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First of all Does anyone have a promotion code for Nutrisystem? Thanks in advance for any comment. Second question.. I thought I would share this article about "cheating." I really agree with what the author is saying here..

Http://jonnybowdenblog.com/why-i-don...-in-cheat-day/..

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Comment #1

Hi Katie, I agree with this also, and have concluded that the idea of depriving ourselves is just a way for folks (whoever they may be, friends, relatives, etc.) to talk you into eating things you shouldn't. Because in reality, I'm not depriving myself by not eating a big piece of birthday cake and ice cream (or whatever the particular food is), I am depriving myself by.

Not.

Eating the things I should, by not giving my body the nutrients it needs to function properly. I feel my best when I eat properly, not when I indulge in something I shouldn't, which, for me, leads to indulging in other things I shouldn't, and it is too easy, all too easy, to fall back into bad, old habits when I do that. Maybe one day I will be able to handle straying from what I should do better, but for now, me sticking to plan as closely as possible is my best bet to succeed..

Congratulations to both of you - katiebkool and michellek13 - on your weight loss, you are both an inspiration to me!!.

Linda..

Comment #2

Michelle, I think that is one of the most wonderful things about NS...we can have some really great snacks and desserts that are portioned out. And, yes, I feel like I'm indulging when I have them. How great is that???.

Linda, yes, I agree! I feel *so* much better when I eat healthier options....so wouldn't I make that my new habit?? The old way is just that for me....old. My new lifestyle doesn't include many of the things I used to eat. I don't mourn them anymore because I feel a lot smarter now than to run to that stuff...and I also feel like I've won the war of "fast food makers VS consumer." (Ever read The End of Overeating?).

And thanks for the nice compliment....we all keep each other going, don't we?..

Comment #3

[quote=2bslim20;5081567]Hi Katie, I agree with this also, and have concluded that the idea of depriving ourselves is just a way for folks (whoever they may be, friends, relatives, etc.) to talk you into eating things you shouldn't. Because in reality, I'm not depriving myself by not eating a big piece of birthday cake and ice cream (or whatever the particular food is), I am depriving myself by.

Not.

Eating the things I should, by not giving my body the nutrients it needs to function properly. I feel my best when I eat properly, not when I indulge in something I shouldn't, which, for me, leads to indulging in other things I shouldn't, and it is too easy, all too easy, to fall back into bad, old habits when I do that. Maybe one day I will be able to handle straying from what I should do better, but for now, me sticking to plan as closely as possible is my best bet to succeed..

Congratulations to both of you - katiebkool and michellek13 - on your weight loss, you are both an inspiration to me!!.

Thank you Linda for the nice compliment.

I love coming here to be inspired by others and vent or get a kick when need be. Keep up the great work and attitude as well, sounds like you are on the wonderful track to healthy lifestyle..

Comment #4

Is that an article or a book? If it's an article (The End of Overeating), can you post the link?..

Comment #5

Katie, I meant to have asked you about "The End of Overeating" when I replied yesterday, so I am glad TiredofWork asked about it. I will check it out. Thanks for the info!.

Katie and michellek13 - you are welcome for the compliments!!.

Linda..

Comment #6

Katie, Thank you!!!!! I read a post by someone else saying you had mentioned this book. I just started it, but all I can say is, "Thank you!!" I can tell already it is going to teach me a lot, and really help me on my journey...

Comment #7

Oh, Mimi, that's great!! Yes, it was life-changing for me as well....I can't believe how many times info from that book comes to mind every day for me...

Comment #8

I am 100% against 'cheat days.' Yes I have days that I have an indulgence or a special 'splurge,' but NEVER a free-for-all. And on those days I make sure I have run, and cut back on calories a bit to make room for the splurge..

I have finally learned that if I'm not hungry, I don't need to eat! And once I feel even a little bit 'full,' I don't need to continue eating. Funny how that works out so well with the scale!..

Comment #9

Wow, what a coincidence. This book popped up for me today when I was searching for something else on the Barnes & Noble NookBook site, and I took a long look at it. You've just convinced me to go back and download it!.

I find that my attitude toward food has changed soooo much since I started relearning to eat with NS, and even when I "cheat" with things I loved before, they just don't taste as good as they used to (or as I remember them tasting) because I'm so conscious of the fat or processed carbohydrate content now and it's just not worth it. So I guess you could say I feel too guilty to cheat now.

