Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Ok Jillian ----

Q: What is your opinion on "cheat days"? My friend's trainer says it's okay to have one cheat day during the week (as long as you remain on track the rest of the time). But I've been struggling with my weight for years now, and I'm wondering if it's because of my one day of food sin every week. Am I correct?
A:  Great question. I am actually not a big believer in the “cheat day,” the reason being that psychologically, it messes with my head when I feel that I've binged. Plus, I don’t believe in a free day — I always need some boundaries.
I do believe in higher-calorie days, but I don’t call them cheat days — there is always a calorie limit. I just think that a blowout day of taking in 5,000 to 6,000 calories can throw off your entire week’s work. Some trainers believe the body will not absorb all those calories at once, but it's been my experience that extremely high calorie days can really throw off a diet. A regular higher-calorie day, with boundaries, can help a diet, though. I recommend 2,000 calories once a week, and I also recommend adding one “cheat food” to your calorie allowance every day. This helps keep you from feeling deprived and from waiting all week for a weekend binge.

What do you think about this?  I could do a lot of damage in a whole DAY!  Plus I think Jillian has a really good point about the psychological damage it does to you.  I feel really bad the next day after I eat bad, well, I guess if I am being really honest, I just feel hungover and my stomach hurts because I went to Taco Bell at 4a.  Just being honest.

I do like the idea of having one "cheat food" every day.  I enjoy having one shot glass of dark chocolate chips a day.  It's nice to be able to have SOME chocolate.  


Nadja Brocus said...

I don't dig cheat days either. When I lost all my weight I budgeted in a Cadbury egg and a glass of wine every day. I NEVER felt deprived that way.

Wrestling Kitties said...

HAHAHA! We all feel bad the next day when we eat Taco Bell late at night!

When Kristen and I did a diet before I got pregnant I lost 30lbs and I didn't like the cheat either. It threw me off and/or I started adding more cheat days. I like adding a food that cane be a "cheat" food every day. Dove chocolate or something. Just seems to work better that way because when I would cheat....I WOULD CHEAT!!