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1/25/10 9:03 P

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I've read that the "underground" Weight Watchers, where people eat according to their plan and then "splurge" makes them lose weight faster; never experienced it myself!

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1/25/10 2:56 P

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Years ago when I was on Atkins, my hubby and I would have a cheat day once a month where we would load up on carbs and sweets. Things that weren't allowed on Atkins. Now that I am just eating healthy I don't need a cheat day. First of all, if I do eat crappy that's exactly how i feel, crappy. So, I agree with what eveyone else said and have what you really want in moderation instead. You'll feel better and won't be punished for it.

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1/25/10 2:07 P

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Anoptimist, I like your idea.

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1/25/10 2:04 P

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I agree

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1/25/10 1:46 P

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I think that the concept of a "cheat day" could be good or dangerous depending on what you think of when you think of a cheat day.

I think if you go into a cheat day as an "eat anything without giving it a second thought" type of day, you're doomed. Especially in the sense of binge and/or emotional eating. You could easily eat several thousand calories in a day or even a sitting.

However, I think there are ways to allow some extra wiggle room in your food choices on a day or two through out the week. I generally am very careful about what I eat M-F, but on the weekends I allow a little more wiggle room. I will generally eat very healthy breakfasts still. Lunches usually too. Then allow myself to go out to eat once or twice in the weekend without feeling guilty about it.

However, when I go out, I don't go crazy. If I can't decide between two different meals, I'll pick the one that sounds healthier. I try to eat only one portion worth of food then box the rest up. I find this helps me feel less constrained but still eat mostly healthy on the weekends.

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1/25/10 1:37 P

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this is a lifestyle change not a diet. There is no need for a "cheat" day. you can eat anything in moderation. If Oreos is your trigger food, then maybe you shouldn't have even one, but if you can handle a 100 calorie pack of oreos, then include them in your daily food counts. You should not be eliminating anything, when you do you will eventually binge on it. So make this a lifestyle change not a temporary diet.

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1/25/10 1:35 P

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"Cheat day" is something I have tried but I didn't particularly care for it. Instead, and this is similar but it works better for me, I allow myself 3 meals a week that I wouldn't normally allow myself to eat, or allow myself to eat a whole meal of. It's nice because it's not one set day of the week, I can use it when I need or want it and it doesn't totally throw me off my eating plan (but of course I don't overdo it either, I eat the one meal and that's it, there's one of the 3 for the week). But I keep myself accountable, 3 is it, and I take it into consideration when deciding whether I want to use one of the 3. It works great for me but everyone is different.

Just my two cents! :)

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1/25/10 12:50 P

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i agree with joanna i just let myself eat something if i know ill keep thinking about it but i try to eat less and allowing myself to eat 'whatever i want whenever i want' i find that i dont feel the need to binge or eat more than i should and it works better than when i had more strict rules or cheat days :)




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1/25/10 12:06 P

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I think that having a cheat day might be a good idea if you could handle it. For myself, I couldn't do it. Every time I try to limit or remove something from my diet, I just want that one thing and nothing will make me feel satisfied. For me, and probably a lot of us here, food is so tied up with how I feel that if I don't get enough food, or the right type of food, I tell myself I'm hungry and I end up binging. SO I have taken the approach that no food is in and of itself evil, (except for deep fried fat maybe?) and that it is perfectly fine to eat whatever I want. The important thing is that if I do indulge and have those cookies or that pizza, I have to compensate for it the rest of the day. This keeps me from feeling like I'm missing out on something, I get to enjoy the food I'm eating, and I don't get off track.

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1/25/10 10:17 A

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I think everything in life is about balance; give and take. If I really want something I will eat it. The difference now is that I will: 1.control the amount 2.make sure I count it in my nutritional log 3.Adjust what I eat the rest of the day to minimalize the damage. Putting certain foods off limits tends to make me focus on those foods that much more. Purposely giving myself a day to fail seems counter productive to me. I'll save that day for a time when I really tried but didn't make it. emoticon

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1/25/10 9:46 A

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Wow! Thanks all so much for your advice and guidance! For myself, I think that moderation is key and I will need to factor those Oreo's or potato chips into my daily caloric intake. If not, that bag of oreo's or chips will be gone in one sitting...

