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ACHANSO Posts: 1,030
5/16/14 2:58 P

Yes, splitting a restaurant dessert is a good idea

5/16/14 1:38 P

I often have a dark chocolate & almonds cluster on weekdays. My treat for the weekend is going to a restaurant. I try to order a lighter menu item/eat only half the meal. Its great when going with someone that will split a meal with you.

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5/16/14 11:04 A

emoticon i am over 70 now so even though i want to lose the last 15 lbs i will have a little of any baked things i make , when i had more to lose i did the best i could to look the other way and not touch high carb ( sugar ) foods .

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5/16/14 10:53 A

Nope! I don't do "cheat days" or "I've earned a treat days"...that's ok if I'm in maintenance mode, but when I'm trying to LOSE?!? No Way! That just sets me back days & I take a strict, hardline, self-deprivation tack instead...and it works for me. I get "in the zone" & feel empowered by not eating junk foods--and every minute that passes without me stuffing food in my mouth just makes me feel stronger & more in control of my craptastic eating that's good! :)

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CARRIELYN56 Posts: 2,260
5/16/14 5:57 A

Treats, rarely. step at a time....
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5/15/14 11:48 P

I tend to follow the lower end of my calorie range during the week and the higher end on weekends. Sometimes that means treats but dessert is allowed any day. It might be diet Jello w/ Reddi Whip or it could be dried fruits & cinnamon graham crackers or a canned fruit salad but I do like my sweets.
A real treat for another time might be a nice little steak with a half baked potato & real butter. that would likely fall on a weekend out.

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5/15/14 4:48 P

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KEELYDEUS Posts: 200
5/15/14 3:25 P

My treat is 16 of the ghiradelli chocolate chips for 80cal or 1/2 that if I'm getting close on my daily limit. I can let each one melt in my mouth so it seems to last longer.

DSTENORE Posts: 87
5/15/14 2:06 P

I can pretty much don't have a desire for treats except when it is HOT, then I crave chocolate ice cream cone. It was 103 degrees yesterday and I did resist the urge. For me, weekends is a non issue. I tend to only have a ice cream treat when I really really feel like it. I spend time talking myself out of I did yesterday...and the urge goes away. If the hubby indulges, I just leave the room but it makes it harder. If I do have one, it is 1/4C. only and I make a commitment the following day to add 20 minutes to my workout.

XANDRA14 Posts: 13
5/15/14 1:10 P

I typically eat a treat when I really feel the desire for it, and not as a weekend only thing. I also balance what I'm eating the rest of the day with that treat. For instance, if I decided to have a cheeseburger for lunch, I don't get fries and I eat a super healthy dinner with lots of veggies. I think the key to owning a healthy lifestyle is to stop putting foods into "good" and "bad" categories, and to reorganize them into "normal" and "occasional" foods. I also try to work out a little longer on the days when I have those occasional foods.

Edited by: XANDRA14 at: 5/15/2014 (14:08)
One "bad" meal won't make you fat. One "good" meal won't make you skinny.

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CCLEMENT1109 Posts: 63
5/15/14 12:11 P

I eat a treat each day so I never feel deprived and go overboard on the sweets. My husband loves to have ice cream for dessert. I bought small ice cream dishes so we can each have a serving and enjoy together.

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5/15/14 10:09 A

If it fits into my calorie range and I'm in the mood for something I will treat myself to a small (100-200 calorie) treat no matter what day of the week it is.

SBURDEN Posts: 5,530
5/15/14 10:04 A

I allow myself a treat each day. It changes but i find that if I don't allow myself something that I can control, that I will lose control and willpower and splurge.

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5/15/14 9:01 A

I think treats are a great way to stay sane during a diet. Not allowing yourself any treats can make you go crazy and quit your plan early. I like to leave my treats for the weekend when I can unwind after a long week!

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5/15/14 8:31 A

Yes, but I also try to fit snacks in on a daily basis. The snacks are generally healthier and planned as opposed to a weekend treat that just happens because I was in a coffee shop with someone. I'm trying to think before I eat on those occasions like trading off the scone or muffin for a low fat latte. It can be hit or miss but I believe you have to live your life. That means coming up with stategies so that not every spontaneous occasion is a nutritional disaster. Living without regret means more planning and forethought so I try to envision my Saturday in the morning before I leave the house and think for that crucal 2 seconds before I place my order in the coffee shop. Nothing is worse then looking back at the end of the day and thinking I blew it - again. It makes the pleasure of the 'treat' seem very small indeed. It's much better to look back and think I really enjoyed that latte, which is also a treat, and still did it my way. It's a keep on trying kind of thing and remember to congratulate yourself on the good choices.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,393
5/14/14 10:15 P

I try and fit in a small (100-200 calorie) treat almost daily. Maybe a cookie, or a glass of wine, or a half cup of ice cream, a little bit of chocolate.... *something.* It's just my preference to have a little something each day, rather than "saving up" for the weekend. The vast majority of the food I eat each day is very "clean" - tons of fresh produce, almost 100% home-cooked meals... so it's pretty easy for me to have "good nutrition" while also incorporating a little bit of not-so-nutritious treat-food each day.

