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May 24, 2012 7:13 AM
Do you think it is bad to eat "bad" foods (i.e. ice cream, cookies, candy) if you still stay within your calorie limit for the day? For example, if it's the end of the day and I have 300 calories left to eat do you think it's alright for me to have a couple Snackwell cookies and a laffy taffy? I am staying within my limit, but I still feel super guilty because it is junk food! Thoughts? Advice? Your opinion?
May 24, 2012 7:16 AM
There's this thing called life...

Part of life is enjoying yourself. I think if you have a thing for ice cream, eat it. Just stay within your calories. You'll still lose weight. But, you will get to a certain point where you won't be able to shave off some fat from you belly or butt or whatever. And, you'll have to look at that stuff and make some decisions about your habits. I think it's fine, it just depends on your overall goal.
May 24, 2012 7:16 AM
I think it's fine.....if you are looking at this as a lifestyle it would be crazy to think you'd never eat a piece of candy or cookies every again in your life!
  19921756
May 24, 2012 7:17 AM
eating something "bad" everyday isn't terrible.. just as long as the good foods outweight the bad.. a diet of all icecream and cookies.. not good!!
May 24, 2012 7:18 AM
It's silly to divide foods into "good" and "bad."
May 24, 2012 7:19 AM
I've found that on my journey, the better the shape I was in, the more concious I became about the 'quality' of the foods I ate. I find myself eating stuff that 2 years ago I would have completely dismissed. But yes, in theory, you could exist on swiss cake rolls and lose weight if you remain in a calorie deficit. Is it healthy? not really. But it's totally a personal choice.
May 24, 2012 7:21 AM
I do this, It's normally on Sundays which I make my cheat day. I have one meal or one snack when I might drink a soda or have some ice cream. I dont do it everyday b/c I dont want to make it habit. It seems to be working b/c I havent gained any weight. Just do what works for you.
  19363642
May 24, 2012 7:23 AM
QUOTE:

It's silly to divide foods into "good" and "bad."


^This. Same goes for "healthy" and "unhealthy".
May 24, 2012 7:28 AM
I agree that it's silly to divide foods into "good" and "bad" but I think a lot of people do it. Especially those that yo-yo diet. I am trying to avoid calling what I'm doing a "diet" because my goal is for it to be a lifestyle change that will last for the rest of my life. That is why I went ahead and ate the cookies because I feared that if I didn't eat them I would fixate on them and be miserable and quit. I feared this because it has happend a million and one times. Thanks for reminding me that there is this thing called life! I need to stop fixating on all this and just eat to live and not live to eat.
May 24, 2012 8:24 AM
As long as you get enough fuel that your body NEEDS (it does need vegetables... it does not need laffy taffy) then it doesn't matter. But if you're using candy and snacks as a substitute for nutritious food, then you will probably have issues somewhere down the line. I'm not going to call them "good" or "bad" because people get bent out of shape about these terms, but if you're within your nutrition goals, having a couple of cookies isn't going to derail your life.
May 24, 2012 8:26 AM
QUOTE:

eating something "bad" everyday isn't terrible.. just as long as the good foods outweight the bad.. a diet of all icecream and cookies.. not good!!


Yeah, what she said! :)
  22314831
May 24, 2012 10:10 AM
I usually allow for some "treats" without going over my daily calorie limit. Some days I really need a cupcake. It may mean that I have to cut back on something else, or plan some extra exercise, but it keeps me sane.

One day a week I don't place any restrictions on my diet, including calorie intake. I don't go hog wild and eat everything I can find, but I allow myself dinner and drinks with friends, or an indulgent breakfast (my favorite kind of splurge meal).

