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April 29, 2011 8:06 AM
Do you eat more calories? Do you eat unhealthy foods? Do you not workout? A combination?!?

My cheat day means I will still try and stay close to 1200 net calories but I will eat unhealthy foods. Today I am having a jibarito, 747 calories. For those who dont know what that is....its a sandwich that contains meat, tomato, lettuce, garlic and mayo...but instead of bread holding it together, its two slices of deep fried plantains. I am still going to workout, but I don't think I will be able to recover from that sandwich.
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April 29, 2011 8:08 AM
That's pretty much what I do too... I stay within my calories but I eat something I really want... like a big hamburger from mcdonald's or Wendy's ... baha... but that means no snacks and smaller other meals... but sometimes eating a hamburger and fries is totally worth eating less the rest of the day :)
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April 29, 2011 8:09 AM
I don't do cheat days because it's too hard for me to get back on the wagon once I jump off. Sometimes I will have a little bit of something just to satisfy the cravings....it's all about moderation for me =)
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April 29, 2011 8:09 AM
cheat day is total junk food, but then i notice that i pay for it the next day or two. So cheat days are getting less and less for me.
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April 29, 2011 8:10 AM
It used to mean i ate whatever i wanted in whatever amount i chose. Id snack all day not drink enough water and not workout.....now i feel like crap the necxt morning. Now a cheat day means ill a little of what i want but make sure i dont go over calorie goal...drink as much water as i can and still maybe get a work out in. Almost def though i still throw in abs.
April 29, 2011 8:10 AM
Yup, I pretty much do the same thing. Tomorrow I'm going to have some guacamole with rice chips, a fudge bar, and who knows what else... but I stay within my calories and work off anything extra!
April 29, 2011 8:10 AM
I dont do cheat days, I occasionally have a cheat meal or cheat snack.
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April 29, 2011 8:11 AM
I don't call it a cheat day. It is a day where I don't finish my log because I know I'm over in calories. If it's a day I also got in a good workout I don't worry about it and move on to the next day.
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April 29, 2011 8:12 AM
"Cheat Day" to me means that you're cheating yourself out of your hard work, which is why I don't employ them.
April 29, 2011 8:12 AM
I don't do a whole day to cheat - I have a meal. If there's something I'm REALLY craving then once a week, I'll go have it. I don't limit myself other than to not stuff myself until I need to be rolled out to the car. I've noticed that my cheat meals have just about disappeared though. I just don't crave crap like I used to.
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April 29, 2011 8:12 AM
On my cheat day (Sunday) I log all my calories like normal and I stay around my calorie limit. I don't sweat it if I go over, but I don't expect to stay under. If I exercise, great. If not, oh well. I just take a day off from planning everything bite I take and just enjoy my food, then log it when I'm finished.
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April 29, 2011 8:13 AM
Pretty much the same thing it means to you. I don't ever have a day where I just say "Screw it" and completely eat absolutely whatever I want. There are still some meals i just won't eat anymore, ever again. My favorite meal is the chicken pasta at Ruby Tuesdays and that dish is like 1400 calories. Even halfing it would just make two high calorie meals I'd feel obligated to eat two days in a row. So my cheat days are reasonable treats. That's what I'd call them. I sacrifice the numbers some, but I can't go too nuts, or I'd feel too guilty.
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April 29, 2011 8:14 AM
A cheat what? Nah not me. I love my good food to much. Have so many great foods I have found that taste amazing and recipes that I feel like everyday is a cheat day for me. If you are tired of "healthy" food then you might need to broaden your horizons and look for something more appealing. Just a thought not a slam...its hard to say stuff nice by text. ha! I have some great recipes if you want them message me.

K see ya! =0)
April 29, 2011 8:15 AM
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"Cheat Day" to me means that you're cheating yourself out of your hard work, which is why I don't employ them.


