Do you have a "sin day"?

  • suedeheadscot

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    Sep 25, 2011 7:24 AM GMT
    This is where you have a day that you eat whatever the hell you like if you are following a diet.

    I'm fairly slim, but have noticed a wee bit of a spare tyre (slight) starting to form. I do crunches a lot so I'm still fairly toned but decided to look after myself a bit more. I'm not following any diet but have cut out crisps, chocolates and cake from my diet.

    However, I've heard of a few guys doing weights/trying to look after their body will have one day where they say fuck it and just eat chocolate.

    If you do follow this, does it have much impact? Do you completely lard it out on a sin day? Do tell......

  • Sep 25, 2011 8:31 AM GMT
    I generally avoid carbs in my diet/lifestyle. But if I'm with friends or out for an evening I enjoy whatever I like. I was good all week, but last night a friend took me out to Kilkenny, that awesome Medieval town, for a great day -- and I had beer, wine, sweets, potatoes, rice, bread, (with some great lamb) and a luscious dessert. Loved it and made all the work of the week worth the effort. If you are consistent with your fitness workouts and with a healthy diet, occasional "sin days" will have little effect on you. Sin weeks or months is a different story. It's all about moderation. Enjoying life -- friends, food/drink that you really like, etc. is part of what makes life worth living. Go ahead have some chocolate -- just not the whole bag! You've got a great body, by the way. If I hop the pond to the UK can I see it in person?
  • suedeheadscot

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    Sep 25, 2011 5:44 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice....I'll be in touch about the body!!

    Anyone else have a sin day? I can get through the diet thing if I know there will be one day I can have a slice of chocolate cake or a bag of kettle crisps!
  • suedeheadscot

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    Sep 26, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
    I don't think enough people answered to this...THREAD RE-APPEAR!!
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    Sep 26, 2011 6:49 PM GMT
    Absolutely. Your diet is something you'll want to live with for life, so to deny yourself some of your guilty pleasures (occassionally) would be to endanger your long term goals. Enjoy life, but strive to make it last very long.
  • Syphon

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    Sep 26, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    Uh yeah, like everyday.

    It's harder for me to gain fat than it is muscle, and that's saying something. So I can stuff my face with whatever I want and it's all good.
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    Sep 26, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    I don't have a day per se, but I try to eat according to what I call the 90/10 rule. 90% of the time I eat only the best things for me. 10% of the time I can indulge myself. The math means that I can indulge myself about three times a week.
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    Oct 09, 2011 8:18 AM GMT
    I am serial sinner, but only little ones. A slither of Victoria sponge or lemon drizzle cake with a cup of rich black coffee, a small sqare of 80% cocoa dark chocolate every third day makes kife so more enjoyable. Food is good and since I will never be a cat-walk diva I do enough at the gym to relish the nice things in life. It's all about moderation and balanceicon_biggrin.gif.
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    Oct 09, 2011 8:26 AM GMT
    Yep
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    Oct 09, 2011 8:31 AM GMT
    I had pizza and beer this weekend - which is totally against my diet. I only do that maybe once every month or so. Today it's back to the gym to try to undo the damage.

    I am learning not to beat myself up about it so much now. In fact, sometimes that will reset your metabolism - and for me mean that I can start losing weight again - because I have been stuck the last week or two.
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    Oct 09, 2011 8:32 AM GMT
    Paleo diet allows 2 cheat meals a week. But since it's a full
    Fat diet , no calorie restriction diet you don't really need them.
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    Oct 09, 2011 9:02 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidPaleo diet allows 2 cheat meals a week. But since it's a full
    Fat diet , no calorie restriction diet you don't really need them.


    Well Paleo, at least the Robb Web version I do, doens´t acknowledge "cheating". It says there are certain foods which are likely to cause inflamation and digestive problems and if you want to eat them then do it, but on your own head be it. I have the freedom to eat what the hell I want but I know what the effect will be on me and so I almost never eat eat grains or dairy and I absolutely always and totally avoid wheat and gluten.
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    Oct 09, 2011 9:02 AM GMT
    Syphon saidUh yeah, like everyday.

