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    Do any of you sleevers allow yourselves a cheat day (or meal)? If so, how often...once a week, once a month? And wat do the doctors have to say about this?



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    I have cheat bites. Probably once every week or so. No cheat meals or days. But that is me. The truth is, you only get out of this what you put into it. I know some people eat whatever they want with their sleeve. I eat low carb as my nutritionist advised me to do. I am not going to jeopardize all my hard work.



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    Default Re: Cheat Days?

    I had a cheat day when pre op since surgery the only thing I kind of cheated on is going into my next phase of eating a day early otherwise I'm following my plan.




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    I do not have cheat days because this reinforces the diet mentality. I have no forbidden foods...if I want something, I eat it. The more we forbid foods, the more we compulsively crave them.

    I eat something 'unhealthy' on an almost daily basis such as pizza, a cheeseburger, or a taco. However, prior to surgery I was eating four cheeseburgers or six slices of pizza. As long as I can work the greasy food into my daily caloric allotment of about 2000 kcals, I eat it.

    Do not get me wrong.I was not eating like this during my active weight loss phase. However, maintenance is a different animal. I run 30+ miles a week to allow myself more freedom with food choices. I refuse to restrict because I am not on a diet. This is my meal plan.


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    Like RehabNurse, I do not have cheat days. That would mean I'm on a diet, which I'm not. It's a lifestyle change. While losing weight I didn't have sugary snacks because I didn't want them. There's nothing wrong with eating chocolate as long as you don't over eat. I'm more active now then I've been in ages and eat what I want.
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    I am only 9 weeks out. I dont have cheat days but like Christie, I have cheat bites. Because I get full so fast, one good bite is all I need. Also, I am developing new skills to ensure this lifestyle change. For instance, one day I really, really craved pizza. I ended up choicing to buy a single slice and ate the topping off of it and even shared that will my dog.She loved cheese...lol.. I then counted the topping as my meal.


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    You just had surgery a few weeks ago. Right now the most important is to focus on the best nutrition possible to avoid deficiencies. Your daily protein intake is your main goal (mine was 60gr per day). My surgeon and nut advised me to follow a balanced diet. I did have to adapt it to my metabolism because I currently live in Asia, they eat lots of carbs. So I just eat less carbs than my guidelines, I'm around 80 gr max per day.
    Getting bariatric surgery is a long life commitment. Who are you cheating? this is not a diet. The first year you have to focus on your protein and vitamins but since I didn't want to get into a diet state of mind (and didn't want to face frustration) I did allow myself to have dark chocolate 2 or 3 times per week.
    My doc and nut know about it. They say it's fine.
    I did have a bite of cake once in a while when we are invited or go out. But the key for me is moderation and also balance. If I have something sweet, I had protein just before. I'm never going to eat chocolate or cake "as a meal" because I would eat way too much of it. When you have protein first your stomach won't let you have enough room to over indulge. Doing that I never felt deprived. But until last month I was also walking between 3 to 5 k a day. Now with an other injury I can't walk that much and can see a difference.
    I lost 100 pounds in 13 months, now I'm reaching the point where I wonder what's next because I'm not losing much lately, but so early in your journey you should not worry about that. Take care.


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    Default Re: Cheat Days?

    I also have cheat bites. But I still steer clear of as much carbs as I can and still do not drink pop. I have gone this long without it that It would be silly to start now. The weigh loss has slowed since the first month but It's still consistently coming off at a pound or 2 a week. Some weeks a little more than that.




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    Most of the time I eat what I should, but sometimes I don't. This has worked for me for three years. I'm not on a diet, those never worked for me. So I don't even think "cheat" as that's for diets. This is just my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RehabNurse View Post
    I do not have cheat days because this reinforces the diet mentality. I have no forbidden foods...if I want something, I eat it. The more we forbid foods, the more we compulsively crave them.

    I eat something 'unhealthy' on an almost daily basis such as pizza, a cheeseburger, or a taco. However, prior to surgery I was eating four cheeseburgers or six slices of pizza. As long as I can work the greasy food into my daily caloric allotment of about 2000 kcals, I eat it.

    Do not get me wrong.I was not eating like this during my active weight loss phase. However, maintenance is a different animal. I run 30+ miles a week to allow myself more freedom with food choices. I refuse to restrict because I am not on a diet. This is my meal plan.


    OMG!!!!!!! What she said.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Been awhile since I posted my mantra. Here it is for those who are interested

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    You are not on a diet.

    Since you are not on a diet, you cannot be failing at a diet.

    This is not a race. This is a marathon. The sleeve doesn't just magically stop working after a year. It'll work for you for the rest of your life if you make a plan, work your plan, own your results, and make changes as necessary.

    Carbs and Fat are not the enemy. They are your friends

    You must eat no less than 80 oz of protein a day. Preferably animal proteins. In the beginning, don't freak out if you can't eat 80 oz. Eat as much as your pinkie sized sleeve will let you.

    You must drink no less than 64 oz of WATER a day. Not soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, beer, cocktails, margaritas, icees, ice tea, coffee, etc. WATER, AGUA, H2O. You can have all of the other stuff you want as long as you don't count it toward your 64.

    There are four pillars for weight loss with the sleeve. Nutrition, Hydration, Exercise, and Supplements. Ignore any of these and you will stall, stall often and stay stalled for months on end.

    And last but not least....you must never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, over eat......ever.

    Thus endeth the Mantra



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    I'm also someone who doesn't bother with "cheat" bites, meals or days. It will just backfire on me if I keep myself in a diet mentality where there are food restrictions. For me, there is "fuel food" and "treat food". Fuel foods are delicious and healthy and keep my protein, vitamins, and nutrients on track. Treat foods are delicious foods that don't provide my body the fuel it needs. So I eat about 90% fuel foods and 10% treat foods many days. That's a very rough estimate too; some days I pretty much stick to only fuel foods, some days there is a bit more of a treat here or there. The only things I track really carefully are my protein, water, and sugar intake, and the sugar intake is mostly because I'm watching my teeth.

    The one thing that I do is when I'm having a treat food, it better be the best damn quality treat food. If I feel like ice cream, I don't grab a weight watchers mini ice cream bar and eat two bites. I go on a walking adventure with my family and stop a couple hours in at a local organic ice cream place and have a mini scoop of incredibly delicious ice cream, and stop eating when I'm satisfied. If pizza sounds amazing, I don't grab a slice of Dominos, we go out to our local favorite joint and I have a few baked hot wings and some nibbles off a slice of delicious pizza goodness (garlic, parma ham, rucola, roasted tomato on extremely thin crisp crust, good GOD it's delicious).

    So I don't forbid foods from my life. I just focus on my delicious fuel food and have occasional bites of very good quality treat foods. But I don't eat fast food, because it all smells disgusting to me now.



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    I like cheat day!

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    nice topic

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    Cheat days are my favorite ones. I bet, for you is the same. Usually, on these occasions, I eat a burger or pizza. I am a fan of Italian cuisine, and Saturday is my lucky day. On the other days, I have a strict regime recommended by my doctor. I do not focus on calculating my carbs or kilograms; I strive to eat healthily and in time. I have this article https://homecareassistance.com/blog/...ds-eat-surgery with all kinds of foods that give energy, and I combine them to prepare myself a tasty meal.

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    of course it should be

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