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CHEAT DAY - ALCHOHOL AND ICE CREAM?!

Asked on August 22, 2014
Created August 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Hi Everyone! I'm a 25 year old female - I've been following the Paleo diet for 8 months now and do power/barre yoga 5x per week. During these past 8 months, I have been eating very strict paleo - no dairy, no gluten, no added sugar, etc. (I recently cut out nuts and fruit in efforts of weight loss). I would slip off the wagon 1-2 nights per week and just binge on whatever non-paleo foods and junk I could find. PROBLEM #1 -- I've always had a sweet tooth so it's not easy for me to stay whole30, 7 days per week. I start to feel deprived and miserable. In efforts of trying to lose 10-15 lbs and STILL be happy - I've decided to stick to whole30 guidelines Sunday-Friday and for a 16 hour window on Saturdays, I'm allowed to have a few of my favorite cheat meals - ice cream, pancakes, cookies, etc. Do you think doing this will affect my weight loss goals at all? PROBLEM #2 -- I quit drinking (sort of) 8 months ago when I started Paleo. I have probably had a total of 5 drinks during this 8 month period. However, I'm really starting to miss it. I enjoy having a few drinks with friends on the weekends when going out. I was thinking about allowing myself 3-5 drinks (low calorie) on each Saturday night (cheat day). Do you think doing this will affect my weight loss goals at all? Like I said, I'm very strict throughout the week for 6 days straight. If I can still do the two things listed above AND stay strict on these 6 days - I'm wondering if I will still be able to shed some pounds? Thank You!!!

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on August 22, 2014
at 01:43 PM

#1) Yes this will affect your progress and you might actually start gaining weight, instead of losing. The body doesn't care what day of the week you had it, that bucket of ice cream is going to wipe out all your hard work for the whole week. Eat some strawberries/raspberries instead, even two or three cups of them won't fatten you up.

#2) Nothing wrong with some alcohol, just don't get the sugary girly drinks that are bascially liquid desserts. Get stuff like wine or liquor (vodka, brandy/cognac, rum, whiskey, etc) since this stuff is pretty much water + alcohol. Just don't make a habit out of it or your liver will hate you :)

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