! If someone gave me a whole cheat day now, I'd probably just end up flexing close to theNutrisystemstats.

Well ... maybe I'd have real pizza, but only a couple slices instead of half or three-quarters of the pie like I used to.

BTW, Katie, I also follow Jonny Bowden and really appreciate his take on things. Thanks for posting this!..

Comment #10

Mary, that is the single most important factor that I've learned over the years..

Joyce, I think you're getting too *smart* to eat those foods now..esp in excess! Yes, I really like Jonny's emails and info!..

Comment #11

I also agree with everything in the article - cheat days are a slippery slope, and there are plenty of ways to indulge yourself and not feel deprived without going off plan...

Comment #12

Sally, one of which for me is to eat my somewhat-more-delectable frozen foods on days that I would normally order out pizza or dig into the ice cream tub!..

Comment #13

To each their own when it comes to cheat days. No, if you can't mentally handle a cheat day and then get right back on it the next day then no it's not for you but for me it works, I have my one cheat day and then right back on it no problems, it works for me, I lose 2 to 3 lbs most weeks. In fact it helps me to stay motivated for the next 7 days and also prepares me for when I am at my goal weight. If anyone thinks they will never eat dessert again unless they don't like it lol....then they are not being realistic. I for one do not plan on never eating pumpkin pie ever in my life or french fries, seriously thats not living, the key is eating it in moderation and once in awhile, it's called life! Whatever works for each person...

Comment #14

The point is that it is not necessary to "cheat" in order to have food you enjoy - I have several pumpkin pie (and numerous other dessert) recipes that are NS-appropriate and good enough to please the non-dieters I serve them to. My non-dieting husband loves my healthy desserts. I am very realistic, very successful in maintenance of my weight loss, and very happy with the food I eat. But seriously, if you anticipate losing the weight you desire and successfully keeping it off while returning to moderately eating french fries - good luck with that. We see many many returning NSers who were just sure they could do exactly that, and found out otherwise. Is it impossible? No. Are the odds in your favor? No...

Comment #15

My curiosity got piqued by this thread so I downloaded the book and have started reading it - very interesting!..

Comment #16

You know I am really tired of people who think that they speak for everyone else and what works for them and that there is only one way of living that could possibly work. Yes I have proved that I can lose weight successfully with having a cheat day, as you can see I have lost 25 lbs in 7 weeks with a cheat day, you can deny it all you want that this is not possible but the facts speak for themself and when I get to my goal I will keep it off a way that's liveable for me not you. Do you think that eating french fries or whatever once in awhile causes weight gain? No it doesn't, eating them often will cause weight gain. Kudos to you for how you choose to lose and maintain but don't judge others on how they choose to do so and decide what will work or will not work for them..

I know that many of you posting on here mean well but the "holier than thou" attitude is really annoying. I did not give anyone else advice on whether they should have a cheat day or not, I simply posted my opinion on what works for me not anyone else and I don't appreciate the attack...

Comment #17

Cuddleskp, what you call a "holier than thou attitude," I call "I've been here a long time, I'm successful at weight loss/maintenance, and want to pass it on to you."..

Comment #18

Read more carefully before you react - I specifically said it is not impossible to have cheat days and successfully lose and maintain. Then I said it is more likely than not that it won't work for you in the long run, which is borne out by all the studies and research. And this is not my first rodeo, either. I have been overweight my entire adult life - as much as 100 pounds overweight at times. At one time in the past I also weighed over 200 pounds, and lost 80 of it. The first 20 or 30 flew off when I started dieting - the more overweight you are, the easier it is to drop weight, and the easier it would be to deviate occasionally and still lose at a satisfactory rate.

By the way, since I had that drastic weight loss about 20 years ago, I have eaten relatively appropriately the majority of the time. I have never been a binger and didn't eat a lot of fast food. I usually ate relatively low fat, low cal meals, etc. It did not keep me from regaining over and over, even getting back up close to 200 once and over 180 multiple times. And the older I got, the tougher weight control got - once I hit menopause things really went downhill.

First question is what is your definition of a cheat day? If it involves eating deep fried foods it is more likely to be problematic than if it involves going to a party and making the best choices from the available menu and watching portion size. I ate wedding cake at my son's wedding, and enjoyed the buffet at my class reunion last year. I ate out at restaurants twice last weekend. I went to a carry-in party last month with few diet-friendly foods, and did sample some of the less appropriate offerings - one bite. I do not feel the least bit deprived and everyone at that 40th reunion said exactly the same thing to me - "Oh my God, you look amazing!" For me, there is no food that tastes good enough to trump the frequent compliments I get about my appearance.

