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euclid1997

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Posted: 03 Jul 2020, 11:32
This has probably been asked many times before, but I'm a newbie to this website and I appreciate any advice.
Is it good/normal to have a cheat day every week?
I've been trying hard to follow my diet but I do get cravings for junk food and I satiate them during my cheat day every week. My net calorie intake is positive during this day and I feel guilty.
Any tips on how to overcome this challenge?
Thanks!
teachingmomm...

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Posted: 04 Jul 2020, 11:49
I think it is ok to have a cheat day every once and a while. But you can't go crazy. If you have a problem with the control, don't cheat so often. And don't worry too much about one day with calories..look at your whole week if it helps.
Guns_of_Nava...

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Posted: 06 Jul 2020, 01:51
There is a diet plan called a Zig-Zag diet. This lets you have more calories on some days, less on others.

You need to work out what your calorie allowance is for the week, divide that by 7 and then play with the numbers to give you a few days a week when you can have some treats.

Here is an example...

Sunday 2,500 Calories
Monday 1,500 Calories
Tuesday 2,000 Calories
Wednesday 1,500 Calories
Thursday 2,000 Calories
Friday 1,500 Calories
Saturday 2,700 Calories
Happygrammy9

Joined: Jul 16
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Posted: 11 Jul 2020, 06:49
I am on WW, I have so many points a day but then we have extra weekly points to add when you need a special treat. Works well but you have to plan. Look for treats that work well with your likes. I find single serve popcorn, chips, etc work better for me but they are more expensive. Good luck!
euclid1997

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Posted: 14 Jul 2020, 17:21
Thanks for all your help guys. I appreciate it! Very Happy
Brentm77

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Posted: 15 Jul 2020, 12:07
Another tip that has worked for me in the past - a cheat "window" instead of a day. Pick a two hour window, in the evening, one day a week to not count calories. For me, it is usually Sunday night. I get to do something fun on the weekend, indulge without guilt, weighing, and measuring, and it is easier to get back on the horse on a Monday than it would be on another weekend day. As you are limited to a window, you are going to have way less excess calories than you would in an entire day of cheating. I also pre-plan what I will eat - a crazy meal and dessert, so I don't binge. For me, it is mentally resting to have a time without thinking about my diet.
Alparós...

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Posted: 16 Jul 2020, 12:25
I'm also a fan of the "cheat window" during one day a week.
...fear is a luxury...
Pudge Pudge

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Posted: 18 Jul 2020, 01:42
A "cheat day" suggests that food is a reward, right? Since I eat at home most of the time now, food is less of a reward than the overall pleasure of sitting down and eating a healthy filling meal. Today for dessert I had blueberries in almond milk and a stella doro almond cookie. Notice I allow myself the caloric almond cookie in my diet but I also look for other healthier stuff that is satisfying. In other words, I want my behaviors to change so that I don't have to diet or I'll start yo-yo-ing.
val_parker

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Posted: 23 Jul 2020, 20:47
I don't like the thought of having a cheat day once a week or even just a whole cheat meal. It could totally derail what I have going. I'd much rather have one cheat snack each day. I'm less likely to go overboard.
Cheat meals occasionally are okay, though. Like I'm going to have a cheat meal for my birthday. No cake, though.
davehoward63

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Posted: 24 Jul 2020, 20:42
If you increase calories IN; once a week, once a day, once a month, you have to increase calories OUT to balance. You have to burn more calories than you eat to lose weight. Simple.
"If you keep cutting corners, you end up going in circles"
~ Dave Howard
kieranwillia...

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Posted: 27 Jul 2020, 12:07
Quote:
There is a diet plan called a Zig-Zag diet. This lets you have more calories on some days, less on others.

You need to work out what your calorie allowance is for the week, divide that by 7 and then play with the numbers to give you a few days a week when you can have some treats.
https://au.edubirdie.com/finance-assignments
Here is an example...

Sunday 2,500 Calories
Monday 1,500 Calories
Tuesday 2,000 Calories
Wednesday 1,500 Calories
Thursday 2,000 Calories
Friday 1,500 Calories
Saturday 2,700 Calories


Thank you for such a valuable information. I've been looking for a solution to this problem for a long time and I finally found one. Really appreciate your reply!



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