Guilt on "cheat day"?

  • Does anyone else feel guilty about taking a cheat day? I know that I shouldn't and that it is actually a part of the BFL plan, but I still feel guilty not working out and eating less than clean. I think this is just because every other time I've tried fitness plans they were so strict about what was "good" and what was "bad" and didn't allow for much variance at any time. I also can't shake the feeling that I am derailing all I've worked so hard for during the week. Believe me.......I want my cheat days!!! I have homemade tamales and a cold Pacifico calling my name from the fridge for my cheat day tomorrow. (I take Saturdays because I work Sundays) I guess as long as I know that I am sticking with the plan the other 6 days of the week, I should enjoy the freedom!!

    The only thing that can stop me. . . . . . . . . . is ME!!!!         JEN

  • I know others will chime in with great answers, but what struck me was what you are calling the day:  Cheat Day.

    Cheating denotes doing something that you are not supposed to be doing.  

    Free Day is a part of the Body-for-LIFE plan.

    It is allowed.

    You are not doing anything wrong when you take your Free Day.


    How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?  Anthony Robbins

  • Thanks Michelle! I think you are right. I hadn't even realized the negative effect that the "label" attached to it. I like "free day" much better. Heck, who doesn't like something free?!!

    The only thing that can stop me. . . . . . . . . . is ME!!!!         JEN

  • I do.  My husband even got upset with me last weekend that I wouldn't eat on my free day.  It was the first time I had seen the scale move in 4 weeks and I really didn't want to mess it up.  But as much as I read and research I think it is entirely necessary to up your caloric intake once a week in order to keep your body from going into a famine response.  So this week I intend to use it.  

  • well the reason why you actually need a free day is because that's how you lose weight. By sticking to a strict diet 6 days  a week, lets say for arguments sake you consume 1500 calories a day for those 6 days. then on your free day you consume 2000. What your body actually does is is jump start the metabolism because it's now not used to consuming that many calories in a day so your body works harder to burn those extra calories off. even though you arent working out on your free day, by eating whatever you want, within reason of course, your body attacks those extra calories on their own and burns them. You lose far more weight by giving yourself a high calorie snack every once in a while than you do sticking to a strict low calorie diet everyday because you force your body to work overtime. I have a cheat day once a week but even on my mom cheat days i may have 1 thing that I know I shouldnt have like a piece of chocolate or a couple potato chips. It hasnt seemed to stall anything, if anything I'm losing more weight now than ever.

  • Hi CabooseNJ,

    Very interesting! What week are you in?

    What's everyones feelings about alcohol on free day? I'm having a few Jim Beam & diet cokes today (on my free day).

    Live   Love   Lift!

    Dee :)

  • I don't see any reason you can't have a few cocktails on your free day. My only problem with alcohol is that after a few, I tend to think any food is fair game and go overboard! Just be careful..........after not drinking for a while, you can get tipsy pretty quick!!

    The only thing that can stop me. . . . . . . . . . is ME!!!!         JEN

  • Deidre, I am just starting my 5th week now and I've lost 15 pounds

  • Deirdre: I have nothing against having a few alcohol anything on free day. Just make note that for every ounce you drink, your body needs ONE HOUR to process it before going back to normal activity. It will burn off the alcohol FIRST. So 5 beer = 5 hours taken away of fat burning activity.

  • Hi.. Today is my first Free day and I am all excited about it. Just gonna enjoy it.. :-)

    Loving Regards,

    Divya S Selvan

  • I've had 3 Free Days so far and each one seems like I eat less & less. I seem to have big eyes but a small stomach! But it's nice to ignore the clock for 1 day!

    Live   Love   Lift!

    Dee :)

  • 15 lbs in 4 weeks CabooseNJ! Wow! I'm jealous! Great job!

    Live   Love   Lift!

    Dee :)

  • OK - so I am a newbie, but wanted to chime in on this... After C1W3, I went on a 6 day "culinary tour" of Cajun country... I allowed myself to really enjoy the food (yes, some fried) and didn't follow the BFL plan AT ALL (don't worry, I got back on the wagon as soon as vacation was over). However, the week that I got back from vacation, I lost 5 pounds and was STRONGER in the gym than I was before I had left. Now, I'm not saying to abandon the eating plan. I say this to you to let you know that you don't have to be PERFECT for the plan to work. It's ok to enjoy life while participating in BFL. Take your free days and ENJOY them! They serve a purpose or they aouldn't be there!

    On a footnote: when I was a Weight Watchers girl, I lost more weight on the days that I gave myself a "free day" than I did when I stuck EXACTLY to the plan. Apparently, my body requires a few more calories than most...

    Today is the day to NOT quit!!!! <3 EARGAL

  • I agree with ermomof2 , I had my first free day this weekend and I was doing pretty good until the beer..... My will power and Beer dont mix!!! I felt horriable the next morning when I got up to do my lower body... First time I ever had an ICE CREAM hangover