I think most of you know that I was a chubby kid growing up. I have to assume you know that there’s a reason for that: I love food.
Of course, most of us love food, but sadly I also happen to like unhealthy food. It is only through epic force of will that I was ever able to lose weight, and only through years of practicing dietary strategies that I’m able to keep it off.
There are certain things I don’t miss from those days (other than not being fat, of course) and that I don’t think I’ll ever eat again.
To qualify that, in a recent trip to San Diego, some friends of mine convinced me that I needed to try In n’ Out Burger, a West Coast chain that supposedly I was going to go crazy for. I was unimpressed.
Having tried it to assuage their desire, I don’t think I’ll ever eat fast food again.
Similarly, I can’t really see ever eating pizza from a place outside of the Greater NY Metro area, as it really isn’t the same and I just don’t see the point. (Easy, Jersey and Philly people–I’m including you). Being honest, there is something in the water that makes NY pizza better.
In fact, there is a pizza shop in Tampa, where Joel lives, that has water shipped down from NY that makes a damn good slice.
That’s pretty much it, though.
When it comes to my cheat days, not much else is off limits. I have a sweet tooth and a love of hendheld foods, so I’m known to eat sausage and peppers followed by a shake. Aaah, cheat days. Cookies, cakes and pie, gloooooorius pie. I could go on forever. Oh, and candy, I love candy.
(As a weird aside, I had some candy on my last cheat day, and I noticed that there were more “Ike’s” in my Mike and Ike’s than usual. Just sayin’).
Anyway, today is not a cheat day (in fact I have to wait till Sunday), so I will not be partaking. And having a strict “no cheat outside of cheat days” policy is really, really, REALLY important for someone like me.
Here’s a video I shot about it earlier today.
Anyway, I’m a big fan of cheat days, and I’m a huge fan of the program in question, Cheat Your Way Thin, which as you know was written by one of my best friends.
As I mentioned in my video, the most DANGEROUS thing about unplanned cheat days is that they generally just lead to more unplanned cheating, which in the long run derails your efforts entirely. While I don’t think you need to be draconian about every aspect of your diet, I DO know that fooling yourself into thinking it’s “just one meal” or “just one day” or “just the weekend” is pretty much a never ending cycle.
“I’ll start again tomorrow” becomes “I’ll start Monday” becomes “I’ll start in January.” And we all know how that works out for 90% of people.
New Year’s Resolution? Yeah, talk to you next year.
Instead, just follow a plan, get set up to to do it the right way, and allow yourself to cheat as liberally as you like and burn more fat using your favorite foods and treats during the Holidays.
And that’s where Cheat Your Way Thin comes in. If you don’t already have it, pick it up here, because it’s currently on sale for less than half price. As I said in the video, it’s a great reference; you’ll want to refer back to it later on.
Bottom line: ladies and gents, the holidays are coming. And if you’re anything like me, you may cave and have just ONE brownie at an office party…and it’s all downhill from there. At least, that’s what can happen if you don’t have a plan in place.
So, get yourself set up for success with CYWT, and drop some fat instead of gaining it over the next few weeks.
Plus, you get all my bonus workouts, which make things even more awesome.
Now go enjoy your fat burning cookies =)