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NAPTRAL1
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No to cheat days.Its hard for me to get back on track. NO



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Great point. "cheat" is negative and it's hard enough to stay positive on this journey! If we gave up after every bump in the road in life, we'd be fossils by now!!
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I dont think it is bad to every now and then treat yourself to something special. But I also know it is very easy to get off track after just one treat you want another and another and then its harder to stay on the plan. So if I do something special for myself its only small portions and once in a great while.

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Personally, I think a cheat MEAL is acceptable, but a cheat DAY should be avoided. Speaking from personal experience, a lot of damage can be done in a day, but one meal shouldn't put you over the edge. I have a long way to go on my road to nutritional success, but I read about nutrition and fitness so much, I feel knowledgeable.....easier read than done :(



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They aren't cheat meals, they're treat meals! If you don't reward yourself every once in a while (emphasis on WHILE) you can easily get frustrated and lose track of your goals.



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Yes. My husband and I call them cheat meals or days, but really, we never do too bad. It's always something semi-healthy...like salmon, but we'll have 1/2 the cream sauce that comes with it instead of none. And we'll have butter and sour cream on the baked potato, but not eat the whole thing. It's just a matter of being able to eat whatever you want, just in moderation. Realistically, it's not possible for many of us to stick to a stringent diet for a long period of time before we get to craving things that we've completely deprived ourselves of. Don't feel guilty about eating the things that still taste good to you! Just do it moderation, and you'll still reach your goal.

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I agree with several other people here... "cheat" is a negative word, and I don't use it for times that I eat something outside of my plan. I do have days that I allow myself to have something special, but they are planned, and as RickInTN70 said, I keep it in control. For example, this weekend will be a special birthday weekend for a family member, and she has requested that we go to Olive Garden. Of course I won't have the "never ending pasta bowl" and a dessert, but I certainly will allow myself to have something yummy that I can't make at home. I will go to their website ahead of time and choose what I will have so that there will be less chance of going crazy when I get there.



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I use every Sunday as my free day. But, I keep it controlled. I normally eat around 1500 calories on a day I am eating healthy. On Sundays, I allow myself to go up to 2400 calories (even though I rarely reach that level). And, no food is off limits. If I want ice cream, I eat ice cream. If I want pizza, I eat pizza.

my tip on this though is that if you are going to do a free day, make sure you can keep control of yourself. It is nice to have this planned day. Plus, it can help in weight loss since it takes your body out of your normal plan and does something different. just like strength training, your body can get used to a routine if you do the same thing all the time. The diet is no different :)

~~Ricky~~

"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your Destiny." Frank Outlaw


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"Cheat" sounds so negative. Why not call it a special treat to look forward to....and slot it in once or twice a week......something to look forward to but not beat yourself up over if it comes a bit early at times...and there will be times when we do slip something in to eat that we did not plan for.........move on and past it....as someone else said, it is not cheating, it is life...and life happens...... that doesn't mean that we have to make a habit of having 'cheat' or "special treat" meals all the time, but occasionally or even once or twice a week.....I don't see why it hurts and may well keep us on track the rest of the time..

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I definitely need cheat meals. I have been too controlling with myself, and I found myself eating double my calories today because I decided I needed a day to do whatever I wanted. Is that a really bad thing? I am having a hard time right now...

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For me a cheat meal is a slippery slope. If I get off track, like I did on the weekend, I prefer to look at it as life, then pick myself up and get back to work



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I don't believe in CHEAT meals. I find that I cheat enough througout the day or week to take that luxury away. Even when I was pretty much perfect on my intake, there were times that I was away from my comfort zone, on vacations, etc. where it is near impossible to be very accurate. So I don't PLAN cheat meals, they come along enough without planning. Keep the Faith.

I question, therefore I think; I think, therefore I am; ........ I think?

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We can always find reasons to quit or not do what is needed to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. The trick is to fight this tendency. NOW SHUT UP AND SWEAT.

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I do have a cheat day. after working so hard and eating a low fat diet and exercising all week I give myself sunday as a cheat day. I use this day as a reward for my dedication to my healthy lifestyle. plus it tell's my body that im not starving. I might have a stack of pancakes with sausage in the morning and a cheeseburger for lunch then maybe make taco's or something for dinner. im still loosing a good deal of weight and I actually have something to look forward to at the end of the week. It works very well for me and I wouldn't change a thing. plus I find it easier to stick to my healthy diet during the week knowing that I have a respite day on the way. thanks guys Jason



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Great for your sanity, maybe not so great for your diet.

