Today Is My Cheat Day! Or Is It?
Posted July 20, 2010on:
Have you ever been on some sort of restrictive diet where one day a week, you let yourself eat whatever you want, as a “reward” for doing so well the other six days? Most people call this day their “cheat day”. If you’ve followed this system, how’s it workin’ out for ya?
Here’s the sad truth: most people, on their cheat days, eat so many calories that they more than make up for what they’ve saved when they’ve been so restrictive the rest of the week. Yikes! The truth hurts, and the scale doesn’t lie.
So, how do we solve this problem? We aren’t just going to avoid our cheat foods forever. They’re yummy.
I like having an occasional cheat meal as a treat. You can even get away with this once a week. (You might even get to the point where you can’t tolerate so much greasy food anymore.) I have these special treats in combination with less restriction during the week—believe it or not. Yes, definitely eat healthier, but you don’t need to limit yourself to carrots and iceberg lettuce during the week. What I’m trying to say is—if you find healthy yet tasty and hearty foods (perhaps in my Recipe Friday section!), you will have less desire for a “cheat day”.
As always, I’d really love to hear about anyone else’s experiences with this!