That's a great way to think about it!
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April 29, 2011 8:15 AM
takes me 6 days to get back where I was before I cheated.....for me, its just not worth trying to lose"LOST" pounds...........Again, it could be my metabolism, but Im just getting back to normal from Easter......whew, glad there are no more holidays,

I drank some wine and made some unwise choices, but I HAD to have the wine.......family came over and thats what helped me cope, lol.......
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April 29, 2011 8:15 AM
I don't do cheat days either, I may sometimes have a dessert, or some chips or something.
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April 29, 2011 8:16 AM
I don't do "cheat days" because it implies too much guilt and failure. I think for me personally, losing weight is about the food not being my best friend anymore, but not being my enemy and feeling bad for eating it either - Cheat implies you're doing something wrong and it's not "wrong" to have a piece of pie or a slice of pizza once in a while - what's wrong is when you have it every meal or you do like I used to and eat a WHOLE medium pizza - to me a lot of weight loss is changing your attitude and relationship with food. I do have "special" days where I have something I really want if I've been thinking about it for more than a few days....like going to my fave mexican place and having a few chips and salsa, chicken fajitas with the tortillas and a bit of homemade flan! I just try to do this on those days - Still workout, even if it's just for 10 minutes on the elliptical. I make sure whatever I eat that's not what I usually do, that I have veggies with it or a salad before. And then I just enjoy it! I think also my days when I eat off my normal foods, I'm more picky about what I eat. Like, if I'm going to eat something special...I want it to be something I love! Not just eating junk for the sake of it!
Edited by JenCM On April 29, 2011 8:24 AM
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April 29, 2011 8:17 AM
I've definitely had some cheat snacks and meals (but when I do the meals I keep them super small), but not cheat days. I know I'll mess it up!
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April 29, 2011 8:17 AM
For me a "cheat day" is a big no-no.
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April 29, 2011 8:18 AM
I don't plan cheat days since once in awhile I just simply fall off the wagon by eating too many calories, neglecting to log all my food, or eating Doritos.... omg, how much I love Zesty Doritos--- just ridiculous. I'm really trying to be better about logging and staying in my calories, since I have been slacking of big time over the past 2 months and have basically stopped losing. sad
April 29, 2011 8:18 AM
It means I eat whatever I want, but I still try to have the healthiest version. Like I will go to starbucks but instead of a venti white mocha with whip, I get a tall, no-fat, no whip. I still work out but it's the one day where I allow myself to feel guilt free if I go over my calorie limits. I never ever go over my calorie limit any other day, so it's nice to have a day where I can go out with my friends or family for a meal I normally will shy away from.
April 29, 2011 8:18 AM
one word: Doritos
April 29, 2011 8:19 AM
Cheat day or as I would rather call it a Free day, not so negative is a planned day to eat whatever you want. Those that eat clean 6 days a week and have a free/cheat day can eat whatever they desire.. that is what I know it as.

I agree with moderation and being reasonable. I don't need an entire day.. sometimes I just like to have a bit of chocolate or a piece of pizza or something like that.. Me personally, to plan an entire day of free eating, it is like I am saying all or nothing and I try to stay away from that type of thinking. I have been down that road before and it didn't lead me to a good place.

Everyone is different and has a choice to do what works for them. The free/cheat day works brilliantly for many, and we have to do what works for us.
April 29, 2011 8:22 AM
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Do you eat more calories? Do you eat unhealthy foods? Do you not workout? A combination?!?

My cheat day means I will still try and stay close to 1200 net calories but I will eat unhealthy foods. Today I am having a jibarito, 747 calories. For those who dont know what that is....its a sandwich that contains meat, tomato, lettuce, garlic and mayo...but instead of bread holding it together, its two slices of deep fried plantains. I am still going to workout, but I don't think I will be able to recover from that sandwich.


Oh my that sandwich sounds naughtily-good!!!!

My cheat day is usually a cheat meal. Tonight it is pizza, but with ham & pineapple, no greasy pepperoni or sausage. I try and stay "good" for the day until I have my cheat meal.
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April 29, 2011 8:23 AM
A cheat day to me is a day of no planning, counting and usually on a holiday, like Easter when sharing with relatives. flowerforyou

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