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
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8/12/13 12:17 P

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Cheat" is such a negative word. I use the word "splurge" and yes occasionally I do splurge.

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I don't really think of it as a cheat, but I keep my exercise 'burned' calories separate from my allotment of daily 'fuel' calories. If I splurge, I pay for it with my accumulated burn calories from that week.



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I say 'yes', but if I cheat a little, it ends up being a lot.



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NO!



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I def agree with u here...a lil here and there wont hurt. therefore theres no need for cheat days.



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Hi

If it takes 6 days to lose a pound and one day to gain 1/2 pound that would really slow down weight loss.





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I feel like having a "cheat" day is necessary. I feel like it keeps me from having plateus and from binging on things I love because I have been deprived by them.

I try to have my cheat day on the same day and weigh in. That way I can see the results of my effort in the am and keep that in mind while I enjoy a "cheat" day in moderation. That way I have a whole week in-between weigh ins.

When I say that I have "cheat" days in moderation, I mean that I still portion out my meals and snacks that may include chocolate, ice cream, cookies, or bigger pieces of meat.

MODERATION is key! emoticon



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I get home too late to make most of the dinners at our house. If hubby has warmed up pizza for supper, that's what we are having.
I have to reduce portions or I will insult his efforts by not eating "his" food.

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every Sunday 40 years



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Not cheat "meals" - just a bite or two of anything I really want. Like 1 ounce of ice cream a day...or one square of a chocolate bar. Hasn't hurt my hard earned maintenance yet. I NEVER EVER go over my calorie quota. Never! Under: yes, most of the time.

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'cheating' is a very negative word, it makes you feel bad just saying it... 'treating' is a bit better but could be guilt inducing. 'Choosing' is the key. We all have choices. That's why we're here! I chose to help myself to a packet of skittles from the case my son brought home for his Friday Fun (at least it wasn't Rum!). I had a measured handful, ate them, recorded them, then chose to give the rest back to him this morning. I love skittles, but not enough! The pleasure of having them wasn't worth the pain of having them....

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because she gives the test first
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Everything in moderation... allow yourself a craving every once in a while, just eat a little piece to satisfy your taste buds, then remember your goal weight and put it down emoticon

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@ Ready2thrive I love that way of thinking :) For me at this point since I am new to spark people I do not want to remove everything from my diet just cut back and continue to monitor my calories but also add more veggies and fruits. I also want to add some clean eating recipes... I tried a pizza made with cauliflower as the crust and had onions with mushrooms and bell pepper along with fresh garlic and pizza sauce it was GREAT SO DELICIOUS! At only 616 calories for a whole medium pizza or 77 calories a slice you can't go wrong :) this is exactly like you said no negative connotations of cheating just regular eating :)

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Speaking as someone who just had her first "indulgence night" since starting to eat clean, we all need an occasional treat but be careful what and how you treat yourself.
For me, it was meatlovers pizza, understand that I used to be able to eat a whole Dominos MD meatlovers by myself, so that's what I got. After 5.5 slices I felt sick and then that night I didn't sleep well at all. Was it worth it? Only sort-of (ask me again after my weigh in on Tuesday)

I put this up here as a word to the wise, yes you deserve a treat every now and then, but you may be surprised by how your body responds to it

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Exactly, treat meals, not cheat meals. We all need to treat ourselves



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I don't use the word "cheat" day but I do give myself permission to have a "treat" day now and then. I just have to be sure not to have too many of those treat days too close together. Lately I have had a few too many and I am not losing any weight. I have managed to maintain though so it's not all bad.



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I don't cheat. I make exceptions. I can eat anything I want any time I want, but I'm choosing to eat foods that nourish my body and feed my brain. Once in awhile I make an exception and eat something that doesn't nourish me, but it's a yummy treat--cake on a friend's birthday, cookies that my neighbor baked for me, etc. There's no cheating or negative connotations to it. Just choosing to make an exception.

