Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Why Cheat meals helped me Lose weight
I am glad I got that out of the way because I feel its important to set up why I feel cheat meals will help you when trying to lose weight.
In the past, when I have tried dieting and looking for the next fix to get a bunch of weight off in a fast amount of time, I would have never let myself cheat. I am very much an all or nothing type of person. I feel that behavior hurt my progress because by 4 weeks, I was dying for a hamburger or ice cream or just anything that tasted reallllly good. Then I would give in and binge eat and just call my whole diet off because it was too hard and that food just tasted so good.
When I started to lose weight back in February of 2013, I decided I was going to let myself have one meal a week where I could eat whatever I wanted. I did just that and guess what? I still lost weight. I lost over 100 lbs in 11 months! What really worked for me was telling myself on Monday when I was really craving brownies or a donut, that I could have that on Friday when I gave myself a cheat meal. That permission to myself of not completely cutting cold turkey of all the foods I love was really key to my long term success. Then usually when Friday hit, I would completely forget whatever I was craving on Monday and that craving was quickly replaced with something else. It just shows even though in the moment you feel like the cupcakes are begging to be eaten and that is all you can think about. However, you just need to move on and you will forget it even happened.
Another reason why I feel like a cheat meal helps is because I would get very sick after eating. You're thinking "well then why would you want to do that to yourself??" Yes I know it sounds crazy! For me, it reminds me why I don't eat that way. Some of these foods are serious poison. The ingredients that are in them aren't food. Your body doesn't know how to digest them. This has helped me because sometimes I don't want to cheat. I hate that gassy, bloated feeling after a cheeseburger so therefore, the cheat just isn't worth it. I have really understood that certain foods just don't agree with me and I don't think I would have experienced that had it not been for having a cheat meal.
I also want to point that if you count calories, make sure that your cheat meal isn't over 1000 calories. If you typically eat 1600 calories a day, make sure you don't exceed 2600 calories on the cheat meal day. This will really help you not gain weight during cheat meal day.
Some people don't need to have a splurge, but for me that really helped. Others don't need a designated day, they just take one when they feel like it and that is great too! I just don't have that great of self-control so I need to know it's going to happen on a specific day.
You know yourself the best. Everyone is different and you will do what is best for you. I just want people to know that cheat meals aren't evil and you can lose weight while allowing yourself to give in every now and again. You can't say no to every single food placed in front of you and you shouldn't have to. You have a life to live and a lot of our socializing happens around food. While it would be ideal that every single time we go out we are presented with fresh steamed veggies and a nicely seasoned grilled chicken breast, it doesn't happen too often unless you search for it. You have to realize that temptations are going to be all around you and it's your job to balance your life with both types of foods.