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September 16, 2012 8:13 AM
so I'm quite new to the weight loss thing and (being someone who would eat cake all day if she could) i can't really live with the idea that diet = no cake ever. I understand that once a week is ok? But how about twice a week.... I'm at school and we generally have "cake days" in our English and in our Latin classes (which occur on Mondays and Fridays) so would it kill my diet if i ate some cake on those days BUT REMAINED UNDER 1200 CALORIES the rest of the day, and also ate healthily while exercising, for the rest of the week? Because cake is so good and fruit, as yum as it is, is just not the same D:
I guess I'm just a bit confused as to what is ok for healthy living, and what isn't...
Any advice or anything would be much appreciated thank you so much. smile
September 16, 2012 8:18 AM
As long as you stay within your calories, you could eat 1200 calories worth of cake if you wanted, technically. However,you wouldn't be very satisfied/full or hitting any of your macros at the end of the day :-)
Edited by YoungDoc2B On September 16, 2012 8:18 AM
September 16, 2012 8:19 AM
Not at all, it's all about portion control. Me myself, I don't keep myself away from any food I like. I just make sure I stay within my calorie goal/ other nutritional goals ( At least try my best too). I've been doing this since I started and it works, You don't have to eat 100% clean to lose weight. In my mind you shouldn't have to, since this is going to be a life style change, that would be pointless to keep yourself away from anything you know you are going to eat in the future.
September 16, 2012 8:19 AM
as long as you are within your calories you can have cake every day, sometimes i do and ive lost 49 pounds ! dont give up the things u enjoy or u will crave and binge when u do eat cake, portion size and knowing the calories is the key
September 16, 2012 8:20 AM
There is no reason at all you can't have a small slice of cake IF you allow for it in your calorie planning over the course of the day, and you make it a small slice. Almost anything can be worked in in some form, and it makes living on the diet for several years (which I will have to do to lose the weight I carry) much easier.
September 16, 2012 8:20 AM
eat it but in moderation! no diet that excludes everything yummy is ever successful. this is a lifestyle change you have to make, and cutting out all cakes/sweets/whatever isn't practical. just make sure you're under your calories and you'll still lose weight! and even if you have a slip up, don't let it derail you and continue on your way :)
September 16, 2012 8:20 AM
First off...look at this as a new healthy way of eating...NOT a diet...and if you want two pieces of cake/wk then go for it...this is your life, your weightloss journey...I would suggest going one week without it and see if it makes a difference in your diary/weightloss/inches loss...if not...jus make sure your carbs are within range because yeah, your calories might be within range for the day...but you are taking a chance at a higher carb intake for the day with the cake...but by all a little and have the cake...but really think about if its workth haveing it on Mondays...thats the begging of the Mondays are called Motivational Mondays...meaning Im motivated and Friday...its my Fun Friday....meaning Im living a little that to reward myself of another week of making health choices...Its not a change if it doesnt challenge you!!!!
September 16, 2012 8:21 AM
Your diet has to be realistic other wise you are not going to stick with it. If you have cake (roughly 350cals per slice) will you be able to survive the day on less than 1000cals? Could you use those cals on something more filling?
If you still desire cake then have it, it's a lifestyle change not just a diet for a couple of months. everything in moderation. Just don't let those treats become too often. wink
September 16, 2012 8:21 AM
This is why lots of people subscribe to the idea of "IIFYM: If It Fits Your Macros."

Your macros are carbs, fat and protein. If you're otherwise eating healthy and your staying close to your macro goals, you can allow some less than healthy foods in your daily menu. Many people also adjust their macro ratios in the custom goals area, because MFP defaults to pretty low protein and pretty high carbohydrates.

Also, you're young and only have 30 pounds to lose, so 1200 calories is quite likely too low for you. Make sure your weekly goal is set to one pound a week for now, switching to a half pound a week as you get closer to your goal.
September 16, 2012 8:21 AM
yeah, if you have an otherwise clean diet and are doing some exercise in the week I cant see why a couple of small slices would hurt. If you treat yourself a little every now and again you are less likely to 'fall off the wagon' because you allow yourself to have these things and are less likely to feel like you have 'failed' :) enjoy!
September 16, 2012 8:21 AM
If you can eat the cake, fit it into your cals for the day, and stop at one peice, and continue on your with your journey, I say eat it. If you cant, then stay away!! We are gonna be faced with situations like this all the time. You have to be able to enjoy life!! Its eating half the cake and not getting back with the program that got us all in this predicament!!
September 16, 2012 8:23 AM
ummmm look at my diary, i ate two pieces of cake yesterday and one today!!!! that is what i love as well, and i will sacrifice something else or workout extra long if i need to just to have it!!! i dont think its good to do everyday, but defin. you can once or twice a week, just make sure you dont go over!
September 16, 2012 8:23 AM
have the slice of cake..just be sure to log it. I'm in a bad spot because my son who lives at home is a BAKER! OMG! I just have to tell him I can "sample" what he bakes but he can't be offended when I don't take a great big huge piece of whatever. So when he cuts a slice of whatever...I cut it into about 1/3's. That's my "slice".
September 16, 2012 8:24 AM
i also meant to say that the cake i made, was a healthy version of one of my favorites. if you like to bake, maybe you can find a healthy low cal recipe!
September 16, 2012 8:25 AM
I also like cake! And I'm not willing to cut it out because this is hopefully a lifestyle change for me not a short term solution and to think I'll never be allowed cake again makes it not worth it!

