I'm going to be honest, unless you are maintaining, I see no purpose to having a "free day." All that's going to do is slow your progress down. I could see having one cheat meal if it was a special occasion, like maybe once every 2 or 3 months. But having an entire day could lead to thousands of extra calories. And it's way too hard for me to get back on track if I have a cheat day. That being said, if there's something I REALLY want, I find a way to work it into my meal plan. Just because I want one piece of cake, or one burrito from Chipotle doesn't mean I need to overeat all day.
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Every day is a free day--you are free to make good choices about what you eat. Eat to live--don't live until the next free day to eat what you want.
If I found it difficult to get back on track after a free day, I would steer clear of them. I enjoy a treat every day - mostly a piece of dark chocolate. Being too restrictive never works and makes us miss stuff we want. Better to practice a balanced, portion-controlled lifestyle of eating than to risk a binge that leads to more of the same.
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11/21/12 3:58 P
Everything in moderation. I don't have free days, but on special occassions I will relax a bit. In no way is this eating whatever I want without regards to health and calories though.
11/21/12 3:44 P
I eat what I wish, in moderation, rather than a one-day full-out indulgence
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I have always practiced giving myself permission to have whatever I want and as much (within reason) on a "one-day-every-two-week" basis and have never had problems getting back to the norm. To do this I generally eat toward the lower end of my range most of the time. BUT, if you have found that you have great difficulties doing this, then I suggest you use portion control and choose wisely, and remember alcoholic drinks are high calorie with no nutritional benefit, so limit those.
Apart from that, just enjoy your week-end. Kris
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The way I see things, every day is a "free day". I can eat and drink whatever I want to each and every day. But I choose to try to eat healthfully and mindfully.
11/21/12 2:52 P
I do have days where I go over my goals, but I still track all of the food and beverages that I consume. Since they are recorded and in my database, I would hardly call them free days. In fact I found that I usually pay a pretty hefty price for a so called free day.
I can't help you any. My free day would turn into a free week, a free month a free year and then........... For me it's all about a healthier life style. I don't miss all that junk in my life. If I do want something I eat in small doses. So that cuts my need for a free anything. I ate a small hot fudge sundae yesterday and that satisified things for me. I did not have the need to want anything else.
Hi. How do everyone feel about giving yourself a freeday or weekend for an´special occasion. As in - you can eat and drink anything you want for a holiday or a celebration. II have tried it and fin it really hard to get back into the swing of things afterwards. Do anyone have good ideas of how to make "free days" work?
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