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Old Fri, Oct-10-03, 20:41
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delilah delilah is offline
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 300/300/195 Female 65"
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Location: San Mateo, California
Default Planning a cheat day

I've found that I go a little bonkers if I don't cheat every few weeks - a little cheat turns into a full-on binge. So, I try to plan them so that I feel like I have some level of control over my cheating!

Some friends are throwing a birthday/Halloween party for me and these friends are famous for their wild parties (I'm doomed as I have an accounting workshop the following morning! LOL). Not to mention the revelers in the Castro district of San Francisco.

Aaaaanyway! I'm full-on planning that Halloween will be a cheat day for me, but I'm undecided if I should take advantage of the day and go out to breakfast and lunch with high-carb options or just limit it to the evening when the party starts. I've found that normally, if I cheat a little bit, I tend to say "well, darn. I've screwed up the whole day anyway. Might as well make a go of it."

So how do you guys plan your cheat days? Or do you? How do you keep it from turning into a "cheat weekend?"
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Old Fri, Oct-10-03, 20:58
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Kristine Kristine is online now
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Plan: Primal
Stats: 171/155/155 Female 5'7"
Progress: 100%
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada

I plan ahead if I can, and try to practice damage control. In fact, when you plan it ahead of time, it's not cheating in my book. It's taking a break. As long as you're planning it, you're in control.

Since it's mainly the party you're thinking of, I'd stay LC during the day - honestly, you'll feel a lot better in the morning. The few times I've cheated early in the day, I'm whooped by early evening. At least if you wait until night time, you can just sleep it off and wake up with a fresh start.

Drink plenty of water, too, especially if there's going to be alcohol.

Happy Halloween!
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Old Fri, Oct-10-03, 21:07
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Plan: card addicts
Stats: 270/270/170 Female 64 inchs
Progress: 0%
Location: Columbus Ohio

I cheat about once every two weeks. I try and make it only one meal though.
It's not always planned either , sometimes I just know I need to . I honestly think I fall completely off the wagon if I didn't.
Have a great time at the party. Tina
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Old Fri, Oct-10-03, 21:15
maryb55 maryb55 is offline
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Plan: atkins
Stats: 279.6/273/140 Female 5'4
Progress: 5%
Location: Oklahoma

My DOCTOR told me to take off WOE 1 day a month. She explained it 2 ways, I won't cheat just looking forward to the day AND if I was totally terrible that day and ate like a PIG, I would feel so bad the next day that I would be more in control the next time... She is a VERY cool DR

Mary B
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Old Fri, Oct-10-03, 21:51
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 260/255/160 Male 6'0
Progress: 5%
Location: Peachtree City, GA

Everyone has to do their own thing, but why have a planned cheat day? Doesn't that make it hard to stay on this WOL? Personally, I avoid cheats if I can but that's just me. I just think planning a cheat day would be frustrating! Mike
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Old Sat, Oct-11-03, 12:10
DoubleD DoubleD is offline
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 180/135/135 Female 64 inches
Progress: 100%
Location: Soap Lake, Washington

I do not believe in cheating. It just leads to more "eating off plan" and what is the point of that if we are trying to improve our health and well being?

You should do what you want... but I can't post here that I think it is a good idea... because I don't think it is.
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Old Sun, Oct-12-03, 14:57
Emmalou Emmalou is offline
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Plan: Atkins/Protein Power
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Progress: 28%
Location: Midwest

I just got back from a conference -- four days in a hotel with meals provided. Thinking that it would be too difficult to avoid carbs I fully intended to cheat, but when the time came I just couldn't do it. I ordered eggs in my room before the breakfasts and was able to stay on plan during lunches and dinners. I ate more nuts than I normally would and drank two cups of coffee, but that was it! Maybe this really is becoming a way of life.
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Old Sun, Oct-12-03, 15:10
maryb55 maryb55 is offline
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Way to Go, Emmalou

It always seems to be easier to let yourself indulge when your not in your normal environment, but you did WONDERFUL!!

For me, since my doctor gave me the green light to have 1 free day a month, I don't to seem need it or really want it. Isn't it amazing when we take the power away from food and give it back to ourselves!!

Mary B
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Old Sun, Oct-12-03, 15:52
wcollier wcollier is offline
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Hi delilah:

I agree with Kristine, that planned cheats are different from impulsive cheats.

I'm following BFL which has a planned "free day" every Sunday. It's premise is to trick the body from thinking that it's dieting to help speed up the metabolism. This is totally different than an impulsive cheat/binge.

Binges are about lack of control. I know ALL about them. To me, these free days are about control. Usually I only allow a cheat for one meal (one serving always balanced with protein) b/c I think more than one meal sets off the "hog wild" mentality in me. I'm finding over time that I'm slowly learning moderation. I could only have learned moderation from planned, controlled cheats. And to be honest, the pull of high carb foods has started to fade away. There are some "free days" where I don't have a cheat meal, just to prove to myself that the "free meal" isn't controlling me.