You're working so hard to keep track of your calories and add exercise, and I have been peeking at your diary, I know you're eating well. It so isn't worth the energy to feel guilty about a few sweets when so many of the things you are doing are healthy and focused on changing your lifestyle.
  158105
May 24, 2012 10:16 AM
I'm trying to find balance with this because generally "bad" foods are a slippery slope for me, and I end up eating too much. As long as I pre-measure my junk I'm okay. I just counted out pretzels and scooped a tablespoon of nutella onto them. Delish! but I can't sit here with the bag in front of me unconsciously stuffing them into my face like I used to. As long as you are still keeping track of how much you're eating, a treat here and there isn't terrible. I don't have "cheat days", though, because I know it could very easily lead to me wanting to pig out the next day too, so that's a no go for me.
  22001998
May 24, 2012 10:19 AM
I think you have to be really careful doing that. The reason I say that is because personally I know what a struggle it is for me. I decided to lose weight and get healthy and change my lifestyle. Healthy is not "bad" foods :) Yes I do enjoy myself every now and then and allow myself to splurge :) However I do not think that it is healthy for your body to eat that multiple times a week. Its about your body not just weight. You want to have a healthy heart, etc.. Enjoy every now and then within your calorie goal but not multiple times a week :)
May 24, 2012 10:21 AM
Common sense rule would apply here. If you're eating "mostly" nutrient dense foods and "some" junk food, and still hitting your daily intake numbers, you're in a good spot.
May 24, 2012 10:21 AM
Have you tired substituting your "bads" for something that will fulfill the desire- ex. instead of ice cream try frozen yogurt. Instead of laffy taffy- try dried fruit. Instead of some sweet milk chocolate at night- try homemade dark chocolate cocoa with skim milk- just an idea! I'm still trying to find a substitue for my peanut butter and apples cravings....
May 24, 2012 10:24 AM
I am pretty sure I would die if I didn't eat some junk food every single day, just a little bit though. No kidding. I am sure only eating healthy food works for some people, but it doesn't work for me. I eat mostly healthy though, because if I don't I am starving. But a bit of junk is not so bad imo.

You need to be able to shut down the craving though once you eat some. Some people can't stop once they start. That is another issue that many people seem to have.
Edited by focus4fitness On May 24, 2012 10:24 AM
May 24, 2012 10:33 AM
If you're counting cals, and don't go over your limit, then yeah you will lose weight......but your body needs nutrients and exercise. Just because you're thin doesn't mean you're healthy.

Of course treat yourself, but wouldn't it be better to have small healthy snacks all day instead of one gross Big Mac combo??

I know some will argue, lol
  13551725
May 24, 2012 10:53 AM
I think it's really a personal choice. I know I'm going to feel better, both physically and mentally, if I skip the treats. Not that I don't have treats, but they are probably different from other people's. My "treats" today are a muffin I baked yesterday, and a serving of Cheese Nips crackers. I don't want to fit in icecream, or cookies, or candy daily, even though I could.

And to answer your question, Yes, you can have daily treats and still lose.
Edited by momtokgo On May 24, 2012 10:54 AM
May 24, 2012 10:55 AM
QUOTE:

If you're counting cals, and don't go over your limit, then yeah you will lose weight......but your body needs nutrients and exercise. Just because you're thin doesn't mean you're healthy.

Of course treat yourself, but wouldn't it be better to have small healthy snacks all day instead of one gross Big Mac combo??

I know some will argue, lol

Big Macs are SO not worth the calories. lol
May 24, 2012 10:56 AM
well, in my world,,, cake is GOOD and brussel sprouts are BAD.... lol everything in moderation.. if you deny , u will fail. gl!
  20143335
May 24, 2012 11:02 AM
The key is a balanced diet! If you have eaten well all day, got in your fiber, fruits, veggies and protein and still have 300 calories left then have dessert!! Have that treat! There is no "bad" food, just too much of a good thing.
  21104675
May 24, 2012 11:32 AM
18 gummy bears have 4 grams of protein.
May 24, 2012 11:35 AM
This lifestyle has to be sustainable to you. If you feel like that candy or cake is going to give you something you need, either physically or mentally, then go for it. I'm all for making healthier choices, but I know I'd go crazy if I cut out everything that's supposedly 'bad' for us, because I'd miss the tastes and textures. :<
  20460497
May 24, 2012 12:10 PM
QUOTE:

eating something "bad" everyday isn't terrible.. just as long as the good foods outweight the bad.. a diet of all icecream and cookies.. not good!!


Agreed!! And I eat something "bad" every day and have done it for years with success. The whole clean eating thing is pretty much a farce. Of course it is BETTER to eat healthier food but not 100% necessary.

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