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No cheat meals but I do have to odd snack over the top.. I have not had to cheat after all who are you cheating. Stick as much as possible and it will be ok



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I agree with BEAGLESRULE33. Its all about balance, not perfection! emoticon

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If you have truly changed your eating habits, then there is no such thing as a "cheat meal". If I want to eat something like cake, I do without something else. It's a matter of choices. It's also a matter of amounts. Instead of a large piece of cake, just take a smaller portion. It's not easy, especially at the beginning of your diet, but after a while it becomes your new normal.

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I don't like the word "Cheat". I use the word "Free"! Free meals! I allow myself freedom to have a free meal 2-3 times a month. I am still losing weight and I don't feel deprived!



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I would have to say once you are disciplined on your plan then yes you need to work them in. Get comfortable with the initial changes first. Once there is a routine and you feel in control and stable then enjoy every bite of that!!

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Absolutely! It is part of my diet plan, but it is strategically placed into it!

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At the beginning of your food plan NO not until you see a decent loss, maybe 10 bs. Then yes absolutely but don't call it cheating. A meal of goodies is a reward to maybe weeks of being legal. Getting right back on plan will not cause a problem. I have lost 48 since Feb 19 and know this works!

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Absolutely! A planned and controlled "Cheat Meal" is great for moral and motivation. I remind myself that I can enjoy "sinful" foods and have a happy healthy life.
Helps me stay on track.



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yes, on occasion

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If at first you don't succeed try, try again!


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Definitely YES! However, I wouldn't recommend it during the first few weeks of working on a new, healthier lifestyle. Do "cheat meals" after learning some new strategies, like portion control and saving half of a great restaurant meal to take home. Do cheat meals after settling into strategies that will keep you from going completely off-track.

One day at a time!

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Of course....but not severely or frequently! It a rare treat.



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I think everyone is different. I like Sparkpeople because this is something I could do forever. I am trying to stay within my calorie range each day, but that means I can sometimes have treats, and still be in the range. I also don't like the word, "cheat," because I am training myself to eat more healthy choices and amounts, and to not skip meals. I don't view anything as forbidden, but I am just making a choice of what to eat, because I want to be healthy. I'm choosing not to eat a bunch of junk food. If I choose to have ice cream on occasion, I eat a small amount and enjoy it. By always viewing this as a choice, I don't feel deprived, but empowered. Sometimes I choose a high calorie food, and I don't have guilt, because I just make other choices the next time.
On Sparkpeople I'm eating more than I did before, since I would skip meals and then just ate whatever was around so I could keep going. Now I plan and make sure I don't skip meals. I try to make sure I get enough protein, since that seems to make a difference for me.



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I don't like the word cheat. I do have a day that I eat what I want in moderation. Absolutely no trigger foods ie...pastries, cookies, candy, ice cream, fried foods these all lead to a binge for me. I plan everyday I eat. On my "eat with my husband" day I plan everything for the day and keep it within my "all day" calories. For example I can eat 2200 calories and not go over. This seems to keep me on track.

Find what works for you! Good luck!

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I honestly just started my diet on 08/02 and I am okay. When I am craving something I just grab an alternative that is just a healthier choice. I also Pre plan all of my meals so there is no room for error. That way I do not get tempted because I already know everything I am going to be eating. Everyone is different. Everyone has different goals and reasons. Mine are my children and my health which out way any temptation. I wish everyone the best of luck emoticon

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I really need to be on a roll before I can safely allow myself a cheat meal. Otherwise, one cheat meal can turn into a disaster of many cheat meals! Usually, I can find some low-fat, low-cal alternative to fill the craving. emoticon

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I just make sure that any day I am going out for a meal -- any meal -- I work out. I work out almost every day anyway, but if there is going to be a restaurant involved, I'm working out. And I still log everything I eat, regardless of where it is or what it is.



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I allow myself to break the diet on occasion...like for instance tomorrow is my birthday and I'm getting a min baby cake ( that literally looks like a large cupcake..and is probably equal to 2 pieces),plus another "dessert", and may go out to lunch for sushi/or thai food, and possibly am going to order a pizza...but I am going to stop all calorie counting/nutrition tracker for the day but in the back of my mind I will make sure nothing is left the next day to be tempted with even if I have to give it away or throw down the trash chute. Holidays are an allowed cheat day...as long as the next day you get right back on track. Also I do every now and then buy/order one item only..I NEVER buy boxes of snacky cakes,or cookies to be left kept in the house. That trick may not stop me from "technically" breaking my diet but no one is perfect and every now and then you just need to indulge or you will go crazy!!
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I allow myself two per month to get the cravings out of my system...and I call them "splurge" meals

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Definitely no....



