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Cheating, Is It Wrong?

Before I get everyone too mad, I am talking about food.

If you have ever tried to watch what you eat, eliminate something from your diet, avoid less than optimal ingredients, or shed a couple of extra pounds (who hasn’t?) then you can appreciate how tough it can be can stick with the plan. Your mind can take over, and the progression can be something like this.


Somehow, someway your tempting food has come into your posession. It can be pre-meditated, you grabbed it conciously in the market and insist that you can keep it in the wrapper. It can be accidental, they were delivered to the office and set out for all to enjoy. It can be unavoidable, you are heading to a pasta restaurant for lunch with family.

Myself, I walk by a fresh food market on my way home each afternoon. Most times I resist going in, sometimes go in and leave with an apple, and once in awhile, a cookie makes the trip with me.


Well alright, maybe I will have a single bite. I mean, the 30 calories can’t hurt right, so you chow down on a piece. You then proceed to put therest aside and try to forget it exists.

But it never works the way you want it too. Not much longer, you begin to think about it again. “Man it did taste good”.


Well alright, maybe just one more piece. I mean, 60 calories can’t hurt right. I wont need another piece if I have this one, so you chow down on your second piece. This time instead of putting the trt away, you foolishly leave it out.


Screw it, I have already ruined (insert your goal here).

So you finish it off sending your satisfaction up and down all at the same time. Up as you have the pleasure of eating what you wanted, and low because you couldn’t keep with your goal.

So is cheating all that bad?

Carb Re-Feeds
It has been proven that a carb refeed, or in lamen terms cheat day, actually helps with fat loss. Mark Sission covers this topic in great detail on his blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, here.

I will dedicate a future post to the various online resources I have used to go Paleo over the last year.

Sanity
Always having to limit yourself by declining invitations, eating what can be boring food sometimes, and staying away from the bakery at the supermarket is challenging enough. So mentally, a cheat day can help you stay the course, albeit with a quick detour to the local ice cream shop.

This is something I have experimented in over the last 6 months with good success. The ability to treat myself to non-optimal foods has proven to reduce my craving for them during the week and has boosted fat burning. This is all of course if you can keep your cheat day to a ‘day’. This is not an issue for me, but I know several others who have not been able to stop at breakfast the next morning. If this is the case, maybe try a cheat meal to keep things in check.

Question: What do you do when cravings arise? Have you experimented with Carb Re-Feeds?

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