Are you one of those people who look forward to cheat day Saturdays? The day where you get to overindulge in all of your favourite foods? If so, it’s time to learn how to love food again.
What if I told you that you didn’t have to be one or the other? It is possible to learn to love food again and maintain a healthy weight without depriving yourself or dieting. All you need is a little bit of knowledge and some patience.
And, of course, a helping hand.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a testimonial from our fabulous client, Rachel.
Say No to Cheat Day Saturdays
What exactly is a cheat day, you might ask?
It’s any day (or week) when you break all the rules of good nutrition and indulge in your favourite guilty pleasures without restraint. Cheat days can take many different forms, from extra cookies at dessert to late-night pizza binges, but regardless of how they are spent, they always feel rewarding.
They do the opposite. They make you feel guilty. As Rachel says,
“You helped me realise that I often thought about food because I was hungry due to eating extremely low calories all week to allow for the weekend. I never thought I could get out of the mentality of ‘cheat day’ Saturday.”
When you look forward to cheat days and subsequently eat less during the week, you’re setting yourself up for failure. We sat down with Rachel to talk through her experience with us.
NSN: What was your absolute biggest challenge before working with us?
Rachel: I didn’t have balance in my diet after years and years of ‘cheat day Saturday’.
NSN: How did that make you feel?
Rachel: Food was always an issue for me. Whenever I went out for a meal or away somewhere, I would need to check the menu to make sure there was something suitable (especially if it was mid-week).
NSN: What changed after working with us?
Rachel: I’m just so much happier and kinder to myself.
NSN: What specific results can you share?
Rachel: I’ve lost inches and body fat. I’m stronger, and most importantly, I have more confidence. Because I’ve adopted a balanced diet since working with you, I no longer feel the need to over-eat on any day. I understand some days, my body needs more, and on others, it needs less.
NSN: How has training changed for you?
Rachel: The training has been a big part of the process for me. Previously I used to cram so much into a week. Working with you has helped me understand it’s sometimes better to lower the weight and focus on technique.
But the big one for me is rest; I didn’t rest enough before. By 7 or 8 pm most nights, I was exhausted. I often go for an evening walk now. I feel like I listen to my body now and give it what it needs.
NSN: How do you feel after working with us?
Rachel: I can’t even begin to tell you how much you’ve helped me; I would go so far as to say it’s been life-changing. You’ve helped me understand the importance of rest and balance in my diet, which I believe has aided my cycle return regularly.
NSN: What would you say to somebody on the fence about working with us?
Rachel: To do it! I thought about it for a long time. I just wish I had done it sooner.
NSN: Anything else you’d like to add?
Talking to you freely about my thoughts on food and training has been crucial for me. I honestly can’t thank you enough for what you have done for me.
You are not Your Cheat Day
We are wired to seek high-reward foods, and unfortunately, high-reward foods are available in abundance in our current food environment.
If you think about things slightly differently, you can find ways to reward yourself without negatively impacting your psyche or your waistline.
- Food isn’t good or bad; it’s just food.
- You’re not ‘being good’; you’re enjoying healthier foods and having fewer fun foods.
- If you still want to reward yourself for being healthy, find another reward, such as every time you decide to cook at home instead of getting a takeaway, put the money you would have spent into a holiday fund.
Once you’ve adopted better habits, make room for fun foods.
If you fancy some ice cream, have a few scoops, eat it slowly, and savour it.
Ditch the cheat day.