[quote]Dirty Gerdy wrote:
I don’t want to turn this into a cheat meal debate thread, but I think “planned cheat meals” are stupid.
If you put yourself on a good diet and are getting results I’d stick with it. Something in life is bound to happen where you will cheat, there is no doubt about it imo. I would call these occasions cheat meals, a planned cheat meal is just going to be added on top of that.
PWO is a great time for a cheat meal imo as others have said. If your friends are going to dinner and invite you, EAT, don’t make excuses for the diet.
When I diet for my shows, I personally don’t believe in planning them, just becuase they are bound to happen. I think it’s good to have cheat meals, but don’t plan them. Let them happen on their own. If you make it several months on your diet without one then maybe I see the need, but I don’t think that will happen
Good point, I agree and disagree. Yes, if the control and discipline is present to be able to handle spontaneous cheat meals, then yeah it is a good philosophy. But, you undoubedly can run into the problem when cheat meals start to become far more frequent than you would like. Control and self responsibility start to waver and your “diet” begins to fail or yield far from optimum results.
For the longest time I would not have been able to have unplanned cheats. Hell, it took me 6 months of almost zero cheats to get my compulsive binge eating under control. Now, yeah, I can opperate in a more loose manner and be ok, but there was a time when I had to schedule a cheat, if any.