This is something I thought about this morning; why accept cheating on yourself if you would never accept anyone else cheating on you? Cheating in a relationship? Cheating at cards? Cheating in a friendly game? Cheating in a financial transaction? These are all things I can safely say most everyone wouldn’t tolerate. Yet, cheating on a diet seems to be a thing that people not only accept, but seem to employ as a viable strategy when trying to lose weight.
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’d know that I don’t call it cheating; I call it sabotage. Cheating, by definition, is gaining an unfair advantage over an adversary or competitor. Cheating on a diet does nothing of the sort. There is no advantage to be gained. It’s more like sabotage, which is the intentional destruction or damage to something.
Even though the Paleo Diet is very simple, it takes discipline and perseverance to fully realize the benefits. If weight loss is a goal, then cheating or sabotage is even more troublesome. One cheat day, or even one cheat meal can erase a week’s worth of weight loss, and to me, it’s just not worth it. It’s why so many people who go on restrictive diets realize good losses only to give it back through a cheat day and then lament the fact that they just can’t lose weight like other people.
It’s the cheating, dummy.
Don’t sabotage your efforts. Your time is valuable. Don’t waste it by cheating.