Once upon a time, “cheat days” were a staple of my diet. For those of you who may not know what a cheat day is, here’s the most simple description I can give you: a cheat day is a day you don’t adhere to normal dietary restrictions—you take the day off and eat as you please.
The problem with having a day where “anything goes” is, at some point, you start seeing those days creep into other days as well. And, while it may not be as excessive an act here and there, it can be detrimental to your overall goal to maintain a healthy lifestyle because even a few hundred extra calories added on each week can become sneaky, unwanted, pounds later.
We all lapse, once in a while, there is no guarantee or expectation that we will always make the best choices where food is concerned, but the main purpose of staying true to your decision to be healthy is to feel good about the gift you are giving to your body.
That gift, the one of a life that is filled with more energy and a better quality of life, far outweighs the temporary joy you feel from “cheating”.
So, stick to your plan, don’t build in days that defy said plans—at the same time don’t punish yourself if you fall off the wagon every now and then either—and remember that cheating is never a good thing.
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