Cheat meal, cheat day, or both?

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    Mar 10, 2010 5:54 PM GMT
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    Mar 10, 2010 6:22 PM GMT
    I'm currently tracking calories per day, so my cheat is one day per week where I eat more calories per day. It doesn't matter whether it's one bigger meal, several slightly bigger meals, or an extra meal. As for the amount of caloric cheat, I haven't decided on that yet; I'll probably just eat ad libitum, which will mean eating about 2500 calories instead of the 2000 I'm currently eating.
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    Mar 10, 2010 6:40 PM GMT
    paradox saidI'm currently tracking calories per day, so my cheat is one day per week where I eat more calories per day. It doesn't matter whether it's one bigger meal, several slightly bigger meals, or an extra meal.


    On Weight Watchers we track points and activity points are accumulated throughout the week. Right now I have 19. I think I'm going to use them for italian food tonight.
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    Mar 10, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I think you're on the wrong site for this kind of advice.

    http://www.weight-loss-forums.com/
    http://www.caloriesperhour.com/forums/
    http://forums.menshealth.com/eve/forums/a/frm/f/295109121

    It's not that I really care that you're here, you're welcome to do what you want. But I know you're looking for support and advice for weight loss, and personally I think there are more relevant forums where you can seek it. You post here about nightly eating binges, sneaking cookies, WW approving some McDonald's items, and "cheating" with a big bowl of pasta tonight. The one person who gave you advice above me is 6'1 and 180 pounds, and I consider that to be in really good shape. This is the wrong forum for help in achieving your ambitious goals - you've lost 8.2 pounds out of your goal of more than 140, according to your profile. It can be done, but you have a long way to go and you're not helping yourself here.

    You wanted us to discuss, that's my contribution to the discussion.

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    Mar 10, 2010 7:26 PM GMT
    djdorchester saidI've said it before, and I'll say it again. I think you're on the wrong site for this kind of advice.

    http://www.weight-loss-forums.com/
    http://www.caloriesperhour.com/forums/
    http://forums.menshealth.com/eve/forums/a/frm/f/295109121

    It's not that I really care that you're here, you're welcome to do what you want. But I know you're looking for support and advice for weight loss, and personally I think there are more relevant forums where you can seek it. You post here about nightly eating binges, sneaking cookies, WW approving some McDonald's items, and "cheating" with a big bowl of pasta tonight. The one person who gave you advice above me is 6'1 and 180 pounds, and I consider that to be in really good shape. This is the wrong forum for help in achieving your ambitious goals - you've lost 8.2 pounds out of your goal of more than 140, according to your profile. It can be done, but you have a long way to go and you're not helping yourself here.

    You wanted us to discuss, that's my contribution to the discussion.



    I never posted about sneaking cookies. Had you clicked the link you would have seen I copied and pasted the title of an article. I contributed to a discussion about WW approving some McDonalds meals by explaining why based on a weekly meeting I had just attended. My post regarding nightly eating binges was in response to someone else with the same issue. And I posted, in a weight loss forum, asking how others who are trying to lose weight handle a certain situation.

    And while we are on the subject, since this is a weight loss forum, what are you doing here?
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    Mar 10, 2010 7:27 PM GMT
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    I never posted about sneaking cookies. Had you clicked the link you would have seen I copied and pasted the title of an article. I contributed to a discussion about WW approving some McDonalds meals by explaining why based on a weekly meeting I had just attended. My post regarding nightly eating binges was in response to someone else with the same issue. And I posted, in a weight loss forum, asking how others who are trying to lose weight handle a certain situation.

    And while we are on the subject, since this is a weight loss forum, what are you doing here?



    OK the fact that you got defensive tells me everything I need to know about you. Good luck.
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    Mar 10, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    djdorchester said
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    djdorchester said



    I never posted about sneaking cookies. Had you clicked the link you would have seen I copied and pasted the title of an article. I contributed to a discussion about WW approving some McDonalds meals by explaining why based on a weekly meeting I had just attended. My post regarding nightly eating binges was in response to someone else with the same issue. And I posted, in a weight loss forum, asking how others who are trying to lose weight handle a certain situation.

    And while we are on the subject, since this is a weight loss forum, what are you doing here?



    OK the fact that you got defensive tells me everything I need to know about you. Good luck.


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    Mar 10, 2010 8:47 PM GMT
    We've covered this before, for the same guy, in fact, but, the answer is still the same. If you're active and manage your relationship with food appropriately, you can eat a bit tasty / cheat food. It's not about being miserable, but, rather, behaving properly more than not.
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    Mar 10, 2010 8:49 PM GMT
    I am trying to gain so my cheat days...I eat less.
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    Mar 10, 2010 9:50 PM GMT
    Cheat meal...watch those restaurant sized portions too if that's what you're going for. Those can get up in the neigborhood 1500-2000 calories or more easily. Look into healthier alternatives on the menu or half portions...and stay away from the cream based sauces.
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    Mar 11, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    Hmmm depends on how "bad" you are. If you do more harm by taking a "cheat meal" then you should take a "cheat day" and still eat healthy. If you do more harm by not exercising (as not exercising may contribute to other factors) then you should do a "cheat meal".

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    Mar 11, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    If you need some advice, email me directly and I can assist you.
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    Mar 11, 2010 6:08 AM GMT
    The big dinner I planned in my head became two slices of pizza. Later I had a brownie and vanilla latte. Plenty of points left over and I don't plan on using them.
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    Mar 11, 2010 5:29 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidWe've covered this before, for the same guy, in fact, but, the answer is still the same. If you're active and manage your relationship with food appropriately, you can eat a bit tasty / cheat food. It's not about being miserable, but, rather, behaving properly more than not.



    so right and so many people just dont follow this rule. I see people with totally strict diets acting miserable snacking on sunflower seeds for their enjoyment. You can throw in some tasty foods high in fat and calories if you are meeting all your other requirements and you watch the portion and dont do it all the time. Id rather actually spread out my cheating through the week rather than just one day.

    This Sunday is NCAA selection sunday and as tradition my boyfriend and I will each attempt to swallow down one sausage pie each, well he is bigger than me so he will finish all 8, I will peter out at 6. We treat ourselves to pizza about every 6 weeks but when we do it we totally pig out and enjoy ourselves with no guilt. Leading up to the pizza though, we will each pretty strict in the morning and healthy so we can balance it out

    Its all about balance, too many people drive themselves nuts because they deprive themselves of food