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9/7/10 12:58 P

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If you think it is cheating, it is. Now if you had a cookie once a week more as a reward, that's different. I agree though with the others, that having it every day is preventing you from having something else more nutritious w/ the low calorie intake.





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9/7/10 10:49 A

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I agree with everything that everybody said. Especially NATKITA ... to call it 'cheating' implies that you should feel guilty because you are doing something 'bad'... Personally I call it a treat. You should make it just that! If you make a consious decision to have a treat on Fridays or Saturdays (or whatever day you choose) then you should build it up to be the special thing that it is! I have a special treat of Sorbet on Sunday nights. I love it! It is my little treat before the week begins! I also have a Friday treat of 2 adult beverages. That is my End of the Week treat. I have a goal to have only 3 scoops of Sorbet on Sunday and only 2 alcoholic drinks on Friday. (not that the 2 drinks is a hard goal... I rarely have more than 2 anyway)... my point is that, while it isn't necessarily the healthiest thing to do to eat chips and cookies every day, it is a good treat! On normal days you should really save those calories for healthy things so that your body has the nutrients that it needs.

Like NATKITA said, make it a consious decision! If you make a consious decision that makes it an *enjoyable* treat, instead of a *shameful* cheat!

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9/5/10 9:29 A

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Just the fact that you're calling it "cheating" creates too strong an emotional connection to food, which for most of us can backfire. If this is a daily habit, you are probably missing out on some key nutrients by including these foods in such a low calorie diet (not enough room left over for the good stuff).

Occasional treats are fine, and I wouldn't even call them "cheating" (see above for reasons). But make sure you get in your 5+ of fruits and veggies, and meet your minimum protein and fiber requirements. Focus more on giving your body what it needs, and less on denying yourself what your mind wants...and it will feel less like cheating when you do *consciously* decide to enjoy a treat.

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9/5/10 9:12 A

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okay thanks everyone for the input. This is definitely a habit that I want to put in check.

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9/5/10 1:10 A

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Yes... for the time being. See, this is a lifestyle change and not a diet, which means that nothing is "off limits." However, cookies and chips are loaded with fat, sugar and empty calories. Calories which could be used towards nutritious, healthy choices like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. It's okay to enjoy treats in moderation and I love my dark chocolate, but, when I started my weight loss journey, the first thing I did was to rid my pantry of all of the junk food and there was lots of it: chocolate doughnuts, diet soda, chips, cookies, you name it! Today, I don't buy nor eat any of those things and you know what? I don't miss them one bit. At the beginning stage, it's important to adopt healthy new habits that will serve you best in the long run.

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9/4/10 10:39 P

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I think a cooky or a couple of chips is no problem. Eating 1100 of your 1200 calories is a big problem.

For me, I think the whole point of Spark and the nutrition tracker, aside from learning to eat my veggies, is to retrain my brain into recognizing reasonable portions.

My personal worth has nothing to do with my abdominal girth!


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9/4/10 10:17 P

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So are you cheating? Or are you not getting enough protein? Is this everyday or occasional? In my experience, if I call something 'cheating' it sets me up to feel guilt and emotional eating.

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9/4/10 10:14 P

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So lately I have been cheating on my diet, for example eating cookies, and/or chips every day, but I still stay in my calorie range (1200 calories). I lost 1.8 lbs last week, but do I need to stop this?

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