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Cheat day once a week?

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Created January 07, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Hey,

I've started to Paleo a few days ago. I'm also training with main lifts such as squats, deadlifts, presses, chins etc.

So, want to make a cheat day once a week, prolly saturday or sunday and want to eat pizza, hamburger, kebab, whole grain breads whatever i want. Erhm, my question is about,

Cheating once a week is too much? What do you guys think about cheating?

Thanks,

Sorry for my bad english,

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11697 · January 09, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Fully agreed. Do cheat if you have to, just make it a gluten-free cheat. If you want a pizza, get a gluten-free one.

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723 · January 09, 2014 at 3:54 AM

I have my "cheat" after dinner. If I start early in the day, I am too tempted to go overboard and say, "well, I already splurged, why not turn the whole day into a bingeing free for all"

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723 · January 09, 2014 at 3:53 AM

I agree. When I "cheat," I just eat more carbs/calories than usual but still with clean sources that are gluten and dairy free. I actually find this more satisfying than dirty cheats because the lack of processed crap and refined sugar keeps me from having wild cravings, digestive problems, and excessive bloating afterwards.

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723 · January 09, 2014 at 3:50 AM

When I "cheat" (I usually refeed, which is higher carb but still gluten and dairy free), I usually have my carb splurge in the late evening, like around 11pm. This prevents me from turning the whole day into a free-for-all binge.

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723 · January 09, 2014 at 3:48 AM

There's definitely truth in this statement if he was looking to lose weight. However, it looks like he's mainly focused on his lifts and workouts. Also, he's looking for a lifestyle that is sustainable, not just a "diet." For some people, depriving themselves of weekly cheats can lead to bingeing and falling off the wagon completely. that being said, I definitely agree with you that gluten is not a good choice for a cheat. When i "cheat" or "refeed," I still stay gluten-free and dairy-free. Some people are more intolerant to gluten than others.

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598 · January 08, 2014 at 11:10 PM

On the contrary I suggest making the transition slowly. Some people respond very badly to sudden and drastic changes in diet.

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30 · January 07, 2014 at 4:04 PM

I would definitely recommend a cheat day if you want one but I would make it a paleo cheat day. Skip the pizza. Maybe have some dairy like ice cream. Just don't do gluten. There are so many cheat foods that you can have that won't harm your body like a pizza.

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11697 · January 09, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Fully agreed. Do cheat if you have to, just make it a gluten-free cheat. If you want a pizza, get a gluten-free one.

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145 · January 10, 2014 at 1:44 AM

In my experience, cheating is ok on a per meal/snack basis ... not a whole day. But ONLY after you have done at least 30 days of strict paleo should you start to do this. Then you will better understand your body's reaction to the cheat food.

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247 · January 09, 2014 at 6:48 AM

I don't cheat because I'm not on a 'diet'. Cheating would mean I'm doing something I force upon myself and be 'free' for that one day; but I actually enjoy eating healthy. Sometimes, I have a glass of wine or quality dark chocolate, but that's as far as it goes

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0 · January 09, 2014 at 3:18 AM

I caution against a regular cheat day every single week. If I'm going to cheat it's one meal and more of a special occasion. I've found that I can do A LOT of damage if I allow myself a whole day. But that's just me, perhaps you can control yourself better!

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723 · January 09, 2014 at 3:54 AM

I have my "cheat" after dinner. If I start early in the day, I am too tempted to go overboard and say, "well, I already splurged, why not turn the whole day into a bingeing free for all"

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0 · January 08, 2014 at 10:23 PM

I prefer small, daily cheats. Like my cup of coffee in the morning with Natural Bliss creamer. I really have no desire for things like pizza, cake, etc. Thinking about the way I feel after any junk food makes it really easy to resist.

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0 · January 08, 2014 at 10:07 PM

My cheat is more like a double cheeseburger protein style (no bun) at In N Out and some fries. Or maybe high carb rice based meal (thai, sushi, chipolte).

But I try to keep my cheats as paleo as possible so no gluten. As far as ice cream goes I think that's just as bad as a pizza because of all the processed sugar. Probably worse for insulin than pizza or a burger with bun

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723 · January 09, 2014 at 3:53 AM

I agree. When I "cheat," I just eat more carbs/calories than usual but still with clean sources that are gluten and dairy free. I actually find this more satisfying than dirty cheats because the lack of processed crap and refined sugar keeps me from having wild cravings, digestive problems, and excessive bloating afterwards.

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5650 · January 08, 2014 at 7:48 PM

i never cheat. ever. this is ONLY because i have an autoimmune disease. if i was generally healthy, heck, i wouldn't be on the paleo diet. BUT if you are healthy and cheat once a week, i say go for it if it makes you happy and doesn't give you any negative symptoms.

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2302 · January 08, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I used to cheat once a week because I was so strict. Now I just don't worry about it and have some "cheat" foods if I feel like it. I tend to eat 100% Paleo during the week anyways, but on the weekends I'll let loose if I want to go out for some food.

The problem with setting a whole day for "cheating" is that you might binge and just constantly look forward to that day. I'm more at an 80/20 split now and it's glorious.

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723 · January 09, 2014 at 3:50 AM

When I "cheat" (I usually refeed, which is higher carb but still gluten and dairy free), I usually have my carb splurge in the late evening, like around 11pm. This prevents me from turning the whole day into a free-for-all binge.

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0 · January 08, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Thanks for answers. I feel good today, no need of cheating or something like that but I'd like to add some diary products to my diet, such as raw milk and probiotic yoghurt.

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208 · January 07, 2014 at 5:56 PM

If you just started and are already focused on cheating your chances of sticking with it are diminished. Not saying you can't do it, but I'd go for a few months and be as strict as you can and then see if and how much you want to cheat. My cheats are small random things like some honey in a homemade truffle. Haven't touched a bit of grains or alcohol in 2 years, as once I gave them up I had no desire to return.

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723 · January 09, 2014 at 3:48 AM

There's definitely truth in this statement if he was looking to lose weight. However, it looks like he's mainly focused on his lifts and workouts. Also, he's looking for a lifestyle that is sustainable, not just a "diet." For some people, depriving themselves of weekly cheats can lead to bingeing and falling off the wagon completely. that being said, I definitely agree with you that gluten is not a good choice for a cheat. When i "cheat" or "refeed," I still stay gluten-free and dairy-free. Some people are more intolerant to gluten than others.

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20 · January 07, 2014 at 4:36 PM

if you are just getting started, i would not recommend cheating. hold out as long as possible so your body gets used to your new diet. throw in some healthy cheats down the road.

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598 · January 08, 2014 at 11:10 PM

On the contrary I suggest making the transition slowly. Some people respond very badly to sudden and drastic changes in diet.

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