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January 8, 2013 9:24 AM
How many people agree with having a cheat day/meal?

How often do you have one?

I have read all different things how they are good to stop your metabolism down or breaking a plateau.

Some say 1 cheat meal

Some say a whole cheat day!!

Somesay cheat a little everyday

which one are you?

I was just curious what other peoples thoughts are on this.
January 8, 2013 9:33 AM
Personally, I stick to a strict routine, that's the way my body functions and if I break the routine with a 'cheat' meal/day it doesn't end well. But others have reported it helps them so I guess it's about what works for you
January 8, 2013 9:38 AM
I half to say that I am a mono eater, I just find this to be the best for me with my schedule.. I eat the same thing for breakfast, and lunch every day, and pretty much dinner. But if I want something out of the norm I just have ½ of it.

Depriving yourself just creates the mental idea that you want it more.
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January 8, 2013 9:40 AM
I have a cheat meal/two meals (in one day) once every two weeks. Like others have said...if you deprive yourself you'll fail. I'll eat Pizza or fast food (I still stick to portion control though...I don't go freakin crazy), but it really helps.

It doesn't hurt that I'm a great cook, and even when I'm eating healthy it's delicious. Haha
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January 8, 2013 9:42 AM
In the past when I've dieted, I would have pizza for dinner on Sundays, because I love the hell out of pizza. I've read the same things you have about it being good for you to cheat sometimes. I've never been on a diet long enough to see if it works, but now that I've discovered MFP I should be able to.

I am also a mono eater, mainly because it is easier to prepare meals for a few days (since I hate cooking). But like I said, every Sunday I'll have some pizza.
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January 8, 2013 9:48 AM
I agree that it's important to have a cheat meal now & then so as not to go crazy. Let yourself splurge once in awhile... HOWEVER... don't cheat on MFP! You should still log it, no matter how bad it was! That way, you can really look at it & think to yourself...was it worth it? I know if I don't have something "bad" for me every now & then, that I will fall off the deep end and gain it ALL back lol SO - every once in awhile, it's okay to splurge. But track it :)

That being said.... I usually take Sunday's off from tracking, but I don't "let myself go". I still eat normal, I just don't track. I've used way too many "quotes" in this post lol :)
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January 8, 2013 9:52 AM
I don't really go in on the whole "cheat" idea. I'm changing the way I eat which means much healthier most of the time. This isn't a "diet" it's a new way of living which means there are no "cheats". It's all available whenever I want it and I make adjustments with the rest of my food or exercise. If I truly am going to go wild and am having a night out with chinese or pizza or whatever I just do it because I know that it's just one meal and I don't eat like that 99% of the time any more. I still don't throw the towel in, though, and eat the worst deep fried, cheese coated meal but make a somewhat healther choice from the options and enjoy.

You don't have to go crazy in order to have a so called "cheat" food. For example, today a co-worker brought in these tasty rice krispy treats with peanut butter cups, chocolate and butterscotch. I had one...a small one. I didn't hesitate. It will be part of my calorie intake for the day. I'm trying to change my lifestyle so if that means the weight comes off slower then I am fine with it. Drastic changes don't work for me. I want this to be the last time I have to loose a significant amount of weight.
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January 8, 2013 9:54 AM
I have a cheat day every week...typically Saturday or Sunday. Heck sometimes both :) I dont go overboard though...usually just a little over my limit. I do still track what I eat (and log it in here) no matter how bad it was... so I can reflect back on it. It sort of keeps me sane, helps me to not feel deprived etc. :) Of course, everyone is different and what works for some just wont work for others.
Edited by onceuponadream On January 8, 2013 9:55 AM
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January 8, 2013 9:55 AM
Cheat meals are just fine. As long as it is in moderation. 1 cheat meal a week
January 8, 2013 9:55 AM
Stop using the word "Cheat." I hate that word. This is a LIFESTYLE not a yo-yo diet. Unless that's what it really is for you, then by all means, have a cheat day!
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January 8, 2013 9:56 AM
QUOTE:

I don't really go in on the whole "cheat" idea. I'm changing the way I eat which means much healthier most of the time. This isn't a "diet" it's a new way of living which means there are no "cheats". It's all available whenever I want it and I make adjustments with the rest of my food or exercise. If I truly am going to go wild and am having a night out with chinese or pizza or whatever I just do it because I know that it's just one meal and I don't eat like that 99% of the time any more. I still don't throw the towel in, though, and eat the worst deep fried, cheese coated meal but make a somewhat healther choice from the options and enjoy.

