If You’re Gonna Cheat On Your Diet, Then At Least Plan It First

Filed under: Low-carb Tips — @ November 17, 2007

One of the most intriguing questions I receive about my low-carb lifestyle is the following: “Do you ever cheat on your diet?” The question behind the question is always a lot more revealing than the question itself. I suppose what people are asking is, “Will I EVER get to eat bread, pasta, rice, sugar, and all those other high-carb foods anymore once I start livin’ la vida low-carb?” My answer will probably surprise a lot of people–YES!

Now before you go off on a tangent thinking Jimmy Moore has lost his rocker on this, hear me out. One lesson I’ve learned from my experience losing 180 pounds on the Atkins diet is that food is meant to be enjoyed, not obsessed over. Too many people when they go on a “diet” try to micromanage their menu so much that they drive themselves and everyone around them absolutely bonkers. That’s no way to live.

So why not allow an indulgence on your low-carb lifestyle, especially as you are losing weight, as a way to reward yourself for being committed. This is a controversial strategy because not everyone agrees with it, but I discuss my reasons for supporting it in Episode 14 of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb On YouTube.”

Check out this YouTube video for a perfect reason to cheat on your diet:

This subject of a “planned splurge” as I call it has come up before and there were plenty of people who let me know how awful they think this is for people trying to lose weight, especially after seeing what I actually ate on one of my “splurge” meals. In fact, the “planned splurge” concept–aka “controlled cheating”–is not supported by fellow 200-pound Atkins weight loss success Kent Altena as demonstrated in this video about this subject.

I make it very clear in Episode 14 that this strategy is not for everyone and I specifically warn those who feel like they will lose control of their low-carb lifestyle if they eat even one meal off plan. That’s cool and I support your efforts to do what’s right for YOU. But for some people who are able to use this as a motivator for staying accountable the 6-8 weeks between “planned splurge” meals, this could very well be the missing element in your successful weight management program.

Let me say it loud and proud here right now: going off plan for the weekends, an entire day, or even one meal a month is NOT (I repeat NOT) what I’m talking about here. That is merely setting yourself up for failure and I do not support anyone who is serious about losing weight and keeping it off to do that. But perhaps you have tried having one meal every couple of months and it’s worked for you. Provide your feedback at Episode 14 at YouTube to let us know about your experience with this.

Need to catch up on all our YouTube videos? Here’s a complete listing just for you:

- Promo video–A half-minute promotion of the new video series
- Episode 1–Introduction of Jimmy & Christine Moore
- Episode 2–What kind of fruits can you have on a low-carb diet?
- Episode 3–What kind of veggies can you have on a low-carb diet?
- Episode 4–What does a low-carber do for something sweet?
- Episode 5–Why is fat so healthy for you on the low-carb lifestyle?
- Episode 6–Which restaurants can you go to on the low-carb lifestyle?
- Episode 7–What are the best new low-carb books you need to read?
- Episode 8–Why should you be eating a lot more eggs?
- Episode 9–If you’re gonna do Atkins, do it by the book
- Episode 10–What supplements should you take while low-carbing?
- Episode 11–What are some of the foods you eat on your low-carb diet?
- Episode 12–How should you respond when you weight loss stalls?
- Episode 13–What can you do to survive the high-carb holidays?

I found this RSS feed for our YouTube videos this week and you can still subscribe to our videos so you can keep up with all the new ones we record about the healthy low-carb lifestyle. Christine and I love it when you provide us feedback, so please send your comments and suggestions for us at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. THANK YOU for helping us make our YouTube videos better and better as we educate, encourage, and inspire the wonderful world of YouTube with the positive message of livin’ la vida low-carb!

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