feeling deprived. and something to look forward to the next week..and Yes, I'm losing! I learned the hard way deprivation of favorite/comfort foods can lead to overeating/cravings and regaining later on, "I did without for so long I deserve to eat a small amount of ..... Then most of us can guess what happens!

ATHENA-NADINE SparkPoints: (20,812)
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6/9/14 12:30 P

I don't have cheat meals. Just meals. What or who would I be cheating on? Cheating implies you are on a diet that is temporary and are not making healthy changes to carry you through the rest of your life. It implies that you are doing something wrong, that you are breaking a trust. Since the only person you have to answer to on your journey is yourself, that would mean you are cheating on yourself. Do you see how ridiculous that is?

There are no "bad" foods. Sure, there are foods with more nutritional value than others, but food is food. If you want pizza, have pizza. Just track it and accept that it is a regular part of your diet and move on (once a week is absolutely a regular part of your diet). Why feel guilty and dirty for eating? That's such an unhealthy attitude to have about food.

Food is not joy. It is not a reward, it is not something good or something bad. Food is simply fuel that our bodies need to live and thrive. Nothing more.

JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (308,095)
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6/8/14 11:19 P

Everything in moderation

MAINEALI SparkPoints: (77,610)
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6/8/14 10:29 P

No. This is a lifestyle, not a diet. How I eat is how I eat. If I know I'm going to eat out, I try to look up the menu online first to see what the count is for what I have in mind. I plan for it and track it. So far, I have never spontaneously eaten out. It's not my lifestyle.

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6/8/14 3:17 P

No, no cheat meals for me. I eat what I want to eat every day and track every morsel I put into my mouth. Some days I eat too many calories, or too much fat, protein etc. But I consider them over my goal, not cheating.

6/8/14 10:12 A

I always thought if I had a cheat meal once a week .. it would keep me in line on my weight loss journey.. and, now I think it would just hurt me. :( I can't eat one cheat meal - because (from previous experience) - that one meal turns into 3 and my entire day is shot! :(

6/2/14 12:19 A

I would just plan for the pizza. Track it, own it, enjoy it.

I have a hard time enjoying things like 3 pieces of pizza now. The knowing of how many calories takes a lot of joy out of it. But a slice or two is totally doable.

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6/2/14 12:14 A

I don't like the word "cheat." . . . Makes it sounds dirty.

I do go crazy on Saturdays, though.

6/1/14 8:37 P

No, but I do allow for special occasions, outings, holidays...then it is moderation and still observing how I did, how I could have handled it better or a learning experience!
That is why it is a lifestyle!

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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6/1/14 3:44 P

I don't believe in "cheat" days or meals. If I want to eat something I plan for it in my daily/weekly calorie allotment.
I've been trying for years to change my attitude about food. Food is not a treat, it is not a reward, it is not something I've earned.
Food is nutrition, some is sweet, some sour, some savory, some food is better for me then other food is.
Food is to be enjoyed but not used as a punishment or a reward.

I do not Diet. Diets don't work. I dieted my way to 250#s. Eating a healthy diet is an everyday, forever decision. Diets are temporary measures that when I stop I fall back into poor habits.

If I want something I plan it into my calories for the day. I eat things I like everyday. I do not feel deprived. I eat apples, cookies, pineapple, chocolate, carrots, everyday. They are all nutrition, they are all foods that I like. They all get counted towards my days intake.

With 52 weeks in a year that is 52 Fridays to "cheat". For me, it makes more sense to plan for a couple of slices, a glass of wine or a beer and enjoy it knowing I'm not doing anything wrong!

MILTONS1 Posts: 3,708
5/31/14 9:43 P

I allow myself one day of "relaxation".

RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,837
5/31/14 9:32 P

No, I don't believe in them. I allow myself a break from time to time.

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5/31/14 9:21 P

I don't do cheat meals but I wait until it is a special occasion and allow myself to eat without any qualms. Never more than once a month, but more like once every two months.

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5/31/14 7:15 P


MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,240
5/31/14 6:24 P

I agree, don't call it a cheat day. That implies that you are doing something wrong or deceitful.

