No, really… I don’t cheat. I do drink alcohol, go wine tasting on occasion, eat jar(s) of almond/sunflower seed butter, chocolate covered macaroons, dark & white chocolate bars, corn tortilla chips, corn tortilla tacos, dried fruit, chocolate covered bacon, sweet potato (fries, chips… just about anything sweet potato), and none of it I consider “cheating”.
Personally, I really hate the term “cheat”. Too much stress, and too many negative connotations attached to it. As I said, I don’t do it. “But Justin, what about all that stuff you mentioned?!”
IT’S NOT A CHEAT. You see, all of it was part of “the plan”, and if it’s part of the plan, it’s not cheating. I have goals, and I’m implementing a plan to achieve those goals. If my plan/actions are no longer achieving my goals, then I change them.
Whenever I ask a client about their goals, it always comes back to nutrition in some way, shape, or form. And, every time I ask about their nutrition, they respond in the same manner:“I’m eating pretty Paleo (maybe they include the term “strict”, or “80/20”), but I do have the occasional “CHEAT.” Maybe its alcohol on the weekend, or chocolate (dark, of course), or fruit, or sugary, but “Paleo”, treat, etc… There’s always something… But is it cheating?
So you go out drinking with friends on the weekends. Is that cheating? Are you happy? Are you healthy? Are you achieving your goals? If the answers are “yes”, then it just sounds to me like everything’s going according to plan. Could you get faster results by not going out? Maybe, maybe not. You could also be unhappy because you’re no longer seeing your friends, and hanging out like you did before. Is an extra pound or two worth losing out on those experiences? That’s for you to decide.
So my whole view sounds a lot like the whole “80/20” deal, right? Well I don’t weigh or measure. For all I know, it’s 50/50 or 60/40 or 90/10… I don’t care because it’s working FOR ME. And on that note, what works for me, might not work for you. A person has to asses their goals, and determine if their actions are supporting or impeding their rate of success (either way, there are no “cheats”). If things are working, then everything is going according to plan. If not, change your actions… or your goals. Remember, as Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”