We’re sure you’ve heard the term “cheat meal” before, but do you really know what it means? Or how it can affect your regimen?
The “cheat meal” concept is a part of the 90/10 rule. According to the 90/10 rule, 90% of the time you should eat according to your specific goal-based nutrition plan, and 10% of time you can indulge in something that is not on the diet.
What constitutes a cheat meal? Cheat meals are meals that are not a part of your regular diet. They are not are all day smorgasbords. So take it easy and limit yourself yourself to 1-2 normal sized indulgences once a week.
Why have a cheat meal? While there is no conclusive evidence that cheat meals speed up your metabolism, there is evidence that but eating them can help you psychologically. It is difficult to be on a diet 24/7, so having a built it cheat meal can help keep you motivated the rest of the week.
When is the best time to indulge in your cheat meal? Right after your workout. We know that might sound counter-intuitive, but it’s true. During the period of time right after your workout your cheat meal stands a greater chance of being utilized by your muscles instead of being stored as fat.
What we suggest… Cheat meals are not for everyone, like those with strict health or goal specific diets. If this does not apply to you, go ahead and indulge, but be sure to get back on track afterwards When selecting your cheat meal, still try to make better choices. Avoid processed foods especially. Also avoid pastries and sweets, but when you do have them be sure to use moderation – have a donut, not a dozen.
So there you have it, go ahead and have dinner with your friends!