Originally Posted by LindenGarcia18
Hi Steve. I have a question about cheat meals.
I was just wondering how often, and how many calories roughly one should be?
I know you told me before that it would be over my normal diet in terms of calories.
Appreciate your time.
I don't recommend counting calories. If you want to eat dirty foods, it's ok to do several times per week. This generally won't make a huge impact on weight gain in the long run. On the other hand, if you are eating a large bag of Doritos 4 nights a week along with 3 Mountain Dews, then it's an issue.
I use the plate rule when eating crap foods. I limit the eating to one plate. This allows you to go to birthdays and family gatherings and eat what's been prepared for you. This also allows you to go out to eat with friends and relax.
I never restrict myself in social situations, other than using the plate rule.
Just plain "fun" eating, like normal cheats, are also good for the soul. Just use your best judgement. As long as you're not binge eating very frequently, several times per week is fine.
Your main concern with eating crap foods is long term health. Just use reasonable moderation and it's all good. Don't worry about going over in calories, or counting calories. Enjoy the food.