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I agree with everyone that said the word is "cheat" is out of their vocabulary...I am just trying to eat reasonably within my nutrition guidelines.....oh, that sounds dreadfully boring ....darn, ok cheat is out...bird is the word...ok, now my age is showing...sigh...back to work



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MJLUVSANIMALS
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I would think the title of this topic, says it all. Final answer. lol Like last entry, add a few more calories if hungrier as long as you remain within guidelines. I don't need or do cheat days. I just add a few more calories, I exercise everyday, so there is a little pocket for extras.
Actually I don't think it should be a planned cheat day. If it's an impromptu affair, maybe a small amount of whatever to please the hostess or whatever, as long as you can go back to your healthy eating, and it keeps them at bay as well! But unfortunately you have to have an insane amount of will power to not relapse into a binge.
And to add, your here with Sparkpeople to improve health, body image, change lifestyle a multitude of reasons, that does not involve or include unhealthy eating "privileges" I would believe if you could maintenance after you get where you want to be, then maybe a small splurge once in a moon or occasion, it would still involve moderation, and returning to your healthy eating. Here comes the "but" you would still have to have serious control. Or the little bit of chocolate, becomes a full fledged binge. I admire those of you that can do that. But there are a lot of us that can't, and this becomes a lifestyle, not a diet.

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Was on a plateau most of July. Last weekend in July, I upped my calories to 1650 per day (recommended is 1200-1550 and I always try to stay on the low end), added more protein and a quart more water per day. Lost 4 pounds the following week. Not saying this will work for everyone, but it is the second time it worked for me...

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I have to.....it's part of my motivation at this point in my weight loss.

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I allow myself 2 "cheat" meals a week... not a whole day! In those cheat meals, I allow myself to have anything I want so long as it still supports my fat loss efforts. That just means I can have more of what I would normally have, but occasionally, I will allow a scoop of ice cream in my cheat meal. The additional calories keeps the body from thinking it is starving and therefore holding onto calories in case of a food "drought".

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I am working on moderation therefore no cheat days but I eat food I crave in moderate amounts. I log my food everyday.



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When a craving seems overwhelming, I look first for the emotional context. Once I'm certain I really crave the food itself, I have it. And then I move on.



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Occasionally, if I'm really craving something. I don't do entire cheat days. I try to keep the rest of my day low cal.



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Personally I don't believe in cheat meals at all! If I'm craving something, I eat it, if I didn't I'd binge and letting myself have something when I want it is how I've managed to stay binge free for four months.

I also make sure, however, that if I'm craving something I always work to make sure that it fits into my meal plan, I don't plan other meals around it - I plan my craving meal to fit into my original healthier plan.

I don't like the idea of cheat meals simply because I did that instead of having a little piece of chocolate when I wanted it - I'd eat a whole thing of chocolate on the day I finally "let" myself have it. Instead, I give myself what I want and work hard the rest of the time (:

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SHEENUH
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absolutely! How else does anyone stay sane? I knew this girl once who wouldn't even eat a slice of cake/pizza on her own birthday! It made me sooooo sad for her. Some of our co-workers spent a LOT of money to buy her a spinach/artichoke pizza and low-fat cheesecake and she wouldn't even eat that at her office birthday party! It was obvious that she deprived herself to the point that she was unhappy. Granted, she had the body of a fitness model, I don't think that depriving yourself and causing misery is any way to achieve it!

I have a friend who IS a fitness model/body builder and even she gives herself permission to eat a cheat meal every once in a while (unless she's training for a competition, she'll get really uptight about her diet a week/two before the event) other than that.... I see her eat a slice of pizza with lean protein and extra veggies, or I might see her enjoy a cocktail (just one! ok, maybe two!) but then we go shopping for quinoa and fresh produce the next day at the health food mart....

This lifestyle is all about balance! Even fitness models can eat a cheat meal!!



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Yes.

It helps keep me balanced. I give myself permission. It keeps me from beating myself up.


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JAMIE9498
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If I am craving something I used to eat I find away to make it so I can eat it such as gluten free and low sugar. I seem to be doing OK with that but I can't go back to the way I was because my body gets very mad at me.



