The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
Latest Article

The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
More Recent Articles
Contrast Training for Size
By: Lee Boyce
An Interview with Marianne Kane of Girls Gone Strong
By: Jordan Syatt
What Supplements Should I be Taking? By: Jay Wainwright
Bench Like a Girl By: Julia Ladewski
Some Thoughts on Building a Big Pull By: Christopher Mason

Facebook Join Facebook Group       Twitter Follow on Twitter       rss Subscribe via RSS
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Senior Member Miss Rezza's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    1,469

    Benefits of havin' a Cheat Day???

    Is there really any benefits gained by allowing yourself to have a cheat day???

    I mean physcologically it never makes me feel any better.... pretty much just makes me feel like a fat git!!

    And physically, well, doesn't it just mean you've got a whole heap more calories to burn off!!??! Not to mention how bloated you feel the next day!

    I totally agree with the whole "refeed" thang when you're on a low carb diet, but in general, when your goal is to lose BF, is there much point to it?..... or is it just an excuse to eat as much crap as possible for a day!!!

    btw- YES i did do a search...... but didn't quite find the info i'm lookin' for!
    'No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.'
    - Eleanor Roosevelt

  2.    Support Wannabebig and use AtLarge Nutrition Supplements!


  3. #2
    Geordie The_Chicken_Daddy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Grace
    Posts
    6,187
    They can be helpful from a metabolism point of view, but it depends more on what you're cheating with.

    A ridiculously large amount of calories, processed fructose sugar and fat tend to undo a weeks work. 'Ridiculous', pushing the 7000kcal mark.

    But 2000-4000kcals in one day (or over two) focusing primarily on low fat and high starch/glucose with the odd few cheat meals (piece of chocolate, slice of pizza etc..) thrown in for sanity, can be extremely helpful.

    But if you just want a break from the whole diet scene and fancy treating yourself, then yeah, go for it. I think my days are behind me now though. I don't want my world revolving around my next cheat day. I can't be fussed with an eating disorder.
    Last edited by The_Chicken_Daddy; 12-27-2002 at 08:46 PM.
    "Geordie/'d3c:di/n. & adj. Brit colloq. n. 1 a native of Tyneside. 2 the dialect spoken on Tyneside. adj. of or relating to Tyneside, its people, or its dialect. [the name George + -IE]

  4. #3
    Senior Member Wizard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Basingstoke
    Posts
    2,240
    Do it only if you are mentally exhausted and only if you are on a fat loss diet. It s better to throw in a high carb/low fat/low protein meal in your diet for 2 times per week than pig out once per week. You also restrict the abnormal water retention that occurs by eating a load of calories and that can make you feel fat and flat.

  5. #4
    Ecoli die
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Colorado!
    Posts
    741
    Your body can go into a slowing phase when on an extended diet which the cheat day can re-set for you. Your average body temperature actually goes down a couple degrees in order for your body to better cope with the restricted caloric intake.

    I actually charted it once on myself and after 8 days of a restricted diet my body temperature dropped by 2 degrees (taking it at the same time right when I woke up) and it stayed down until I had two days of eating at my maintenance level. I never repeated that "test" though; I just decided to have 1 or 2 cheat days a week. My results my have been skewed due to my occasional desire to eat a great big blizzard.
    Now in pain, only working out the walking sticks.

  6. #5
    Senior Member Wizard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Basingstoke
    Posts
    2,240
    Originally posted by Tiare


    I actually charted it once on myself and after 8 days of a restricted diet my body temperature dropped by 2 degrees
    Wow! That's a great difference. I would describe it as unusual.

  7. #6
    The English Teacher steveo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    So. Cal
    Posts
    1,409
    Cheats quiet the voices in my head.
    "The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die." -Steve Prefontaine

    Motivate a fatty here.

  8. #7
    confused by simplicity bradley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    5,470

    Re: Benefits of havin' a Cheat Day???

    Originally posted by Miss Rezza
    or is it just an excuse to eat as much crap as possible for a day!!!
    Instead of having a whole cheat day just have one cheat meal and keep it within reason. I usually have a cheat meal on Saturday evening and leave it at that. I don't see the point in having a free for all calorie fest once a week. That has the potential of developing into an unhealthy habit.

  9. #8
    Senior Member Manveet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    White Rock, BC
    Posts
    5,774
    . I think my days are behind me now though. I don't want my world revolving around my next cheat day. I can't be fussed with an eating disorder.
    I agree, I don't really have any cheat days, but I do indulge here and there when I feel like it.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •