I used to have more breaks when I first started losing weight, believe it or not. I'd usually have at least one day off for pizza. I think during the first few months it helped, but now doesn't really help much at all. In fact, it makes me hungrier and makes the "break" last longer.
I think for me then, a food reward or day off is great at the time, but leads to yet another week of no weight loss. Although, like you, it's a good sign for maintenance that I don't really gain on off weeks as I don't eat 3000 calories a day anymore. I'm to the point though where breaks need to be maybe 1 day a month anymore to continue losing.
I don't think feeling as if "I deserve it after this long" is good for me, although I think that for sure from time to time. The problem so many times, is that we say, "we deserve it" for just one meal, then one day, then the next few weeks....etc.
Last edited by Vex; 08-28-2012 at 09:46 PM.