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MOTHERBOARDER
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yes



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I do a cheat meal on Friday night. It usually involves pizza, pasta and / or wine or sangria. Sometimes ice cream for dessert. I started this toward the time I almost reached my goal and I think it helps. Remember, this is a life style change and you need to learn how to allow yourself to enjoy a treat sometimes.

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JESSYJAINES
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8/2/13 9:16 P

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I think cheat days are a good idea, but not until you are on a roll. I used to be okay with them right away and I'd end up having more than one a week. Now that I'm on a roll I'd be okay on vacation or a fun day out with friends. emoticon



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I try to stay under 2000 calories no matter what. It doesn't always work, but I know one meal/day where I go all out leads to another and another and another...

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light."


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JENNNIC1
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I am a huge supporter of cheat day!

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Hi everyone
If you look at my spark page you'll see one of the groups I belong to is emotional eaters. I have lots of cheats. However, I'm really trying to become more moderate. Trouble is, when I get a tiny taste of something I love (like chocolate) I lose all control.
I admire people who were born into moderation!
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PRESBESS
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Cheat on what? You are not on a diet are you? Learn to eat all the foods you love, but, for the higher calorie foods, be sure to eat small portions. Don't deprive yourself. Enjoy!
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I eat whatever I want, but in moderation. I still eat pizza, I still eat cheesy pasta and I still eat oreos! The only difference between my habits now compared to a month ago, are that instead of a row of oreos, i'm having only 2. While eating 4 pieces of pizza was easily done for me before, i only eat 1 or 2. Instead of the largest plate I can find of pasta, I scale back the amount. What I found I lack more than anything is restraint and my striving to eat healthier and work out has definitely helped with that. I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything because really, I'm not. I'm an aspiring chef and a huge foodie, so cutting things just isn't going to cut it for me! So far I've stuck to this and have yet to go over my calorie counter and only one day did i got over my "fats" allowance. Considering my past habits, this is a HUGE success for me!

Eat what you want, just be mindful of how much you are eating!



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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!



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Yes and no... it's not really cheating to me if it's in moderation. I'm a vegetarian, but I feel better when I'm vegan. Eating cheese is "cheating" for me.

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Yes, there is the odd day here or there that I have a cheat meal. I just make up for it the rest of the week with eating well and exercising. I do have to be careful not to let it carry into the next day which it sometimes can, but then get right back on track. I would feel more cheated if I never let myself enjoy a night out without being so restrictive, like an anniversary like today for our 20 year anniversary. I will have something special tonight after a round of golf, walking and pushing a cart.



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Yes! Once a week! It helps me keep my sanity!

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yes my splurge is hot wings

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no, everything in moderation

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Νο, I don't cheat meals. It is like cheating myself. If sometime I want to go out with friends or with my boyfriend and have a drink or a pizza, I will do it. But this is not about cheating. It is a choice. And the next week I am extra clean with my food, portions, calories etc emoticon

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No, I eat whatever I want when I want it, but in moderation.




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I think that if you have a SPECIAL occasion and want to take the day/ evening off, then have fun and let loose. Maybe just pick up the pace the next day and throw in some extra cardio or be super clean with your foods. As far as a regularly scheduled "cheat" meal or day, I have struggles with it. I either go way overboard or just get completely off track for several days. Something new I'm trying for those cravings that most people satisfy with a cheat meal- I either try to make a healthier version of it. Or if it's something I really shouldn't be craving, then I'll go buy a frozen TV dinner version of it. These are smaller portioned and not near as fattening as going to a restaurant or drive thru. Plus as a bonus- they never taste that great, so you usually don't end up with that craving again for a while!

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It seems to be the consensus that most people use a day to relax their food intake. When you do this do you keep track of what you do or is it a skip day on your intake sheet? Whatever you are doing seems to be working. :)

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MOTHERBOARDER
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When you cheat on a diet, you're only cheating yourself. When you treat yourself on a diet, that ends all those feelings of deprivation. The only thing better than seeing you have enough calories left for that glass of wine or shooter dessert, is getting on the scale and seeing it go down.
We live in a social world that celebrates with food. Find treats and meals you truly enjoy and celebrate within your limits. If you go over, work out or cut back the next day so your weekly calorie limits are met. While I recommend you stay within your calories each day, I urge you to fix it when you don't.

