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Old 12-08-2014, 11:45 AM
 
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If your diet is healthy and solid a cheat day is not going to make a dent. It's quite hard to gain weight if your diet is not structurally bad.
This has always been true for me. I simply show the best results immediately after a cheat day for some reason.
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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There are some bad effects also on having cheat meals. Some of them are listed below:
Your Body Won’t Fully Adapt to the Healthy Diet
Explain why you mean by "adapting".

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Cheating Does Not Raise Metabolism or Prevent “Starvation Mode”
A single cheat meal? No, but that's not its intended purpose.

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If You Pig Out on Junk Food, it Can Feed The Addiction
Cheat meal =/= "pig out". Fallacy of extremes.

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You Might Binge and Eat Way Too Much

You May Feel Guilty Afterwards
I may walk outside and get struck by lightning too.
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Encino, CA
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Effects of a cheat day/cheat meal on your diet plan

I'm interested in other people's experiences with cheat days or cheat meals, and even some of the science behind its effects from those of you who know more about this stuff than I do!
Cheat days are HORRIBLE idea. Especially for people who have not yet attained their goals. Its like a recovering alcoholic having a "cheat day" where they allow themselves to have a drink. Or someone who is trying to quit smoking who allows themselves a "cheat day" to have a couple of cigarettes. HORRIBLE idea.

The ONLY time I eat something outside of my normal nutrition plan (other than some beer) is when I am maintaining at my goal weight AND fitness level. For someone who is trying to undo, or develop healthy eating habits after years of poor nutrition, having a "cheat day" is absolutely a horrible idea.
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:41 AM
 
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Cheat days are HORRIBLE idea. Especially for people who have not yet attained their goals. Its like a recovering alcoholic having a "cheat day" where they allow themselves to have a drink. Or someone who is trying to quit smoking who allows themselves a "cheat day" to have a couple of cigarettes. HORRIBLE idea.

The ONLY time I eat something outside of my normal nutrition plan (other than some beer) is when I am maintaining at my goal weight AND fitness level. For someone who is trying to undo, or develop healthy eating habits after years of poor nutrition, having a "cheat day" is absolutely a horrible idea.
I'm more interested in the biological effects than the psychological/discipline effects, which I'm all too familiar with
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Cheat days are cheating oneself out of learning to eat properly for the long haul.
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:02 AM
 
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Not to get off topic, but I hate the term "cheat day" because IMO, it confuses morality with food, which I think is a dangerous way to think about eating. It implies that when you eat one way, you're "good" and when you eat another way you're "bad." Deciding how you're going to eat at a particular meal, or on a particular day, is not a battle of good versus evil, and when you think about it that way, you may be "tempted" (note the moral implications) to eat something that is contrary to your overall health goal. Once you've "cheated" or have been "weak," it's that much easier to justify that choice the next day. "Oh well, I just can't be good."

Instead, I think it's a much better mindset, and more conducive to making choices in keeping with your health and fitness goals, to make eating choices in a mindful way based on what you know about the food (calories, nutrition, what it does for your energy level, etc.) and how it fits into your overall plan. You can make mindful decisions to eat a certain way for 13 days in a row and make an equally mindful decision on the 14th day, but it doesn't mean you're "cheating." It means you're looking objectively at your health and fitness goals and still making choices in keeping with that goal, even when the choice is that you're going to eat some pizza and have a beer. You're still in charge of the choice, and the next day it makes sense to eat baked chicken and a pile of vegetables.
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:03 AM
 
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I have had a few since I started eating healthy and working out (4 months); I notice the difference for sure when I measure my weight daily. However; through the course of the week it seems to flatten out and I was still able to burn 2.5-3.5lbs a week. Each person is different I suppose, I do think it is a bad idea in general but having the freedom to cheat a little bit to enjoy diversification in foods is ok generally. Of course there is no scientific analysis behind my statement and in hind sight I wish I hadn't had a cheat day but it does keep me motivated to burn a bit extra after eating unhealthier than I should be.
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:59 AM
 
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How people choose to address the psychology of their eating habits is a matter of personal taste. If it works, do it.

As for me, as long as I continue to show measurable, tangible benefits from doing so (usually in the form of decreased bf%), then I'll continue to do it, roughly once a week.
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Greater NYC, USA
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I could never figure the cheat day out. Sounds like a crazy diet.

I don't waste my cheat days on anything less then beer! Lots and lots and lots of cold, wet, beer !

Can you imagine having a healthy diet and then needing to cheat on it with IHOP pancakes? Anyway, it's all upside down.
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:49 AM
 
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Can you imagine having a healthy diet and then needing to cheat on it with IHOP pancakes? Anyway, it's all upside down.
Absolutely, yes! Smothered in peanut butter.
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