cheat day

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    May 03, 2009 11:55 PM GMT
    i read that its ok to eat/drink whatever and how much you want 1 day a week. the theory is that by doing this the spike in calories shocks the system actually causes the metabolism to "fight" it and speed up. Is this true? icon_confused.gif
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    May 04, 2009 3:44 AM GMT
    It is good to do a cheat day once a week...i am sure does all of the above! But just work ur ass off, hit it hard, da after and it will be all worth it.icon_wink.gif
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    May 04, 2009 3:53 AM GMT
    I don't think binge eating is a good thing at all. It's ok to allow yourself a greasy cheeseburger once in a while. But not a greasy cheeseburger, followed by a dozen donuts, followed by a pitcher of beer, followed by a bucket of fried chicken all in one day. icon_lol.gif
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    May 04, 2009 3:56 AM GMT
    Mac & Cheese cheat day... delicious icon_smile.gif
  • MuslDrew

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    May 04, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    Most weeks I have a cheat meal or two and I tend to binge on major holidays. I wouldn't recommend weekly.
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    May 04, 2009 7:13 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI don't think binge eating is a good thing at all. It's ok to allow yourself a greasy cheeseburger once in a while. But not a greasy cheeseburger, followed by a dozen donuts, followed by a pitcher of beer, followed by a bucket of fried chicken all in one day. icon_lol.gif


    Oh God! This reminds me of my diet a several years ago. Ok, I didn't eat doughnuts by the dozen or fried chicken by the bucket in one sitting, but they were regular staples in my college diet. It makes me feel kinda queasy just thinking about eating burgers or fried chicken. While I enjoy an occasional burger, and doughnut the idea of fried anything is unfathomable to me today.

    To the OP, here's the way it works for me. If I feel like eating something like a chocolate bar (dark chocolate 210 calories) or a slice of pizza (350-500 calories coupled with something like a salad with no dressing at lunch) I'll go ahead and eat it. Because to me it's much better than deprivation 6 days of the week to the point where the cheat day rolls around and I'm craving a bunch of crap that I didn't let myself eat all week. If that happens, I'm liable to sit down and eat 1500-2500 calories+ in a meal (I'm a dessert fanatic). I want my diet to be something that I can live and be happy with on a day to day basis. Also, if I fall off the wagon and eat a bunch of junk on consecutive days it's easier to get back on track.
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    May 04, 2009 7:15 AM GMT
    *psst* Cheat Meal... not day
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    May 04, 2009 12:29 PM GMT
    I'm a free day believer. It makes the rest of my program that much more effective. It is great for the mind and the body.

    I lost about ten pounds in the last two weeks having a free day every Sunday.
  • underbearboy

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    May 05, 2009 1:30 PM GMT
    cjcscuba1984 said*psst* Cheat Meal... not day


    I agree.

    Is there any medical evidence that shocking the system with a big meal would jumpstart metabolism and help you get over a plateau? LOL Or is that just wishful thinking?

    For someone like me, or a few others at RJ, having a cheat day or even a meal, would get me off track in losing weight (at least psychologically). All my other diets failed because of 'moderation' and 'smaller portions'... making a commitment to a lifestyle change which includes the above and a whole lot more is the only way I've been able to lose the current 30lbs so far. Cheating would make me feel guilty! LOL

    Example: I feel guilty if I have a double portion of LITE whipped cream on my grapes. Or finish off that loaf of bakery Irish Soda Bread after St. Patrick's Day. Psychologically I guess I'm more 'rewarded' now by the shedding lbs. and feeling better and buying clothes in smaller sizes, than that big box of McDonald's fries.

    That said, I will probably have my next cheat meal on Gay Pride Day when I have one of those huge sausage and pepper hero at PRIDEfest... and exercise double time the next day!

    Then again I suppose it is somewhat different to diet to gain weight for proper muscle-building... and then having a cheat meal/day.
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    May 05, 2009 1:42 PM GMT
    Chinese take-out day!! W00000000T!!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 05, 2009 1:56 PM GMT
    I usually have a cheat meal or two (mostly Chipotle and Noodles and Company) during the week. I personally, need em, cause other wise I'd go crazy.