You don't have to go crazy in order to have a so called "cheat" food. For example, today a co-worker brought in these tasty rice krispy treats with peanut butter cups, chocolate and butterscotch. I had one...a small one. I didn't hesitate. It will be part of my calorie intake for the day. I'm trying to change my lifestyle so if that means the weight comes off slower then I am fine with it. Drastic changes don't work for me. I want this to be the last time I have to loose a significant amount of weight.


^THIS!
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January 8, 2013 9:56 AM
Just wanted to say I believe in this philosophy! Being a lifestyle change means to choose whether to indulge or not --if you choose it gets rolled into total intake for the day and its a special treat not a cheating meal. I had a month of cheating and I gained alot of weight so the whole nix a day or meal for me will NOT work and I pay for it later. Better to stay on track and healthy.

QUOTE:

I don't really go in on the whole "cheat" idea. I'm changing the way I eat which means much healthier most of the time. This isn't a "diet" it's a new way of living which means there are no "cheats". It's all available whenever I want it and I make adjustments with the rest of my food or exercise. If I truly am going to go wild and am having a night out with chinese or pizza or whatever I just do it because I know that it's just one meal and I don't eat like that 99% of the time any more. I still don't throw the towel in, though, and eat the worst deep fried, cheese coated meal but make a somewhat healther choice from the options and enjoy.

You don't have to go crazy in order to have a so called "cheat" food. For example, today a co-worker brought in these tasty rice krispy treats with peanut butter cups, chocolate and butterscotch. I had one...a small one. I didn't hesitate. It will be part of my calorie intake for the day. I'm trying to change my lifestyle so if that means the weight comes off slower then I am fine with it. Drastic changes don't work for me. I want this to be the last time I have to loose a significant amount of weight.
January 8, 2013 9:57 AM
QUOTE:

I don't really go in on the whole "cheat" idea. I'm changing the way I eat which means much healthier most of the time. This isn't a "diet" it's a new way of living which means there are no "cheats". It's all available whenever I want it and I make adjustments with the rest of my food or exercise. If I truly am going to go wild and am having a night out with chinese or pizza or whatever I just do it because I know that it's just one meal and I don't eat like that 99% of the time any more. I still don't throw the towel in, though, and eat the worst deep fried, cheese coated meal but make a somewhat healther choice from the options and enjoy.

You don't have to go crazy in order to have a so called "cheat" food. For example, today a co-worker brought in these tasty rice krispy treats with peanut butter cups, chocolate and butterscotch. I had one...a small one. I didn't hesitate. It will be part of my calorie intake for the day. I'm trying to change my lifestyle so if that means the weight comes off slower then I am fine with it. Drastic changes don't work for me. I want this to be the last time I have to loose a significant amount of weight.


Amen!!!
January 8, 2013 9:57 AM
Every Friday, I don't log calories AT ALL and eat whatever I want.

Works for *me*.
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January 8, 2013 9:58 AM
I cheat weekly - usually on Fridays, and I eat like a government mule with no care for calories, macro nutrition or anything.
Life is to be liveddrinker
January 8, 2013 9:59 AM
Never cheat. At anything, on anything, ever.

Now, if your diet includes a reasonable amount of indulgence from time to time, that sounds like a good component of a healthy diet! But never cheating. Cheating is bad, mmkay?
Edited by BurtHuttz On January 8, 2013 10:00 AM
January 8, 2013 10:00 AM
QUOTE:

I don't really go in on the whole "cheat" idea. I'm changing the way I eat which means much healthier most of the time. This isn't a "diet" it's a new way of living which means there are no "cheats". It's all available whenever I want it and I make adjustments with the rest of my food or exercise. If I truly am going to go wild and am having a night out with chinese or pizza or whatever I just do it because I know that it's just one meal and I don't eat like that 99% of the time any more. I still don't throw the towel in, though, and eat the worst deep fried, cheese coated meal but make a somewhat healther choice from the options and enjoy.

