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December 18, 2012 1:00 PM
I have a cheat day once a week. Which is also date night with the lady. I dont count the cals. I eat and enjoy! One day a week wont hurt you're progress. It hasn't hurt mine but everyone is different. This is just my take on it. What I do. =D
December 18, 2012 5:12 PM
I eat what I want, when I want. I just had a mini flake, it fits in my calories so I can have it. If it doesnt fit dont eat it, or do some extra exercise to make it fit. Cheet days put it into your head that what your doing is bad, then you feel guilty. I dont feel guilty at all about my chocolate.
  15139085
January 4, 2013 3:34 AM
You have been a great inspiration to me and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your help and knowledge
January 4, 2013 4:49 AM
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You have been a great inspiration to me and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your help and knowledge


thanks
January 4, 2013 8:48 AM
The ladies at my TOPS group are fond of saying to do your best as much as possible, but everyone makes a trip and stumble along the way and eat something they probably could have made a better choice about. The important thing is to log it, move on, and try to make better choices in the future.

So, a meal where you aren't as concerned about what it is your eating occasionally I think is ok. I tend to think of it as a splurge or a reward for making healthy options most of the time. Plus it gets that "Oh but I really really want X" out of my system for a while and helps me prevent binges.
  25894385
January 4, 2013 8:50 AM
I can't explain how much I hate the words cheat days and cheat meals. Who are you cheating? What rule are you breaking? Why cheat at all?

I prefer the words moderation. Lifestyle. Healthy. Eat what you want. Have cheese. Eat pizza. Enjoy red wine. Just do everything in moderation. It's more important (and sustaining) to learn when enough is enough.
  5812749
January 4, 2013 8:51 AM
I don't do cheat days but I will have a meal or treat I have been craving once in a while to keep me on track. There is nothing worse than when a craving hits and won't go away!
January 4, 2013 8:53 AM
maybe just do a "cheat meal" but not a whole day.
  17431946
January 4, 2013 8:54 AM
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You have been a great inspiration to me and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your help and knowledge


Before I chime in, what have you decided to do regarding a "cheat day".
January 4, 2013 8:56 AM
i do a cheat meal not a cheat day...dont want to ruin all my progress....I also still workout this day usually...but i do agree u need a rest day as well!
January 4, 2013 9:03 AM
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To each their own...for myself I don't have any cheat days-if I want something, I make it work and fit into my calories for the day, if it doesn't I won't have it or I'll work my day around it the next day. When I met with my personal trainer they told me to have a cheat day once a week, I decided not to do it cause then it makes me think of this as a diet and it's not


This exactly! If you are "cheating" on something, you will think of it as something temporary that you will someday be done with. This is my new lifestyle. I don't deprive myself. If I want something, I eat it. I do everything to make it fit though.

I just had someone ask me the other day how I was losing weight. I said eating better and exercising more. Really??? Then she asked what I gave up and I said nothing. People don't believe it is truly that simple.
  17284338
January 4, 2013 9:04 AM
I have Free Fridays. I have a doughnut for breakfast and usually go out to eat in the evening. I still log but that's about it. I have found that for the most part I still make good choices on that day as I have just become accustomed to eating healthy. If I do decide to have a Cheeseburger i don't beat myself up. This is no excuse to overeat. It's just the ability to enjoy something that might normally make me feel a bit guilty. You should still practice portion control. Enjoy your chips but don't eat the whole bag.
  24007967
January 4, 2013 9:05 AM
I am not big on cheat days because it makes it feel like I am denying myself something that I may want. For my own piece of mind I do have a higher calorie day (which is usually Saturday) where I allow myself to eat more calories. I like having limits for myself. I can eat a little more but I give myself a limit so I don't binge.

My normal calorie intake is between 1450 to 1660 (looking for net of 1370) depending on how I work out. My higher calories day is 1800 to 2000 depending on how much I work out (looking for net of 1660).

