Post # 1
Over the past 4 months I have lost 24 pounds.
I have done so by exercising consistently and eating a low carb diet.
Last week I fell off the wagon and ate a whole lot of bunch I shouldnt of but i’ve been good this week however I really really really want some caramel slice. I’m going to go to the gym and was thinking if I still really wanted some I would have some afterwards?
Should I just resist or should I let myself have some?
How often do you allow yourself a treat? I don’t know what moderation is,I feel like I am either being super restrictive or eating everything in site!
Post # 3
Whatever you do, do NOT deprive yourself. That is why you will fall off. Cut the portion you want to have in half.
It is great to treat yourself! Eat healthy, exercise, and cut portions in half, especially when it comes to dessert.
I have been maintaining my weight off Nutrisystem (27 pounds in 4 months), and this is how I maintain.
Post # 4
I’m the all or nothing type too. I either eat nothing I shouldn’t or pretty much everything (at least it feels that way). I find that I have to give myself strict parameters to avoid falling off the bandwagon completely. Saturday is my cheat day. I eat whatever I want on Saturday (but I don’t binge eat), but I have to stick within (or preferably below) my MFP calorie goal every other day of the week. This helps me because having a cheat day once a week keeps me from going too long craving something and getting to the point where I really feel deprived. This works for me (at least for the time being), but you may just have to do some trial and error work to see what works best for you.
Post # 5
normally I would say yes, but since last week was essentially your cheat week then I would say no.
Tell yourself that if you maintain your healthy lifestyle for another week, then next week you give yourself permission to have whatever dessert slice you want. Then make an event of it. Bring it home, put it on a plate and eat slowly while savoring each slice (or take yourself out to a nice restaruant for dessert). The more you enjoy that one splurge, the more satisfied you are.
Post # 6
I would say don’t do it and here’s why. It’s a slippery slope, friend! I was wondering the same thing on Friday (my wedding is 6 weeks away) so I slipped and had some of my fiance’s burger at the bar (vodka & soda only, thankyouverymuch), then the next night had pizza, and then last night I actually made and ate linguine carbonara. STOP THE INSANITY! lol
My good cheating is if I am craving sweets, I’ll have fresh strawberries with honey greek yogurt. Mmmm. Satisfying and much healthier than ice cream (plus extra protein for recovery). That’s my suggestion, greek yogurt.
Post # 7
Last week sounds like you got your cheating in… I go 6 days with zero cheating, then I’ll let myself have whatever I want for lunch and dinner on the 7th day- but I do a HARD workout beforehand.
Post # 8
I think last week’s cheating has re-ignited your sugar cravings. Since you were doing low carb diet, you pretty much detoxed yourself from sugar until last week. The next few days are going to be hard, but push it through and resist the urge for now. I bet you in 2 days if you’re doing low carb again, the craving will be gone. I absolutely love Starbucks double chocolate brownies, it’s my ultimate cheat dessert. I walk by it everday and resist the urge, it is so hard and I can’t imagine anything better than chocolate and my coffee fix. But, everday I just stick to my skim latte and wait for my PMS days. I have this huge brownie once a month without any guilt. Some cheats are good, but if they’re way too often they will hinder your weight loss efforts.
Post # 9
The most important thing about dieting is not depriving yourself. One sweet treat once in awhile isn’t going to kill you. So long as you’re keeping to your food plan 90% of the time, or even 80% of the time, you’re ok. I think binge eating happens when you deprive yourself for too long. Eventually you’re going to get to the point where you say fuck it and then go all hulk smash in the cookie aisle, you know?
Post # 10
@agusia: Totally. I had a hot fudge sundae from McD’s last night without guilt….and am now about to run 5 miles in retaliation excersice. lol