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Butterfly50
09-08-2009, 09:47 PM
Does any one give their self a free meal? When I dieted before I allowed myself to have one meal and not count calories . Jest wondering if any one else does this.


Onederchic
09-08-2009, 09:48 PM
Some do but I am not one. I am the type of person that if I allow myself to do that then I go way overboard and so I just refuse to set myself up for a failure but this is just me, I am not speaking for everyone.

Elladorine
09-08-2009, 10:06 PM
I think I structure my eating plan a lot differently than most here, as I have not counted any calories because I *hate* doing so. I do read labels, check nutrition info ahead of time for restaurants, etc., so I am aware of what I put in my mouth. I'd say I do stay with my OP foods 90% of the time, and whenever I treat myself to something I'd call "free" (which would basically be any food not on my normal plan), I just make sure I eat a moderate amount. Seems to work for me ok, and allows me to have pizza, cookies, cake, etc. without feeling any guilt.

Maybe my plan will sound out of whack to some here and I know it wouldn't work for everybody, but no matter what your plan is, I think there should be some way to occasionally treat yourself without going overboard. And as long as you handle it in such a way that you don't set yourself up for failure, I say go for it. :)


bacilli
09-08-2009, 10:16 PM
Not I, I always account for every bite I take.

cfmama
09-08-2009, 10:21 PM
Nope nope nope and nope. I find it REALLY hard to get back on plan after I've allowed myself a free for all... I only did it once for two days at Christmas and it took 10 days after to get all of the water weight off and get back on track. Not worth it for me!

Jadebatdog
09-08-2009, 10:24 PM
I find it an unrealistic expectation of myself to log my calories EVERY DAY so I just have a goal to log my calories MOST days of the week. Even on the days that I don't log calories, I don't go overboard. Now that I know how much food I NEED everyday versus what I USED TO I have a little bit of a free meal but not a free-for-all.

cincimom11
09-08-2009, 10:48 PM
I lose control if I don't stay on plan.

Thighs Be Gone
09-08-2009, 10:58 PM
I do not and haven't during my journey. I want to be concious of my choices. I am a calorie counter and if I want something badly enough I will plan for it and work it in. I would only be cheating myself if I chose to go off plan. No thanks! I am tired of being fat.

kaybelle9
09-08-2009, 11:10 PM
I knew a guy in college who was on a 6 day diet. He followed his diet during the week then on Saturday he could eat whatever he wanted. He said that knowing he had a cheat day made it easier to stick to a diet... and then when Saturday came around, he craved healthier options, didn't want out of control portions, and would always think about how hard he had worked during the week. At the most, he'd go overboard on alcohol (hey, it was college!) He lost a lot of weight. It worked for him.

At the most, I allow myself a chocolaty treat during my TOM.

HotWings
09-08-2009, 11:14 PM
I do! It's very nice to have ONE meal per week for times when you need to go out to eat, for example, due to a family commitment or something. BUT, you need to be very careful of portion sizes when you do. So.. I call it my "free meal within reason" :) It is helping me to see what size of portions are "normal".. I really consider it a practice maintenance meal at this point. I also log the calories in every bite for that day. It gives me a good reality check. However, if I was the type of eater that was a binge eater? NO WAY would I do it. My problem is and always has been portion sizes.

OH .. one other thing. I never do it a whole day - only one meal. It's part of my plan, so I do not consider it a failure (key for me because I tend to be a perfectionist and at the first sign of trouble, beat myself up).

StellarGirl
09-08-2009, 11:24 PM
for the most part...no.

However...when I reach a milestone I will reward myself with something that I've been craving...that way it's out of the way until the next milestone. lol

For instance...when I lose 25lbs, I am treating myself to a Chipotle Burrito! No calories counted!!!! lol.

Angihas2
09-09-2009, 12:07 AM
I'm also in the camp of "If I allow myself a free meal, I have a hard time regining myself in". Frankly, for me, to many 'free' meals is what got me fat. I don't want to see food as a reward or treat, but something I simply need to survive. Like air. Yes, it should be pleasurable and enjoyable. At the same time, I'd rather give myself a non-food treat as a reward. Having said that, if I want something, I budget it into my calories, afterwards, I realise it was a big waste of calorie dollars as I spend a good portion of my day filling up on water, since I don't have spare calories to use for snacks. No thanks.

