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11/9/13 1:04 A

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From my experience, having a cheat day doesn't hurt your diet at all depending on when you use those days. I just have them twice a month just to refresh my metabolism and mind to remind myself that I can eat normal and whatever I want as long as it is in moderation.

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I don't believe in cheat days for few reasons.
1) You don't need a whole day! It's going to wreck everything you've accomplished whether major or minor.
2) When I'm eating healthy, I don't crave bad stuff nearly as much so the better I eat the less want a cheat day.
3) I keep my food at the bottom of my calorie range so that if I feel like having something that's not as healthy, I have room for it.
4) Holidays, parties and events are always tougher to stick to so you should always remember that those are around the corner before you let yourself take the easy way out and do a cheat day.

If there's something that isn't good for me that I really love then I'll eat it on one day and make sure that the rest of my day fits around it. A whole cheat day is a recipe for disaster though!

Just my opinion of course.



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I like to have a cheat day, because I am the kind of person who the moment you tell me I can never eat something again, I HAVE to have it. I moderate well as long as nothing is outright forbidden.

However, for me, I can only have one or two cheat days a month-- even if it is only a couple hundred calories over. I used to every week and I think this is part of why I have been at a plateau for six months.



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I don't call it a cheat day. But I do one day a week allow my several extra calories. I decide how many extra calories and then decide how I want to spend them. I don't go crazy maybe an extra 2-300 calories on one day.

One day at a time, One step at time. Those days and steps add up and before you know it you have reached your goal.


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I think it is okay once in awhile for a special occasion as long as you do not go overboard. When I am at an event when it comes to the dessert table I will choose slivers of three things on a small plate and that is my dessert. Sometimes I will have a bit of fruit slices with it. I will stop eating when I am full and not overstuffed.

I think once a week it is okay to have a small portion of something that is hard for someone to give up as long as that is all they have for that day. For instance, a small ice cream in a bowl, a small chocolate bar or bag of chips, etc.

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If you're planning ahead to have a "cheat day" every week, you're not helping yourself. But if it 1 day gone awry, just get back on board and have your healthy foods on hand. Plan a cheat meal not a whole day. It's too hard to get back on track. Having said all that - I've certainly had bad days . . . have to put it in the past and just move on.

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I agree with SUNSET09.

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It shouldn't be a cheat day. maybe a cheat meal and consider your game plan as it could be a set back. Everything in moderation! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



 
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That is a question each person has to honestly evaluate for themselves. Many people use cheat days effectively. Personally if I ate sugar once I am not convinced it would end well for me. I have to treat certain foods like an illicit drug. Not everyone needs to be that vigilant. I say try it and see what happens to you.

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For me personally...

I don't do "cheat days" or "treat days". I committed to a healthy lifestyle on my daughter's 5th birthday (July 19th 2013) and I'm not looking back. If I want something that is considered unhealthy, I just make a healthy version of it. This works for me and I am retraining my taste buds to truly be satisfied with healthier foods. :)

It's like when I quit smoking last September (2012)....If I would have allowed myself a cigarette once a week, chances are I would have relapsed. lol






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I never call them cheat days -- I call them treat days.

They are important to me because I enjoy them. I want some extra enjoyment to my eating, including occasionally eating too many desserts or eating too much pizza or pasta, etc.

However, I agree with the posters who point out that for some people, over-treating(cheating) can sometimes lead to splurging too many days in a row.

I think it can vary greatly from person to person. Some of us want/need them, and some of us don't want or need them.

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I have to have cheat days! But I don't look at them as "cheat days", i prefer to call them reward days! I have one day out of the week (usually friday night with my fiance) where I give myself an extra 400 calories. We usually have friday date night and hit up a local mexican restaurant where I eat tostitos, salsa, and cheese dip, along with a daiquiri flavor of my choice. :) I could not be successful without a reward day!

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I could not be successful with this program if there were no cheat days. Just try to keep exercising 4 to 5 days a week. I also remind myself that a cheat day is just that, A cheat day. Not 2 or 3.



