So I've been going through the Weight Loss Losers videos on YouTube, and Alejandro made a video regarding cheat days. At the end of his videos, he asked some questions that I think are excellent. Really makes you think about making conscious food decisions, regardless of circumstances.
So here are my answers:
#1: Do you take cheat days?
Yes, although mine usually end up only being a cheat meal.
#2: If so, when are they, and why do you pick that day?
I take mine on Friday. That's when all the healthy food supplies tend to be low in the house, and whatever I cooked up at the beginning of the week may be looking a little green by then. Besides, it's FRIDAY.
#3: What do you consider "cheating"? (eating whatever you want, going over points, extra calories?)
I consider cheating to be getting lunch at the Subway across the street. I typically get a 12" turkey sandwich, then I buy some cane sugar soda. However, even then I try to eat a salad and then I walk over (~10 mins).
#4: Why does or doesn't a cheat day work for you?
My cheat day (which is really just a cheat meal) works for me because I'm getting the rush, deliciousness, and satisfaction of fast food while staying relatively healthy. Also, Friday night is when I go shopping for the next week, so I am brought right back into the zone of healthy eating.
#5: Do you consider cheat days going "off-plan"? Why or why not?
No, because my plan includes the cheat day. When I plan out my food for the next week, I honestly set aside Friday as Subway Day. The only time I would consider something as going off-plan is if I went to a special event (restaurant, party buffet, etc) and just went crazy with unbalanced or sugary foods. As long as I keep my meals balanced and relatively sugar-low, regardless of where they are, I don't consider it "off-plan".
That's not to say that I never eat improper food (just look at myNutrition, you'll see the ice cream). But it's a different mindset. Those improper foods are working their way out of my diet, while my Subway Day is included in my plan.
Alejandro's Weight Loss Loser video: