"Eat any/everything you want one day out of the week" diet?
My boyfriend once mentioned a while ago that this "diet" was in mens health. When I say diet I don't mean "lose tons of wieght!" but I mean a meal plan that woud be healthy and benificial. :}
6 days out of the week, eat healthy. No sweets or snacks. Raw fruits, non-sugar cereal, or oatmeal for breakfast, steamed/raw vegetables and a carb (rice, noodles, bread) for lunch, and vegetables, starches (potatoes) and (if you're a meat eater) 3 oz of meat dor dinner. Top off with some fruits for a dessert if you want somethign sweet. (Frozen grapes = A+ for a dessert)
Then on the 7th day (any day of your choosing) you eat whatever you want that day. Cookies, icecream, PB+J, anything from when you wake to when you sleep.
I think it would be hard to wait a week for what naughty foods you crave, but it seems legit. You can't really eat *that* much junk in one day, so it wont hurt. Eh? Eh?
I think I'm going to try it. :)
I dont think so...With the foods today you could easily eat way too much calories and mess up the rest of your healthy eating or even gain weight..
It should work fine, as long as the week long calorie average gives you a defecit.... just make sure to track your junk day too!
I have tried that in the past, and I went waaaay overboard and ended up not losing anything some weeeks (if I was lucky), if not gaining weight. It's ok to treat yourself once a week (It'll actually boost your metabolism!), but a whole day of careless eating probably won't do you any good.
My 2 cents... I have done this method for quite some time so this is just my opinion... If you have a lot of weight to lost (maybe more than 25 lbs) this may still work for you... You have to be 100% all 6 days a week but you still have to maintain CONTROLLLLLL on your day off!!!
With that said- I can no longer get away w/this as I only have about 5-10 lbs to lose... I would spend the whole week UNDOING all the dammage done on my "day off"... Does that make sense? So what I usually do is pick a "cheat meal" & that gets me through the week. Lately my cheat meal is my favorite salad from a local mexican resturant (anyone have Cafe Rio near them?) you'll know what I"m talking about. It's hella GOOD! And I usually get me a goodie like a cookie or a little icecream too. : D
But I can no longer take the whole day.
I use this method because my social life generally includes drinking and eating out 1-2 times a week. I am extremely healthy otherwise and I've been losing weight steadily. I've got about 25 lbs to go - I'm going to do this until it stops working!
You know whats funny? I wanted to try something like that, but I found myself completely unable to "lose control." I am so in control of myself now, it's not even funny. An off day is good I think to boost your metabolism, but the most I can manage is to eat 500 or so more cals on such a day than normal. I still mantain over 7000 cal deficit for the week.
My dad said that it worked for him (for keeping fat off, not really for losing weight) when he was young and running about 50-70 miles a week, but I think the running had more to do with him staying lean than the 6-1 day diet did.
I can't do it, myself. I feel too guilty about slowing down my progress, and prefer not to have treats. If I really feel I deserve one, I'll get some kind of yummy flavor of herbal tea that I don't normally buy.
I kind of do this. It's easier to say, "I can have that on Monday night if I want it." Monday night is when I weigh in. It helps me to be good on the weekends, LOL.
I don't have a day, so much as a meal. My Monday night meal out helps me to stay on my diet the rest of the week.
i dont think a whole cheat day is a good idea, just a cheat meal, or a snack.
This is simular idea to the Body for Life program, i personly dont like it as I used to do it and all it got me in the habit of was binge eating, you save up everything for that one day and go wild, this is not a good habit to get into and is somthing I am still fighting.
I used to work for an alternative doctor that suggested this method. He did say, however, that once you start eating really healthy you'll feel like crap on the days that you go nuts!
I can see how it would work though. If I was eating grilled chicken and veggies, it wouldn't be so hard to get down if I knew I could have pizza at the end of the week!
I agree with the feeling like crap when you eat badly, I had an 'unplanned' cheat day this past Sunday, I felt like I had the flu afterwords besides the feeling of guilt for eating pizza, drinking beer and having Ice Cream. I mostly slept the rest of the day.
My Opinion, Eat good most of the time, use the 90/10 rule. 90% good 10% bad.
I think the program they are referring to is the 5-Factor Fitness book by Harley Pasternak. It does have that element but also of course promotes weight, ab, and cardio training 5 days a week. I'm using a combination of that and calorie count and it seems to be working (only a couple weeks in though). On my off days I do eat what I like but I still come under what my maintenance calorie level (though not my target deficet level) should be so I'm not going overboard. It does make the week go easier having a day to look forward to where the rules are relaxed a bit. He has some interesting recipes in the book as well some of which I really like (chili, chicken fajitas, cajun red beans and rice mmmmm :) )
It would be easier to just not have the cheat day. After a few days of not eating sweets and junk, your body stops craving it. If you eat it for just one day, it'll bring back the cravings.
i tend to look at my cheat days as maintenance days - it's meant to stop me from going way over-board with quantities - its a tricky balancing act though.
A whole day would undo my weekly effort. And I couldn't get over the 'guilt' in one day. Sometimes on weekend I do have ONE treat, pizza or ice cream. It's amazing how sweet cravings disappeared.
All you can do is try it for yourself. You'll know in a few weeks if it's workable for you. Then you can modify it to suit yourself.
What I do is have one day a month where I can eat stuff that is normally off limits. Usually each month has a holiday or a birthday or something - like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Valentines Day, Halloween, 4th of July, etc. Usually birthdays fill in the other months (at least for me, that's how it worked out). You just have to make sure it is only about one day a month. Sometimes people treat the entire time between Thanksgiving and Christmas as their time to cheat. Just give yourself that one day. You will not feel deprived and you can still be healthy and lose weight this way.
I eat 6 days a week at a deficit to lose one pound a week and then on Saturdays (Day 7), I don't eat anything I want, but I do eat to maintenance. Thus I don't gain or lose any weight on my "day off". When a holiday comes up (the 4th of July is coming up soon now), I plan to push one of my 'Day 7's to that day.
This enables me to eat things I otherwise couldn't. I mean, I could have a bagel with cream cheese on a regular day, but I'd have to compensate by eating less, and it'd stop me from being able to pace myself with little meals throughout the day.
So I say, "I really want a bagel. So ok. That's ones of the things I'll eat on maintenance day." : ) I just have keep track on Day 7 too.
You're pulling a Mitch Hedberg:
"That would be cool if you could eat a good food with a bad food and the good food would cover for the bad food when it got to your stomach. Like you could eat a carrot with an onion ring and they would travel down to your stomach, then they would get there, and the carrot would say, "It's cool, he's with me."