I think you got to do what works for you. Good luck.
  20211090
January 4, 2013 11:52 AM
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I have cheat weekends. I mean I don't eat overly horrible but I eat way above maintenance it hasn't affected me in the least. So I train hard and eat clean all week then weekends I eat what I want =)


I do this!! I don't count my calories on the weekend.....but that is also when I do my long runs and mountain bike rides, so I think I end up burning more calories than I eat. Besides, the weekends are my time for craft beer! I have lost 25 pounds since July, so it's working for me!




I do cheat weekends too! I have since I started losing. I work two very physical jobs during the week and I eat smaller meals and less calories so on the weekend I eat what I want. It hasn't affected my weightloss in any negative way. It has actually helped me stick to my plan and I have now been maintaining for a year.
January 4, 2013 11:57 AM
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Would you recommend a cheat day once a week-with/without exercise on that day or would it just jeopardise weight loss?


only if you are a cheater


I am a big fat cheater.
January 4, 2013 11:57 AM
Did it take you 3 months to lose 5kgs? Then there must be something wrong with me because I went from 86kg to 81kg in a month, that is 5kg right? There is something wrong isn't there? I don't religiously follow the 1200 calorie diet but I try to stick around it and walk the extra calories off.
January 4, 2013 12:00 PM
Whatever you call it, I do it now that I'm basically at goal weight. There are days where I don't log anything. I eat what I want and don't worry about it. But I never had these days while I was eating at a calorie deficit and trying to lose.

Everybody's different. Each person needs to figure out what works for him or her. Besides, what I consider to be a cheat might be someone's regular meal plan.
January 4, 2013 12:02 PM
A day seems excessive, what about a cheat meal or one cheat snack
  33132014
January 4, 2013 12:04 PM
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January 4, 2013 12:05 PM
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Did it take you 3 months to lose 5kgs? Then there must be something wrong with me because I went from 86kg to 81kg in a month, that is 5kg right? There is something wrong isn't there? I don't religiously follow the 1200 calorie diet but I try to stick around it and walk the extra calories off.


Who are you addressing and why are you concerned about their rate of weight loss?
January 4, 2013 12:07 PM
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Would you recommend a cheat day once a week-with/without exercise on that day or would it just jeopardise weight loss?


I was told more than once by more than one trainer to have a cheat "meal" once a week. And do no eat over 500 calories what you normally would for the day.

I do that once in a while now and it works good. Be careful with an all day cheat - that can be disasterous...
  23079067
January 4, 2013 12:08 PM
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Did it take you 3 months to lose 5kgs? Then there must be something wrong with me because I went from 86kg to 81kg in a month, that is 5kg right? There is something wrong isn't there? I don't religiously follow the 1200 calorie diet but I try to stick around it and walk the extra calories off.


Who are you addressing and why are you concerned about their rate of weight loss?


why are you concerned about her concern?

when will the madness end?
January 4, 2013 12:10 PM
I work out 6 days a week not 7. I always allow myself little treats here and there but its less of a diet more of a healthy lifestyle to me. So I don't do a "cheat day". I try to make healthy choices everyday but do not deprive myself. I had one snickerdoodle last night after dinner :)
January 4, 2013 12:11 PM
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Did it take you 3 months to lose 5kgs? Then there must be something wrong with me because I went from 86kg to 81kg in a month, that is 5kg right? There is something wrong isn't there? I don't religiously follow the 1200 calorie diet but I try to stick around it and walk the extra calories off.


Who are you addressing and why are you concerned about their rate of weight loss?


why are you concerned about her concern?

when will the madness end?


Why are you concerned about my concern about her concern? Thats the big question here. smooched
January 4, 2013 12:14 PM
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Did it take you 3 months to lose 5kgs? Then there must be something wrong with me because I went from 86kg to 81kg in a month, that is 5kg right? There is something wrong isn't there? I don't religiously follow the 1200 calorie diet but I try to stick around it and walk the extra calories off.


Who are you addressing and why are you concerned about their rate of weight loss?


why are you concerned about her concern?

when will the madness end?


Why are you concerned about my concern about her concern? Thats the big question here. smooched


so...do you cheat?wink

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