I think I do not have enough self control and that will turn my cheat day into an all out binge day!

Thanks again everyone - great advice!

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1/25/10 9:43 A

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I usualyy allow myself to eat more and/or differently on the week ends. Reading over these posts is getting me to see it as the non-productive thing that it is. I am rethinking that as we speak. Thanks.

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1/25/10 9:15 A

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Some people need a day of unrestricted eating to feel satisfied. Others can allow themselves a small treat each day. Anytime I eat sweets, it causes me to crave them for several days after. I'm better off just staying with healthy eating every day.

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1/25/10 9:05 A

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I know that a lot of experts recommend a "cheat day", but I just can't see myself doing it as a planned thing. You know, maybe if I actually planned it, I wouldn't get so out of control when I DO have an unexpected "cheat day." I still don't have enough control, though, to actually allow myself a day in which pizza and "normal" ice cream are on the menu. I think I'll concentrate on doing that when I've actually reached goal. To be honest, it kind of scares me. lol.

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1/25/10 8:46 A

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Planning a "cheat day" wouldn't work for me personally, since I'm an impulse eater. It would seem more like an order, I think, and I'd probably eat less.

Hmmmm? Maybe that's a good idea--tell myself to eat a lot and then rebel! emoticon

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1/25/10 7:03 A

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My feeling is that since I am NOT on a diet, I don't need to cheat. I don't want to undue what I have accomplished. It isn't worth it.

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1/25/10 3:42 A

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I think I might have a different take on things.

I have set a new rule for myself when I started this new journey, and that was that nothing is off limits. But limiting quantities is definitely key. So, instead of buying a large pizza, my husband and I share a Standard or each have a small. Dessert is small serving sizes that you can buy individually. Now. I don't eat like this every day, but there is a planned day of eating something I really like. But I still count the calories. Cheat day to me is not eating everything in site. Especially not all day long. Maybe one meal or snack. And work around it. Having set the no off limits rule for me, I don't feel deprived of anything and if I have something, don't feel like I am cheating nor that I have to make up for the fact that I might never have that item again.
Yes, there are times when I cannot stop at one. That is not ideal, but I just go on the next day on my usual plan.
Hope this helps.

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1/25/10 12:49 A

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I agree with Joanna.

Being an emotional eater some of us can be Binge eaters where it is a disease like anorexia and Bulimia. Binge eating, emotional eating eats anythinga nd everything in sight and won't stopa t 3000 calories. It's like saying one day i can be depressed againa fter being a positive person and doing well. No thanks.

I don't want to go back to the way i was not even for one whole day.



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I agree with you.

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1/25/10 12:15 A

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I think proclaiming a "cheat day" sets you up for failure on many levels. One, the idea that eating certain foods is "cheating" sets an emotional eater up for failure, meaning, you can only have Oreos on your "cheat day" so you're a failure if you have them any other day - or otherwise, "well, I already had 2 oreos on my 'cheat day,' might as well finish the whole bag..." As a person who is an emotional eater and a previous binge eater (in remission thanks to psychiatrist and therapy) the mind games we play with ourselves about food is a dangerous place. Rather I think its a better idea to eat healthy and strong as often as possible, and realize that life is a journey and there will be opportunities for celebration and self-reward along the way - if you really want that oreo or two, have it, and make it fit into your healthy lifestyle. Proclaiming a "cheat day" blends too much emotion: guilt, suffering, deprivation, into the mix. IMHO, of course. ;)

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1/24/10 11:54 P

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Some friends and family I know that have been successful with their weight goals set aside one day a week as their "cheat day". As a self proclaimed emotional eater (especially when stressed or bored) I was hoping to get some advice and maybe some success stories from people who have let themselves have their cheat day. My fear is definitely overdoing it and eating 3000 calories in one day.

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