For most people, eating a healthy diet is a lot more challenging than training. But if you aren’t one of those people who believes that eating 100% is necessary to achieve great fitness, health, or any other results, then it might be useful for you to learn how incorporating a few cheat meals can not only help you to reward yourself but also speed up your results.
Cheat meals can keep your metabolism in check by making you eat something different than usual. This is really important if you suffer from a slow metabolism and want to speed it up to lose weight.
On the other hand, if you want to grow muscle mass, you can eat a lot of cheat meals to get extra calories that are needed to grow muscle mass.
And most importantly, cheat meals can keep you satisfied and make it more enjoyable to continue your fitness journey.
1. Choose The Healthiest Cheat Meals You Love
If you decide to eat cheat meals, try avoiding the most unhealthy products. Go for something that you know is the healthiest of your options but still tasty and capable of satisfying your hunger as a delicious meal.
2. Eat Slowly, Even if You Want to Eat it in an Instant
Eating too fast might result in making you eat more than you wish and cause digestion problems after not eating your favorite foods for a long time. In the worst case, it can cause training and even health problems.
Be careful and remind yourself that don’t need to eat a ton. If you’re worried that your cheat meals can make you fat, then try eating the same amount as you eat while having a healthy meal.
Also, it’s beneficial to know the number of calories your cheat meals have as not all foods provide the same amount of energy. By knowing it, you’ll be able to determine whether you should eat smaller or larger cheat meals than your usual meals.
3. Avoid Eating Together With a Group of People
Do you know what happens when you try eating a healthy meal surrounded by friends who eat a pizza and drink Cola? Most people start doing it themselves as their friends keep pushing them to eat the same food as they do.
So, if it’s not your cheat meal time, you should avoid getting into such little parties as friends might keep nagging you about your healthy eating habits and try to convince to eat the same junk food as they do. Don’t fall for it.
4. Have a Plan or it Might End Bad
Before starting eating cheat meals, create an effective plan and do your best to follow it. If you don’t have such thing as a plan, it might result in making you ask yourself whether you should eat healthily or enjoy a cheat meal every time you think about food.
So, decide when you should eat healthy meals and cheat meals beforehand and do it without breaking your plan or the plan might break your results.
5. Get Back on The Healthy Eating Path Again
After enjoying a cheat meal or a cheat day, start eating healthy meals again. If the products you eat on your cheat meals are hard to digest, start your healthy eating again with smaller meals that have lots of vegetables.
By consuming vegetables, you’ll be able to clean the digestive system from the toxins that come from cheat meals as well as make sure that your microbiota gets plenty of food.