You don't have to go crazy in order to have a so called "cheat" food. For example, today a co-worker brought in these tasty rice krispy treats with peanut butter cups, chocolate and butterscotch. I had one...a small one. I didn't hesitate. It will be part of my calorie intake for the day. I'm trying to change my lifestyle so if that means the weight comes off slower then I am fine with it. Drastic changes don't work for me. I want this to be the last time I have to loose a significant amount of weight.


This is what I do as well. I'm changing the way I eat - I'm not on a diet. This is a life-changing thing for me (permanent), whereas a diet is temporary. During the Christmas holidays, I allowed myself some of the sweet treats, but didn't go overboard (like I've done in the past). I found that what works for me it to allow myself to have "some" of whatever it is I'm craving. That way, I've satisified my craving and I don't go totally off the reservation and just stuff myself with a bag of Oreos.

Mmmm...Oreos...!
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January 8, 2013 10:00 AM
If you believe in moderation, you don't need to label anything as a 'cheat'
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January 8, 2013 10:00 AM
I don't cheat, because I already record what I eat. It's only cheating if you eat something and don't record it, because you aren't holding yourself accountable. If you eat more, and you consequently see your weight fluctuate up, then you'll know exactly why.
January 8, 2013 10:01 AM
Hell, I "cheat" every day! Actually, I just budget for cookies or whatever in my daily eating plan. It's easier to stick with a lifestyle change that way.
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January 8, 2013 10:01 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I don't really go in on the whole "cheat" idea. I'm changing the way I eat which means much healthier most of the time. This isn't a "diet" it's a new way of living which means there are no "cheats". It's all available whenever I want it and I make adjustments with the rest of my food or exercise. If I truly am going to go wild and am having a night out with chinese or pizza or whatever I just do it because I know that it's just one meal and I don't eat like that 99% of the time any more. I still don't throw the towel in, though, and eat the worst deep fried, cheese coated meal but make a somewhat healther choice from the options and enjoy.

You don't have to go crazy in order to have a so called "cheat" food. For example, today a co-worker brought in these tasty rice krispy treats with peanut butter cups, chocolate and butterscotch. I had one...a small one. I didn't hesitate. It will be part of my calorie intake for the day. I'm trying to change my lifestyle so if that means the weight comes off slower then I am fine with it. Drastic changes don't work for me. I want this to be the last time I have to loose a significant amount of weight.


^THIS!


I too feel like this. Its hard to diet and I refuse to limit myself. Its all about moderation.
January 8, 2013 10:01 AM
Don't CHEAT, just enjoy life as it happens. If you're planning a night out with friends on Friday, for example, then plan for it. Get in a good work out if time allows, eat nutritious balanced meals for breakfast and lunch, then have what you want for dinner and drinks. Log it if you can. Know that when things come up, you can handle it because the rest of the week has been great.
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January 8, 2013 10:02 AM
I have a cheat day every Saturday. I'm trying to cut back and only have a cheat day every 2 weeks. So far the longest I've made it is 12 days. Progress! (:
And ever since I have been doing this I went from 136.3 pounds to 125.5 pounds.
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January 8, 2013 10:02 AM
I have a meal every once in a while(maybe once or twice a month) where I exceed my calorie limit, it isn't a "cheat" day, it is over eating plain and simple. The only one you are cheating is yourself if you don't change your lifestyle or your habits, having a "cheat" day sounds an aweful lot like an excuse.
January 8, 2013 10:02 AM
I don't usually have cheat days, usually just cheat meals for special occasions (work parties, birthdays, family get togethers, etc.). Otherwise I stick to my calorie goal. If I do want something a little more unhealthy, I work out that day. And even on the special occasions, I really try to work out some, even if I still go over my calorie goal I've at least burned some calories so I don't feel too guilty about it. And that's really only happened a couple of times, it's not a regular thing.

There's nothing that I haven't allowed myself to have since I've been doing this (6 months). I can't have as much of those things or as often but I've had it all in the last 6 months, and I've still been consistently losing. I just gotta work for it!
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