I have always lived by the idea of having a cheat day, but after embarking on this Eating Clean lifestyle I think today will be my last one. It's not that I'll never indulge ever again, but it will no longer be a weekly occurrence. These days will happen a few times a year, on special occasions. I know the scale is going to read heavy tomorrow. Even though I know I didn't eat 5 lbs of food. The sodium and carbs are going to cause me to bloat and retain water. It's just not worth it any more. And, oddly enough, I don't think I'm going to miss these "free - for - all" days of gluttony.
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I have mixed feelings about cheating. I find it psychologically/physiologically necessary to loosen up with food and exercise sometimes. What stinks is the weight comes right back even if I've been kicking butt with exercising and eating well most days of the week.
When I cheat, I cheat! Chinese takeout, GF pizza, chicken wings, or GF chicken nuggets...I crave the salty/fried stuff not sweets. Then I get on the scale the next morning and WOW!! 5+ pounds instantly! Then, me and my hypothyroid, take a week or more to lose that and get back to where I started.
I am also hypothyroid, I should say, I have no thyroid, that is even worse. So, any tiny cheat is really counterproductive. I really cannot eat starch of any kind and lose weight, if I eat 1/2 cup of beans and brown rice, I gain weight instantly. So, I think long and hard about this, a cheat to me would be a cocktail, Amaretto on the rocks, of maybe a margarita. Far and few between. I also had a hysterectomy, so I have to work 10 times harder to control my weight.
I have a "cheat meal" once in awhile. Mostly if I go to a restaurant I order as clean as I can and take half home but it's still not what I would normally eat. (like Chinese food, ugh.) I try to avoid the guilt and go straight back to my clean eating.
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The hubs and I have a cheat meal once a week to keep us sane. I still have my veggies and all but the main entree may be a little dirty (as opposed to clean) and what I find is that I fill up on a lot less than I used to when I wasn't eating clean. We also work out a little bit harder over the weekends to try and compensate (if only for a placebo effect).
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I don't necessarily "cheat" per se, because then I'd feel like I was being "bad" and doing something "wrong." That's where the guilt comes in, but I have tried to make food something where no guilt comes in to play.
I'm most likely to indulge in ice cream as a "cheat." While there are clean ice creams, my tastes sway to the candy variety (peanut butter cups, chocolate covered nuts, etc.)
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) I can't have the loves of my paste: chocolate covered waffle cone pieces, cookie dough, brownies, etc. because they all have gluten in them. (And the only gf versions I have found do not taste good).
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I am doing Body for Life style eating, but doing my best to eat clean and eat unprocessed,no flour, sugar, etc.
So for a cheat, I might have wine, a mixed drink, (with juice or spritzer), or bread. Last week my cheat was a Lean Cuisine of some kind (white flour pasta/and prolly higher sodium than home cooked). This week my cheat was wine one night and a few olives and the next day I was making a cake at my mom's and forgot and tasted the frosting. (I prolly had 1-2 TBLS frosting) and I had bread with dinner that night.
I think a cheat every now and then is ok, I'm just wary of losing my head and waking up six months later.
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Pounds lost: 15.5
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So, tell us, does having a cheat meal help or stall your progress. For me, I guess the definition of a "cheat meal" may be different than what others define as a cheat meal. For me, a cheat meal does not mean that all my clean eating habits go out the window as I indulge in a decadent, greasy potluck of highly processed foods. For me, a cheat meal may be an occasional plate of something clean but most likely starchy. A baked potato with my meal, or maybe some buckwheat noodles. And of course, a clean dessert. My cheat meals are few and far between because they really do stall my progress in a weight loss sense, but also seem to be necessary in the sense that it helps to avoid a binge. Being hypothyroid means that I may have to work 3 - 6 times harder to lose a fraction of the weight that most others would lose. So, even a small cheat can set me back at least 2 weeks. So, when I feel I need to indulge just a little, I try to plan it into my menu. And, yes, I must track every single calorie....
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