If you're trying to lose weight and follow a strict diet, you'll understand the significance of the once-a-week "cheat meal". A cheat meal in simple terms means a treat meal where you are allowed to go off track and eat that particular food which you have been craving for a while. However, once your cheat is done, you are advised to come right back to your strict eating plan. Sadly, some dieters misuse this freedom and overeat and regret it later. Overeating has the potential to wash away several days' worth of hard work. So here's how you can have a cheat meal and still lose weight.
Plan Your Meals Beforehand
With the holiday season approaching, you'll find yourself eating outside and indulging in high-calorie foods more frequently. Having a specific food in mind will allow you to make the most of your cheat meal. For example, if you want a Starbucks drink, you can modify it based on your calorie expenditure. You can always choose a low-calorie or sugar-free option and keep track of what you eat. This way you will be able to ensure a well-planned and portioned cheat meal.
Earn The Burn
Don't want to get off track? Try working out before eating anything that isn't on your diet. Our bodies are in a catabolic state after a workout, so cheating won't do much harm. This will not only help you physically, but it will also lift your mood and allow you to resume dieting. Even if it's a rest day, try some light workouts to boost your metabolism.
Make it a point not to regularly indulge in cheat meals following a workout since this can raise your weekly calorie intake and cause weight gain.
Cheat In Moderation
Remember, there is a cheat meal and a cheat day. Going nuts on the weekend just because you've been eating well during the week is never a good idea. You can cheat on one to two meals per week, but don't abandon your diet completely. Doing this may increase your daily calorie expenditure, causing bloating and weight gain.
Avoid Eating Junk
The best way to cheat is to consume foods that are high in essential vitamins and minerals. Binging on foods high in protein and good carbs would be an excellent choice because they will keep you fuller for longer and will also aid in recovery.
Chose Your Menu
When you go out for a cheat meal, look for options that you truly enjoy while also being healthy. This will not only help with satiety but will also reduce your tendency of cheating. The majority of cravings we encounter are caused by an emotional attachment to certain foods. Do not deprive yourself of the pleasure that comes from eating your favourite foods.
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