How have your cheat days changed?
I have just started this way of eating recently and i have at least 50 lbs of fat to lose. My first Cheat day was yesterday, and well, I'm waking up feeling like crapola. I ate all the stuff I wanted during the week on yesterday, and the 'carby' stuff I have in the house I just tossed.
As expected, I'm bloated than a mug, and I have resolved to take it easy next week. I know it's supposed to be a guilt free day, but I look forward to fine tuning my cheats and scaling them back. (I did have 3 number 2s yesterday, as Tim did -- totally surprised me, but I still feel bad and bloated after yesterday.)
Have you gone through the same process where your cheat days are lessened just so you don't have to deal with the damage and or flirt with not having a net loss for the week? Or do you still go berserk?
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Yes, mine have definitely changed!! I've been doing SCD for a year (52 lbs off so far, wooo hooo!!) and in the beginning it was like racing the clock, trying to jam EVERYthing in that I could. BLECH. Berserk is a good word for it! Now, I just get what I feel like at the time, and often, it's something more tame like tortilla chips & salsa, or cheese on my meal, or some fruit. I'll still have ice cream etc, but I'll have just enough to satisfy me instead of eating an entire pint just because I could.
The psychological effect of cheat days is fascinating, because over time, we really do see those extreme foods as, well, extreme! And we really DON'T want to overindulge because we know they make us feel so awful. It's such a dramatic change from other "diets" in that way. (The quotes are there because this is not a diet to me...this is just the way I eat now.) On WW, calorie counting, low fat, etc, if I fell off the wagon and had ice cream, for instance, I'd feel awful EMOTIONALLY. I'd feel guilty and like I'd really screwed up etc. I'd feel like I might as well quit because I'd already blown it for the week. And I'd also WANT MORE ICE CREAM! LOL! Now, though, emotionally, I'm like "Well, that was nice, but I'm really sort of 'meh' about it." And physically, I may not feel so great. Might have a headache, and will definitely want a nap.
THIS IS THE MOST PROFOUNDLY LIBERATING THING THAT HAS HAPPENED IN MY RELATIONSHIP TO FOOD. I now feel like a "normal person" who can walk past whatever with a take-it-or-leave-it attitude that is truly there, instead of faking it, declining what's offered, and wishing desperately that I could eat it too. My always-slim ex was like that and I never understood it. He'd often say he wasn't really all that hungry, or that he FORGOT to eat lunch, for instance! And I'd think he was INSANE! I mean, I didn't care if I was already stuffed from dinner...if there was dessert being ordered, I joined in and had some too.
Those days are over. THANK GOD, and Tim Ferriss!
Yesterday was my first cheat day. I didn't go crazy crazy but i had raisinets and pizza galore in the evening. This morning I felt hung over.
Today went ok eating wise but i definitely noted some sugar cravings. I went through bucket loads of water and that seemed to really help flush my system.
The breakfast is tough for me too. I don't normally eat a big breakfast so it is a tough transition. I tend to make them in advance since i have no time to make them in the mornings. sooo they tend to be as simple as possible.
1 can of tuna
1/2 can of black eyed peas or kidney beans
1/2 or peas
all mixed together with 1 or 2 light balsamic vinaigrette dressing
lasts in tupperware for a bit. Good luck!
While I think cheat days are a huge variable to my long-term success on this eating plan (year and a half steady, consistent weight loss of 40+ lbs), I continue to feel hungover, tired, etc on cheat days and the day following. I have a harder time sleeping on the night of a cheat day. My body temperature seems to go way up. I have very anxious, vivid dreams, and the next day I wake up with a headache. It's totally predictable. My typical cheat day dessert is popcorn and swedish fish. I know the sugar is giving me the hangover headaches but I can't seem to stop!
I would like to change my cheat day to eating whole grains and fruits as my treats instead of candy and popcorn. While I don't enjoy my cheat days (physically), I still think they are necessary to remind me how good I feel all the days I'm following the plan. I'm just getting really sick and tired of feeling so crappy on cheat nights and the following day. The flip side is that I used to get sick all the time prior to 4HB. I do not get sick anymore. It's the strangest thing! Other than needing to refine my cheat days, my relationship with food has totally changed and I'm grateful for being able to maintain the weight loss over time.
I just finished my 3rd week and I felt exactly like you after my 1st cheat day. So I decided to start drinking lots of water around 7pm or 8pm on the night of my cheat day and I noticed I no longer have that sickly bloated feeling the next day.
It sucks because drinking so much water at night means more trips to the bathroom during the night but at least I feel better the next day.
I went beserk on my first cheat day, got on the scale a few days later and the weight was still coming off. Thats when I decided to go all in 100%. Now I look forward to my cheat days like a kid on Christmas morning. As you go along I'm sure you'll find that perfect cheat day balance that will leave you satisfied without making you pay for it the next day.
Wish you luck.
My first 2 cheat days were horrible experiences. Thought I was going to die. I ate a whole pie for one. And it took me a week to get back on schedule. That's when I went back and re-read the book. The glass of grapefruit juice in the morning helps a lot. And I still start with a 48g protein shake for breakfast. And I always do some cardio and weights that day. Nothing drastic, just in keeping with the deep knee bends. Sticking to the book has changed cheat day from sick day to fun day. I don't pre-buy bad stuff like I used to. Just enjoy the day.
And DO NOT skip PAGG on a cheat day. I did that once while not doing the other extra little things and gained and held 6 pounds for 8 days.
I felt very sick during my first few, then was suffering from icky hang overs for several after that. I find it's the sugar that really messes me up, so try to stick more with fruits and dairy as my treats and avoid processed white sugar. Even then, I seem to do better if I eat natural sugars with other foods vs. alone.
My cheat day this week was scheduled to coincide with our Farmer's Market - I walked the whole thing twice, there was fresh baked bread, pastries, falafel, kettle corn and tons of bad things in addition. Despite being able to pick anything there - I ended up with this amazing raw seed cracker cone filled with polenta, wild mushrooms and truffle oil, along with some fresh fruit samples. Mostly I bought a ton of veggies for the week - including three ENORMOUS cauliflowers that I could likely use as kettlebells, lol. Basically, my junk food is most people's health foods! It's like I know how I'll feel after I eat crappy, so seem happier to avoid going nuts. I did have a delicious burger with blue cheese and fries, so that was pretty decadent.
I've tried things like grapefruit juice and cinnamon, but haven't noticed much of an impact either way. I do always have coffee several times that day - mmm lattes!
I just had my 4th cheat day, and the two biggest things I've noticed are that I am never as hungry as I think I am, and over time my body has been able to feel full with less and less food. For example, before I was able to eat 2 donuts and still kinda want another, but this most recent cheat day I ate 1 donut, it filled me up, and I thought I was going to be sick from how sweet it was (it was still delicious though, mmm). Also, I'm now trying to get in a bit more exercise and drink at least 3 liters of water w/ lemon.