“Can I have a cheat day?”
That’s a great question! But what are you really asking?
You are asking if you can still have beer, pizza, and ice cream.
You are asking if you still party like a rock star on the weekends.
You want your slice of birthday cake and a glass of wine with it too.
…and want to still lose weight. Well, unfortunately, things just don’t work that way.
OK, fine. You can cheat if you want to.
Yes, you can have beer, pizza, and ice cream.
Sure, go on and party like a rock star.
But it will come at a price.
And that price would be a diminished return on your investment of time, money, and effort.
In other words, you will not get the results you want.
You see, your results are in direct proportion to your efforts.
You get out what you put in.
This is true in anything you do in life, and weight loss is no exception.
If you put in 90% effort, you’ll get 90% of the results you set out to get.
If you put in 75% effort, you’ll get 75% of the results.
Put in 50% and get 50%.
It’s a law of nature that can not be avoided.
So yes, you can have a cheat day.
You can have a cheat week.
You can even have a cheat month or a cheat year.
That’s your choice.
Just remember, every time you cheat, you’re setting yourself back.
Every cheat is a step away from your goal instead of towards it.
And the amount you set yourself back– the number of steps you take AWAY from your goal instead of TOWARDS it will be directly proportionate to the magnitude to which you cheat (how much, how often, and with what food, drink, dessert, etc).
Cheat a lot and cheat often? Then you’re never going to reach your goal.
Cheat a little bit every once in a while? Then you may still reach your goal, but your progress will be excruciatingly slow and you may even quit out of frustration before you ever do.
Don’t cheat at all? You WILL achieve your goal– and it will happen sooner than you think!
So can you have a piece of cake at your kid’s birthday party?
Of course you can.
But it comes at a price.
If you can afford to pay that price then go for it.
What I mean by that is if you have already reached your goal, this one piece of cake may not be that big of a deal. But be careful if it turns into 5 pieces of cake.
And watch out for next weekend at your kid’s friend’s birthday party, and then again the next weekend at your nephew’s birthday party, and then again the next week at a company party. That’s not cheating. That’s a lifestyle choice to eat the wrong foods and you’re going to end up back where you started– or worse.
If you have NOT reached your goal yet, it would be best to avoid the cake altogether.
So in summary there are really just two rules to live by regarding cheating:
1. Don’t cheat.
2. If you do cheat, understand and accept the consequences. Think about it as a simple equation: the amount you cheat = the amount you will be set back