One Cheat Meal Doesn’t Break a Diet

People ask me about having a “cheat meal” each week. They are working out really hard and want to see results. They end up beating their selves up over a small or unexpected “cheat meal” though, and their mood is messed up for the day (or part of it). Well, I’m here to say, as a blogger and consistent healthy dieter, that…..

Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake

….one cheat meal doesn’t break a diet.

Am I crazy? Am I really saying, go for that margarita & nachos, pasta and cheesecake, cheese burger, or [insert cheat meal here]?! YES! I am! By indulging once a week you will feel less deprived, enjoy food but overcome emotional eating, and stop stressing out over those unexpected meals. If you want to know more check out Joy Bauer’s 90/10 Solution. (See my post on the 90/10)

I was trying to lose weight my freshman year of college. I was constantly calculating my calories and rarely allowed a treat. Then, the weekend would hit. I would go home, sit down with movies, a big pizza and Reeses’ Pieces (are you seeing a peanut butter trend yet?). The next night would be getting together with friends, eating fried foods and drinking caffeinated, sugary drinks. Sunday, I would have leftovers and feel obligated to finish them. Who doesn’t feel half-eaten Reeses’ Pieces and pizza calling to them? Then Monday, I’d repeat my healthy food cycle until Friday.

I didn’t lose! WHY not?! I wasn’t eating more than 1200 calories Monday-Friday, but I was eating enough calories for the week Friday-Sunday. EEK! By allowing myself one meal a week instead of an all-or-nothing approach, I began losing 1-2lbs a week and reached my goal weight. One cheat meal doesn’t break a diet, bad habits and lack of a plan breaks a diet. Still not sure on a whole meal? Try a special cheat mini meal like a bag of M&Ms or a bag of chips once a week (or once a day if you have the calories).

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Typically, Jake and I go out to eat and see a movie on Friday’s. Since I am on the Reset, we opted for dinner separately and saw What to Expect When You’re Expecting. While neither of us have ever had children, we were hoping it would be funny. The “Dudes Group” preview killed me! While the movie was okay, it was not as funny as promised. Normally we like ensemble casts, but we agreed there were too many individual stories to connect with the characters.

Did you see it this weekend? Did you have a “cheat meal”?





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