ANewCreation
09-09-2009, 12:12 AM
Sort of.....I'm doing a meal delivery program and they deliver 7 lunches and 6 dinners with the idea of you having a 'free' meal. We are cautioned to eat within reason. So, yes I have a 'free' meal once a week but I exercise portion control. Like someone else mentioned, just knowing that once a week I can have a FEW fries and half a burger keeps me on the straight and narrow. Or maybe 2 slices of pizza. And because there are no forbidden foods I don't feel deprived. I guess I'm a bit rebellious-tell me I can't have something and then I HAVE to have it..sigh. All I know is that in the past forbidding myself from having certain foods ever again made me snap. And before I knew it, I had put on all the weight I had lost.

cfmama
09-09-2009, 12:18 AM
We're not talking about forbidding certain foods... we're talking about having a free "no calories counted" meal.

I eat pizza. I just count it. I eat a hamburger or ice cream... I plan for it and count it. I don't have to have a "free" meal to eat the foods that I want. I just have to plan and account for it.

Angihas2
09-09-2009, 12:37 AM
We're not talking about forbidding certain foods... we're talking about having a free "no calories counted" meal.

I eat pizza. I just count it. I eat a hamburger or ice cream... I plan for it and count it. I don't have to have a "free" meal to eat the foods that I want. I just have to plan and account for it.

Exactly. Nothing for me is forbidden or not allowed, I simply choose to fill up on quality food, which frankly, I get more quantity, as opposed to smaller portions of food thats of lower quality. If I can have anything I want, then I never really crave anything, because I know it's available. One thing I learned, is portion control, sure, have that piece of chocolate cake Ang, it's fine, but watch the portion, because those calories WILL show up later in the week. If I budget for them, I can have a piece of cake as large as I want, I just no longer want to have a free binge day. I think thats the biggest part of changing a lifestyle, in my opinion, its no longer a diet, not for me, it's a daily choice I make on how I want to continue to live my life. I no longer want food to control me, so that at the end of the week I'm salivating over all the stuff I denied myself throughout the week and get into a vicious cycle of being 'good' all week just to have a free meal/day/whatever, and spend the rest of the week making up for it.

cfmama
09-09-2009, 01:07 AM
EXACTLY!!!!! It's often NOT worth the calorie hit but you do have the choice if you feel you really need it!

rockinrobin
09-09-2009, 05:58 AM
During the losing portion of my journey. no. no. no. NO. I was trying to create a calorie deficit. One uncounted meal could have blown it out of the water. No thanks. I spent too many years "just eating" without giving it much thought, which led to disastrous results. I no longer wanted to BE a person who is not conscious of what they put in their mouth. So for me, a free meal was out of the question.

I would never up and take my check book and go on a shopping spree without knowing full well what I was spending.

Butterfly50
09-09-2009, 08:34 AM
I only ever did a meal never did the whole day. And I aways tried to stay close to my choices. When the Hubby wants to go Out and Least I can give him a few choices of where to go. I can say how proud I am of myself self . My children and Husband has had Oreos and Chocolate pie in the house and I have turnes it down flat with never a second thought. My son came in the other day and said Mom bought your favorite candy ( Candy Corn) and I replied that I lost almost 6 Pounds this last week and I am not giving them up for candy Corn. You may eat them all. :carrot:


Bonnie

findingfawn
09-09-2009, 08:51 AM
We're not talking about forbidding certain foods... we're talking about having a free "no calories counted" meal.

I eat pizza. I just count it. I eat a hamburger or ice cream... I plan for it and count it. I don't have to have a "free" meal to eat the foods that I want. I just have to plan and account for it.

This is pretty much me. I eat ANYTHING I want all week long, I just have to be accountable for it! I eat something sweet litterally every day and have popcorn almost every night.. but I work it into my calories. I can't tell myself that I can't have this or I can't have that or I go nuts.

ubergirl
09-09-2009, 10:42 AM
I could never handle a "free meal"...

It's not at all hard to eat 1500 calories at a sitting-- or even more-- also, I don't want to keep feeling like I can't wait to have it and want it.

I do allow myself small servings of off plan things when I'm in social situations... but I don't go out that often, so it doesn't affect me that much and there's no chance I'll go overboard since I'm not serving myself.

HotWings
09-09-2009, 11:22 AM
We're not talking about forbidding certain foods... we're talking about having a free "no calories counted" meal.

I eat pizza. I just count it. I eat a hamburger or ice cream... I plan for it and count it. I don't have to have a "free" meal to eat the foods that I want. I just have to plan and account for it.

Oops.. I didn't realize it was a "no calories counted" thing. In that case, I do not have that kind of free meal. I count those calories. I guess my definition of "free meal" is a little different. I try to eat a whole foods diet for my main plan - my free meal just means anything not on my main plan. For example, my aunt brings my mom & dad these huge beef & cheese enchiladas when she comes to visit once per year. I would never have one of those as part of my main plan. But, I ate one at my free meal last weekend.