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FreeBird3
01-19-2012, 03:15 AM
Do you allow yourself 1 cheat day per week in order to not feel deprived? Or how about just 1 cheat meal per week? Or do you eat clean non-stop?

When I say eating "clean", I'm talking about whole foods and not eating processed foods...basically, eating fruits, veggies, beans, low-fat or skim dairy, and fish.

For those of you that cheat, does that hinder your weight loss journey or do you find that having a cheat day or meal once per week actually allows you to NOT end up going on an all out binge.

As for me, I just started eating clean as of last Friday. I've been doing great so far, but today I cheated by ordering a cheese pizza. At least it was just a cheese pizza and didn't have any additional toppings on it. :^:

Do you allow yourself to cheat?


xMissTinax
01-19-2012, 04:02 AM
I have a pretty big sweet tooth so I am allowing myself one cheat per week if I'm really craving something. I don't look at it as a reward because I'm aware that it's not always healthy to look at food as rewards (how I probably got into this situation in the first place). Instead, I look it at as a lesson in moderation.

If I'm not craving anything in particular, I pass.

But even with the cheat, I have rules because of my tendency to have one cookie and then end up eating the whole box & crying on the bathroom floor as I get nauseous from eating too much.

-It has to be reasonable in terms of calories (nothing ridiculously crazy).

-I can't buy it when I buy regular groceries since that would involve it looking out at me from my pantry for days on end, tempting me :lol:
I try not to keep any junk in the house anymore so that way if I just have to have some ice cream, I have to actually get in my car and drive to the ice cream shop and usually by then, I don't want it anymore.

-It has to be just one serving of it.

Even with the low-fat/non-fat/100 calorie treats, I tend to go overboard. I remember when I was on Jenny Craig a couple years ago, they made this triple chocolate cheesecake piece that I found to be absolutely delicious. I was only allotted one of that particular kind for the week and I knew it was time to get a grip when I almost cut my tongue licking the plastic container it was in, in the privacy of my own home where no one could see me. :lol: And yes, I've done the throwing away junk food and drenching it with dish-washing liquid in the trash can like Miranda from Sex and the City many times before. :lol:

I've had such an unhealthy relationship with food for so long, I'm trying to reprogram my brain when it comes to craving unhealthy food and self-control.

Like tonight, I had a late night craving so bad for something absolutely orgasmic to eat (despite having a substantially filling dinner), I thought I was gonna snap and eat the whole house.

I'm on a 1500 daily calorie allowance and I've been doing so great these past couple of days (1500 calories exactly last night and a little over 1400 today), I didn't want to end up feeling guilty. There were a package of Oreos in the pantry that my husband had bought and been snacking on today when I wasn't around and I must've stared at them for a good five minutes before I stopped and said to myself, "Why are you letting cookies control your life? Something so insignificant as a cookie has got you acting all crazy.."

So I made myself some green tea. Drank it. Drank a full glass of ice water, waited about 30 minutes and was still kind of hungry. Instead, I grabbed a piece of light string cheese and two dill spear pickles and that curbed it.

knoxie
01-19-2012, 04:51 AM
Absolutely yes I do, though never the day before I weigh-in (consider that a hard lesson learnt!). My big cheat is chocolate really, so I don't have one day where I go all out but I may have a small chocolate bar twice a week or so. I usually try and adjust my calories to compensate but it does mean I go over occasionally. However I never cheat with soda or fast food because I went cold turkey with both to stop the cravings and one bite might be all I need to send myself back.

My approach to eating is based on moderation ultimately. I figure this is a lifestyle change and I am ok with being someone who can have a slice of pizza after the movies or have a piece of cake at a party. I admire the commitment of people who cut everything 'bad' and follow their plans to the letter, I'm just not made that way.

Edit: In relation to binges being able to have a little chocolate without feeling like I've thrown my whole diet out the window works for me. I used to binge a lot on chocolate and cookies before I started losing weight and find that now I can satisfy the urge with one cookie or one chocolate bar without needing to eat myself into oblivion. My losses are around 2lbs per week which I am fine with - once it's a loss it's a success!