    It's harder for me to gain fat than it is muscle, and that's saying something. So I can stuff my face with whatever I want and it's all good.


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    Oct 09, 2011 9:53 AM GMT
    I havent eaten chocolate in like forever, not a fan anymore.

    For me eating an apple these days is a treat........so sad icon_sad.gif

    BUT one thing I do miss is Hagen Daz icecream, I haven't had a tub for months so maybe this thread will inspire me the next time I go to the supermarket icon_smile.gif

    One thing I know I couldn't give up is wholemeal/grain bread. I know on a strict fat loss diet it's one to avoid but I'd die if I didn't have it to go with some of my meals.

    If I want an extra treat one day I'll just sneak in another bowl of cereal but that's hardly going NUTS is it ?
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    Oct 09, 2011 11:22 AM GMT
    whateveryo said
    If I want an extra treat one day I'll just sneak in another bowl of cereal but that's hardly going NUTS is it ?


    Going NUTS is when I used to eat an entire big tin of salted cashews in a sitting. Cashews are addictive.
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    Oct 09, 2011 11:32 AM GMT
    Honestly....no.
    Don't allow any "sin days" (Which sounds too religious/god bullshit like.) Don't ever allow yourself a cheat day.
    Haven't had soda, chocolate, ice cream, cake or candy in years. It helps build self discipline too.
    My 18 yr old nephew has been staying with me for a while now. The first 2 months were tough for him eating the way I do, but now he looks better, feels better, and is amazing in the gym!

    DON'T EVER HAVE A "CHEAT DAY!" icon_wink.gif

    Tristan
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    Oct 09, 2011 2:26 PM GMT
    I'll get a bar of Moser Roth 85% dark chocolate at Aldi's and hoard it in my room like Gollum for the week.
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    Oct 09, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    Oh sure, I allow myself a sin or cheat day once in a while. Letting myself go hog wild means that I'll indulge in a handful of walnuts, a peach, cup of blueberries, or two spoonfuls of flaxseed in my post-workout protein shake instead if just one. Ya gotta live every now and then!!
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    Oct 09, 2011 3:04 PM GMT
    Yup but its something inside the diet ... i have 1 day in da week which i could eat w/e i want =3
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    Oct 09, 2011 3:09 PM GMT
    I don't understand how people can function during a workout without carbs. If I don't make at least 50% of my daily Caloric intake carbohydrates I feel like I have absolutely no energy during practice. I mean I'm not stuffing my face with cookies, cake, and candy, but I eat about three or four servings of pasta a day.

    Those of you that say you stay away from carbs, how do you do it???
  • Jerebear

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    Oct 09, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    Yes, usually two or three times a week. When I'm below my targets for both scale weight and fat percentage that I have a "cheat day", although I prefer to look at it as cycling my carbs, because thats really the only thing I restrict arbitrarily.

    The carb re-feeds reset leptin levels, and that hormone has a positive impact on your p-ratio.

    I've tried experimenting with steady-state carb restriction and I lose alot more scale weight, but much more of it comes from lean tissue than otherwise should. With an intermittent carb restriction cycle, scale weight doesnt go down as fast, but I do much better at keeping my fat percentage going down with it, and it has the added bonus that I can sync it up to my training cycle.
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    Oct 11, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    swmrh911 saidI don't understand how people can function during a workout without carbs.
    Some people's bodies generate and store their own carbs more efficiently than others, making it unnecessary to eat more of them. Those are the people who blame their fatness on genetics say things like "I can look at a cake and gain 5 lbs," which isn't really all that incorrect. My body is like that. Carbs+me=no.

    Apparently your body uses carbs quickly. If I ate like you, they'd be calling me PaulWaddles.