Cheat days, worth it or not?
Posted: 31st Aug 2018
We are all going to say the answer
is ‘YES’ but really, they aren’t. When you allow yourself to have “cheat days”
this means that you are on some sort of diet and that cheat foods are
forbidden. So when your cheat day rolls around, rather than enjoying foods that
you don’t eat regularly, you use it as a time to eat as many “bad” foods as you
can. This can lead to binge eating and eating WAY too much on these cheat days.
At work, we tend to consume a lot
of snacks, which from sitting at a desk all day, the pounds can pile up. As you
can see, we go in on it hard.
When you put something delicious
out on display, people are going to eat much more of it than if it was tucked
away in a desk drawer out of sight.
When you “diet” you tend to crave
unhealthy foods. If you are sticking to a balanced diet, no foods are off
limits. You shouldn’t think of any food as off limits or that you can’t eat it.
Instead I recommend allowing yourself to eat treats 2-3 times per week.
If you really feel like having
pasta for lunch, eat it! Or if you’re out for dinner with your friends and
everyone is having dessert and you want some too, go for it! Don’t restrict
yourself too heavily.
I understand that a lot of people
use cheat meals as a reward for sticking to their diet and eating healthy all
week. Using unhealthy food as a reward will again, lead to an unhealthy
relationship with food. You shouldn’t only be allowed these foods at certain
times. You can still be healthy and eat these types of foods during the week,
as long as you’re not having them every single day or bingeing on them.
If you allow yourself one
designated cheat day, it is easy for this to spill over to the next day
(especially if it’s on the weekend). Let’s say you go out for lunch with your
friends on Saturday and end up getting pizza. It is hard to then choose to eat
healthy for Saturday night dinner because you are going to crave more unhealthy
foods, and you feel like you have already ruined your diet and there is no
point (me all over).
To make matters worse, you might
feel like you’ve just ruined your diet for the weekend so Sunday also becomes
an unhealthy eating day, and you think to yourself that you will just start
again on Monday.
And if you’re anything like me,
this never happens.