MARKATSPARK Posts: 5,869
5/31/14 6:08 A


ONECALMMOM Posts: 6,258
5/31/14 2:53 A

I'd keep your Friday night Pizza and enter that in the tracker first. Then you can make better choices throughout the day. I can't do "cheat days" or "cheat meals" because it turns into a binge and I'm trying to undo those bad habits.

RUBENB2003 Posts: 14,837
5/31/14 2:35 A

I agree. I try to eat healthy all the time but allow myself some treats from time to time.

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5/31/14 1:04 A

Not on purpose. But sometimes you just gotta have a cheese burger or a slice of pizza. But I never plan for a cheat.

Also, I don't think cheating is really a thing. You just have to track it like all your food and compensate somewhere else if it's got a lot of calories. Do extra exercise or eat less on another meal..

Edited by: FANNYMANSON at: 5/31/2014 (01:06)
ANARIE Posts: 13,175
5/31/14 12:37 A

How about if, instead of having a cheat meal once a week, you just have pizza on Fridays?

Seriously, it's only "cheating" if you decide to call it that. Otherwise, it's just having a different type of food. IMO, it doesn't make any sense to call eating something "cheating." The definition of cheating is doing something dishonest to gain an unfair advantage. There's nothing unfair about pizza.

If you stop thinking of it as cheating and just think of it as a nice but not nutritionally outstanding food, it'll be easier to fit it into your day's or week's nutrition plan, and/or figure out how to make it a little healthier. Maybe you'd like to make your own, with whole grain crust and lower-fat toppings, for example, or if you don't want to give up the take-out or pizza parlor, maybe you could eat one or two slices and a big salad. Plan it into your tracker ahead of time, and you'll know how much you can eat without missing your calorie target.

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5/31/14 12:05 A

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I think one to two cheat meals a week is ok, as long as you use portion control!!!

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
5/30/14 10:10 P

" I think it is easy to see that the fuel you take in can be averaged out over the day or week to allow for treats."

Over a week is calorie cycling in a nutshell - when you look at your caloric intake on a weekly basis, as opposed to a daily one (a rose by any other name?). When I realised what it was I was doing (it had a name) and that it worked for me, I had much better success.

It becomes a healthy way of calculating things, as opposed to "I'm going to reward myself for good behaviour" or "I'm going to be bad and eat whatever I want to".

REBCCA SparkPoints: (400,455)
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5/30/14 9:55 P

The idea of 'Cheat' meal or day seems to perpetuate misguided attitudes about establishing a healthy lifestyle. First you are rewarding healthy choices with food. Healthy choices are part of establishing ingrained habits and tastes. Secondly if you like to have pizza or ____ once a week or once in a while just budget for it. I think it is easy to see that the fuel you take in can be averaged out over the day or week to allow for treats.

If you personally feel it will throw you off as you at the beginning, don't do it.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
5/30/14 9:09 P

It depends on you.

Why don't you try it and see what happens...with you.

Cheat meals work with some people once a week, some people can't have them at all.

This journey is about finding out what works for you.

I will give you once caveat, however...what your brother does, and what you are describing, are two different things. A cheat day vs. a cheat meal.

Since you are just starting, I would suggest sticking to the idea of a cheat meal (as opposed to a cheat day), if that is what you wish to try.

You also might want to think about "calorie cycling" one day when you get further along. That's what I do, and it works great for me.

SUSAN29NJ Posts: 2,425
5/30/14 9:01 P

I do not have a cheat day or meal.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,240
5/30/14 8:57 P

My "day" is on Sunday. I lose weight when I have a carefully sanctioned "day". I don't lose weight when I am perfect all week. It does work for some.

I still have to track even on these days. I believe that keeps me accountable.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 5/31/2014 (18:25)
5/30/14 8:23 P

Does anyone do cheat meals like one day a week for one meal? I was wondering if I should cut them out totally or just keep doing our Friday pizza night. We only have it one day a week and no leftovers the next day. My brother and sister in law eat low carb meals all week and do one cheat day that they eat whatever they want. I have a hard time doing that because after I eat all the junk food, it is hard for me to go back to eating healthy again.

Any advice is appreciated emoticon

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