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I TOTALLY cheated today..
Over by 430 calories,
2 grams of fat,
40 carbohydrates
and right on target with protein.
Guess Taco Bell REALLY isnt good for a diet :(



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My problem is that "cheat" days tend to regress into "splurge" days. I think until I have better control over my eating habits. no cheat days for me.

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Works for me, I just start the day with a good breakfast then do my long run and eat whatever I want the rest of the day. There is temp weight gain, but it comes off, pus a little extra after about four days

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I have not gotten the sugar crave under control yet, so any cheat that is sweet no matter how small is a diet buster for me. So I am learning to substitute good for the bad. So far I am drinking a lots and lots of water. LOL.

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I hope not. I tend to eat so much more on Saturday and Sunday. I tell myself every week that I will not cheat this weekend, and then every weekend I do! I still end up losing little weight, but it makes me wonder how much I would have lost had I done well ll weekend.



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I allow myself on the 1st day each month to go out and eat a chinese dinner. It keeps me from cheating on my daily diet, so that I can enjoy my once a month favorite meal. I do feel I need to treat myself.

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The whole weekend seems to be my 'cheat day' now, though I still try to keep it in check! I found out that when I was losing weight, if I really stuck to my guns and didn't vary my diet much my weight loss would stall out and I'd sit at the same weight for weeks. I realized after a bad food choice (mmm, pizza) that it took a day of bad eating to kick start my weight loss again... so I started a routine of 6 days of good eating, and 1 day of increased calories.

I've been maintaining now for three years and holding steady within the same 5 or so pounds that I fluctuate back and forth on. I find it nice that I can eat and enjoy the foods I want to eat without having to worry about gaining, as long as I'm conscious about it and continue to make good choices!

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For me, it does! If I'm needing to lose weight, I can't cheat at all. After I get to maintenance though, I can have one cheat day. I have low blood sugar and I have to fight hard to lose weight. Can't wait till I'm at my goal weight.





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Absolutely not! The problem comes in when the one cheat day get's repeated too often. Remember, there is no such thing as cheating when you are learning a new way of eating, nothing is forbidden, so there is no guilt or shame. Eating and exercising healthily again will bring the scale into a more favourable position.

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ONE cheat day (but don't term it that, unless you want it to be an excuse) is fine. They served ice cream cake for the celebration. UNFORTUNATELY I just spent the next day after that stuck in an airport with severe delays. Needed to eat SOMETHING. The two days together are horrid on my scale.

Will reverse this.

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It can, yes. An entire day seems... extreme. With free-feeding at the Olive Garden or a French pastry shop, for the WHOLE DAY, you can do a lot of damage.

One cheat meal per week, or accidentally going over your calories by 500 for the day isn't a big mistake. But it's still counter-productive.

I don't do "cheat" meals or days. Very infrequently, I will have a small splurge. But it's not super-crazy and it's usually only one thing. I try instead to commit to healthy eating every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

It helps me to remember that a "cheat meal" of a giant cheeseburger, plate of fries and large ice cream shake at a popular chain restaurant can add up to 7000 calories or more. Didn't I just spend all week at a 500-cal deficit every day, trying to be good?

I just screwed myself with that one meal.

And isn't the BIG POINT trying to learn a new lifestyle that is healthy? If you're regularly telling yourself that you "deserve" unhealthy foods as "rewards"... does that make any sense at all?


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Everything in moderation, including cheat meals. :)

I just finished a cheat meal, and it was delicious. I'm pre-menstrual, and I'm sorry, but I deserved that burger and fries and shake. Mmmhmm.

I still recorded it in my nutrition tracker, which is very important so that I don't spiral into MANY cheat meals. Recording it also made me decide to only eat 1/2 the shake... so that's good! :)

I think it's wise to keep it restricted to a meal (and not a day) if you are trying to lose weight. If you're just maintaining weight, a day would probably be fine. I'll probably give myself Christmas Day. :) But it's important to get some nutrition into each day too, ya know?

I think 'cheating' or 'treating yourself' once in a while is just being human... it's part of a realistic lifestyle.

My daily diet includes mostly (90%+) unprocessed whole foods, and almost no sugar (and no fake sugars, either)... so I really can't feel that bad for giving in to the "American" diet every once in a long while!

