How often do you cheat and still win?

  • drypin

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    Jan 09, 2010 2:40 PM GMT
    Hi jocks,

    I'm trying to wrap my head around eating differently - i.e. better - and not beating myself up when I want a muffin. I'm not obese by any means - nearly 6'2", 92.4kg (about 204 lbs), about 17.5% body fat, but I am still a goodly distance from unwrapping the six pack underneath its "protective layer".
    For those of you who've really succeeded in changing your diet, how often did you "allow" yourself to break the rules... and did you do it for a whole day or just a single meal?
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    Jan 09, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    I've always been pretty good with my eating habits, so I never really had to monitor them, but my mother is a different story. She has tried a lot of different things, and what works best for her is allowing yourself one day to just be. I think this follows the logic of allowing yourself little breaks every once in awhile so you don't snap and start binging.
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    Jan 16, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    i finally went vegetarian last August or September.
    But since then it's happened that i had fish maybe 4 times and turkey at Xmas.

    I also cut down a lot on sugar, but i indulge in it whenever i need gratification .

    It will take roughly 3500 calories to put on a pound ( that's very rough, approx and all that ) so you can indulge a few times in desserts, fatty stuff a few times

    but, hmm, i'm not a jock..hahaha. .
  • Timbales

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    Jan 16, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    I don't think you should think of it as cheating.

  • masculumpedes

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    Jan 16, 2010 2:04 AM GMT
    We all have's just that some guys have a keg in front of theirs icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 16, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    When I was studying to get my Personal Trainers Certification I learned that the rule was that 80% of the time you should eat correctly and 20% of the time you could "treat" yourself - however most individuals are more in the 70 - 30% category. Don't feel bad for allowing yourself something "extra" once in a while - you just don't want to do it every day. icon_smile.gif
  • turbid2wenty

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    Jan 17, 2010 4:42 PM GMT
    I let myself eat whatever I want, once a week. Otherwise, I keep a journal in Google docs with daily calorie/fat/carb/protein intake, plus activity level, resting pulse, body fat, etc. It keeps me honest, and shows trends pretty easily. The month I had my wisdom teeth out was interesting...
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    Jan 19, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    I "cheat" whenever I want to. When people dont they drive themselves and others crazy and are miserable and will often binge eat to no end.

    Life is too short to constantly tell yourself you cant have this or that. Of course you have to eat relatively healthy and keep things in check but never deprive yourself of something you want. If you are going to eat those wings and beer later in the day than eat clean and a bit less earlier in the day. If you have a bunch of brownies after dinner, make sure you arent eating doughnuts the next day.

    been reading a good blog as of late, Ill have to link it later in which there is some evidence that eating 3 times a day is no different than 6-7 times a day and when you eat makes no difference as long as you are getting all your protein and macros in and if you get all that in and you still have room for more calories than go ahead and have that ice cream.