I don't track my food every day. I kind of know what is acceptable for my plan by now and what isn't. I think it is okay to eat foods I crave in appropriate amounts.
I'd say it is not okay to set out to have a "fat day" where you pig out on junk food if you are starting out. I think that kind of attitude does not make for real long term changes. I would just work the foods you commonly crave into your plan and enter them in the tracker just like anything else you eat. Small amounts are fine.
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no I count every meal and snack
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tracking is the tool that helped me the most. I do however skip it once in awile but I do a mental tally.
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Even if I miss a day for tracking my food, I can't avoid mentally counting my calorie intake for a day. I can say i am not calorie conscious for any food
Sometimes I don't have access to SP for tracking, but I can do it in myriad now so no I am always tracking. It keeps me honest.
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Yes go ahead and have a day like that once in a while but you still need to track every bite you eat....the idea is to then see how many calories the binge was and maybe it will deter you from eating like that the next time or eat in moderation
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I agree with fat 1/2 hour. That way you can eat what you want and move on and be done with your cravings. It's much easier that way.
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I don't track when I am traveling, but I don't eat tons of whatever I want. I try to eat sensibly during those times and consider it a "challenge" or "test" to see how well I can do "on my own," without the SparkPeople tools.
I ususally do OK, but it's only for a few days. I am pretty sure I would stray badly off track if I were to not track for an externded period of time.
And like the other people here, I allow myself a few treats regularly. I "budget them into" my eating plan and try not to go completely wild with them.
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I get tired and mean when I don't have something tasty and good now and then, usually if we go out to eat, at home, we don't keep anything tasty and good around. My husband will finally tell me to "go eat some chocolate", he can tell when my levels of serotonin are sunk too low. But we live where there are no restaurants around, have to drive 2 hrs. to get to one, so don't go out often anyway.
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I'm maintaining my weight and have been for a couple of years now, but two days a month, I allow myself to eat anything I want...and that is A LOT!!
But all the other days, I very carefully track everything I eat.
It's a plan I've worked out for myself, and evidently it's working.
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I'm not on a strict diet with a list of things I can or can not eat, so I don't really have "cheat" days or meals, but I do allow myself to indulge on special occasions like holidays or birthdays and I plan one day a week where I will allow myself to go over my calorie budget if I need to, so I can enjoy a restaurant meal or dessert I normally wouldn't.
However, I always track it. Most of the days where I planned to have an indulgence I either was still within my budget or less than 300 calories over. The one day that I did not plan, but was just feeling like eating and ate whatever I wanted and then later tracked it, I was a whopping 2,000 calories over budget for the day. My calorie budget is high enough that I was able to cut back for a couple days enough to make up for that without going too low on my calories, but it was real wake up call that has kept me honest that I wouldn't have had if I'd just blown that day off and not tracked it :)
I really wish I could take vacation days. Now i don't and have never really counted calories, but i eat more of a plant based diet. Taking a "cheat" day is detrimental to my body. I feel like crap, I am tired and I am mean. So to save myself and others from my nasty temperament on cheat days, I choose not to partake.
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3,509 4/12/13 7:35 A
You can do whatever you want and eat whatever you want all the time. However, if you want results then you must realize that all calories count even if you're not tracking those calories. "What you eat in private, you wear in public."
I eat whatever I want all the time. I choose to want to eat healthfully and mindfully.
I think that was the premise of that 'carb addicts' diet. You stuffed your face for a set amount of time, and limited everything during the rest of the day.
If that's what you want to do; nobody is going to stop you - no matter how many replies you get.
I like the response that said it was an 'ostrich' day. Hide all you like. You've consumed the calories. Track them and move on. Seriously. Then you'll see whether doing this on a regular basis will impact your health.
I take a day off from eating healthy and in my calorie range about once/month -- I eat about 2500 calories on those days -- but I track every gram and calorie of food. to me the tracking is actually the more important habit to establish than the healthy eating because as long as I'm tracking, I'm bound to be eating healthy; whereas healthy eating itself can start to get a little ... permissive... when there's no accountability.
These once/month "cheat days" may not work for everyone but they really work for me. Whenever I crave something unhealthy, I put it on my cheat day list and just tell myself I can have it then. Also, since it's only one day/month, it forces me to really hone in on things I'm truly craving / really love, rather than just eating junk, because the time is short and I don't want to make myself sick lol.
There are a very small number of people who really do need to take a day off now and then because they can get compulsive about the counting. They need to realize that the world won't end if they skip a day.
But when you word it as "having a fat day," that implies that you (like most of us) wish you could have a day when not only do you not count calories, but when calories don't count. I actually call those "ostrich days." It doesn't help anything if we hide our heads in the sand and pretend the food consumption didn't happen.
Everybody takes a day off from "behaving" now and then. There WILL be days when you don't eat according to your plan. But to me, it's even more important to track those days as much as possible, so if I gain weight the next week, I remember why. And an unexpected consequence of the "track it anyway" pledge has been that my "off" days have started getting less and less "off." Knowing that I'm going to have to write it down gives me just that one little extra reminder/incentive to skip the second slice of cake (that would give me a tummyache anyway.)
Edited by: ANARIE at: 4/11/2013 (15:35)
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Sure, it's ok. I prefer to have a fat 1/2 hour. Indulge and then move on.
I'm afraid to. That's how I got to this weight, not counting calories or writing down how much I was eating.
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You may find better success if you don't deprive yourself of anything along the way. Simply log it in your nutrition tracker and make the portions smaller. See how you can work something in your tracker each day. When you feel like you aren't enjoying something, you are more likely to quit before you have really given yourself the chance to truly begin.
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