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2014/12/07 13:08:47 (permalink)
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Cheat Day

How damaging or potentially damaging is a weekly cheat day in a 10 week calorie deficient diet in terms of overall and weekly weight loss?
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    Re: Cheat Day 2014/12/07 13:21:38 (permalink)
    So you are aiming for loosing weight over 10 weeks and having a cheat day once a week? Personally I would keep it to a cheat meal or 2 for the first 4/5 weeks and see where you are. 
     
    Cheat days can be the start of a slippery slope as the following day can seem like a nightmare depending on your willpower.
     
    It also depends on what you class a cheat day, if you are just mixing in some alternatives from your normal diet it can be fine. for example if you chuck in bagels and dont normally have them, or a bowl or 2 of cereal, it all depends. If you mean like cakes, choco, macdonalds etc etc then no i wouldnt make it an entire day.
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    Re: Cheat Day 2014/12/07 13:30:41 (permalink)
    Totally depends on what you mean by a 'cheat day' but I'd be more inclined to opt for a cheat meal once per week.

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    Re: Cheat Day 2014/12/07 14:09:32 (permalink)
    Until recently a cheat day used to mean binging throughout the day on everything I'd craved during the week. I still had very good results in weight loss whilst doing this until weight loss slowed down. Now I limit it to 1 or 2 more reasonable cheat meals on a Sunday. Too early to see any results from doing this
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    Re: Cheat Day 2014/12/07 14:25:58 (permalink)
    A cheat meal even a real big one is beneficial for continued weight loss if you've been dieting hard. Not sure about an entire day though. Just get everything you've craved and have it. I could put away untold calories on a cheat day!
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    Re: Cheat Day 2015/02/25 17:04:39 (permalink)
    Why have a cheat day when you could work some treats into your diet throughout the week? Keep a track of the treats, keep loosing weight, stop the cravings and avoid potentially damaging cheat days. Not just body damaging but psychologically long term
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    Re: Cheat Day 2015/02/25 17:12:03 (permalink)
    Jonny
    Why have a cheat day when you could work some treats into your diet throughout the week? Keep a track of the treats, keep loosing weight, stop the cravings and avoid potentially damaging cheat days. Not just body damaging but psychologically long term


    Couldn't disagree more. For one thing this simply wouldn't work if you're doing any kind of ketogenic diet. In any event, there are at least three good reasons to have a massive blow out cheat day once a week or so:

    1. To replenish glycogen (which will inevitably be low when dieting, particularly doing keto);

    2. To keep your metabolism ticking over (which will inevitably slow down when you're in a calorie deficit); and

    3. To keep you from going insane, it's important to be able to forget about your stupid diet once in a while and just enjoy yourself.

    Realistically, unless you're a competitive BBer or already sub-10% and trying to get as shredded as humanly possibly, deviating from your diet once a week is not going to be detrimental to your goals.

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    Re: Cheat Day 2015/03/13 07:49:04 (permalink)
    Agreed on the Keto diet point, having a treat now and again wouldn't work due to the extremely low carbs
     
    You could easily go overboard on a cheat day and eat stupid amounts of food, and this could well become a habit over the time of your diet. All week your looking forward to that one day where you can stuff your face with all sorts of rubbish, this is binge eating and this isn't healthy IMO especially psychologically. I would rather having a bit of what i wanted in the week and account for it into my calories and not have the need to gorge myself on bucket loads of food at the end of the week.
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    Re: Cheat Day 2015/03/18 17:14:02 (permalink)
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    Jonny
    Why have a cheat day when you could work some treats into your diet throughout the week? Keep a track of the treats, keep loosing weight, stop the cravings and avoid potentially damaging cheat days. Not just body damaging but psychologically long term


    Couldn't disagree more. For one thing this simply wouldn't work if you're doing any kind of ketogenic diet. In any event, there are at least three good reasons to have a massive blow out cheat day once a week or so:

    1. To replenish glycogen (which will inevitably be low when dieting, particularly doing keto);

    2. To keep your metabolism ticking over (which will inevitably slow down when you're in a calorie deficit); and

    3. To keep you from going insane, it's important to be able to forget about your stupid diet once in a while and just enjoy yourself.

    Realistically, unless you're a competitive BBer or already sub-10% and trying to get as shredded as humanly possibly, deviating from your diet once a week is not going to be detrimental to your goals.



    a structured carb refeed is a good idea, but a "cheat meal/day" for all we know could be lacking in carbs or be high fat. which wouldnt be much use for 2 of the 3 points you made.
     
    if i had cheat days it would consist of chocolate, ice cream, crisps and biscuits....so 50/50 fat and carbs lol
     
     
    post edited by dazzz - 2015/03/18 17:20:25

      




     
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