Over the years, I have talked with many different people about their strategies to loosing fat. One strategy, in particular, has been the most widely practiced and noted with the Weight Watchers and the TOPS groups. It involved the "cheat day". The idea is that if you stick to your diet plan during the week, you may eat whatever you want or enjoy a "treat" on your cheat day. But does this help or hurt your chances of weight loss in the long run?
If you are using "cheat days" to help you loose fat, try this instead...
1. Focus on serving sizes according to the Canada's Food Guide (CFG). I'm not kidding when I say that CFG is the best diet plan ever. Follow that and you can't go wrong.
2. Limit or get rid of all processed foods including diet pop and other diet foods.
3. Eat a diet full of colourful vegetables and fruit. When you are craving sweets reach for an exotic peice of fruit instead. Trust me, this may sound trite and something your mother would say, but it does become a habit and something you will enjoy.
I do believe "cheat days" will hinder the fat loss process and definately not lead to a life of healthful eating. If you enjoy your diet every day, you will never need another cheat day again!