"Cheat Day" or "Free Day" or "Day off from diet" or whatever you want to call it: it's a day where you either eat one meal off, or all day, but my version of the cheat day is I eat what I want and don't track. As long as my calories in are higher than out, to me it counts as a cheat day. I wanted to show you guys an example of what can happen after cheat days.
Below is a graph of the weight I've lost, starting with the first day of my latest "reboot" on August 23rd. I say "reboot" because I made up my mind that I am finally LOSING THIS LAST WEIGHT. Period. Finito. Done.
Each blue dot represents the pounds I've lost when I weigh myself on that day.
The red arrows are when I've taken cheat days. As expected, my weight goes up the day after with the extra calories, carbs, sodium and water bloat. But more importantly, notice what happens after that... this is one example where the phrase, "I've sunk to a new low", is a good thing.
The sideways green arrow is when my sister and her husband visited. We ate out literally every day, but I still tracked my calories as well as I could for restaurant food. The week before that was PMS so also weight neutral.
Some of these weren't officially planned cheat days. The first red arrow, I knew I was going back to dieting so I went to a Chinese buffet with my Mom.
The second red arrow, we had cake, pizza and donuts from a final party from when my sister and husband visited.
The third red arrow, I was feeling tired and burned out, so just took a free day. What's interesting is I worked out the next two days after that, but because of the fatigue, I decided to take five straight days off from working out (normally I workout 1-2 times a day, 6 days a week). Check out how my weight dropped with the free day and not working out! Weird??
The forth red arrow, is today. My weight has started bouncing around a bit, and I'm not having a good week mentally (1-yr anniversary of when my Dad passed away.) So, I'm cutting myself a break. So we'll see what happens next... !!
As I explained in a previous blog, not only do cheat days help mentally, but they have been shown to recharge hormone levels, including the fat-burning thyroid hormone, and leptin, the hunger hormone. Maybe it's all in my mind, but I also feel like my metabolism is charging up. I feel warmer/hotter and more energetic, among other things.
I'm not saying a cheat day is for everyone. For some, they make people binge TOO much, fall off the wagon from then on, etc. You just have to find what works for you. I don't have a set schedule for cheat days. I just watch the scale and what is going on with my body for now.
As a side note, on my last blog I said my weight dropped to the lowest point since 2001. I'm now 2 lbs lower. Even though I've got 7 lbs to lose, in my mind, I'm ALREADY at my goal weight. That is a key to success. Focus on your end result and how great that will be!!
Ok! All for now! Have a great day!!