Upcoming cheat half week...best way to mitigate or just enjoy it?
I've got a crazy half work week coming up (monday-thursday), where I probably won't be able to avoid cheating unless I simply don't eat (includes fancy reception dinners and the like), which isn't really an option.
Thoughts on how best to mitigate, or should I just go semi-all out and enjoy it?
I can possibly fast on Tuesday...should I?
Thanks in advance!
The Best Answer
Check with the venues/restaurants ahead of time. See what they are serving and see if they can accomodate you with special dietary requests? If the restaurant/venue is out there to serve their customers, then they should be able to accomodate you.
Don't use stuff like this as a reason to "go off". If you MUST cheat, then get a very SMALL amount of whatever "no-no" food. LIKE REALLY SMALL. OR load up on things that you CAN eat that are "SCD Approved."
If you really want to get healthier and lose weight, things like this will happen. So, prepare ahead, ask, make healthier choices and just drink lots of water.
Hey there, fiesty_rabbit.
It's up to you. When eating out, especially for business at restaurants, it's fairly easy to go SCD. You can easily have a fish or meat option with a side of vegetables to match. I've been to several restaurants where the side was mash potatoes, but the waitress had no problem letting me switch that side out for mixed steamed veggies. I've also had steak on occasion with a side of vegetables too. And about dressings and sauces that come with your meal, you can always ask your waiter what's in the sauce or to serve the sauce aside.
If that doesn't seem viable for your case, you can enjoy your 4 day spree, but that kind of defeats the purpose of the SCD. You can't sacrifice a lifestyle change whenever its inconvenient (well, at least I couldn't lol). My advice is if you can't stick to it 100%, try to stick to it to as much as you can, be it 80% or 50%). Treating regular days like cheat days defeats the purpose of your body earning a break, and could easily trigger the onset of fat gain and an old bad lifestyle of eating. Hope that helps.
I just got back from a little vacation and chose not to stick with the diet- here's what I did and my results.
Starting weight- 168LB
For 3 and a half days I
1- ate whatever I wanted for Breakfast- took CQ and ALA and Garlic beforehand and daily vitamins/supplements, did Damage control excersizes in the bathroom beforehand and 90 minutes after eating.
2- Skipped lunch(not a bog fan to begin with and after a late/large breakfast, just wasn't hungry)
3- Dinner- same as breakfast- ate whatever I wanted, supplemented, did Damage control- always before and a couple times after.
4- After Dinner- went out for cocktails, etc.
5-bedtime- CQ, Policosinal, ALA, garlic, Night time supplements.
6- When I got back home fasted for a day
End Weight- 172
and a day later I was back down to 168
Please note- results may vary, and I think thanks to my experimentation with IF I just can't eat as much as I used to be able to.
I probably shouldn't say this, but....... I had an 8-day cheat span last year between my 1st 6 months and 2nd 6 months of SCD. (I'm 17 months in at present) I'd have to look up what I gained, but I do remember that all but one pound came off in the first week back on.
But, I agree with the others -- just do what you can to stay "on the program".....the biggest advantage is that you will still be FEELING so good as opposed to how crappy you're likely to feel if you are eating all carby.
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