Cheat meals are a frequent topic of discussion when it comes a fitness routine. If enjoyed properly, cheat meals will not hinder your progress. Actually, when it comes to progress, cheat meals are essential. Keep in mind, I’m not talking about a streak where you’re eating nothing but junk. I’m talking about the occasional cheat meal. Depending on your goals and progress, you may be able to even get away with a cheat day. But it’s important to keep the cheating in check.
Cheat Meals 101
Just like everything else when it comes to fitness, moderation is key when it comes to treating yourself to your favorite. Not only does treating yourself quench your taste buds, it also helps you succeed in your fitness journey. When you restrict certain food, you tend to feel deprived. By knowing you have a treat coming, you’ll be more apt to stay on track.
- Plan Ahead: Decide which day/meal you’d like to have as your treat. This helps to keep you motivated when you have down days. Cheat meals can serve as a reward. (Again, not the ideal. But it works.)
- Don’t Starve: Don’t starve all day just because you’re going out to your favorite restaurant for dinner. Depriving yourself will lead to overeating.
- Don’t Stuff Yourself: Just because you’re treating yourself doesn’t mean you’re going to eat until you can’t breathe. You should still eat a recommended portion size.
- Set an End: It’s important to stop. Don’t let a cheat meal turn into a cheat day. Or a cheat day turn into a cheat week.
REMEMBER: Moderation is key!
My favorite cheat meal is cheeseburger and fries; the cheesier, the better. What’s yours?