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Can You 'Cheat' on Your Diet and Still Lose Weight?

How Cheat Meals and Cheat Days Affect Your Weight Loss


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  • I don't do cheat days, or cheat meals. But... nothing is off limits, only limited. All things in moderation. I am not doing any fad diet, magic pill, super shake - none of that garbage. Just watching what I eat, and exercising more. Today my wife wanted to go to Burger King. Well, I ate a Whopper, small fries, and Diet Coke. I adjusted the rest of my day to make that 600 calories fit. No cheating, but occasionally treating.
  • I don't cheat...I treat. I find that allowing for an occasional treat keeps me from going bonkers as I try to lose or maintain lost weight. Knowing that I CAN have the treat once in a while means that I'm not tempted to cheat myself out of the benefits of daily healthy eating. Once you start cheating, it's too easy to keep cheating. A treat is something you work towards. Cheating is simply not being honest with oneself.
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  • I'm not on a diet, I'm making long-term lifestyle changes. This way, there's no cheating, as there are no foods off limits.
  • Yep, I use this strategy myself to keep my sanity! I try to stay around 1400 calories a day during the week, sometimes a few hundred more calories on the days I do intense workouts, but on the weekends I seem to get really hungry. I figured that if I eat no more than 2000 calories one or two days a week it's not going to hurt my weightloss. Sure enough, I still am losing weight doing this!
  • I read this article every once in a while and always find something new. Personally I don't have "cheat" days because nothing is really off limits. That doesn't mean that I don't choose less healthy foods sometimes, or eat more than I'd like other times. that is life.
    I track my food and look at the weekly balance; that helps me understand why I've lost, gained, or maintained right now I'm in maintenance and have been since April 2013.

    My approach works for me and it's important that we figure out what works for each of us.
  • all diet advice has to be right for you and your lifestyle. Personally a cheat day for me becomes a binge eating session, but I know it is great for some.
    I hate the word "cheat" when it comes to eating. It implies that you're doing something bad and should feel guilty. If you plan properly, you can include your favorite foods - in moderation.

    You can eat within your calorie range, and eat nothing but junk on a "cheat" day. But the after-affects aren't so pleasant. You might have water weight retention and bloating from too much salt, sugar cravings after too many sweets, an upset stomach from too much fried foods, a hangover from too much alcohol. Is it really worth the suffering the next day?

    Instead, if you plan for a treat in your daily program - regardless of whether you're counting calories, carbs, or points for a specific plan, you won't go overboard with any foods.
    Oh goodness, I didn't overeat yesterday until later in the evening. I don't know why I was so hungry, but I made myself three sandwiches and had some toast! I don't even want to calculate the amount of carbs I ate. I would probably estimate I ate 3,000 calories that day, and I was nervous to step on the scale. I'm glad to know I can budget for the rest of the week to make up for it. I'll try to stay strong over the weekend!
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  • The word cheat is negative. So I call then special treat days. I have them on occasion. It is especially easy to have them when you can stop at just a one time deal. If you are a sugar addict best to stay away. For now I am staying away.
  • I have found that I have my greatest success when I do not go in full denial mode. If I want something, I do but in moderation. I also no longer drink my calories. It used to be if I had a burger I had to have a shake, if I had pizza I had to have a beer, and at other times it was a soda. Now I drink water or carbonated water only, no matter what I am eating.
  • Usually, I keep my Sundays as 'free' days from the diet I'm following. This doesn't mean I splurge or eat 5,000 calories in a day, I simply decide to eat what I enjoy most (let's say, pizza) and a little more treats, but I always be careful about not overeating. I track food everyday, so I can get an idea of the weekly balance. During my weight loss journey, I have realized the extreme importance of tracking, this is the real key of success!

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