Bigkitty
01-19-2012, 05:14 AM
I guess I cheat a lot. I'm trying to put more fruit in my diet as I never used to eat it. I think the problem with me is that I don't cook my own meals so I eat what I'm given and more or less when I'm given it. So if my Mum's feeling lazy it'll just be chips and fish fingers or something.
I'm trying to move out in the next 6 months and I've been collecting recipes which are healthy and don't involve processed food.
I've never really liked chocolate- well I'll eat it and I occasionally get cravings but I'm more of a crisp person, luckily I've been going off them.

gonnabfitmom
01-19-2012, 06:24 AM
I don't eat 'clean'. I eat reasonably healthy, and what will fit into my calorie budget for the day. I don't eat ALL whole grains or ALL fruits and veggies. If I feel like I *have* to have something I go ahead and have it in a reasonable portion. Last night, I was still so hungry after eating all of my calories. I felt like making a calculated choice to have something would be better than making an unhealthy, impulsive choice. I went to Subway and had a six inch turkey sub, a bag of light chips and 2 chocolate chips cookies. Yes, that was a 'cheat' as in it wasn't in my calorie budget nor was it on plan. But I felt it would have been better just to satisfy my hunger/craving now than be so hungry that I pulled into hardy's are taco bell later.

So yes I do make considered choices to 'cheat' to prevent something really out of control happening later on.

Beach Patrol
01-19-2012, 07:21 AM
I have found that in general, doing a "cheat day" or a "cheat meal" makes me feel.... NEGATIVE. I don't like to feel negative, I like to feel positive. When I started counting calories in Jan. 2011, I found out that it's pretty easy to incorporate the foods I love into my daily caloric allowance. Therefore, cheating is not necessary. So I don't feel like I have to "fool myself" or "trick myself" into my diet plan. :^:

That's not to say that I don't overeat sometimes. I do. I'm a binge-eater and that's a hard thing to conquer. But I'm working on it.

But I say DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. If that's having an occasional cheat, then cheat'er up! ;) :D

berryblondeboys
01-19-2012, 07:33 AM
What Beach Patrol says. Calling it cheating implies that something is wrong. And by needing a cheat day implies that you can't eat clean all the time, so how do you sustain the weight loss long term?

I eat whatever I want, whenever I want and account for it in my calories. The more high calorie, less filling things I eat, the hungrier I'll be so I keep those to a minimum. I shoot for eating 1450 calories a day, but if that makes me too hungry, I up how much I eat (which has been every day since Christmas holidays). I figure it's better to eat 100-200 calories more and feel satisfied than caving in and having a 3000 calorie binge day every week.

carter
01-19-2012, 07:34 AM
To build on what Beach Patrol said, I also don't like the language of "cheating". Your way of eating and your weight loss plan isn't a test, or a race, or a vow, or any of the other sorts of things where "cheating" is in apposition to "fair play" or "staying true". There is a moral judgment in the word "cheating" that I think has no place in evaluating your eating.

If you overeat, or eat something off your plan, you have not committed a sin, or a crime, or done something morally wrong. It's not something you can get "caught" doing or something for which you will have to do penance. It's just overeating or eating off plan. I would love to see people remove these morally charged terms from their thinking about food.

All of that said - if there are treats you really want you can work them into your plan, depending upon what your plan is. My plan is calorie counting so I could make room for almost anything in it, at least when my calorie allotment was somewhat higher than it is now. What I found was that it often wasn't worth it to me - 300 calories for a small martini, for example, could be better spent on food than on the booze. And so this budgeting helped me learn to say "eh, not today" to things I used to think I would never be able to pass up on.

And, sometimes I do eat off plan. I go over my calories. It happens, for any number of reasons. I don't think of it as cheating, though. the important thing is not to chastise myself for it but just to get right back on plan as soon as I can - preferably the very next eating opportunity.

sontaikle
01-19-2012, 07:50 AM
Food is food. I try not to think in terms of "bad" or "good" when it comes to food. So no, I don't cheat because nothing is off-limits.

Instead I ask myself what this particular food can do for me. I want to keep and build muscle, so does it have the protein I need? How will it make me feel? Do I just want to taste something good? Do I even need this food right now or am I actually thirsty?

Usually I'm choosing what is considered healthy, but sometimes I want something that just tastes good. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

lin43
01-19-2012, 07:52 AM
Like Beach Patrol, I do not have a "cheat" day, I just incorporate foods I like into my plan. That being said, I normally allow myself more calories on the weekends because . . . well, weekends always make me feel like celebrating and in my mind, part of celebrating is food (I know many would say that thinking is wrong, but I'm okay with it. People have been celebrating with food for thousands of years).

