3 Smart Ways To Add A Cheat Meal Into Your Diet
Struggling to stick with your diet plan? If so, you may need to consider implementing the ‘cheat meal’ principle into the protocol.
Too many people start up on a fat loss diet and think that they have to be 100% on all the time. This, however, in most cases is simply a recipe for failure.
Cheat meals can be used wisely in any diet plan and in many cases, will actually help you see better success than you otherwise would. Most people think they automatically mean a step back, but it’s critical that you stop thinking of them like this.
Here are three smart ways to add a cheat meal into your diet so they help, not hinder you.
Add A Cheat Meal Before Or On Your Hardest Workout Day
The first and one of the best ways to add a cheat meal into your day is to do so on your hardest workout day of the week. For most people, this will be a leg workout session.
You can either add the cheat meal before the leg workout day, which will help to restore muscle glycogen levels, ensuring that you are able to exercise longer and harder without fatigue.
Or, you can have the cheat meal after the workout session is over and by doing so, you’ll experience a surge in insulin and nutrients that will get shuttled into the muscle cell, prompting growth and strength gains.
Used in this manner, the cheat meal can be a key tool that will help to boost your performance. For those who want to keep exercising hard while they diet, it’s a great strategy to use.
Add A Cheat Meal After 7 Days Of Lower Calorie Dieting
Next, consider adding a cheat meal after seven days of lower calorie dieting. For instance, if your progress has been a little slow and you want to jumpstart it by taking your calories down 300-400 calories lower, you can do so for about seven days.
After this, you may start to notice that your metabolic rate slows down a bit and further fat loss becomes more challenging.
The way around this? The cheat meal? By placing that cheat meal at the seven day mark, you signal to your body that more calories are now coming in and it’s fine to keep up its faster pace.
This prevents the plateau, allowing you to restart the lower calorie diet again if you wish. Or, you can then simply move back on to a more moderate but still lower calorie intake.
Add A Cheat Meal On A Special Event
Finally, the last way to utilize a cheat meal is to schedule it for around a special event. If you know you have a wedding or some other function on the calendar where you will be eating more than you normally would, make this your cheat meal.
This way, you can relax knowing that you won’t need to be as stressed about sticking to your diet on a day where it may be a real challenge.
So there you have three ways that you can add a cheat meal to your diet. Add it wisely and you can expect to see optimal results, not experience a set-back, moving away from your goals.
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