I have done cheat days in the past, but I try not to schedule them. I have allowed myself a soda 1 day out of the week for the last 2 weeks, but I have gone pretty much cold turkey. They don't even taste that great anymore. I make sure that I stay with in my calories for the day that I have one.
I don't do cheat days, not planned ones anyway. I give myself a little treat every day, whether it's a cookie or a bit of dark chocolate, or some candy, just something small. Then if I'm out with friends I just ease up the next day (usually just cut out starches to make up for it). I never ever ever starve myself in anticipation of a cheat, and I call them treats, just so I don't think of them as doing something bad. This has really helped me.
I do give myself a cheat day, Saturday. The strategy has worked well for me so far for this reason; as my body has gotten used to eating healthier food, what I choose to eat on my cheat day has also changed. When I first started I used to have a pig-out fest on my cheat day and feel crappy about myself afterwards, however, I was still losing weight. As the months have gone by I have noticed that what I eat on my cheat day is now pretty close to what I eat on normal days, my cravings for junk food have been steadily fading and at this point I can say that they are pretty much gone. Despite feeling badly about the free-for-all that I used to indulge in on my cheat day, I am still glad that I did it because it was an outlet for my cravings and has kept me on the diet long enough to get to this point. All week long I would tell myself that if I resisted the cravings, I could indulge on cheat day. Knowing that I could indulge myself eventually really helped keep me on track. I look forward to cheat day now because it is when I go out for 1 small scoop of gelato with my hubby at out favorite gelato place and maybe eat something cheesy (I try to stay away from cheese during the week), and I have found that I am pretty much staying within my calorie range, maybe 100-200 over. It is also the day that I allow myself a glass or two of wine, something that I don't allow myself during the week.
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i don't believe in cheat days myself (but if you use them and they're working for you then good!) but i do often let myself have a little somethin extra! i don't consider it cheating because i dont ever want to give up the stuff that i enjoy most. i just try to keep it within my calorie range but even if i am one or two hundred over for the day it doesnt really make me feel guilty. i think for the most part it's because i am pretty active and also if i have one high calorie day a week.. i know that im going to have atleast one or two low calorie days a week and it's been working for me. if i crave something i have it.. i just make sure that my portion control is in check!
i have however heard that if you are following your calorie plan pretty much to the T then you should allow yourself one day every few months to have whatever you like. this throws your body a curveball so if you're in a plateau it can help you get out of it. i do not follow my calorie range to a T so cannot tell you if this idea actually works but a friend who is a PT and owns a grecco gym has done this for herself and loves it!
I think cheat days or meals are great if you can handle it... I am stopping my cheat days from now on because my last cheat MEAL was supposed to be 1 meal on Friday, that turned into a whole cheat day, and well... today is Sunday and my cheat meal ain't over yet!!! Obviously cheat days not working for me, I keep on gaining and losing the same 3 pounds over and over again!!
My Doctor told me to give myself two cheat MEALS a week. He sais have what ever you want for that meal and then go right back to the diet plan. If you give yourself a whole day you might undo the whole week, but it all depends on what you find works best for you.
I try and give myself a cheat day. I work for a nutritionist and she tells our weight patients that it is a good thing to not go overboard, but to have a little treat every once in a while. It keeps people on their weight loss goal longer because they aren't completely taking away their favorite things!!
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I give myself the weekends, saturday or Sunday. I make sure to stay within my calorie range. I usually eat a grilled chicken sandwich and have something sweet ( oatmeal cookies about four or piece of cake, I make of all my treats so I know what the calorie intake) Pasta is also my favorite but I usually eat at home and make it myself with whole wheat pasta. I love pizza but I do avoid because I tend to overeat and make myself sick. On my cheat days I eat more bread at dinner time. I never have the same food but this is what I am thinking of eating tomorrow.
"Fear is what stops you... courage's is what keeps you going."
I give myself Fridays to cheat just a bit because they are my loooooong days and I tend to be unhappy throughout the day...so tonight im going to splurge alittle and indulge myself in some PIZZA!! So Anyway I just want to know, do you give yourself a cheat day and if so what do you usually eat?
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