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I can't subscribe to a cheat day!!!!! I thought for a while about this and here's why:

1. The idea here at Spark is to be positive and at least try to consistantly change our lifestyles for the better. CHEAT is not a positive word. Why not call it a REWARD for achieving a goal. Give yourself a REWARD to look forward to if you do well for say a week. And that REWARD should be a planned food or activity that fits into the lifestyle. It could be an overindulgent (by our food intake standard) serving of a favorite food, but plan it. If the indulgence is reasonable say 1000 calories, that will only set your weight loss back about 1/3 a pound for your week. So if you are trying to goal for 2 pounds a week, that is about a 16% difference over the week. 1.3 pounds a month or about 16 pounds per year for a 1000 calorie splurge day. DOES THAT FIT YOUR OVERALL GOAL... if it does, great.

2. Why would anyone want to train themselves to binge once a week just to binge. I really think this is probably just downright unhealthy and on the verge of dangerous. Streching yourself and your body to it's limit every week seems to be a good idea. Take this to other activities. I will be a careful driver 6 days a week, but on the seventh, all bets are off. I'm going to get drunk and race around however I want. Maybe extreme, but apply the cheat day to just about other activitiy and it starts to sound a little rediculous. Us people with weight problems tend to have a pretty weird way of justifying why and how we will eat.....

I just don't know about this cheat day thing. It seems for my plans, I will continue to work to be consistant. I know I am going to have a bad day, but if I do, I will compensate for it on other days. Cut back a little, exersize a little more, but try to be consistant.

To each his own, but be careful and consider the overall outcome.



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I don't completely understand the concept of a cheat day. I guess if I am 'off' for instance on a day I decide to have a few drinks I am still healthy the rest of the day so I don't call it a cheat day. I would think if yes, someone took a whole day and ate crap all day and drank crap all day it would really matter. It is easy to get up to 5000 plus calories, which could be a whole pound for me. I think it is definitely ok to indulge in something here and there, but I just don't get how someone would take a whole day off!

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I have been finding that if i allow myself a little bit of cheat, here & there (depending on the day ... or week) isn't the end of the world! lol! Actually, it helps me stay focused. I know that on wednesday's my b'friend & I can get BYGO sunday's at a local ice cream shop. I have that once in awhile but skip the beer on friday. If i take out ALL of my indulgences, 1 day i'm just going to snap! ha! & when i do, i will go over board & eat every thing in sight!
my brother (a nutritionist) always has said, every thing in moderation. I have to agree

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I think occasionally going over on calories is okay as long as it's not a habit and you keep your total for the week at a good number.

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I agree with a lot of posters on here. Cheat DAY is enough to send me into a tailspin--I can do A LOT of damage in 24 hours. However, a cheat meal or treat here and there doesn't ruin my week's of effort in one day.

My weakness is WINE. So, when I know I'm going to want to have a glass...or three...I plan for it. Planning for your "cheats" will allow you some calorie room and also help you moderate what you cheat with. Instead of gulping down glass after glass, I now sip more much slowly to make it last longer--and I enjoy a glass of water in between each glass.

You could do the same thing with a cheat treat or meal. As has been said, it's all about moderation. You can still enjoy those naughty foods, but not everyday and not in bulk. And factor in how good it feels to be getting healthier. That will help you truly evaluate what you're willing to spend your precious calories on!



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I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I think part of what's important is finding out what works best with you body and lifestyle. I think I am going to start doing s splurge item one day a week (varying it for what comes up)... Whatever it may be. Cake at a party, dessert at a restaurant (shared!), Dairy queen blizzard, popcorn at the movies...

The reason is that I tend to do this anyways, sometimes more than I should. I also then tend to track it and restrict other healthy items in order to stay in my calorie range, which just isn't healthy. I think my guidelines will be to not go more than 500 calories over my limit, to track it, and to not feel guilty about it. The 500 calories will help keep the portions small (mini blizzard instead of a medium like I used to get... Small piece of cake, and sharing a small popcorn) and plannin it will help me from getting into bad habits of splurging on unhealthy items and then restricting.



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I'm glad this topic is still active.

