LET’S TALK: CHEAT MEALS.
Ah, my favorite time of the week! I absolutely love a cheat meal. It’s what keeps me going all week — just the thought of devouring some greasy pizza or deliciously fried-to-crisp buffalo wings with a large glass of refreshing Pepsi! Not to mention the dessert afterwards filled with tons of sugar and calories! 😍 It’s a moment to look forward to, I know! Cheat meals are good for you, too — which we’ll talk more about. ☺️
CHEAT DAYS ARE NOT A THING.
First, I want to declare something. There’s a huge difference between a cheat meal and a cheat day. You shouldn’t dedicate one whole entire day to cheating — this is what will cause you to crave more of the bad food for the next 6 days that follow. It could take you out of habit and on top of that, you’re taking in way too many calories — setting yourself back a few days. What’s the use? You’re only going to make the next week hard af for yourself. So quit trying to make the cheat “day” thing happen — it’s not going to happen! Just take one meal of one day where you eat anything you want! Make it good... But prepare yourself for it.
PREPARE FOR YOUR CHEAT MEAL.
What I like to do is prepare my belly for my cheat meal. I don’t want to feel bloated going into it and I don’t want to eat a ton of calories before or after it, either. So it’s smart to plan around your cheat meal! This is what I do:
My cheat meal is always on a Friday. So, the day before it, I do not touch any carbs (rice, bread, or pasta). I try to limit my snacks and eat simply. The day of my cheat meal, I won’t have any breakfast — just coffee. I’ll have a very light lunch without any carbs and then I’ll have my cheat meal with a dessert without limits, but that’s all I’ll eat for the rest of the day. Ideally, I’ll try to go to the gym after my cheat meal if I could instead of before... Also, try to plan to go to the gym the day before and day after your cheat meal! Then, the day after my cheat meal, I also do not eat any carbs. This way I eliminated heavy foods the day before, on, and after, and the cheat meal basically fills those spots and I don’t feel like I put myself back a couple days. It works great! The morning after my cheat meal, I was my lowest weight in this journey: 145.8! If you prepare yourself like this, you won’t fall short.
WHAT TO EAT FOR YOUR CHEAT MEAL.
You should be like me and be very particular in what you're going to eat as your cheat meal! Come on, this meal only comes ONCE each week! You have to make it good. If you tend to stay off major carbs throughout the week, be sure to have a ton of carbs in that one meal so that you get that satisfaction you were missing out on! I also love to drink a big glass of soda, have fried food, and a dessert with tons of sugar! Why not — make the most of your cheat meal! You've worked hard all week and this is your reward... Just make sure you are preparing for the cheat meal so you aren't doing much damage and you still feel good about yourself the next day!
All in all, just remember: cheat meals are important. They give us the opportunity to take a break from the strict eating habits we've been accustomed to all week. In addition to that, cheat meals help reset our hormones responsible for metabolism and insulin regulation. They also help replenish glycogen for increased energy and keep calories brining and fat torching mechanisms high (www.ligestylefitness.co.uk). This is all good news!
So, DO NOT SKIP your cheat meal! No matter how on a roll you're feeling or how good you're feeling... It's what’s best for you as long as you prepare and plan around it!
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!