Sticking To A Plan Means Sticking To A Plan - Say NO To Cheat Days!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
So, I have a friend who swears by losing weight by eating almost no carbs and tons of protein for six days a week, and then eating everything in sight during a cheat day on the seventh day of the week. After he loses the amount of weight he sets out to lose he goes back to eating fast food, large portions and mostly food with low nutritional content. I never gave this too much thought until the other day when I saw an article about the theory behind the elusive cheat day. Supposedly eating such low calories and carbohydrates for so long lowers your metabolic leptin levels (a hormone that plays a part in fat burning), so to counteract this you have a cheat day to boost your metabolism and consequently your leptin levels. Somehow I just think all of this is so counterproductive. I mean, yes, you probably do end up losing weight if you are eating less than 1000 calories per day, but really come on! Who wants to live like that? And why is that your only goal?
After all of this it came to me that I am so happy with my weight loss plan and the fact that I have been able to stick with it. Not only am I seeing improvement on the scale, but I have more energy (no more mid-afternoon naps for me). I feel great, and here is the big surprise I AM NOT HUNGRY! I wonder how many people on the cheat day plan can say that? Now being on a weight loss plan doesn't mean you can't splurge every once in awhile, obviously, but not to the extent of unrestricted calories! I feel that hopefully in the long run having a consistent diet that supplies the nutrients my body needs will help me live longer and not put my body through the constant up and down stress that yo-yo dieting does to a body. Additionally, like the title says, I made this plan to stick to it, not to cheat on it week after week. You wouldn't do that when a relationship gets hard, so why do that to your body! Stick with it and stand by your plan!