    Sometimes, sushi too! Yummmmmmmmmmm
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    May 05, 2009 2:14 PM GMT
    sushi
    is
    not
    fattening.

    It´s rice and fish.

    Chipotle
    Is
    a
    Food group.

    seriously: train your taste buds to like healthy fresh food by cooking for yourself and never eating junk or processed food. Do that for 6 months or a year and after eat what you want. This is what i do.

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    May 05, 2009 3:02 PM GMT
    Underbearboy, your post has somewhat annoyed me.

    I know that heavy people here on realjock are desperate to prove that they have the discipline now to make up for the lack of discipline that had at some other point in life but that doesn't mean you have to prove yourself to be some sort of exceptional hero.

    Free days are about one thing and that is ensuring sustainability. I know people who have done diet after diet with no success and the reason for their failure is because they cheated throughout their programs. If you follow a program like weight watchers, it will really work for you but it is extremely difficult to get through because you give up control and have to say goodbye to foods for the rest of your life.

    Most diets mean you can never have what you enjoyed ever again unless you break the rules of the program. You are right Underbearboy, you will feel guilty. I'm sure there have been many times where you have cheated in your program. I know I sure the heck did when I was doing weight watchers and the abs diet.

    With my ability of having a free day I still retain control. With most diets you give up control and then it almost becomes a fight with the diet. A free day isn't a required overdose on chocolate day. It is a day where you can choose what you want. Eat a brownie or six or do whatever feels right including your regular routine.

    I have found that since I started body for life that my free days have gotten less and less wild. Unlike you I don't have the fantasy/desire of how great a large mcdonalds fries or how Irish soda bread tastes because through my process I have lost the desire for them over time.

    Free Days are good and in the long run they don't derail your success but encourage it.

    Not only have I lost 75 pounds but I have but my physique is quite lean. Perhaps the new pics I will post soon will verify as such.
  • underbearboy

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    May 05, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    MrJames saidUnderbearboy, your post has somewhat annoyed me.

    I know that heavy people here on realjock are desperate to prove that they have the discipline now to make up for the lack of discipline that had at some other point in life but that doesn't mean you have to prove yourself to be some sort of exceptional hero.


    icon_confused.gif Like everybody I was stating a personal opinion about what works for ME at this point in MY life. No, I am not "desperate to prove" anything to anyone... of any age. For that rare, totally out-of-shape, flabby 40 or 50-something year old person who might be out there in "RJ-land" I'd like them to know there's a place here for them as well, and where various personal opinions are welcomed. That includes so many things, for example, how individuals approach 'dieting' or 'food intake lifestyle changes' (including 'cheating').

    I am no "sort of exceptional hero" and I don't think I've made myself out to be one here, at least that is not my intention. There are many men who if they haven't lost signficant weight by their 50's just give up. My partner who died at age 50 from pulmonary hypertension (a rare form of heart-lung disease) was one of them... most of his weight though was water in his system which couldn't be gotten rid of, though some of it was pure fat.

    Many folks at RJ (both young and older) have been very encouraging in helping folks here to understand that weight loss is important at even a later age for improved health (physical and mental), which I am thankful for.

    I have just preferred to use myself as one example (out of thousand here?) of how 'change' is possible whether you are in your 20's or 50's.

    peace, Brian
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    May 05, 2009 8:33 PM GMT
    Every day is a cheat dayicon_wink.gif
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    May 05, 2009 8:37 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI don't think binge eating is a good thing at all. It's ok to allow yourself a greasy cheeseburger once in a while. But not a greasy cheeseburger, followed by a dozen donuts, followed by a pitcher of beer, followed by a bucket of fried chicken all in one day. icon_lol.gif
    Note to self, cut back to a half dozen donuts on cheat day!
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    May 06, 2009 2:50 AM GMT
    just to clarify i wasn't actually talking about an ENTIRE day of cheating - I guess I used "cheat day" in the general sense. thanks to everyone for your thoughts.