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TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/3/12 11:59 P

I am so close to my goal and I still would not do that. Bad foods is what got me into this mess to begin with. For me a cheat day would turn into a cheat week, a cheat month and then I would be right back where I started from. I hardly ever do a cheat meal. And when I do my body doesn't handle it very well any way. Last time I did I ate 1 corn dog and 1/2 a butter finger candy bar and boy did I not feel good. So you can keep your cheat meals and days. I'll pass thank you.

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2/3/12 11:55 P

I am all for taking a day off... but to an extent. Usually if I want something that is not particularly healthy for me, I will allow myself to eat it. However I only let that happen once a week maximum and I also make sure it fits into my calorie goal.

During holidays and special functions like weddings, birthday parties etc. I don't track, but I also try to keep myself in check. If I go over, oh well it's a special occasion. If I don't, more power to me!

So it's okay to give in to your cravings, but do it in moderation! Binge eating is never a good idea.

JAMINURSE Posts: 3,905
2/3/12 10:41 P

I understand that people may want a cheat day. Step outside the box . But seriously eating what ever you want until you feel sick is unhealthy and I think twisted. Food is seen as a naughty pleasure and to really get the most from it , you must abuse it (or yourself depending on your view) . I mean really how many of us can say I ate two snickers and afterward I felt better about it! No most of us would say gee I wish I would have eaten one. I don't like the way it feels to lose control of my choices to a cheat day.

2/3/12 9:08 P

I do take one day a week that I don't track my food. I don't "go crazy" on that day, however. I might have one meal out at a favorite restaurant without caring about the calories, but I still eat in moderation on that day. For me, it's just the day where I can take the focus off of tracking and more on other things.

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2/3/12 8:34 P

I am the same way about the "Cheat" day. This is my third week living the Spark Lifestyle and I find myself not wanting the foods I once loved. Tracking everything that I eat has really been good for me. I realize that I have to make the choice to be healthy. emoticon

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2/3/12 8:25 P

"Cheat" days set me up for failure. They remind me how much I love some foods. 1 cheat day leads into a cheat week into a month into a cheat year. With that said, I let myself have plenty of treats so long as I am still in my calorie range. You cannot take a day off from life and this is a lifestyle, not a 3 or 6 month commitment.

LAETU5 Posts: 1,405
2/3/12 6:20 P

"I go out of my way to eat ice cream, Snickers, Take 5, and all of my other vices in excess"

^horrible idea.

It's fine to have a treat or even a treat day every now and then but you have to plan it into your overall calories for the week and you shouldn't be cramming stuff it just because it's allowed.

JULIENMM Posts: 3,046
2/3/12 6:02 P

I would think that you would undo all that you have done the rest of the week! If I had a day to eat anything and everything I wanted, I would eat bacon cheeseburgers with fries and milk shakes and huge chocolate bars and a whole pizza and a whole bottle of wine and then some pasta. Right now, if I eat just a little bit of any of that, I gain so if I stuffed myself with all that once a week, I'd weigh more than when I started!

But like everyone else said, there's nothing wrong with splurging occassionally. But once a week eating everything you ever wanted as much as possible -- well that's crazy.


2/3/12 5:30 P

I use to have one cheat day per week and usually would have something like a candy bar or ice cream LOL not eat all you want all bad for you day ROFL. Now I don't even do that... I wouldn't do this unless you are at your goal weight and have been there for a while so you know how to maintain it!

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
2/3/12 4:29 P

"it's almost like I know they're setting themselves up for failure, you know? Like, watching someone diet who is clearing starving themselves and not eating enough. You know it's only going to end badly."

I like this quote.

I think this has worked for me because I can still eat food I like. I'm not on some crazy starvation thing where I'm eating food I hate. I like oranges. I like pork chops. I like quinoa. I like peanut butter on toast. I like smoothies. I like all of it so I don't feel deprived, even when I can't necessarily eat everything I want to. It isn't a struggle.

2/3/12 3:30 P

I encourage all to "run away" from that rule.
The others have posted all the problems with it.
Dietitian Becky

EFAY32 Posts: 115
2/3/12 3:26 P

Wow, that blows my mind. I guess because I feel like eating too much one day a week is okay... but not going crazy. Especially because sometimes on normal days, I accidentally eat too much. Then I end up with TWO days with too many calories in one week and if they're both only a little above, I feel better. Like I still had control.

I think that's the important part of not going wild... control. Allowing yourself to eat something you love that maybe isn't good for you, but still have a firm grasp on what you're eating.

It makes me kind of sad hearing that... it's almost like I know they're setting themselves up for failure, you know? Like, watching someone diet who is clearing starving themselves and not eating enough. You know it's only going to end badly.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
2/3/12 3:13 P

I've heard of cheat meals. I've heard of cheat days. Myself, this month I'm allowing myself
one day a week where I eat outside my calorie range.

That does not mean eating myself sick. It means I can go a little crazy and have something I want that isn't necessarily going to fit in my diet plan. It's moderation. It's having wings and a caesar at the pub on wing night. It's having candy at the theatre. It's a waffle for breakfast instead of a smoothie or whole grain toast.

Even with cheat days and meals, I think moderation and balance are important.

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2/3/12 2:24 P

That's an extreme version. I had a friend that was obese and lost over 100lbs. She kept the weight off for several years. The ways she did it was by being very disciplined during the week and taking 1 day per week to eat whatever she wanted. That takes discipline and I don't think you should do that until you've lost weight and are in your maintenance phase. Otherwise that day off could be the trigger to really go back to bad habits.

People have to find what works for them to do this for a lifetime.

Good Luck

BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,639
2/3/12 2:02 P

Woah! Where did you find that description? You're right: that could potentially be entirely counter-productive in terms of weight loss. More importantly, it's counter-productive to the process of making sustainable, healthy lifestyle changes. There's a huuuuge difference between taking the occasional day off-plan to eat above your range, and setting out to gorge oneself on junk foods once a week.

To "go out of your way to eat all of your vices in excess" and *intentionally* make oneself ill? That sounds more like an eating disorder, to me. The person who wrote that is fostering an intentionally unhealthy relationship with food. I can't imagine that anyone who is serious about getting healthy would think that's a good idea.

Edited by: BITTERQUILL at: 2/3/2012 (14:09)
ASHIREY330 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/3/12 1:39 P

I was reading about different diet plans on line. One thing I keep hearing about is taking a day off to eat all the bad foods your body craves. The best explanation I've found is :

Rule #4: Take one day off per week

"I recommend Saturdays as your “Dieters Gone Wild” day. I am allowed to eat whatever I want on Saturdays, and I go out of my way to eat ice cream, Snickers, Take 5, and all of my other vices in excess. I make myself a little sick and don’t want to look at any of it for the rest of the week. Paradoxically, dramatically spiking caloric intake in this way once per week increases fat loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate (thyroid function, etc.) doesn’t downregulate from extended caloric restriction. That’s right: eating pure crap can help you lose fat. Welcome to Utopia."

One commenter even saying:
"Don’t be upset the day after the 7th day you gain 4-5 lbs. You will see it go away the next 2-3 days."

This just seems very counter-productive to me, but I am not sure. Has anyone tried this?

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