But that's me - and the majority of others who lose weight and keep it off. It might not be you. However, like I said before, let's chat again when you are much closer to your goal about how well the cheat days are working for you. And again 2 years from now. I am willing to bet that I will still be under 120..

Comment #19

Katie - thanks for recommending the book - it should be required reading for anyone struggling with their weight!..

Comment #20

Nice post Sally, and fact based..

There's a lot of defensiveness at times, that reminds me of those in rehab. If doing it our way worked so well, none of us would be here. The longer you have been overweight, the harder it is to change your relationship with food..

Working good habits will change the relationship (your key to success). Back slides only risk losing what we've worked hard for. It is a choice...

Comment #21

Thank you Lucy - and very well stated. I see you are a Navy wife in Norfolk - I was also a Navy wife there almost 35 years ago. I love that area!..

Comment #22

You've done great, keep it up! I would venture a guess, though, that as you approach your goal weight a 'cheat day' may very well cause a stall on the scale. The less you have to lose, the more those extra calories negatively affect weight loss. When I had less than 10 pounds to lose, a few french fries absolutely would have stood between me and my goal. Now, in maintenance, I can have those indulgences in moderation, but still never a full-on cheat day where I would eat everything with reckless abandon...that would be a gain that week for me. Others will probably have different experiences, though..

But, like you said, to each their own. I don't consider it 'holier than thou,' though. Most of us at goal and successfully maintaining get many, many private messages asking us the key to our success, and I for one share it publicly, because I want everyone to succeed, too. If my way doesn't work for them, I honestly could care less, if they find something that works better...

Comment #23

Just a brief observation here about losing, maintenance, and cheating from what Sally and Mary posted. I don't see a "line" between losing and maintenance....it's just a continuation of what you were doing when losing with a few adjustments. I.E. a lifestyle/habit/mindset change that doesn't involve "when I get to goal, I'm gonna eat as much xxx as I want!" (That doesn't even sound mature, does it??).

You guys taking the time to post about this really helps all of us learn...it truly does...so thank you!..

Comment #24

Everyone has to find an eating plan that works for them - that they can stick to for life and will get them to the appropriate weight and keep them there. Many people will have some little deviation that is important to them, and helps them otherwise stay on track. For example, I have consistently used FF half and half every day (generously) rather than FF milk in my coffee throughout my time on this plan. My point is that the studies (including the ones referenced in the book that is the subject of this thread) indicate that cheat days are more likely to sabotage you long term. I don't have a dog in this fight, and if you can consistently have a cheat day for the rest of your life without derailing your weight control - God bless ya! Another consideration that hasn't been mentioned is that after you are on a healthy low fat, low sugar diet for a while, you may find those french fries are not even appealing. I used to love fried food as much as the next overweight person, but I don't even like the smell of it now.

And the best part of that taste change is that when I had my physical this week, my blood sugar was perfect and my cholesterol was 186 - and the only reason it was that high was because my "good cholesterol" was very high. The doctor credited those numbers to my very healthy eating habits. And when all is said and done, it is even more important that I am very healthy and feel terrific every day, than that I look good in a size 4...

Comment #25

Wow -.

I wish I had been diligent and found this thread about a week ago ! I've done really well on NS, dropped over 100 pounds, and my goal is coming in sight. So, though I've been easing up a little here and there, this week I had a total blow out day that resulted in a carb binge which in turn led to a couple of days of trying to get back on theNutrisystemplan but didnt quite make it..

(and I wont go into the details...) AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Of course, now I'm paying for that one day of craziness, but have been 100 % for the past two days and hope by next week I'll be back on the losing track. I'm definitely one that the article is referring to, whether mentally or physically I'm the type of individual who needs to stay on a program...

Comment #26

WOW you have done great! You are so close to maintenance, and this (not so fun) lesson is a good step in the direction. You had an off day and now you are doing the mental and physical work of getting RIGHT BACK ON TRACK...that is the story of a maintainer! I very rarely have days like that, but they do happen (holidays, vacation, etc). I have found that 'blips' up on the scale are temporary IF I get back on track the very next day and stay there..

YOU CAN DO IT!..

Comment #27

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