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cheat meals?
1/10/13 9:41 AM
Hey guys was wondering how many cheat meals you have a week? I plan on having one on weekends. But still going to meet my daily needs with my macro's. I heard it's good to have at least one and not to skip it even if you don't feel like you need it. And to have it planned so you know when you are taking it. Also that it can help boost your metabolism. And it will avoid from having a binge.

So how many do you guys have just curious hear from different ppl. A lot my friends co workers say 1-3 but not to exceed 3.

And keep in mind I'm talking meals. Not a X-L pizza with a case Budweiser are a whole cheat day binge where you eat whatever you want.
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1/10/13 10:02 AM as a reply to russ47.
Rarely do I have a "cheat meal" per say maybe 1 a month. But, i do what some people call zig-zagging calorie intake to "trick" the bodies metabolism. I wouldn't do it until you can honestly not let 1 cheat meal turn into 2 and snow ball and second not until your weight loss has hit a plateau for a bit. When i do this I eat say 2000 cals during the week but on the weekends up it to 2300. Still hit your macros but give the extra fuel. My last true "cheat" per say was about a month ago and I split a brownie obsession with my wife. My stomach was upset the rest of the night. So I'm pretty content with protein shakes/bars and shakeology for the chocolate fix. Hope that helps! Larry Shelton - Endurafit
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1/11/13 7:03 PM as a reply to russ47.
So i guess no one eats cheat meals then huh????
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1/11/13 7:09 PM as a reply to russ47.
I eat what most people would consider "cheat meals" 2 times a week right now.
This is however figured into my program and plan and it helps me reach my goals, so it's not really a "cheat meal".

I say most people would call it that because I will eat ice cream, pizza, cookies, whatever I want. (for the most part, I have food intolerance's I need to watch for)
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1/11/13 7:37 PM as a reply to Trevorxgage.
I will have a cheat snack more than I will have a cheat meal. I might have a cheat meal once a month or so (if even that much) but I do find myself grabbing a cookie or something link that every now and again. On a personal note it is more because even though I have lost 125 lbs two other times in my life I have lost more than 80 lbs just to gain in back so being strict is my inner fat guy getting squashed so I don't let myself go again. Paranoid I know.

Justin
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1/12/13 4:26 PM as a reply to CoachBumpusBurn.
I just ate my cheat meal for lunch. Got J and I Chinese.
Got a hot braised chicken combo plate comes fried chicken with hot sauce fried rice 2 crab ragoons and a orange Sunkist soda for $6.00
Cant beat that price.

Dont know how many calories but I'm guessing about 1,500!
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1/13/13 4:23 PM as a reply to russ47.
So it's funny because I was talking with hubby about this yesterday. It was my burthday yesterday and last year I wanted Calamari. So we went and I had it and I was sick for days!!! Fast forward a year later on my journey and what did we have for my birthday??? Nothing out of the ordinary! We grilled hamburgers and i made homemade ice cream out of chocolate almond milk! No cake because honestly I would not be able to eat it and feel right.

I watch my own journey and that of my Challengers and I see that as time goes on we all change. The idea of cheat meals tends to go away. I am not a personal advocate of them in my life. I tend to have my Challengers discuss if they are having cravings and if so we try to figure out WHY! If they are having cravings for a while of certain foods could there be a nutrient deficiency? Are we simply working past an obstacle? Or is this a trigger food???

Yesterday I DID actually have a craving for chocolate. But when I sat down and analyzed why I realized that my body was having a Magnesium deficiency (I personally have low numbers on this mineral) and so I added more Magnesium in and that stopped my chocolate craving. There are reasons for cravings other than simply what we initially think!!!

Yes, sometimes we need to feel okay to have foods we want. But the idea is to make better choices than before as well. And as we progress on our journey we will see that we will not want the same foods any more. Or if we think we do, we will also remember the consequences that come along with those foods!!!

Persistence is vital! And I say not to stick with a certain day, but to work through the idea, follow your plan and try to sort out WHY you are having the craving with your coach. Then if you two cannot figure out WHY and it is getting to be too much, then perhaps a little indulgence might come into play and you simply back onto plan!!! emoticon
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1/13/13 5:04 PM as a reply to JaimeGrossman.
I'm not trying to lose weight . I'm only a 145lbs. A cheat meal a week keeps me sane and makes me feel like a normal person to go out with friends and not have to eat plain chicken breast and brown rice! Haha.. i still lost 2 lbs this week somehow anyways. I just want to get into single digit %bf n ill be happy
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1/14/13 6:23 AM as a reply to russ47.
Cheat meals are decently effective.
Re-feeds are better, which are a slightly more controlled "cheat meal", but if it's one meal versus a whole day then a cheat is perfectly fine.

