About 6 months ago, I read Gary Taubes’s book Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It. It made a lot of sense to me, although it took a while for me to fully wrap my head around what he was saying. The science he presented was well explained, it was just so different from what I thought I knew about nutrition and health, what is presented as good advice in our entire culture. I am a big believer in living an evidence-based life, though, and the evidence as presented was enough to make me at least give it a try.
It was hugely successful, too! I lost 15 pounds easily and quickly. I began to have a lot more energy. I felt awesome. It became hard to eat anywhere but at home, but as a former vegetarian edging toward veganism, I was used to that. After a while, though, I did miss some of the carbs I loved. I didn’t add enough carbs back into my diet to regain the weight I lost, but I did add enough to stay put at the new weight. And, even though my goal is health, not weight loss, I cannot lie–I would love to lose a bit more weight.
That is where I was when Halloween hit this week–not doing too bad with the diet, but not wholly satisfied with the current progress. But darn it, I wanted some candy! So, I made an executive decision–Halloween would be a candy indulgence day, then I would go back to normal, with strict carb counting. It was a great day, too. I ate a lot of candy. I enjoyed all of it, too. What is the point of indulging if you don’t enjoy it? I got it all out of my system and I am ready to cut the candy out again. I am not even worried about the upcoming holidays, although I may institute one more day to indulge at some point. I think it helps me to give up sugar most of the time if I know that I will have it again at some point in the future. I am not giving it up, just postponing it.
Do you ever designate a cheat day? If so, do you find it helps you keep to your program most of the time?