Now, more decadent indulgences? Sure, I still have those, too. But probably not every weekend, anymore. While I find it easy to fit in 100-200 calories worth of ice cream daily, I find it really hard to justify 1400 calories of cheesecake in one sitting, at any time! (and yes, I could easily do it... i do love cheesecake). So the MAJOR indulgences happen, for me, very very rarely. LIke, at easter, thanksgiving, christmas and my birthday. I will just drop the tracking-concerns and eat a full portion of whatever-dessert and be done with it, and move on.

Sometimes I will share a dessert with my spouse when we dine out. That's the sort of "happy medium" I can fit in to my life a couple times a month give-or-take.

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LJBRANDOK Posts: 177
5/14/14 6:53 P

When I was losing, I tried to increase my total calories a couple of days a week, usually the weekend, to avoid my metabolism getting set at a lower level. It also helped me not feel deprived and helped as a segue to maintaining.

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5/14/14 4:12 P

No more than any other day. I eat normally every day - using the same recipes I have always regularly made. I have always been a low fat cook. However, I do not eat takeaway or high calorie soda(soft) drinks. Water and black tea are my only beverages, with a rare soda, lime and bitters when I eat out at a restaurant. Chocolate is my downfall, but I just reduce it - 10 to 20 grams on any given day, but I track it and keep within my calorie range. I also have small containers of low fat chocolate mouse and creme caramel (between 60 and 70 calories each). They are my little splurge that keep me satisfied. Weekends for me are usually my big exercise days and when you exercise the temptation to eat naughty treats is less appealing, after all I do not want to wreck all my hard work. emoticon

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5/14/14 3:52 P

Nothing is banned on my personal plan but I will watch and log my food six days a week and have what I call my cheat day. I can have anything as long as it is portion controlled and I am truly hungry. It sounds bad but knowing I have my cheat day once a week does stop me from over eating or picking really bad foods.

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5/14/14 3:21 P

I don't restrict "treats" to specific days of the week..... KISS system...I do much better with fewer "Rules" and don't need the extra stress. Why keep track of which day it is, as well as calories? Besides, Life doesn't restrict itself to certain days--LOL!

So if I'm in the mood, and my calories allow it, I don't feel at all guilty about a "treat". My favorite: Healthy Choice Fudge bars, or occasionally, popcorn, or that extra Cookie over at "mom's house".....

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5/14/14 3:14 P

Of course, Steamed Broccoli with lemon juice and olive oil with a little blue cheese crumbled on top. emoticon

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5/14/14 2:56 P

I try not to consider this a diet but the very definition of diet is: the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. lol To me you are either on a healthy diet or an unhealthy diet. I couldn't really just cut down because I lose control and give up. Every once in a while I have a treat but no certain day. Like in 4 days the worst I had was 1 hard taco. So instead of a treat day I look for alternatives to the thing I'm craving! I wanted pizza the other day so I got myself a lean cuisine pizza. Its a trade off :)

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5/14/14 1:16 P

yes and on other days, too

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5/14/14 12:00 P

I eat a snack everyday. Today my snack will be 2 fig newtons.

ACHANSO Posts: 1,030
5/14/14 11:03 A

That's a great idea, CALLMECARRIE. Muffins can be made to be healthy, and that is a fun treat for the weekend. Also the low fat fudge bars are another great choice.

5/14/14 10:19 A

I bake healthy muffins almost every weekend for breakfast, and that's kind of a treat. I relax a little on the calorie restriciton on weekends, although sometimes I regret it.

Lately I've been allowing myself a few Weight Watchers fudge bars for dessert, on week days or weekends. They're 100 calories and taste pretty good. Having that treat at the end of the day is enjoyable to me. I've pretty much given up drinking, I don't smoke, I don't eat fast food, I hardly ever eat non-diet desserts -- I'm not going to feel guilty about a few diet fudge bars a week.

SHURNP69 - that's funny. Your post made me think of the bulk foods section at Winco, my local grocery store. They have signs up around the bulk bins that say "PLEASE, NO SAMPLING." There's one over the dog treats barrell, which cracks me up every time. Really? I can't sample a Milk Bone? But I really want to!

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5/13/14 9:02 P

This topic makes me smile because every time I see it, I think of dog treats. Don't know why, but that's the first thing that comes to mind. The first time I saw it, I remember thinking "who am I, Marmaduke?" emoticon emoticon

But seriously, I just started my diet on Sunday so I haven't had to worry about the weekend yet. I'm always good day one, so no problems on Sunday. I'll come back and reply again after this weekend. emoticon

CHRISC1971 Posts: 27
5/13/14 7:41 P

All the time!

Look at them GAINS!
ACHANSO Posts: 1,030
5/13/14 5:08 P

I just prioritize.
I'd rather have dessert, then make sure my other food choices for protein, fruits, veggies, etc are lower calorie that day!