It enhances some hormonal and metabolic process and can help lean out and stay healthy.
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1/15/13 8:01 AM as a reply to Trevorxgage.
I plan on eating one every weekend something big anywhere 1,000-2,000 calories.
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1/15/13 12:53 PM as a reply to russ47.
I guess I am more of a realist than many I see on these boards. My answer would be that cheat days/meals are fine. One cheat day/meal a week isn't any more likely to throw off your progress than dieting 1 day a week is going to get you ripped. To me, it is all about the overall change in lifestyle and that is really about more than just a single day or a single meal.

People that are 100 lbs over weight didn't get that way in most cases by eating poorly one or 2 days a week. In the same way, a person who is in fantastic shape didn't get that way by only exercising and dieting 1 or 2 days a week. So, if having a cheat day every now and then keeps you sane and keeps you from going back to a completely unhealthy lifestyle, then I say go for it.

P.S. - My rule for cheat days is that a cheat day can only be on a day when you do a workout. You can't have a cheat day and also slack on the workout.

Mike
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1/15/13 2:35 PM as a reply to russ47.
I had my first cheat meal on Saturday. (I've only been going at it for a week so don;t be too impressed.) And I was so disappointed. It didn't turn out to ba as good as I hoped.

I plan out my cheat meal. I think of the best gooiest things that I want to eat and pick one. Whole Foods had a hucklberry brownie that my wife said was AMAZING. SO I anticipated it. It actually kept me on my diet because I would only reward myself for success.

Then they were out of it, and I tried their vanilla hucklberry cupcake. It wasn't worth it.

Of course I am lucky. I'm married to a gourmet chef who makes everything from scratch and is on her own journey to health so is making really tasty healthy dinners and lunches for me.