Natasha22
01-19-2012, 08:17 AM
I actually allow myself to "cheat" once a week. Maybe the word "cheating" isn't the best choice, because I don't feel that by eating something that I know I'm not allowed I'm compromising my diet. It's actually the opposite; by allowing myself a small treat once a week I make sure I don't build up frustration and end up devouring an entire chocolate cake. The key is moderation, after I lose the extra weight my plan is to live a healthy lifestyle, and that includes indulging from time to time instead of panicking every time someone offers me a piece of pie.

MiZTaCCen
01-19-2012, 08:31 AM
I wouldn't call it a cheat day where I eat everything in site for the **** of it. But I do have one day a week (if I have money) to allow myself to go eat at a resturant and enjoy a yummy, high cal and high sodium meal.

Yesterday I could fit a bag of creamy dill baked lays chips in my calories so I ate it. I still eat normal I've just cut back in calories is all. I don't have much processed food, but I do still eat it, but I do try and buy lots of fruits and veggies and I have been making healthier meals and planning them. (the problem with Calgary especially this time of year the fruits suck, so I find myself not buying as much because who wants to spend money on fruit that isn't remotely good...)

I feel if I deprive myself from certain food I enjoy I binge and I think binging for me is much worse than going out and having one over the top meal a week or every two weeks, because I can still control my eating...but if I binge I feel out of control and just continue to spiral down.

aliasihaya
01-19-2012, 10:13 AM
I haven't yet, but I haven't been at this too long seriously. Just a few weeks. I have had some serious cravings but so far haven't given into them. Although as I read this I want to more and more. :-) I'm not sure if I'm going to incorporate it right now or not. In the end I want to be able to eat what I want in moderation and within reason. But right now I think that will throw off my plan. I need to really lose some weight and then introduce it slowly.

I say that, but I do want to have one day where I can eat what I want. I'd actually like for that day to be today. :-) But I'm just too worried that I won't stop at that day. Not sure what to do in that area.

Beach Patrol
01-19-2012, 10:24 AM
Allow me to add: I used to do "cheat" days. That's when I was on "diets" such as South Beach, etc. Diets that "don't allow" for certain foods, be it during the entire diet or just in a certain phase of a diet, etc.

That's one of the major reasons I chose to count calories this time. I didn't like that so many of my favorite foods were "off limits" to me - even for "Phase I" or the "3 weeks" or whatever. It just made no sense to me that a piece of fruit - a very NATURAL thing to eat - would be "off limits" to me.

I'm not knocking South Beach - I know many people who succeed on that diet, and I say WOO HOO to that! ("the perfect diet is the foods you'll eat") - but even tho I lost weight on that diet a few years ago, it certainly wasn't sustainable for me, and yeah, I regained all I lost & then some... so...

...just wanted to clarify :D

damiilya
01-19-2012, 11:31 AM
I cheat everyday -.-
I can't go on without sweets one day, or even without sugar in my oatmeal. I really can't, so I simply eat whatever I want, everything in moderation. And it works. I am not grumpy and almost fully satisfied everyday. And I feel that I am losing weight, though I didn't weigh in for a week or so, but I do feel it.

andrew80k
01-19-2012, 12:06 PM
Like some of the others have mentioned, I don't cheat, I choose. If it works within my calories, I eat it if I want it. If not, I wait until it does. I have specific goals I want to meet and if it's not going to get me to my goal, I don't eat it. That's not to say I don't treat myself from time-to-time. I have a Jones for peanut M&Ms. I get the 200 calorie package and eat it when I can't get the monkey off my back. :D But the key is not to go over board. I have a HUGE bag of them that's been in my house since Christmas. I haven't even cracked it. If having a treat here and there keeps you on your path, then by all means have it. If, however, your treats turn out to be taking over your plan, then you might need to pass.