I work from home and have been thinking about moving; so, I've really focused on eating the things I have in my cupboards rather than shopping for new, fresher groceries. This has meant that I've been eating a lot of carbs lately because I stocked up on pasta, rice, etc. Sure, I have oatmeal for breakfast, which is good, but it's still mostly carbs.

Anyway, I know that even with tracking my food intake and my exercise that I'm working with estimates. Sometimes I wonder if the estimates are a bit off because, whether I'm eating more than a fair share of carbs or not, sometimes I feel like I just need more food for fuel. Take today for instance; I walked a couple dogs this morning and then walked to campus and back for a seminar I attended. I know I didn't burn a ton of calories walking about 45 minutes, but I felt so sluggish afterwards, and even at times during the walks, that I think I really needed to eat more. I drink a lot of fluids all day, too. It's been hot here which probably makes me feel like I'm doing more work than I am--I'm not sure if this would influence how hungry I feel, too.

So, today, based on my logging of activity and food, I've overeaten by about 500 calories. I can tell that I feel better now though than I did before my recent bowl of whole wheat pasta.

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I don't actually have a "cheat day", but there are days where I'm much more hungrier than other days, so my calorie total will be clean to my upper limit. It is, actually, the next morning that the scale will register a loss, usually. Go figure!emoticon

Of course, the foods I eat more of, are just the same healthy items I normally eat..I just eat more of them. By eating stuff like pizza or fast food, then you will be setting yourself up for water retention and this will reflect on the scale. Sometimes for many days. So be mindful of the "cheat" selections you make.

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I wouldn't have a cheat day. A day is a long time to break a habit. I would allow a cheat treat a couple of times a week instead. Remember moderation and control!



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In my opinion...it does hurt you. I also had a cheat day but I notice that I wasnt losing any weight.



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Actually apple, eating 3500 calories in a day won't necessarily mean you gain a pound. :) You're not taking into account the BMR... which means to gain weight, you need to overindulge OVER your BMR. Taking my BMR into account, mine's around 1900 or so with my active lifestyle figured in. That means to gain a pound in a single day, I'd need to eat over 5,000 calories!

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LYNNA1968
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7/22/12 5:12 P

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If you don't restrict any foods (unless for health reasons). There is no reason to cheat, sometimes if you consider it a "treat" instead of a "cheat" you won't feel guilty & start thinking why bother

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KFWOHLFORD
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7/22/12 2:55 P

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I did cheat days for the first 4 months of my healthy eating plan, then I hit a long plateau. As soon as I cut out the cheat day once a week, and instead allowed myself one meal out at a restaurant, I started losing weight again.

When you're first adjusting to the healthy lifestyle and starting to lose weight, it's not the end of the world to have a cheat day, as long as you don't completely pig out. But, if you hit a plateau or you're trying to lose those last 10-15 lbs, cheat days will seriously set back your progress.

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Trial and error baby. Track the cheat meals, and the results. I was 296.0 a week from today, I had my cheat meal today. It was three little debbie swiss cake rolls, one bowl of coco cereal, and two chicken sandwiches. My weight is now at 291.5. But I also have a full belly. In my experience, you weigh less without a full belly. So I will probably end up at 290.0. Right before my cheat meal, I was 288.0. Track your results. Hope this helps. Its my first official cheat meal since I started my diet last Sunday, so I will see what happens and record everything. Like an experiment. Lol You gotta literally study, and learn how your body reacts to food, because everyBODY is different. Some people have slower metabolisms than others. : ) Learn how many calories you can safely take in on your cheat meal each week, and set the same amount for future cheat meals.

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7/22/12 2:44 P

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I honestly dont believe in cheat days. Then you are truly on a 'diet' not changing your lifestyle. You can have anything you want in moderation. If you eat everything you want in your everyday life, then a little bit will satisfy you. If you have cheat days then 1 day turns to 2, then 3, etc. If you must have a cheat day, try to stay close to your normal calorie range or your body wont know what to do with the extra calories!!!

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7/22/12 10:11 A

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I've "cheated" every Sunday for 4 decades!



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7/22/12 9:26 A

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No, a 'cheat day' doesn't have to hurt your diet. Sometimes I'll exercise more to burn the excess calories...or minimize the calories (eat lightly) the next day.