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I agree with everyone who objects to the word "cheat." But YES, I do. :) On Sundays, we loosen the eating restrictions around the house. Even though I've not been diagnosed with gluten intolerance or anything, I find that eating wheat/gluten makes me feel gross...but I still crave the pizza/bread, so on Sunday I allow myself to indulge. After doing this on several Sundays, I'm finding that the stuff I used to LOVE LOVE LOVE just doesn't taste as good or satisfying as I remember it, because it almost immediately makes me feel gross. This is great negative reinforcement to break 36 years of bad eating habits. And, it means I can eat well the other six days of the week without any regrets or wishing I could indulge. The science behind "cheat days" is strong, as they relieve your body of the stress that comes with perceived starvation/deprivation, and actually allow you to lose the weight more consistently. So I vote yes!



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I love reading these posts. None of you are really cheating because looking at your tickers they are all going down. That says a lot for each of you. You are great. Keep going DOWN DOWN DOWN.

~LIVE~LAUGH~LOVE~ENJOY LIFE TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY! WORK AT WHAT YOU FEEL IS BEST FOR YOU! THERE ARE MANY THINGS IN MY LIFE TO THINK ABOUT, BUT NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. "GOD HAS DONE THAT FOR ME AND FOR YOU" Hugs,Judy

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I do a cheat meal once a week. It gives me something to look forward to for all my eating healthy and exercising. I don't want to fall back to how I used to be, so this curbs the cravings and it doesn't affect my weight loss at all. It works for me.



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I try not to. I have a snack sometimes, but when I'm on a roll I try to stick to my healthy habits.



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i have to be able to have something other than diet food all the time don't get me wrong my food is good but it doesn't compare to a handful of chips or a heath bar mmmmmm yummy so for me yea I would say yes this keeps me on track more than anything else

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BEEP-ITS-GEEP
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7/30/13 1:58 P

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No. I don't miss them because I have a cheat day every Friday. I am good all week long so I don't gain any weight by it. Believe me I do cheat on that day!

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DAISYPETAL
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7/30/13 11:41 A

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Maybe we need to call it a "Plan ahead time" If and when we are really ready to be active and healthy we cannot cheat because it only hurts US but if we PLAN AHEAD and know we are going to put something into the day that is not a usual then we are thinking about it before we do it and then it doesn't turn into a binge. All the past posts really make us know that we all handle it differently and if it works, Don't mess with it. :) Good Luck

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MOTHERBOARDER
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7/30/13 9:53 A

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all day Sunday



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ASIAM62
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7/30/13 7:10 A

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I agree with Salex. I think calling it "cheating" implies that food is something wrong. The idea for me is that I need to think of food as fuel, not reward or punishment. This is supposed to be a lifestyle change, not a "diet". If I eat something that is not as healthy for me, I just need to track it and go on. Making unhealthy food a "reward" is not a good idea it seems to me.

I'm not there yet, but I am closer then I was yesterday.


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SIMLANNA
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7/30/13 6:36 A

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As far as I'm concerned, it's only cheating if you aren't honest about it. So if I "accidently" eat an extra slice of pizza and decide that I just wont track it so that I won't feel guilty about it or my streak will be unbroken, then I've cheated.
If I eat it, enjoy every bite of that baby and then track it so that I can remember it, it's not a cheat.



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LUKEANNE70
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7/29/13 10:08 P

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I think a cheat day is a good idea because if you don't have a little treat every now and again you will feel deprived and start eating wrong again then eventually go back to the way things were. I had one last night my family and I went out to the drive--in movies and I had buttered popcorn and some chips. When I weighted this morning I was down 6 lbs (I've only been at it for about a week or so). So have your cheat day without guilt and get right back at it the next day



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SALEX52
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7/29/13 7:17 P

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The very fact of calling them "cheats" is counterproductive. That implies that they are wrong. The reality is that we all need these days that have higher calories from time to time--it may be that you feel a need to treat yourself, or you are in a situation where any choice will have higher calories that you would prefer. But, please, don't think of it as cheating. Just call it a high calorie day that you will even out over time (maybe even ahead of time).

All that said, be sure that you aren't having so many high calorie days that you can't make progress with weight loss goals.



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DEADCENTER
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7/29/13 3:06 P

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Bravo emoticon !!!!! - I believe as you do 100%.. If you don't have cheats or you cheat yourself too much ----- you will binge.

Edited by: DEADCENTER at: 7/29/2013 (15:08)
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