Daki
01-19-2012, 12:53 PM
I have a whole cheat day to eat whatever I wanted during the week. It's built into the diet I'm on (Slow carb). I don't cheat during the week because I can just eat it on Saturday if I want whatever it is badly enough. I also like it because if I'm calorie counting or on some other diet I tend eventually allow myself foods that I like and keep them within reasonable limits. But that's a slippery slope for me because I'll slowly fall out of the diet and just eat more of the foods I want. I have proven to myself time and time again that if I let myself have a little of the things I want, I will eventually just go back to eating how I use to. For some reason a cheat day does not seem to do this to me. It seems to have hardened my resolve to turn down tempting foods.

Eating well all week and being loose on Saturday works for me. On Sunday I'll usually have gained 5lbs but that weight is generally gone by Wednesday. I'll lose a pound or two between Saturday morning weigh ins. Does it slow down my progress? Sure. Though I will tell you this is the easiest diet I've ever been on and the longest I've ever been on one (Started November 7th). I've started losing my sweet tooth. I rarely want sweets on cheat day anymore.. I mostly want bready stuff.

Sure, it's not for everyone. But it certainly works for me. And I don't care what it's called. Cheat day, free day, I don't give an eff day, etc. It's all the same thing. It helps me so calling it cheat day isn't negative in my mind.

Mimzzy
01-19-2012, 01:45 PM
I cheat, a little to regularly lately for my liking. I am currently trying to rein myself in a little, however when I cheat I try my best to work it into my caloric limit.

I have chocolate (from Christmas) cut up into half portion pieces stored away in my freezer! Whenever I am feeling like something sweet I allow myself 1 piece, it was worked well for me, not so much for my boyfriend who eats several of them lol

I also have waffles in my freezer, one is 100 calories. Sometimes I also have one of those, just plain. I love them plain :D But I try to stay away from these since sometimes I just can't stop at 1 (Like last night). They are just so good!

I am trying to change this currently. I think lately I am grazing a little to much and it is actually stalling out my weight loss. I am not gaining anything but I am not losing either and its frustrating me lately. I need to regain my self control. However, if you can work the treats into your plan and still lose weight I think that's amazing and I am jealous of your talents! lol

Gabe
01-19-2012, 03:18 PM
I have one cheat day a month. Since I calorie count without any food restrictions (I could eat 1200 calories of Little Debbies if I wanted to, though I don't), the cheat day means that I can have as many calories as I want. This is because I do like going out to eat, and that's simply not feasible most of the time on 1200 calories/day. My last cheat day ended up being somewhere around 2400 calories, though, so it's not like I totally go nuts.

Even then, I find myself gravitating towards some of the healthier choices. When I went to Famous Dave's (my last cheat day), yeah, I totally got the rib tips/spare ribs lunch. With sauce. I also decided I wanted green beans as my side, that I didn't want to eat the corn, and that my only dessert would be the provided cornbread muffin. Without additional butter.

A year ago, I'd've gotten the dinner portions, fries and drunken apples, corn with butter, cornbread with butter, and probably a dessert. And an appetizer. So, even though it's a "cheat", it's not throwing everything I've learned into the trash.

I also let myself have whatever on the three big family holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas), because, frankly, it's three days a year. I didn't get to weighing 360 pounds by over-indulging three days a year. I got there by over-indulging on the other 362 days. Naturally thin people don't constantly deprive themselves; if I wanna eat like them, I can't constantly deprive myself. I just have to use common sense.

MercuryFiver
01-19-2012, 05:19 PM
I have one cheat day a month. Since I calorie count without any food restrictions (I could eat 1200 calories of Little Debbies if I wanted to, though I don't), the cheat day means that I can have as many calories as I want. This is because I do like going out to eat, and that's simply not feasible most of the time on 1200 calories/day. My last cheat day ended up being somewhere around 2400 calories, though, so it's not like I totally go nuts.

That's basically what I do! (Or at least what I used to do, and what I plan to do. I've only been counting calories again for about a week.)

Eating out is a big pitfall for me, because I typically want to eat things that taste good but don't make me feel good, or things that are out of my calorie budget. I try to avoid restaurants so that my willpower isn't unnecessarily tested. But thinking that I can NEVER have such-and-such food again is bad for my mindset, so having a "big eating day" once a month seems to work for me.

I'm not saying that (potentially) binge eating once a month is healthy, but currently it's what helps me stay on track. And it's definitely better than binge eating 20 times a month, which is what I was doing before!

