Scoring Update: Pizza, Beer and Still Healthy?

Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Posted by Scratch

PITTSBURGH (FFD) - Yesterday was one of those rare days where I go high on calories and extend the intermittent fasting 20/4 window, albeit temporarily. In previous years, such a day wold be a loss, but one of the aspects of Season 48 of The Football Fan’s Diet is that it really is about weekly averages. In the light, I am won.

Scratch scores a touchdown for keeping it under the average.

Scratch scores a touchdown for keeping it under the average.

Even though I chalk up a very high net calorie number of roughly 2,500, I am still averaging 1,500 net calories per day doing the intermittent fasting 20/4 diet. I lose, or give up a touchdown, when I go over the average.

Weight Loss Tip: cheat days help—in the context of an average

After three or four days, it is really hard to bump that average up there—if you worked your ass off to get your numbers lower during the week. Case in point, even though I won, scored a TD yesterday—It was still a high calorie day. In some ways, I might call it a cheat day. But, cheat days are not to be scorned or ridiculed.

Scratch pounded a few beers yesterday. Therefore, The Fat Man scores a FG.

Scratch pounded a few beers yesterday. Therefore, The Fat Man scores a FG.

I personally don’t have any problems with cheat days—if you are looking at averages. A trainer friend of mine once explained it like this to me:

If you are going to cheat on your diet plans, ask yourself if you are going to cheat for one meal or the whole day. If you cheat for one meal, that is one meal out of 90 (if you go 3 meals a day—that is normal people eating). It won’t hurt you. If you take the day off, it is one out of 30.
— Brian The Trainer Guy


Scratch watched another episode of The Punisher on Netflix from the comforts of his little TV room at home on Stan The Stationary Bike.

Scratch watched another episode of The Punisher on Netflix from the comforts of his little TV room at home on Stan The Stationary Bike.

So there you go. You have to look at those averages. So for now, I am safe. Nevertheless, I get nervous because I always feel like one high calorie, cheat day, can lead to another one.

Please note that a cheat day in dieting is something entirely different when used in the marital context. You certainly can take a cheat day, but try telling your spouse that well on the other days of the year, you were faithful? So please, keep your cheat days to your diet.

Yesterday I had beers on the side of the road with an old friend. Then pizza at home and it simply tasted too good to limit myself—so I took that cheat day. I suppose Pizza will always constitute a weak spot for me. However, I ask you this—is a life without pizza worth living? Not really. So cheat away on your pizza.