Post # 1
What do you all think of the idea of a cheat meal once a week while trying to lose weight? I have heard “don’t reward yourself with food, you’re not a dog”, but I have heard it’s good to have a cheat meal (not day) once a week to “shock” your metabolism..? Does anyone else have a cheat day?
Post # 3
@chelseakayd: I cannot allow myself to… Once I start I can’t stop, lol!
Post # 4
I’ve heard to have a whole cheat day… from multiple sources. So I see nothing wrong with a cheat meal! If you deprive yourself, it only makes you more likely to fail. Moderation is key!
Post # 5
I go by the I don’t diet diet, i eat what I like in moderation, and really, I don’t buy any junky junk food anyways. If I want a slice of birthday cake on occasion, um yes.
If I’m craving chips and salsa, i’ll go for it. I don’t buy any cookies or candies or things like that.
Never keep yourself from something you absolutely crave, if you want it, have it or you’ll just binge on other bad stuff anyways.
Post # 7
I have cheat days everyday. One thing I will never ever do with food is get rid of everything I like just to follow a diet. That doesn’t mean all I eat is processed, calories-filled. I don’t ”reward” or ”punish” myself with food. I eat what I like, and I am careful with portions, and avoid unhealthy snacks. There are some things I simply never buy, so I’m not tempted to eat them. But I don’t miss them, and if for some reason I have a craving, I’ll get some. But my regular grocery list is generally healthy.
I’ve read somewhere that it doesn’t matter if you eat too much cake or too much carrott, ”too much” is generally the problem in the equation. We live in a society where it’s not well seen not to finish your plate, and whenever we go to restaurant, we are served huge amount of food. Like, 2 or 3 times what one person would normally eat. The first thing I did moving with my Fiancé was to buy us a set of smaller plates. They look full, with half the portions.
Post # 8
It should be about moderation, not deprivation.
Post # 9
It’s called eating everything in moderation. If you always deprive yourself from what you really want, you’ll crack one day and binge.
No, it’s probably not wise to say “screw it” and every Saturday start the day off with a fried breakfast, then go to McDonald’s for lunch, have half a liter of ice cream for a snack, order pizza for dinner and drink it with four beers… but if you do one of those things once a week or so, it won’t kill you.
Post # 10
I feel like with cheat days, I’d be counting down the days until then and go crazy! My best advice is try and eat as clean as you can during the day and drink plenty of water and if at the end of the day you are craving something eat a couple pieces of good quality chocolate!
Post # 11
I’ve been trying to eat very well during the week, and then on the weekends allow myself a little wiggle room. Not enough to offset the week, but it’s enough to not feel like I can’t go out any have a good time with friends.
Post # 12
I have a cheat meal once a week and have continued to lose weight steadily for 9 weeks now (down 15lbs).
If it works for you and you can leave it at one meal per week then I say go for it. It’s a great way to carb up your body and definitely give your metabolism a little kick.
I plan my cheat meal way in advance so it gives me something to look forward to and earn. It helps me stay on track the rest of the time.
I love it and it’s something I need to have to be successful.
ETA: my cheat meal is mostly a carb up meal with minimal or no sugar or alcohol.
Post # 13
I started with having Friday evening as my cheat “time”, but then it because Friday night + Saturday morning, then Fri night+Sat AM+ Sat lunch and so on, until I only ate well Monday-Friday lunchtime, then from the time I got home on Friday afternoon until Sunday evening, I would just eat whatever I wanted, to the point where I put on in 2 1/4 day what I lost in the last 4 3/4 days… Now I’m doing the Whole30 and will eat Paleo (hoping to stick to the 20/80 rule). Working so far, even if just for the sheer amount of vegetables I’m putting away every day!!
Post # 14
I am opposed to cheat meals. I despise “diets”. As soon as I hear the word “diet” my brain automatically thinks I am in deprivation mode so I get intense, almost unbearable cravings that I can’t resist. That is why I don’t ever diet. I eat clean. That’s all it takes, really. And when you are eating clean, you won’t need cheat days or cheat meals or whatever.
Post # 15
@chelseakayd: If it helps you stay on track, do it. If you can’t stop, don’t. I don’t think one meal per week affects the metabolism one way or another.
Post # 16
I don’t diet. I did use the South Beach “Diet” to get on track but basically it just taught me what I can eat and feel good opposed to a limiting diet. I eat clean most of the time with a bunch of lean protein, veggies, fruit, complex carbs. But if I want a bite of something or if I go out for a special occsasion I will let myself indulge (not crazy).
Cheat days set me up for failure because it’s easy to eat just because. I just stick to eating good whole foods most of the time and don’t feel bad about having a glass of wine, splitting dessert if we go out or having a beer and nachos at a game.