Arctic Mama
01-19-2012, 06:09 PM
Add me to the train that thinks calling it a cheat is bad juju for keeping a healthy relationship with food. If I cheat, I eat something I didn't intend and had little emotional control over or hunger need for. I don't cheat but once in a blue moon, because the only person I cheat is myself.

But do I plan a good variety of food, including those that satisfy the body AND mind? Absolutely! Making food delicious is my biggest step - rich seasoning, enough fat, a beautiful look and mouthfeel.... Highly important for maintenance that when I do eat, it is satisfying. That keeps me from desiring stuff that isn't good for me. That is the basis of my diet, honestly. I've given up the stuff that makes me sick and fat. Now there is room for the occasional wheat and sugar free dessert, some fried food at a restaurant on a date (rare in these parts, maybe a few times a year), and I regularly have a square of extra dark espresso chocolate. If it doesn't make me ill, there is room for it in my diet in healthy, mindfully enjoyed quantities.

I don't consider it a cheat, because I plan for it and feel no guilt or bad feelings for eating it. But at this point I have good self control with the rare indulgence food. There are times for total prohibition (I'm on that right now for sugar and it has obliterated the cravings for it), and when that is the case a cheat does nothing but hurt ME more. Not worth it, not to be pursued, not to be condoned for myself. Maybe it is semantics, but words matter when they dictate the feelings associated with what is being discussed. A piece of chocolate on most ways of eating shouldn't be a cheat, but it shouldn't be a cornerstone of 'nutrition' for your body, either!

banananutmuffin
01-19-2012, 06:20 PM
Hm. Depends on what you mean by "cheat."

I've been following primal blueprint. There are plenty of foods "not allowed" on the plan. I haven't eaten any of them (yet), but imagine there will be times when I eat them for special occasions (wedding cake, special occasions out, meals when I'm a guest at someone's home, etc.). I wouldn't call those "built in" cheats as much as trying to make sure I don't live my life around my diet.

This plan also allows for sensible indulgences of certain things, namely wine (woo hoo), rice (yay!), potatoes/tubers (yum!) and dark chocolate. So I eat those things (mostly the wine and chocolate lol) in small amounts on occasion. I guess it could be called a "cheat," but I like to think of them as sensible indulgences.

novangel
01-19-2012, 07:06 PM
Of course, if I didn't I would fail. As far as food in general I don't eat "clean" but I don't eat horrible foods either. Everything in moderation and exercise.

Arctic Mama
01-19-2012, 07:19 PM
Hm. Depends on what you mean by "cheat."

I've been following primal blueprint. There are plenty of foods "not allowed" on the plan. I haven't eaten any of them (yet), but imagine there will be times when I eat them for special occasions (wedding cake, special occasions out, meals when I'm a guest at someone's home, etc.). I wouldn't call those "built in" cheats as much as trying to make sure I don't live my life around my diet.

This plan also allows for sensible indulgences of certain things, namely wine (woo hoo), rice (yay!), potatoes/tubers (yum!) and dark chocolate. So I eat those things (mostly the wine and chocolate lol) in small amounts on occasion. I guess it could be called a "cheat," but I like to think of them as sensible indulgences.

That's the same type of plan I use for maintaining and I believe Sisson's composition of foods and the why's of what is mostly prohibited make so much sense. Good luck with it!

duckyyellowfeet
01-19-2012, 07:57 PM
Not really, no. I will look at my calories at the end of the day and make a choice to have a treat: 9 hersey's kisses, a Skinny Cow ice cream bar, peanut butter and graham crackers, a glass (or two) of wine. I just dont see it as cheating...I see it as living my life. I try and keep my food as "clean" as possible, but I also know 100% clean eating drives me to overeat. Its much easier and better, IMO, to just build the things I crave into a day with reasonable portions and calorie increases.

makingthechanges
01-19-2012, 08:35 PM
I wouldn't say I cheat, but I indulge a little more on weekends. When I first started, on the weekends I would indulge in giant quantities of chips etc, and found they made me sick. I took that as a sign from my body that it was getting used to healthier foods and rejecting the crap, so I don't really do that or crave it anymore. My "indulgence" on weekends is more along the line of restaurant food. During the week, my diet is very regimented because I pack breakfast and lunch to eat at work, and dinner is usually a frozen Healthy Choice steamer. On weekends I will have something good, but not crazy- if out shopping I'll have maybe a low cal selection at Einstein Brothers or something. (I eat a power bar before going out so I'm not starving and crazy when I do hit a restaurant, and that helps.) From time to time, I will have whatever I want at a restaurant, but limit my portion, and I don't tend to choose something outrageously hi cal.

