I sometimes eat less than healthy foods, when we are on the road for 10 hours a day is one example. I wanted pizza last night as another example. I don't pick a certain day, just do it when I want to. I still log all my food every day and have managed a daily average calorie intake of 1409 since Feb 9th. I always keep in mind this is my lifestyle from now on and I know that sometimes I am going to want to eat or drink something I don't normally do. Lizzy
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12,300 5/23/08 10:09 A
I use Sunday as kind of a cheat day. I still watch how many calories and such but I allow myself to treat myself to something I usually don't allow myself. Only one day a week though. I have found that it usually doesn't hurt my weight or anything.
"Free Days" Allow me to eat foods that aren't necessarily ealthy without the guilt of ruining my whole nutrition plan! I initially didn't follow this mentality, but now that I've stopped the daily snacking (which really ADDS up in the end!) I have really enjoyed my one day of FOOD FREEDOM! LOL
I was going to say I allow myself two "cheat days" a week but that's not true. It's actually three cheat meals each week that just happen to consistently fall on Friday and Saturday. While not being incredibly helpful to my weight loss it certainly hasn't stopped it. Plus I get to indulge a little each week without feeling guilty.
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4,581 5/23/08 7:22 A
I'm starting to find it as a slippery slope. It seems for me that every time I give myself a "cheat day" (not just eating a couple cookies... but like making lots of bad unhealthy choices for the whole day) then I gain lots of weight the next day and work to fight it off the whole week.
I think I'm going to try the cheat meal + 1 snack technique and see if things get better. Example- on Saturday I know I'm eating pizza for dinner, so I'll try to eat good the whole day and maybe have 1 or 2 cookies as a snack.
I don't like the idea of cheat days, it reinforces the idea that it's diet rather than a lifestyle change. It also reminds me too much of the body-for-life nutrition plan, which includes 6 small meals a day and one 'cheat' day per week. I gained 5lbs on that diet, and absolutely hated it. 6 meals means 200 calories per meal for me, that's just crazy, expensive and ridiculous! (sorry for the rant, I really hated it!) I prefer a lack of self denial every day. If I really want a candy bar or something one day, that's fine, go for it, i just have to ask myself many, many times if it's worth it. Often the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a day without eating junk is much better than the taste of anything junky.
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411 5/22/08 5:24 P
I don't call them 'cheat days', but I do allow myself to choose whatever I want on Saturdays or Sundays.
Those are usually the days we visit family or go out, so I like to have my options open to whatever. That doesn't mean I go hog-wild, though!
I too allow myself 3 cheat meals a week. If I only take one or two one week and four the next I really don't worry about it. I know I am making progress and I feel better so you just need to figure out what works the best for you.
Instead of a cheat day, I have three cheat meals spread out through the week. I like doing it that way because that's what I can live with and it's no different than having one full cheat day for me. Even though it's a cheat day, I still stay within my range, even though it's usually on the high side.
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3,210 5/22/08 2:53 P
I take "free days" often and I get back on track the day after. They work well for me but if you can't get back to normal the next day it can be a slippery slope. I love my diet as much as I enjoy my free days, so I can happily go either way. I find that they help keep me sane and they're fun. Not for everybody though. It's all about balance and making healthy choices most of the time.
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511 5/22/08 2:49 P
I have always had a cheat day and I have done fine. I am in a slump right now, but not because of my cheat day! Believe it or not, on my cheat day I am still very aware of what and how much I am eating. I don't eat near as bad as I used to because I don't want to. I am eventually hoping to not log calories and exercise etc so my cheat day is insight for me. I don't see anything wrong with a cheat day and it hasn't been a slippery slope for me!
I have allowed myself a cheat day once a week since I started (Feb 29)...Well it morphed from a cheat meal to a cheat day and it should probably morph back. Does anyone else find this useful or is it a slippery slope? As I seem to be slipping lately...
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