Originally Posted by Udo
I don't know what diet you are on, but actually one cheat meal every now and then helps more than it hurts. If you stay on the same strict diet for some time your thyroid becomes dormant. That's why most diets only work for so long, first you loose weight quickly, but then your body adjusts to the diet and you don't see much progress anymore.
That really depends how strict of a diet we're talking here. If we're talking one of the lemming "buy my book and products and you'll lose 500lbs every week!" crap diets, then yes this is true. These diets are inherently (and intentionally) unsustainable. Think about it, the diet industry thrives on people's inevitable failure.
Diet is a poor word anyway. Diet is a negative term, which connotes excluding
certain items from what you eat. As social scientists have seen over and over again, thinking about a goal in negative terms (will not, should not, cannot, etc.) becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and essentially guarantees failure.
When one is looking to eat healthier, focus on what you want to include
, rather than what you want to avoid. The first thing to avoid is any program that has you eliminate or severely limit an entire group of food. Low carb? Trash. Low fat? Absolute garbage from the 90s, which actually is responsible for bringing on the low carb fads.
Sure a cheat meal here and there won't hurt, but think about it another way. If you are thinking purely in positive terms, "wow these blueberries are mighty tasty, I should eat more of them," about the right foods, you should not even need a cheat. It should be about splurging on almonds, or berries, or delicious smoothies, rather than about avoiding cakes and cookies.
Think positive folks, it's the way to be successful.