I've had 2 boxes of Halloween candies sitting in my trunk for a couple of weeks now. A year ago, I could never have done that. I'd binge on the candies within a day. ....oops, I just realized that with all the hot weather we've had, they may have melted in my car!

My point is that some people can handle this kinda stuff, some can't. I don't think you were asking whether or not you should cheat, just whether you should cheat all day. I'd go with the "one meal" cheat. The "hog wild" cheats are harder to control in my opinion. You're still in control if you say "I'm only cheating for one meal, not all day".

HTH, and have a great party!

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Old Sun, Oct-12-03, 16:15
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TarHeel TarHeel is offline
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Plan: General LC maintenance
Stats: 152.6/115.6/115 Female 60 inches
Progress: 98%
Location: North Carolina

If I cheat at all, it tends to be with "legal", i.e. sugar free, stuff like candy and cake. There are so many good ones of those out there these days that it hardly makes sense to eat non lc ones. Russell Stover makes incredibly good chocolates and makes wonderful lc cake rolls. The maltinol (sp?) or other sugar alcohols in them don't seem to bother my digestive system, and haven't caused major stalls.

The one thing I do actually cheat on, about once a month, is some kind of fried seafood. Haven't figured out a satisfactory way to lc them. But I don't give in to the fries and hushpuppies and slaw that come with them. Just the fried shrimp or fried clam strips. There are usually more of them than I can eat, anyhow.

Oh. I do drink alcohol (blended whiskey with water) on a fairly regular basis. Probably slows my weight loss down a bit, but at least I am still married and haven't killed anyone.....

Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday to you,

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Old Sun, Oct-12-03, 18:29
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Plan: Atkins/low carb mix
Stats: 206/184/130 Female 5'5"
BF:Size 12
Progress: 29%

If cheating every 2 weeks, or whenever keeps you on the plan then please do it. It's better for you to follow the plan 28 out of 30 days than 0 out of 30! Don't worry what others say, do what works for you and don't feel bad about it.

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Old Sun, Oct-12-03, 20:04
Sunslyte Sunslyte is offline
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Plan: just low carb
Stats: 350/305/150 Female 5'2"
Progress: 23%
Location: Johnson County, Kansas

Planned going off the diet wouldn't work for me - I'm afraid I could come up with all sorts of Rationalizations for not eating the right things every other minute.

I do eat the low carb chocolate, and I dont consider that "cheating" -- I'm just keeping my carbs under 30 a day, and I work them into my total.

Terms like "cheating" always seem to rub me the wrong way, anyway, after all we ARE adults and we make choices. Probably why I was never too popular at Weight Watchers meetings <evil grin>
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Old Sun, Oct-12-03, 20:07
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When I first started atkins and of course after induction, I used to give myself days "off" from low carbing. For example, I give myself major holidays, like thankgsiving. I don't go overboard, but, I give myself permission to eat that piece of pie and not feel guilty. And sometimes I would give myself Saturdays or Sundays that I could eat anything I wanted to. In most cases, I wouldn't eat as many carbs as I planned on. Which turned out to be a good thing in proving to myself that I am not as carb addicted as I used to be. So, I totally agree with having a carb day to allow your body some fun. In most cases this won't hurt you, but just remember to get back on the wagon the next day and eat right again. Don't make exceptions everyday.
Chao, Belle
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Old Mon, Oct-13-03, 07:40
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Plan: Cyclic Ketogenic Diet
Stats: 261/236.5/160 Female 5'7"
Progress: 24%
Location: Little Rock, AR

I've pretty much sworn off cheat days. That one friggin' cheat plays total havoc on my weightless. I did a "cheat" meal last Wednesday and went from 216 to 219.5 the very next day. As of today I'm still a half-pound off from my starting weight of 216. The five days it has taken me to lose the extra water weight could have been time spent on burning actual fat but alas. I don't think I'll be scheduling any cheat days for a long, long time.

I know cheat days work for a lot of people but my body is way too prone to excess water weight but if it works for you, go for it!
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Old Mon, Oct-13-03, 11:36
GneGne GneGne is offline
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Thumbs up monthly carb adventure

I hate the term "cheating" so i just call it "off plan" or carb adventure.
I do this once a month aprox (not planned as a specific time of month or anything) but on the day of adventure, I'll eat whatever i am craving (which is usually either dim sum or sushi) both of which I can eat loads of unfortunately. Funny thing is, next day I have no gain and the day after that I usually lose between 1-3 lbs that stay off- don't know how or why, but YAY for me!
I'm a pretty slow loser (compared to others I have read stats on) but I am averaging 1-2 lbs a week loss now, on top of the monthly 1-3 lbs I lose after the heavy carb intake. Maybe it kicks the metabolism into gear or something- I only do heavy excersice about 3 times a week and have slacked off on weight lifting. Does anyone else have this loss after a carbfest?
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