(Closed) "Cheat day" when trying to lose weight

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Absolutely!!!!! I need that cheat day!!! Usually a Sat for me too!!!! 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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
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Sugar bee
  • 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 # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

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
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Busy bee

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My cheats are almost always alcohol. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • 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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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
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Bumble bee

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. 

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