Why Cheat Days Are Dangerous

Why Cheat Days Are Dangerous

Progress continues on my march toward a healthy weight. But progress does not come without a few pitfalls. My pitfall this week was the dreaded CHEAT DAY. …which I promptly turned into a cheat weekend… which, like magic, turned into 4 pounds gained back. This immediately made me very leery of this seemingly guilt free ‘vacation’ from my regimen.

OK. Yes, I overstepped the bounds of Cheat DAY. I get that. But the thing is, throughout the entire weekend, I didn’t eat things that are considered ‘bad.’ OK, not counting the first day. On Friday I had two glasses of wine at lunch with my girlfriends, along with a viniagrette salad and a cup of soup. It was lovely! Later that evening, I decided to clean out the fridge, and I came across The-Worlds-Most-Perfect-Apple-Pie, only half eaten. I’d made it after my resolution, and thus had not had a taste. I figured I would make prudent use of my cheat day and have just a few nibbles before I threw it in the trash. My fevered logic (fueled no doubt by the wine) also reasoned that I could just eat my favorite part – the crust – and save a few calories. And, before I even knew what happened, I had eaten the entire outer crust, and most of the top. It was divine! Feeling rather full from my cheating, I also did not get on the treadmill, and since I wasn’t going to walk on the treadmill, I thought I’d relax with a cocktail… or two…or more. Fabulous!

But that small backslide just snowballed into no yoga class, no treadmill, nowhere near the water consumption, coffee, cheese, more wine, more cheese, on and on thru Sunday night.


I was back on the straight and narrow on Monday though. With 4 pounds I didn’t know I’d have to lose again. The good news is that the combination of treadmill, yoga, water and sticking to my Kichari has not only caught me up to where I was last week, but I’ve also lost 4 more pounds. I just keep thinking I could be down another 4 or more, had I not taken the cheat day detour.

We have plans to have dinner with friends on the weekend, so it looks like there is another unavoidable cheat day in my future. It seems that there isn’t an easy way to both lose weight and have a social life at the same time without fudging on your diet. I realize there is probably some scientific reason that the cheat day theory works, for some. For me, it’s dangerous because it only opens the door to temptation.


  • Posted January 22, 2015 5:36 pm 0Likes
    by Lynn Louise Wonders

    Thank you for posting this! I also find it’s so important to know ourselves – know our weak areas and stay on track as much as possible!
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  • Posted January 23, 2015 8:54 pm 0Likes
    by Karen (formerly kcinnova)

    I *need* breaks and treats but I am VERY susceptible to sliding back downhill. To prove a point: wine and cheese for a weekend sound rather enjoyable. *sigh*

  • Posted January 25, 2015 1:28 pm 0Likes
    by Suburbancorrespondent

    I think I am having a Cheat Year.
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