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MISALINDA
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If I have a splurge meal and track it, I do ok. If I go off for a day, especially if I don't track, it sends me into a spiral of binge eating.

It really depend on the person, every body is different.



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I guess it depends somewhat on how sensitive your body is to the possible "junk" you may take in. If it is just more calories than usual, I would not get too worried. If it is foods that initiate cravings for you, it can set you up for struggling to stay on track the other days.

The chemistry of food really DOES have an effect on the whole body system. I try to remember to ask myself if I'm feeding myself nutritiously or taking in high calorie JUNK.

Good luck in the journey of a healthy LIFESTYLE!


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7/21/12 10:47 P

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I am currently tryin to lose weight. I weighed 322 ibs a week and a half ago. I now weigj 306. I been on a strict diet of only vegatables and certain foods. Lately I have to push myself to the gym cuz I feel my body getting weak on this changing of eatin. Its Saturday and I really want to go to taco bell for once again. I am scared I willl ruin my diet though. But I feel like this diet is suckin the life and energy out of me. I go the gym 5 times a week and do cardio for 45 mins to a hour. But lately I have been out of so much energy. I need help



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7/16/12 8:54 A

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I don't track anything from Friday night to Sunday night. I try to be mindful and pay attention to what I'm eating but I don't worry about it. Most likely you won't eat 7000 calories a day on a weekend so I wouldn't worry about a cheat day. Just be mindful, watch what you eat, pay attention, and eat slowly



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7/16/12 7:47 A

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I've found that if I don't have one day that I eat what I really want for one meal, that I'll binge during the week. I usually try to have enough calories left over after dinner to try to have a mini york pattie (frozen... MMM) or sugar free jello, etc.

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Well I like Bob Harper, but we disagree on this. He says no cheat days since it encourages binge eating. I've been a clinically-diagnosed binge eater for 3+ years (even went to counseling), but have actually been doing it since I was a kid. Personally, I find that scheduling a cheat day is super important to staying on track. I actually let myself go free on the weekends and holidays. Not binge crazy, but have treats and extra carbs without feeling guilty. Maybe eat less veggies and protein, to try to keep the calories level, but avoid the guilt. If I don't, then I'll binge like crazy on everything I can get my hands on and it is worse. Having a little treat per day usually doesn't work for me, either. Then I can't stop at "just one" and eat too much. I'd rather hold off until a good ice cream on Saturday night and keep myself motivated all week to keep on-track.

Check out No S diet. It is gaining popularity and even mentioned in some fashion/health magazines now. Basically you eat No sweets No seconds and No snacks on days that don't start with S. Eat in moderation and snack when you want on the weekends. You can set your # of meals, it doesn't have to be 3.





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I had the most horrible cheat day - Taco bell - volcano taco, volcano cake, zesty potato (3/4) portion, 1 bean burrito. Felt guilty so I am going to the gym and work out those calories. The worst part is that you have to really sweat doing cardio and lifting weights to burn even 1000 calories which you can easily down in 10 minutes. Its not fair.



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For me, yes. It sets me off to eat more food I shouldn't be eating.

Give up everything you love, and everything that tastes good = weight loss! Simple as that!

"Eating what stands on one leg (mushrooms and plant foods) is better than eating what stands on two legs (fowl), which is better than eating what stands on four legs (cows, pigs, and other mammals)"....... Chinese proverb
"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."



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Most diets that include cheat days, are not meant for you to eat like you're not on a diet. On nutrisystem you encouraged on days off to still eat small portions, 2 servings of veggies, fruits for snakes,etc. Eat what you want as if you were eating the foods they provide, but the way that is outlined in your meal planner. Why would a diet allow you to get of the diet and gain back the pounds you already lost during the week? Usally the purpose for a cheat day is to teach you how to eat healthy on your own, by making better choices on your own.



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I have one cheat "meal" a week - BUT I still write everything down AND I try to plan ahead for it so that I can really enjoy it. I have found that if you eat too much even at that one meal - it really does hinder your weight loss. One week it took me 5 days to get back to where I had started before a full cheat day - I don't do that anymore it wasn't worth it at all. Baby steps to big changes - forever!

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