September 16, 2013 - Make Your Own Cheat Schedule

Make Your Own Cheat Schedule...A short term diet may be reasonable to follow, but after the first few weeks it becomes more of a challenge.  I suggest that if you are able to transform that short term diet into more long term changes in your eating habits, that you allow for a cheat schedule.  What I mean by that is that if you are good most of time, then you don't have to be good all of the time.  Establish eating habits that are healthy and will allow for a desirable weight and write them down if that helps to keep it organized.  Make it a diet that makes sense for you and is not necessarily perfect so that you can actually follow it.  Include some foods that you like and are healthy but not foods that you love but know will destroy your diet.  Then designate one day a week when you get to eat those devilish treats with no guilt.  If you are good 6 days a week then the 7th is not as consequential.  You can also try allowing for 3 desserts a week or 3 cheat meals a week instead.  Either way, just make sure you are sticking to your healthy eating habits the rest of the time and watch your weight drop over the next 6 - 12 months.  

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