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Thursday, August 14, 2008

In my opinion, there is no such thing as "cheating" on a diet.

I mean, really- who are you trying to fool? You are the one that you should be dieting for, and you totally know you just ate that cupcake, or whatever. So just fess up to it and include it in your allotted diet goals.

Besides, if we associate a negative word like "cheating" with a diet plan, won't we be nervous and evasive when it comes to diets? It is better to eat a little something special when you want to, than it is to try to deprive yourself of everything good. And once you realize that you aren't fooling anyone by sneaking that chocolate bar into your mouth when no one's looking but yourself, it will make things much easier.

If you really believe that you are making a life change and you want your diet to be successful, please remember that there is no such thing as "cheating"...

...only a little something called "accountability."
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    Well said! I agree with both of you. There are days when I've had that brownie and cut out other things so that I could have it and still stay in my calorie range.
    3540 days ago
    I think part of the problem is when people call it a diet. There are so many negative connotations they end up feeling like they have to "cheat".

    The way I see it is that there are days where you are losing (those are the days where you eat within calories), days when you are maintaining (where you eat your BMR*activity level+daily average calories) and then days when you are reversing any weight loss (days when you eat over your maintenance level - which is often about 2000 for women, but will vary on weight height etc.). So you should try to have as many loss days as possible, maintaing days when you just want to eat more, like a special occasion where you want to practice your post loss lifestyle change and try and avoid reversal days.

    The reason I see it like this: it makes it neutral, it isn't emotionally loaded and half the problem with the word diet and the action of dieting it that it is very emotionally loaded. I have seen girls who eat well and look good go on a "diet" and put on more than they would ever have lost because they a) starve themselves for a bit until the scales say less and then put it all back on or b) the psychological aspect of dieting makes them reach for the first chocolate bar!
    3540 days ago
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