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Is It Really OK To Cheat With Your Weight Loss Diet And Still Succeed?

I had an enlightening conversation with a couple of my lady boot campers this week about exercising hard and “cheating” and I thought you might also find this little exchange useful.

Here was question #1:

“If I’m working hard and exercising a lot, can I relax my eating habits?”

My response:

“Not if you want to lose weight.”

Which was quickly followed up with a frown, and the following question from someone else in the group…

“Really, not even a little?”

I know this gets thrown around a lot, the whole concept of working hard and then cheating, or “rewarding”, yourself with your favorite foods, treats or drinks.

That’s fine, that weight loss concept is very worthwhile and helps a lot, but I want to clear something up before you take this concept and go running off into the wild blue yonder.

Cheating a little is fine.  You can still lose fat with a little cheating.  In fact, it is necessary – it keeps you sane.

Totally relaxing your eating, or diet habits because you’re exercising a lot is NOT fine.

You have to keep your goals in mind and remember what you’re trying to accomplish.

I doubt you’re out to just maintain the body you have.  You want to improve…which means changes MUST be made.

You cannot out-train a bad diet.

Unless you’re a twenty-something athlete or genetic freak who can eat cheeseburgers all day and still maintain a six-pack, in which case most people would very much like to hit you in your chiseled head.

I work my butt off between my own workouts and training clients all day and I still can’t eat whatever I want.

Don’t take this the wrong way.

If you’re consistently doing your workouts – and I mean consistently – it’s OK to cheat and reward yourself for your hard work, but it is NOT fine to slack off and eat like you’ve got extra calories to spare.

I’ll say it again…

…Remember your goals.   Don’t’ lose sight of what you’re after, what you want and desire.

Sure your friends may call you a “health nut”, or “food freak” for sticking with your healthy eating plan, but who cares what your fat friends think.  They’re the ones who are going to be complaining about their ever-growing waistline while you’re dropping fat faster than the stock market can evaporate your entire life savings (sorry for digging up some bad emotions, but the analogy fit).

So, you can cheat, but don’t use your consistent exercise as an excuse to slack off your healthy, fat burning eating habits.

Remember your goals, cheat a little, stick to your 10 minute workouts, eat lots of fiber-rich foods, healthy fats and lean proteins and you’ll be good to go.

Have a great day!


P.S. – I go over my version of “cheating” or “reward meals” extensively in the nutrition book that comes with my Fat Loss To Go program.  Plus I go over every healthy, fat burning eating habit you need to lose fat and stay healthy for the rest of your life…not for just a few weeks.  No fad diets, no supplement scams, only the honest-to-God truth.  To grab your copy today and get started losing fat head to:


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Comments (2)

  • julie

    I mostly agree with you. I don’t quite have a plan, but I find eating a certain way enables me to lose weight, and if for social or other reasons, I eat differently (as I will this Saturday night), it slows it down. That’s ok, I accept that in the name of enjoying myself at a big dinner out. If I do it all the time, weight loss will stop, but I’m okay with a pause now and again in the name of enjoying myself. OTOH, I never eat with abandon, and not feeling guilty about it helps with that. I’ll still be at the gym Sunday morning, and probably won’t eat that much that day. I probably won’t be hungry. I still eat a Thin Mint cookie almost every day, which is not great for diets, but it keeps me happy. I can eat more than many who are dieting because I DO exercise average 90 minutes/day. Weight loss is slow, I’m only willing to torture myself so much.

  • The Fit Dad

    I’m glad to see that you know yourself well enough to know what you can and can’t do and how it will effect your weight loss.

    I’m not a big fan of the long workouts – I’m a trainer and there’s no way in hell you’d get me doing a 90 minute workout, especially every day.

    You don’t need to “torture yourself” that long in the name of weight loss. I’d like to know what you’re doing so I can help you out a little and get the weight loss kick started and free up some of your time.


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