CARLATAM Posts: 391
5/13/14 1:57 P

Yes & I need to stop. Still want to have a clean weekend but my discipline has not allowed that to be. Now I have to make exercise mandatory on the weekends.


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5/13/14 1:13 P

Yes, but I try to limit them to healthy treats.

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CYFREE15 Posts: 248
5/13/14 12:58 P

I try to stick to the same eating plan I have for during the week, which includes treats.

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5/13/14 12:33 P


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5/13/14 10:27 A

I do eat more on the weekend but don't consider them "treats" necessarily. for me, no food is off limits although I do tend to choose healthier foods during the week. On the weekend we go out more so have less control over how the food is prepared and I will enjoy my wine.

this has been my approach since oct 2011 and have lost 80 pounds and been at or under my goal for over a year.

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5/13/14 10:23 A

No I don't. I used to try and follow some kind of rule like having a treat once every 2 weeks or something. Now I eat the same amount for every meal every single day. Its the only way for me to achieve tight blood sugar control. I've stuck to this plan for 3 months now and haven't veered from it once, so I am really thinking about maybe once a year (maybe my birthday, having a small portion of my favorite food). I feel so good and the cravings are under control that I don't really want to mess anything up right now.

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5/13/14 9:10 A

I eat a lot of "treats". There is frozen yogurt at work that comes in 1/2 cup sizes for a little over 100 calories. I have one of those a couple of times a week. I make soft--serve banana "ice cream" with a frozen banana, chocolate soy milk and peanut butter at least once a week for dinner, and rarely a week goes by that I do not indulge in a couple strips of bacon, or glasses of wine. All of them are tracked, none of them put me over my allotted calories, and with the exception of the bacon, all of them offer me something nutritionally.

If I saved the treats for weekends, I would feel the need to indulge myself just because it was the weekend, rather than because I had a particular desire for something. This way I never feel like I am being denied, and I never feel the need to binge eat.

If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr

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5/13/14 6:47 A

The rule I try to follow is to only eat treats if they are truly worth it. For me, that is a homemade baked good of some sort or some dark chocolate. I can often work these treats into my recommended calorie intake, but sometimes I go over as a result. If it was TRULY worth it, I cut myself some slack and get back on track the following day. Like many other people who have already posted, if I feel deprived of anything, I'm more likely to rebel. I think it's much better to work in the occasional treat to feel satisfied. However, if you get too lax about it, the treats will certainly hurt your weight loss goals. Definitely just be smart about it, and look for satisfying treats that aren't too many calories. I can usually satisfy my craving with 1/4 to 1/2 bar of dark chocolate, which is only 100-200 calories.

MICHELLE73101 Posts: 299
5/12/14 4:54 P

Sometimes too many! I eat so well during the week that on the weekend I can't even think about calories....

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ACHANSO Posts: 1,030
5/12/14 2:51 P

I have treats almost every day

If I feel deprived- that's when I overeat and fall off the wagon.

Daily treats aren't bad, I don't think, as long as I track it, try to stay in my daily calorie totals, and keep it in moderation.

Life is too short. Eat dessert first!! :)

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5/12/14 1:30 P


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5/12/14 1:28 P

Once in a while but not often -- too distracting for me. emoticon

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5/12/14 1:14 P

I tend to have them during the week - built in to my calorie range but not on the weekend. I have found weekends throw me off a little and it's easier to stick as close to possible without adding in something sweet.

I don;t crave treats like I used to. I think it's because I am eating much better than i was in the past.

Edited by: LILSPARKGIRL at: 5/12/2014 (13:16)
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THINNYGINNY Posts: 1,142
5/12/14 1:00 P

I eat treats from time to time, working them into my plan and tracking...this is how I make room for a glass or two of wine. I always have a low calorie treat every day (a healthy choice ice cream bar) Without that I feel deprived. If I set up a regimen where I am "good" during the week and "bad " on the weekend, then I would go off the rails... I try to eat pretty consistently 7 days a week, with a daily small treat and every now and then a larger treat. it has worked pretty well for me so far.

5/12/14 12:36 P

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5/12/14 12:28 P

Not now....Told my son to buy me a small window plant for Mom's Day instead of a box of candy or a ice cream cake.

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5/12/14 12:24 P

I eat treats once in a while

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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 17,405
5/12/14 12:12 P

" do you guys stick to a diet regime all 7days a week or do you relax a little on the weekend?"

Well, I don't diet at all! Diets don't work for the long haul.
And my healthy life style (as promoted here on Spark) allows me to plan for and indulge in a treat, even if it is NOT the weekend!

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5/12/14 12:05 P

I think that is great!

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5/12/14 11:18 A

last week i did really well with my healthier choices throughout the weekend. i used to eats loads and loads of sweets. i have cut waaay down on them and now i'm trying clean eating through the week and desserts on the weekend. this past weekend i had a dessert on saturday and sunday. it was really good!! Today i am back to clean eating. what do you all think about treating yourself on the weekends to foods you really enjoy but need to limit? do you guys stick to a diet regime all 7days a week or do you relax a little on the weekend?

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