Post # 1
Just curious for those of you trying to lose weight, do you have a cheat day or cheat meal once per week? Do you think it helps you stay on track, or harms your progress?
I have been doing a cheat meal once per week, usually on Saturdays. I’d say I eat a relatively “normal” meal: maybe an appetizer, one soft drink, then the main meal. I know it’s probably a lot of calories (maybe 2500 if I had to guess) but I feel like it unravels my progress.
During the week I count calories and am perfect every day, I never go over on calories. I eat “clean” and mostly Paleo. I feel like that one cheat meal is what keeps me motivated, sad as that sounds. Lol. But I will lose weight during the week then after the weekend my weight will come back.
I guess I’m just looking for others’ experiences with this. Is the cheat worth it to you? Does it help or hinder your progress? Personal experience/advice?
Post # 2
Absolutely!!!!! I need that cheat day!!! Usually a Sat for me too!!!!
Post # 3
ABL12490: I think if it helps keep you on track 90% of the rest of them time, then keep having some cheats! Being too restrictive might hinder you because you may feel you can’t keep it up! But one thing you could do is either have the appetizer or entree. Then you have one cheat but not more calories you need in one day in that one sitting. It takes around that many calories to lose 1lb a week, so that is a lot in one sitting. Great job on the change in diet!!
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Cheat days are good. Even the “extreme” body builders do them. It’s a good way to remind your body that you’re not starving and that it can “loose” the weight that sometimes it tries so hard to hold on to.
I’d still be a bit more careful about what you eat for a cheat meal though. Don’t go overboard.
Post # 5
soontobeemrsmcmahon: amberback: Those are good points! I usually try to look up the nutrition menu online before we go to a restaurant so I can have a good idea of what is relatively “good” to eat. But usually I just say “screw it” because it’s my one day to eat whatever. Lol. I definitely don’t want one day to un-do my hard work and progress!
Post # 6
When I was eating super clean, the cheat days definitely didn’t hinder me. I’m trying to get back on the band wagon and I’m trying to start tracking my macros. I used to feel like I would do really well for like a month and then all hell would break loose so I’m trying not to let that happen lol.
Post # 7
ABL12490: If you say it unravels your progress then I say your cheat meal is too much. Maybe have a cheat item instead of an entire cheat meal…or move it to a cheat meal once a month or every two weeks instead of weekly.
Post # 8
If the weight is actually coming back then it’s not working for you. If you’re losing the same couple of pounds over and over it means your cheat day is undoing all of your work.
I sometimes have a cheat day/meal but I still stay under 2000. For me I know that if I go absolutely crazy one day (which I am totally capable of doing) I end up getting depressed that I screwed up my hard work.
Post # 9
ABL12490: I don’t have cheat days…I thought once I lost 10 lbs I would cheat. When I lost the 10lbs cheating didn’t seem worth it so I didn’t. I’m now down 15 lbs and plan to eat a fried oreo and some ice cream in August and apart of me is having second thoughts about that. While losing those 15 lbs I did have a kiddie size ice cream and a slice of cake but I never set out to eat it on a cheat day, it was there I REALLY wanted it I had been eating extremely well for weeks so I ate it lol.
Post # 10
A whole cheat day seems a bit extreme. I try to eat well 90% of the time and eat small portions of cheat items instead of just oh I’m doing well so I’m going to eat a whole cake!
Post # 11
My cheats are almost always alcohol.
Post # 12
MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I call it a cheat day, but technically it’s a cheat meal because I save all my calories for dinner.
And I have little “cheats” during the week, too. I eat dark chocolate and some other small things as long as they fit into my daily calorie goal 🙂
juliaGG: Yeah I’ve basically been losing and gaining the same 2 pounds. I think I’ll try to limit my cheat calories, or even stay at my goal to lose weight and just fit my eating out calories into that.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2015 - Country Club
I try to be really careful when I ‘cheat’. I’ll have that glass or two of wine but not dessert too. Or vice versa, I’m working way too hard to blow it on food/alcohol.
Post # 14
ABL12490: I think you’re cheating too often lol. You just have to tell yourself NO and keep it moving. Is it easy at first, no…does it become easier, yes.
Post # 15
I get a burrito every Wednesday for dinner and boy oh boy do I look forward to it!
Maybe you should try moving you cheat day to one of the days you work out. I’ve heard working out pre or post cheat can keep your metabolism revved and minimize the impact of the extra calories.