30-Somethings - Cheat Day anyone?

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07-16-2011, 12:31 AM
So heres my question..... do any of you have a a cheat day? I know this sounds counter productive, but I want to enjoy life with fine dining ever so often. So, what do you guys think? When I was thin, I always had a day in the week where anything went, as long as it wasn't a binge. Anyone else do this? Thanks Guys? BTW... I know that I will get right back on the wagan the next day. I do not have a problem with that:)

07-16-2011, 02:36 AM
I worked with a trainer (back when I was fit) and he thought a cheat day was nessisary. 1 out of every 7 days- keep in mind that that included 5 days a week of cardio.

I could do a cheat meal but not a cheat day or that day kept going for me. what ever works for you.

07-16-2011, 04:36 AM
I discovered cheat days for me erased all the hard work I put into my weight loss- I just couldn't help but get over excited about all the treats i could eat in one day!!! What works for me instead is allowing myself treats that i would spread around different meals of the week, that way I dont have to get it in in one day, a situation that only fed my 'frenzy'.

07-16-2011, 06:34 AM
I do a cheat meal now, about 1x a week, but not a cheat day. And it's still healthy food and I count the calories. It's more like I order a normal healthy looking entree at a restaurant without having them remove the sauce and maybe have a roll. Nothing major.

07-16-2011, 07:36 AM
There has been a lot of discussion here about cheat meals and cheat days, some for and some against. I find when I'm watching my calories closely that a day of CONTROLLED extra calories helps keep me from feeling deprived and hungry. I was also told by a WW leader several years ago that it helps rev your metabolism because your body gets used to a certain number of calories and adjusts accordingly. But be careful with this! It's very easy for a cheat meal to turn into a cheat day into going off plan entirely. I've also found that if I'm watching the scale closely my weight after the extra calories will either stay the same or go up for a few days and then show a good loss on my "official" weigh in day. Hope this helps.

07-16-2011, 07:46 AM
I've not done it yet - but I'm craving these really nice cookies. And I know if I go buy them and allow myself a treat, the whole pack is going to be gone. Which is not what I intend to do.

So, how do you control yourself even on a treat day, if you have brought foods that are a risk to overeating into your house for the treatday? I just wouldn't know how to do that! The "oh, just one, just once" thought no longer holds any value to me as I know it has been a lie many of times.

07-16-2011, 07:51 AM
I will be having my first cheat day today. I am going out for a night on the town with my friends and it will be the first time in months!! I did consider just drinking juice while I was out but I think I have enough restrictions in my day to day life and I am going to allow myself to have whatever I want and not feel bad about it. That is not to say that I won't feel terrible about it tomorrow but I am taking this as a reward to myself for all my hard work. :)

07-17-2011, 02:20 AM
I always have a cheat day. When I first lost a lot of weight I did it following the Body for Life program. Go hard all week and then one day on the weekend I ate whatever I want. I still do it, but only if I've eaten healthy all week

07-17-2011, 02:35 AM
I used to have a cheat day but it was a disaster. When I cheated, I CHEATED. I easily hit 3000 cals. I was totally mindless with my eating that i had to cut it out altogether. I just have higher cal days (1800-2000) and some lower cal days (1300-1500).

07-17-2011, 03:48 AM
Yes I do have a cheat day I personally need it. I don't go overboard on my cheat day but I do have something that I have been craving. Having a cheat day helps me stay focused for the rest of the week because it gives me something to look forward to if I've been good. :)

07-17-2011, 04:44 AM
I don't have a cheat day anymore now but I do take the advice of a former trainer too, which is a "sanity meal" where I let myself have what I would like for that meal. Then, right back on track. I found cheat days a little excessive for me and also as the trainer pointed out to me, the word cheat kinda has a negative connotation, at least to me now...

good luck!!

07-17-2011, 03:47 PM
I have a splurge meal every 5th day. My nutritionist advised me to do this. I don't go insane and usually only end up eating an extra 200-500 cals for the day. I eat whatever I want for that meal. I record everything I eat even on my splurge meal day. Today is a splurge meal and I do look forward to it but this is the first time I don't have anything in mind before hand.

07-17-2011, 06:28 PM
I have a cheat meal once a week and it still has some limits - eg eat a "bad for you" entree that I've been wanting like pad thai. OR have a healthy entree with a dessert. OR go out for fruity mixed drinks and eat healthily otherwise.

I had to stop viewing it as an entirely free pass for anything and recognize that it will help curb certain cravings, but I can't get in all my cravings in one day. :lol: And I still guesstimate the calories, and try not to go over 2,000 for the day.

It also helps me feel less guilty / stressed about events like weddings, birthdays, etc, because I can just plan my cheat meal around it and not be agonizing over how much I'm going to eat, or where I'm going to get healthy food, etc.

07-17-2011, 06:32 PM
I don't do a cheat day, but a cheat meal every week. I still eat healthy on the day of my cheat meal and I keep my calories low enough that I don't go over 2000.

07-18-2011, 12:22 AM
Thanks so much for all the input. Well, I did end up going a little overbourd.... but I woke up this morning and went right back on my plan. Next week will be different. I think I might just have a bit of a cheat meal and see how I feel about that! Thanks Again Amigos!!!

07-21-2011, 02:35 PM

So glad you were able to get right back at it. I don't do a cheat day, but it's because I am trying to change my lifestyle. Once I go off something, it's been hard, but trying to get myself so I don't crave it anymore. I don't consider it depriving myself, instead I look at when I did eat this stuff as depriving myself... it deprived me of the health I wanted, the weight I wanted, and it interfered with my energy levels. It is because that is my mindset though... for many, a cheat meal/day has been wonderful!!! It allows the drive to keep to a certain eating style cause they will soon be able to have a bit of what they want in the future...almost like an incentive, and it works tremendously!
The main thing is do what you have in order to not feel like you are missing out. If that involves a cheat, do it and find what works for you :) It's amazing how individualized each person's way of losing those pounds has to be... you just need to do what works for you

07-21-2011, 02:58 PM
I used to do cheat days and cheat meals, but I would stop counting calories and go way over board and gain back weight that I worked SOOOO hard to get off in the first place. So What I do now is give myself something yummy everyday. I still track every calorie but I budget for 100-300 calories at the end of my day for anything I want. I love red wine and chocolate so I pour a glass of wine & eat a Ghiardelli chocolate square and enjoy every last sip & bite. It is amazing that just one square of chocolate fills my craving. I used to eat like a whole chocolate lava cake from Chilis. I found I have to have what I like so I don't binge. Works best for me. I wish you luck on finding your balance. =)

07-21-2011, 03:15 PM
I do a once-a-week cheat meal, usually lunch to boost my metabolism. I could never do a whole cheat day, I'd probably be sick to my stomach, lol.

07-21-2011, 03:40 PM
That's great Dolly! A true incentive is that bite and drink that you love :)

fitmom, I am so glad that works for you! That must help to keep you from the dreaded plateaus!