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Cheat days???

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Okay, so I am really not a fan of "cheat days". I think it gives someone an excuse to go way overboard with their bad choices while they are trying to make their lives more balanced. In making a life more balanced I like to think of it more as enjoying the foods you love.

I choose to eat what I want, when I want. Does this mean I go way over on bad choices every day? No. It just simply means that if I'm craving something sweet, I eat it. I pay attention to my portion size, document it, make sure I'm aware of the food I just ate and move on. I feel doing it this way helps lead to a well balanced life of things I enjoy and things that are healthier choices.

I truly believe that "cheat days" are not necessary if you give yourself permission to enjoy life.

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    I have a slightly different view on cheat days. My most successful time losing weight was when I had a Tuesday cheat day (my weigh-in was at night, so I basically starved myself all day and then pigged out on everything all night). However, I've learned to adapt my views on "cheat" days/meals.

    Basically, instead of having a set cheat day/meal, I have adapted my "rules" so I have specific times where I canNOT cheat. Basically, when I'm at home, eating lunch at work, or in any situation where I'm NOT hanging out with friends, I'm not giving myself any wiggle room- aside from maybe one or two treats a week (which can include yogurt). When I'm hanging out with friends, however, I'll be more flexible and enjoy myself.

    That being said, there are a few modifications that I have to make because of it- even more than just skipping the Little Debbie snacks when at the store. One of my close friends bakes and sells the most amazing cupcakes ever, and I can easily polish off a dozen or so within a day or two. With my new "rules", however, instead of buying a few to eat right away, I'll buy only two when she is selling them. Then, I'll take the two cupcakes when my best friend and I go out, and we'll enjoy them with our drinks at Starbucks. (I get an unsweetened tea every time I go- aside from the rare occasions I might order a decaf soy latte). It's not like I'm depriving myself of things, I'm just changing WHEN I eat them. A cupcake alone while watching endless reruns of The Golden Girls is NOT a treat. It's downright depressing. Enjoying a cupcake with a friend, however, is a completely different story.
    2073 days ago
    VERY GOOD THOUGHTS I AGREE WITH THEM. WHEN WE CAN HAVE WHAT WE WANT WE ARE IN MORE CONTROL. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2146 days ago
    emoticon Cheat days are a problem for me too. I have enough days that I struggle in, so adding cheat days doesn't help and gives me an excuse to binge. Thanks for sharing.
    2146 days ago
    I don't have a problem with cheat days in theory, but they have never worked for me. I just end up feeling like a failure and one cheat day turns into two, then three, etc. good post!
    2146 days ago
    Yes, I plan for my treats and track them - it's made all the difference.
    2146 days ago
    Every other time I've dieted, I've used cheat days. You're absolutley right...I'd cram all the bad things I wanted into two meals and then I'd crave them all week. This time around, I don't really feel the need for cheat days. I just tell myself I can have whatever I want when I want it and I don't feel this panic at being deprived.
    2146 days ago
    I agree and so does my trainer. When I first started working out, I brought this idea up and he immediately shot it down because it messes up your metabolism and takes a few days for you to get back where you were before the cheat day. Balance is best!
    2147 days ago
    Before Sparkpeople I would look forward to cheat days and go crazy! Now I realized if I want cake I will have it, I will have a healthy meal and then a cake not a whole one but a piece of one and not every day but sometimes and I don't feel deprived it works much much better!!!
    2147 days ago
    2147 days ago
    I do agree with you. I eat what I want in moderation so I do not feel deprived. I do usually allow myself a meal every week that is a little over on calories and fat.

    2147 days ago
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