In essence, eat cake if you want but be sensible, today, for example, I ate a pizza but I know I'm going to work most of it off with a game of basketball tonight.

On another note I don't know how you survive on 1200 a day, I would starve! I'm getting results at 1580 a day and it's something I can stick to more- and make room for a bit of cake. This is a marathon not a sprint be in in it for the long haul!
September 16, 2012 8:35 AM
If I know that I'm planning on eating something with some extra calories, I try to ensure I have some exercise calories worked in there to help :) yesterday, I went to Marble Slab but I had frozen yogurt instead and it was delicious and within my calorie goal.
September 16, 2012 8:46 AM
u should never, never tell yourself that you cant eat something that you love to eat....this is setting yourself up for failure...

do not go on a crazy diet where you eat nothing but salads and lean meats and then beat yourself up if you eat that slice of cake, or even the whole cake cause feeling guilty about your food choices just sets you up to make more bad choices...

a healthy lifestyle that enables you to lose weight is not about being perfect...its about being better, make small changes, learning about nutrition and getting active and how this fits into your lifestyle...

everyone is different, everyone loses weight differently...there is no cookie cutter plan that will work for every person, every time...

if you want to have a piece of cake, then have one...but its about self control!
September 16, 2012 8:46 AM
Thank you so much everybody! It's so good to hear that I'm not, like, failing by eating a bit of victoria sponge cake :3 well done everybody on your weight loss by the way - you are all so inspirational! :D
September 16, 2012 8:48 AM
Enjoy your cake bigsmile

And without guilt or any negative thoughts connected to the cake eating.

Everything in moderation people always say. :D

This is a lifestyle change and should be sensibly enjoyed :)
September 16, 2012 8:53 AM
You can have cake (and eat it too!). You just have to stay in your calorie goal. Like someone else said, you won't be full if you eat cake all day but technically you could as long as you are within your goal.

Just keep in mind that everyone slices their cake differently and different types can have different calories. All cakes are not created equal!

I have a huge sweet tooth and I have something sugary each night - cupcakes, skinny cow candy, ice cream, etc...I just keep it under 150 cal.

If you're worried about calories than maybe exercise more that day then you would have a bit more to have for cake. Or see about having someone bring cupcakes instead of cakes? For the most part, those sizes are pretty standard.
September 16, 2012 8:53 AM
September 16, 2012 8:59 AM
ditch the word diet! its a lifestyle change. and the more you deprive yourself the more likely you will eventually binge and pig out! everyone deserves a treat, try to eat healthy 80% of the time and then 20% eat what you want :) btw 1200 may or may not be enough cals; just because mfp says to eat that amount doesnt mean its the right amount for you.

or you could throw in extra excercise and eat that cake!
September 16, 2012 1:20 PM
Yes, cake is OK! Just don't go overboard, and work it into your meal plan. Also, remember that exercise can give you some extra calories to work with. Denying yourself foods you love does NOT work. I love chocolate, and if I thought I had to never ever chocolate again, I'd go insane! So I eat sugar-free pudding or cocoa, and buy dark chocolate (which I don't like as much as milk chocolate) and just eat a small amount, enough to satisfy my craving. (If I had milk chocolate around I'd be tempted to eat more.) And if you mess up and eat too much, it's OK, just move on and keep working at it! You can do it!
September 16, 2012 1:22 PM
Why would you deprive yourself? A small piece won't hurt you. It's having 10 small pieces or one large one. As long as you stay within your caloric limit you will be fine. I have found that if I deprive myself, I just want the food more and will go overboard.
September 17, 2012 1:00 PM

Not at all, it's all about portion control. Me myself, I don't keep myself away from any food I like. I just make sure I stay within my calorie goal/ other nutritional goals ( At least try my best too). I've been doing this since I started and it works, You don't have to eat 100% clean to lose weight. In my mind you shouldn't have to, since this is going to be a life style change, that would be pointless to keep yourself away from anything you know you are going to eat in the future.

Definitely how I feel about it too.. I have cake and I have ice cream, but I pay attention to portions. I find that I don't have to have a big piece anymore. A few bites usually satisfies me now.


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