Do you eat a cheat meal?

  • Tyinstl

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    Sep 23, 2009 7:51 AM GMT
    If so, how do you prepare for it during the week?

    If not, how do you keep your diet sustainable?

    I tend to eat great for 4-6 weeks and then binge like a champ until my progress is gone. If anyone can give me tips on keeping a diet sustainable, that'd be super duper.
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    Sep 23, 2009 11:47 AM GMT
    Never deprive yourself. I eat what I want within reason. If I want buffalo wings and french fries, I will eat them but I will balance that meal by eating cleaner the next couple days. The key is balance, never cut out anything you really like, it will turn you miserable or you will end up binging.

    I see some diets on here where people live on sunflower seeds, chicken breast, and protein powder...what fun is that? You have to somehow get your willpower stronger and have that reward to look forward to every couple of days
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    Sep 23, 2009 3:28 PM GMT
    Rujock saidNever deprive yourself. I eat what I want within reason. If I want buffalo wings and french fries, I will eat them but I will balance that meal by eating cleaner the next couple days. The key is balance, never cut out anything you really like, it will turn you miserable or you will end up binging.

    I see some diets on here where people live on sunflower seeds, chicken breast, and protein powder...what fun is that? You have to somehow get your willpower stronger and have that reward to look forward to every couple of days


    you suck! I had a massive craving for WingStop lastnight but its like you said... all about balance. Tuesday is wing night for my brother and I and the rest of the time we are good. except we missed yesterday so now im screwed till next week.=( bummer.
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    Sep 23, 2009 3:40 PM GMT
    Eh, I'll eat ""something bad"" (notice the double quotation marks because I really don't advocate fear of food) occasionally, but for me it's about retraining yourself as to what it is you should be wanting to eat (i.e foods that satisfy your body's nutritional requirements). I've done the whole cheat day thing and to me it's just sad, desperately looking forward to that saturday or sunday when you can gorge on pizza and then go back to steamed cabbage and an evian (80's reference! I guess nowadays it'd be Hawaii water because I somehow feel Fiij water is so 3 years ago).
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    Sep 23, 2009 3:52 PM GMT
    I find that if I allow myself to have some food that is totally unhealthy, then I'll only do it once or twice a year. Things like Haagen Dazs Belgian Chocolate Chocolate, or KFC Extra Crispy Dark, or homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies, are the kinds of things I'm talking about. Conveniently for me, the nearest KFC is over 10 miles from me and the nearest Haagen Dazs store (the only place you can get Belgian Chocolate Chocolate) is at least 50 miles away. The ingredients for the cookies do always reside in the house though. icon_wink.gif

    Since I eat a lot and I eat healthy, I don't really consider my diet otherwise restrictive.
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    Sep 23, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    Tyinstl saidIf so, how do you prepare for it during the week?

    If not, how do you keep your diet sustainable?

    I tend to eat great for 4-6 weeks and then binge like a champ until my progress is gone. If anyone can give me tips on keeping a diet sustainable, that'd be super duper.


    Proper nutrition is a lifestyle and is easily sustainable. If you're craving or bingeing you're not eating properly.

    It's best not to view diet as something special, but, rather, a way of eating to support a more correct lifestyle.

    If you fail to have adequate calories, or variety, in your diet, binges will be more likely to happen. This is much of the reason fat asses are not successful. It's NOT about deprivation, but, having a trend towards the good, rather than a trend towards the bad.

    A piece of pizza isn't bad. It's tasty. You just can't eat it every day.

    A common sense, no-brainer, rule to apply is all good things in moderation.
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    Sep 23, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    No, but I like to give myself treats or a midnight snack every once in a while. Even so, I'm usually pretty careful about what I choose... bowl of cereal and a piece of fruit, PBJ sandwich, stuff like that. I'm no fan of the ol' Taco Bell "Fourthmeal."
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    Sep 23, 2009 5:18 PM GMT
    I only 'cheat' when I'm depressed. Other than that... Quiznos is my only cheat meal. Turkey subs. ^_^
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    Sep 23, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    During college and even now friday is Pizza nighticon_smile.gif

    If I notice my weight going up I'll add my "diet special" (brown rice, beans, and veggies) a few times a week to get my weight back in the range I want.

    I've maintained the same weight I had during my early 20s (I am 38 now).
  • 2theTEE

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    Sep 23, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    Not just a meal, but 2 days worth of cheat meals, when I pretty much just eat whatever through out those days. I don't go too crazy with it though.


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    Sep 23, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    Rujock said it best - don't deprive and make good choices. At least for me, nothing else ever works.