A cheat day......?

Friday, May 06, 2011

Ok so in 2 weeks i am down 10.5 lbs which im very happy with... i worked a long shift today ( actually all week lol flower shops can be grueling during mothers day) so i decided to reward myself with a cheese burger and onion rings this evening this has put me about 400 cals over what i would normally allow myself.. and now i am feeling soooooo guilty about it!.... I have read some things that say cheat days are good others that say its a bad thing... im conflicted..... any opinions on cheat days?
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    I do cheat days, it makes me feel as though I am not restricting myself & as long as I get right back afterward then it works out ok. I truly believe that if you restrict yourself too much it is harder to stick with a good plan. No worries about the cheeseburger just re-focus!
    3464 days ago
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    I definitely have cheat days. They aren't really scheduled, but I try to allow 1 per week. This gives me the freedom to not worry about it if my husband wants to go out one night. I wouldn't be yourself up over 1 meal.
    3464 days ago
    I dont "schedule" cheat days because I would rather not have them...but they do happen. The main reason I dont like them is because it usually takes me 2-3 days to lose what I gained on my cheat.

    Being 400 calories over isnt bad. I wouldnt beat yourself up over it. You're doing great!! Congrats on your weightloss so far!

    3465 days ago
    ty ladies.... i truley appreciate both opinions...... i think i must be doing something right or else i wouldnt be so bummed if i dont get to exercdise in a day or if i eat something that isnt so good for me... you gals are awesome and keep up your good work as well :)
    3465 days ago
    I personally give myself cheat days. I found that I couldn't stick with my meal plan if I didn't allow myself one cheat day a week. I didn't always use them, but it was there if we were going to be going out and I didn't want to stress over my calories or if I was going somewhere that it would be very hard to track my calories.
    This way I could go over one day a week and not feel guilty about doing it. One day wasn't going to kill my weight loss efforts unless I obessed about it and this way I didn't. I feel they are good for you. So, don't feel guilty about that cheeseburger and the onion rings, Savor them (because you know they were tasty) congratulate yourself on your 10.5lb weight loss so far emoticon and keep going forward with your weight loss plan. emoticon
    3465 days ago
    I think cheat days aren't too bad if you don't go completely crazy. I personally don't have a cheat day but I do I allow myself a treat every day, normally Skinny Cow Ice cream at night (delicious!). If you work something that you want into your calorie range for the day then you can still enjoy it and NOT feel guilty about it later. I think many people use the cheat day to eat anything and everything that they want and don't understand that those calories still count and definitely add up. I also think one cheat day has the possibility of turning into two cheat days and before you know it you're back to your old eating habits!! Working it into your goal for the day seems like a better option. Good luck!

    3465 days ago
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