(Closed) Fitness bees, what are your views on cheat meals?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I eat “clean” Monday thru Friday and I feel like when I am “cheating” I just about feel sick because my body isn’t use to it! I switched to eatting some Ben & Jerry’s frozen Greek Yougurt during the week or a upgrading my wine on cheat days so I didn’t need so much. If you do love your cheat meal, I would think it would be fun to do like every other Wednesday or other “boring” day and make it a date with future hubby! Good luck! You have a perfect amount of time to reach your goal the healthy way!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it’s all about moderation.  I have sweets several times a week, but I have like ONE tiny square of dark dove chocolate.  If your cheat meal is an entire stuffed crust pizza and a six pack, well that might be a bit much to indulge weekly.  To me, a cheat meal or sinful dessert usually comes on the heels of a really long run or intense workout.  Again, it’s not an entire pizza, but maybe I split nachos with FI or get a burger instead of a salmon fillet, know what I mean?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I just started really counting calories by using MFP about 2 weeks ago (I thought I was doing pretty well before, but I was very wrong), and I haven’t been giving myself any cheat meals/days. I’m starting to feel myself lose my sanity though (I love sweets), so I’m going to have to make an adjustment. When I was cheering (which equaled crazy dieting) I let myself eat bad on the weekends, but I ate next to nothing during the week (clean and almost no food). I’m trying to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way this time, so my day to day diet is clean but has significantly more calories than back then. So, I think eating bad on the weekend would completely sabotage me now. I think I’m going to have one cheat day a week but not allow myself to gorge (just eat a normal amount of the foods I wouldn’t normally allow). I’m also going to try to make sure these days coincide with any family gatherings, going out to eat, etc. to avoid making excuses for having an extra cheat day “just this once”. I ran this by DH (whose BS is in Food and Nutrition), and he said this should be fine. He thinks it would be next to impossible to do enough damage in one day (as long as I don’t binge eat) to really set me back. So, that’s the plan for now. Man, Saturday can’t get here soon enough! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I guess I don’t really do entire cheat days or meals.  If I’m craving chips, I eat a handful of chips.  If I want something sweet I grab one piece (not a whole bar!) so that way I don’t have to wait but also my cravings don’t get out of control.  If I make anything completely “off limits” it will be the FIRST thing I crave! 

I also use MFP, and I do log each less-than-ideal meal and count those calories.  The exception was my birthday weekend, but I ended up gaining like 2 pounds in 3 days, so I jumped back on MFP and try to be consistent.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

My view on cheat meals? DO IT! ๐Ÿ˜€ Keeps me sane.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@DaneLady:  I wish I had the self control to do what you do and eat a small portion of what I’m craving. Unfortunately, it’s a huge trigger for me, and I’ll eat way more than I initially planned (or feel incredibly grumpy and no more satisfied if I make myself stop). I’m an all or nothing type, so I just have to steer clear most of the time. I agree with you about my cravings getting out of control after a while, and I’m starting to get to that point now. Usually, I can make it a week without losing my mind, but I really, really look forward to Saturday. 

Edit: I haven’t decided whether or not to log my cheat day into MFP. I know I should, but I’m really dreading the guilt. On the bright side, I’ve being keeping up with my extra “saved” calories from days when I’m significantly under my calorie goal (which has been almost everyday thanks to Insanity and walking everyday) in the notes section of my food diary. It might be crazy, but I feel better knowing my cheating can be taken out of the ~3000 calories I have saved up. Then, I’ll just empty my “bank” out and start saving again. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MsPoodles:  lol, I’ve definitely “lost track” of a bottle of wine more than once!  Woopsies, it’s empty Innocent

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it really depends on the person. Honestly, for me, if I have one cheat, it turns into 2, then 3, then all I want to eat is pizza & ice cream. I know it sounds ridiculous, but eating grains/sugar for me just begets desire to eat more grains/sugar (I eat a modified paleo diet for the most part). So, a cheat meal just really doesn’t work for me if I’m serious about losing/maintaining weight. 

That said, I think for people who can take one meal off and then get right back to dieting, it’s a great thing. I honestly don’t think one meal a week would negatively affect weight loss in a drastic way, and, if it keeps someone going strong with her diet, I’m all for it.

(ETA: to keep myself motivated, I just modify traditional “cheat” foods to fit my diet. For instance, I’ll make the occasional muffin with coconut flour/stevia/honey, or I’ll make a meatza if I want pizza, etc)

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I reserve my “cheat” for right after a long workout, so my body is primed to burn the calories off asap. My personal trainer told me that was the best time to eat any sweets. I usually have two cheat items per week, but never a full meal. I find it helps me stay focused and I don’t feel too deprived!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t have “cheat” meals, if I want it and it fits into my calorie range for the day then I will eat it. All things in moderation! ๐Ÿ™‚

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