I've started to Paleo a few days ago. I'm also training with main lifts such as squats, deadlifts, presses, chins etc.
So, want to make a cheat day once a week, prolly saturday or sunday and want to eat pizza, hamburger, kebab, whole grain breads whatever i want. Erhm, my question is about,
Cheating once a week is too much? What do you guys think about cheating?
Sorry for my bad english,
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I would definitely recommend a cheat day if you want one but I would make it a paleo cheat day. Skip the pizza. Maybe have some dairy like ice cream. Just don't do gluten. There are so many cheat foods that you can have that won't harm your body like a pizza.
In my experience, cheating is ok on a per meal/snack basis ... not a whole day. But ONLY after you have done at least 30 days of strict paleo should you start to do this. Then you will better understand your body's reaction to the cheat food.
I don't cheat because I'm not on a 'diet'. Cheating would mean I'm doing something I force upon myself and be 'free' for that one day; but I actually enjoy eating healthy. Sometimes, I have a glass of wine or quality dark chocolate, but that's as far as it goes
I caution against a regular cheat day every single week. If I'm going to cheat it's one meal and more of a special occasion. I've found that I can do A LOT of damage if I allow myself a whole day. But that's just me, perhaps you can control yourself better!
I prefer small, daily cheats. Like my cup of coffee in the morning with Natural Bliss creamer. I really have no desire for things like pizza, cake, etc. Thinking about the way I feel after any junk food makes it really easy to resist.
My cheat is more like a double cheeseburger protein style (no bun) at In N Out and some fries. Or maybe high carb rice based meal (thai, sushi, chipolte).
But I try to keep my cheats as paleo as possible so no gluten. As far as ice cream goes I think that's just as bad as a pizza because of all the processed sugar. Probably worse for insulin than pizza or a burger with bun
i never cheat. ever. this is ONLY because i have an autoimmune disease. if i was generally healthy, heck, i wouldn't be on the paleo diet. BUT if you are healthy and cheat once a week, i say go for it if it makes you happy and doesn't give you any negative symptoms.
I used to cheat once a week because I was so strict. Now I just don't worry about it and have some "cheat" foods if I feel like it. I tend to eat 100% Paleo during the week anyways, but on the weekends I'll let loose if I want to go out for some food.
The problem with setting a whole day for "cheating" is that you might binge and just constantly look forward to that day. I'm more at an 80/20 split now and it's glorious.
Thanks for answers. I feel good today, no need of cheating or something like that but I'd like to add some diary products to my diet, such as raw milk and probiotic yoghurt.
If you just started and are already focused on cheating your chances of sticking with it are diminished. Not saying you can't do it, but I'd go for a few months and be as strict as you can and then see if and how much you want to cheat. My cheats are small random things like some honey in a homemade truffle. Haven't touched a bit of grains or alcohol in 2 years, as once I gave them up I had no desire to return.