Maybe I should get some of her recipes and share them here, because she's also awesome at keeping our grocery budget really low.
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1/15/13 2:49 PM as a reply to JoeTerry2112.
[quote=JoeTerry2112]I had my first cheat meal on Saturday. (I've only been going at it for a week so don;t be too impressed.) And I was so disappointed. It didn't turn out to ba as good as I hoped. I plan out my cheat meal. I think of the best gooiest things that I want to eat and pick one. Whole Foods had a hucklberry brownie that my wife said was AMAZING. SO I anticipated it. It actually kept me on my diet because I would only reward myself for success. Then they were out of it, and I tried their vanilla hucklberry cupcake. It wasn't worth it. Of course I am lucky. I'm married to a gourmet chef who makes everything from scratch and is on her own journey to health so is making really tasty healthy dinners and lunches for me. Maybe I should get some of her recipes and share them here, because she's also awesome at keeping our grocery budget really low.[/quot Yes please share! Always love new recipes! And don't worry 1 cupcake is not going to hurt you. You can actually eat whatever you want if your smart about it. If you meet all your macros demands Fat/protein/carbs and are still under your tdee. You can eat whatever you want to get it up there. Say your 500 calories short. Your macros are met. Enjoy yourself a treat. I dont know why people deprive them selfs from stuff when it is unnecessary Calories in / calories out people. You could eat bacon all day and still lose weight if your under your Tdee. Now is it healthy no! But you still can.
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1/15/13 2:50 PM as a reply to JoeTerry2112.
[quote=JoeTerry2112]I had my first cheat meal on Saturday. (I've only been going at it for a week so don;t be too impressed.) And I was so disappointed. It didn't turn out to ba as good as I hoped. I plan out my cheat meal. I think of the best gooiest things that I want to eat and pick one. Whole Foods had a hucklberry brownie that my wife said was AMAZING. SO I anticipated it. It actually kept me on my diet because I would only reward myself for success. Then they were out of it, and I tried their vanilla hucklberry cupcake. It wasn't worth it. Of course I am lucky. I'm married to a gourmet chef who makes everything from scratch and is on her own journey to health so is making really tasty healthy dinners and lunches for me. Maybe I should get some of her recipes and share them here, because she's also awesome at keeping our grocery budget really low.[/quote][quote=JoeTerry2112]I had my first cheat meal on Saturday. (I've only been going at it for a week so don;t be too impressed.) And I was so disappointed. It didn't turn out to ba as good as I hoped. I plan out my cheat meal. I think of the best gooiest things that I want to eat and pick one. Whole Foods had a hucklberry brownie that my wife said was AMAZING. SO I anticipated it. It actually kept me on my diet because I would only reward myself for success. Then they were out of it, and I tried their vanilla hucklberry cupcake. It wasn't worth it. Of course I am lucky. I'm married to a gourmet chef who makes everything from scratch and is on her own journey to health so is making really tasty healthy dinners and lunches for me. Maybe I should get some of her recipes and share them here, because she's also awesome at keeping our grocery budget really low.[/quot Yes please share! Always love new recipes! And don't worry 1 cupcake is not going to hurt you. You can actually eat whatever you want if your smart about it. If you meet all your macros demands Fat/protein/carbs and are still under your tdee. You can eat whatever you want to get it up there. Say your 500 calories short. Your macros are met. Enjoy yourself a treat. I dont know why people deprive them selfs from stuff when it is unnecessary Calories in / calories out people. You could eat bacon all day and still lose weight if your under your Tdee. Now is it healthy no! But you still can.
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1/15/13 2:51 PM as a reply to russ47.
[quote=russ47][quote=JoeTerry2112]I had my first cheat meal on Saturday. (I've only been going at it for a week so don;t be too impressed.) And I was so disappointed. It didn't turn out to ba as good as I hoped. I plan out my cheat meal. I think of the best gooiest things that I want to eat and pick one. Whole Foods had a hucklberry brownie that my wife said was AMAZING. SO I anticipated it. It actually kept me on my diet because I would only reward myself for success. Then they were out of it, and I tried their vanilla hucklberry cupcake. It wasn't worth it. Of course I am lucky. I'm married to a gourmet chef who makes everything from scratch and is on her own journey to health so is making really tasty healthy dinners and lunches for me. Maybe I should get some of her recipes and share them here, because she's also awesome at keeping our grocery budget really low.[/quot Yes please share! Always love new recipes! And don't worry 1 cupcake is not going to hurt you. You can actually eat whatever you want if your smart about it. If you meet all your macros demands Fat/protein/carbs and are still under your tdee. You can eat whatever you want to get it up there. Say your 500 calories short. Your macros are met. Enjoy yourself a treat. I dont know why people deprive them selfs from stuff when it is unnecessary Calories in / calories out people. You could eat bacon all day and still lose weight if your under your Tdee. Now is it healthy no! But you still can.[/quote] Yes please share! Always love new recipes! And don't worry 1 cupcake is not going to hurt you. You can actually eat whatever you want if your smart about it. If you meet all your macros demands Fat/protein/carbs and are still under your tdee. You can eat whatever you want to get it up there. Say your 500 calories short. Your macros are met. Enjoy yourself a treat. I dont know why people deprive them selfs from stuff when it is unnecessary Calories in / calories out people. You could eat bacon all day and still lose weight if your under your Tdee. Now is it healthy no! But you still can.
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1/15/13 3:09 PM as a reply to russ47.
Wow...I liked reading this thread. Lots of opinions on the cheat meals. I can say that I had a cheat holiday and I think that means I have completely fallen off the wagon. Now to get back on track has been harder than I thought it would. I appreciate everyone's perspective and I only wish I was married to a gourmet chefemoticon

Kim
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1/15/13 3:32 PM as a reply to CoachKimW.
CoachKimW:
Wow...I liked reading this thread. Lots of opinions on the cheat meals. I can say that I had a cheat holiday and I think that means I have completely fallen off the wagon. Now to get back on track has been harder than I thought it would. I appreciate everyone's perspective and I only wish I was married to a gourmet chefemoticon

Kim


I think a lot of people fell off the wagon over the holidays based on many of the posts and the number of people I see in my gym now that the new year has started. The point isn't that you fell off the wagon it's how quickly will you get back on. Don't sweat it. Just get back into the workouts and the good eating and you will find your way again.
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1/17/13 7:46 AM as a reply to russ47.
Okay I'll talk to my wife about some of her recipes.

Last night she made some curry roasted cauliflower. I'll double check but I'm pretty sure she just got the curry powder and coated a bunch of chopped up cauliflower with it and roasted it in the oven.

I like cauliflower and curry. It smelled just like curry, but had a bit of that crunch abd tasted like cauliflower. It's one of those dishes that you really cannot eat too much of. It's not many calories.

I'll be back with some of my wife's other recipes. (Warning, she's a real chef so doesn;t always use specific measurements. There will probably be a lot of dash of this and a good bit of that. OR the ever dreaded glub. Two glubs of something.)

On the falling off the wagon piece I'm in full agreement that if you fall off. You just get back on and do it again. My wife's physical therapist said that if you way over eat one day you body will wash most of those calories out, if you get back on the next day.
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