Cheat Days - Eating for weight loss?

I was asked this week what my thoughts where on having a full on cheat day.   Meaning eating everything you want to eat - mostly "bad foods" all day long.  Everything that you haven't let yourself eat all week - cake, chips, pizza, etc. 

There has been talk in the media and with certain 'diet' plans that incorporate this beloved cheat day.  This is just that - a diet plan.  They generally suggest eating clean all week and allowing yourself one massive cheat day to eat whatever you desire. 

If your goal is overall health or weight loss...  I don’t think that cheat days are the way to go. 

I have played around with this myself, along with watching others, and these are the things that I found difficult: 

  • You may think about it all week long and what you are going to eat.  This is allowing food to control you - not good. 
  • You may skip out on social events,  because it isn't 'cheat day' and you don't want to risk your self-control.
  • You may end up eating way way way more food then you should. 
  • Most craved cheat food is processed, low quality and lacking in nutrients. 
  • You may have to recover for a couple of days (sugar hangover) 
  • You may not be able to perform as well as you usually do (mental, physical, etc.)
  • "Cheating" in any form is never hot. 

These are just my thoughts on what is like to have a cheat day.   

In certain situations - bodybuilder where your goal is to get extremely lean - calorie cycling could be an option.   But if you are looking for overall well-being - I would avoid.

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CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO (SORRY, ITS DARK) I WILL DISCUSS MORE ON CHEAT DAYS - AND HOW "TREATS” ARE FUN AND WE SHOULD NEVER FEEL RESTRICTED ON WHAT CONSUME – THE KEY IS TO BE MINDFUL OF IT.   

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