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Cheat Days

Cheat days are often recommended for people who are dieting. The idea is that for one day a week the dieter is allowed to treat themselves to a favourite food that they have cut out of their regular eating. There is good evidence to show that incorporating a cheat day into a diet helps people to stick to it and achieve their goals.

However if you are incorporating a cheat day into your eating plan I recommend caution! Its all too easy to go a bit mad – eating a huge pizza, a three course curry or a kebab and 6 pints of beer. Do that and you’ll have undone most of the gains you made in the week.

The way round this is to plan your treat just as you’d plan any other meal. Fit it into your eating plan and understand the damage its going to do. Personally I prefer to fast a little during the day and ensure I don’t exceed my maintenance eating target.

I also prefer to refer to it as a treat day. After all if you’re planning it you’re not cheating are you?

And my own treat? Cheese and biscuits and wine.

Categories: fitness, food
  1. April 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Sounds like you have a good handle on the concepts.

    I posted about Free Meals v Free Days recently with some of the same ideas: http://newjohn.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/day-97/

    Good luck and work strong!

    New John


    We will either find a way, or make one. — Hannibal
    http://newjohn.wordpress.com — New John for a New Year, my 4HB blog

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