Health + Fitness

Day 40: Cheat days are allowed, but overdo it

Ellen Coleman loves cheeseburgers and that is her cheat day meal when she leaves her world of “clean living.” We will introduce you to Coleman in my Wednesday health and fitness column in The Detroit News because she leads a healthy life style that she hopes lands her in Sports Illustrated as a swimsuit model.

But the point of this is now that we are post 40 days and 40 nights there are two messages I want to send you.

You can cheat, just as Coleman does while keeping her slim figure. But you cannot go back to where you were before.

We eat healthy. We eat clean and we cut down on the processed and fast foods. But that does not mean you cannot have a cheeseburger once a week. It does not mean you cannot have a couple beers while hanging out with the men Saturday night.

We just cannot do it every night. Pick your spots and pick your days.

Every nutritionist I’ve spoken to encourages a cheat day. They just do not advocate cheat days very often. Mentally we need it.

“Why else do we do it,” said my trainer Melissa Borden. “It shocks the body. It is like a treat and a surprise. But you’ve got to get back at it after you treat yourself.”

For 40 days and 40 nights we gave up fried food, alcohol, regular pop and desserts. We are back to having those treats. But we must remember two things. We must eat and drink in moderation. And we must continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Some people never cheat. They are stronger than most and you can see the results in their body. But I am not foolish enough to believe you can go cold turkey. You need your days.

Check out Coleman on her website ellencolemansi.wordpress.com. She is a woman who cheats now and then but gets down to business the majority of the time. One more thing: When you go to her website vote for her in the Sports Illustrated swim model contest.