For me, allowing for little indulgences helps me keep going- I've been at this since about 10/1 and made good progress, so I'm happy with the way I'm doing it. I definitely feel like I've not only learned to make better food choices, but have taught my body to crave better things.

gonnabfitmom
01-19-2012, 08:42 PM
Oh man. The idea of a 'big eating day' is so tempting to me right now. I've been craving a golden corral breakfast for a while.

Lyla
01-19-2012, 08:58 PM
As it is a cheat for me, is actually part of my diet. I eat low carb 6 days and 1 day i have to eat high carb to refill the glycogen in muscles. I eat ANYTHING!!!

Steph7409
01-19-2012, 08:59 PM
I'm with everyone who doesn't like the word "cheating." I count calories, so I eat what I want within that limit. If I go over on occasion, that's just going off plan. I'm not doing anything wrong.

Similarly, I find myself bristling a bit when people tell me I'm being "good" when I pass up some food or another. It's the same thing, really, assigning what I think of as moral terms to how I choose to eat. Passing up a cookie doesn't make me a better person, just like eating a cookie doesn't make me a bad person. My relationship with food is whacked enough as it is, so I try to keep the value judgements out of it.

kimmyskelter
01-19-2012, 09:02 PM
i do not allow myself cheat days because i am afraid that it will reopen my appetite and ill start binge eating. however im not strictly fruits and veggies n protein. i basically eat healthier but in proportions. so i dnt really crave anything. but i think that cheat days are bad and it leads to us turning back. wat u shuld do is eat wat u want but proportion it. eat the correct serving that way u wont get any cravings and u will be comfortable on your diet!

Daki
01-19-2012, 09:10 PM
As it is a cheat for me, is actually part of my diet. I eat low carb 6 days and 1 day i have to eat high carb to refill the glycogen in muscles. I eat ANYTHING!!!

Yup! Same here, fun isn't it? Hehe =)

Kahokkuri
01-20-2012, 12:20 AM
I generally give myself the weekends off but I think I'm going to change this system to two cheat meals instead. Rather than being bad all day Friday and Saturday, I'll instead choose two meals during the week–they'll probably still fall on Fri and Sat, realistically–to cheat. I'm hoping this encourages me to not let the weekends be such a waste!

flourless
01-20-2012, 02:19 AM
Do you allow yourself 1 cheat day per week in order to not feel deprived? Or how about just 1 cheat meal per week? Or do you eat clean non-stop?

When I say eating "clean", I'm talking about whole foods and not eating processed foods...basically, eating fruits, veggies, beans, low-fat or skim dairy, and fish.

By that definition, I don't eat "clean" at all. My days usually include sugar, starch, meat, full-fat dairy, processed foods (and a healthy amount of fruit/veg/usually beans/sometimes fish)

For those of you that cheat, does that hinder your weight loss journey or do you find that having a cheat day or meal once per week actually allows you to NOT end up going on an all out binge.

I've been losing a steady 2lb per week. The two weeks I took completely "off", in the sense that I paid minimal attention to my diet or exercise, I lost 1.6lb. I'm calling that "not hindered" because I don't want to lose weight faster than that.

As for me, I just started eating clean as of last Friday. I've been doing great so far, but today I cheated by ordering a cheese pizza. At least it was just a cheese pizza and didn't have any additional toppings on it. :^:


For eating clean - how is cheese pizza better than pizza loaded up with every vegetable topping they serve? I went from ordering pizza to either ordering pizza and making salad, or ordering two family-size salads for every pizza. There's usually pizza in the house for about three days.. but it makes a popular breakfast!

Karig89
01-20-2012, 02:36 AM
I recently started counting calories and I'm on 1400cal per day or roundabouts. I wouldn't call it cheating if I have a handful of tortilla chips for example. I just make sure a weigh a portion and add it to my food journal. I have what I want but I weigh it, have only one portion and it's part of my daily allowance. As long as I stay within my numbers and I do my work out I find I can enjoy mostly anything (in small moderate portions) and I don't feel deprived.

I've been loosing steadily since I began counting calories-something which I'd never tried before!