Cheat meals for fat loss
It sounds too good to be true cheat meals for fat loss. But let me tell you one secret. It is true.
We all learned that in order to lose weight we need to stick to our chicken, rice, and broccoli, but this is bullshit.
In this article, I teach you every way that you can use cheat meals for fat loss! Don’t feel like reading the entire post? Don’t worry you can also check out my video on this exact topic right here!
Why cheat meals for fat loss?
You probably have been in this situation: You start a new diet, with a calorie deficit and all clean foods.
Because this time you are really going to hit your goal weight. And this goes great for a while because you are really motivated.
But after a period of time you start craving pizza again, or those brownies or whatever. This way of living is super restrictive and unnecessarily hard to sustain. Because what you need is a cheat meal!
Yes, you read that right. Cheat meals for fat loss. In a perfect world, we would all be able to stick to a 100% clean diet. But this is not realistic, but we still think that this is the solution.eat meals for fat loss cheat meals
If you’d like to learn more about how you can stick to your diet, this article will help you!
Right and wrong use of cheat meals
Of course, I am not telling you to live of off Ben and Jerry’s and pizza for the rest of your life, there are some wrong and right ways to incorporate cheat meals into your life!
There are actually multiple benefits that you can get from cheat meals. It is a great diet break, can boost your metabolism a bit and can even get you through weight loss plateaus.
Then you need to look at the frequency of your cheat meals, this depends on many so there is no one size fits all answer to this.
It depends on how fast you want to hit your goals, your activity level, the calories in your cheat meal and even more things.
The smaller your cheats are the more often you can do them, but when you keep them real small they may not satisfy your cravings. And if you do them real frequent they can start messing with your weight loss.
Your cheat meal can be whatever the hell you want, but note that I am just talking about weight loss here.
Not about your general health, eating fried chicken once a month will not make you gain fat, but it is still not a healthy option!
A smart idea is to ‘save’ your cheat meals for social events or dinner out of your house. It is hard to stick to your plan normally when you do this, so you might as well go all out. Having a guilt-free dinner with friends is a lot more fun.
A good idea is to plan your cheat meals, to make sure they aren’t too big or so you can save them for later events.
The wrong ways:
It can become a problem when you start over glorifying your cheat meal. It should not be something you are thinking about every minute of the day.
Of course, you can look forward to it, but obsessing is something totally different.
This can happen when you have set dates for your cheat meals, for example, every other Friday. You keep thinking in your mind: ‘Oh just 3 more days, just 2 more days….’.
I did say that it is smart to create a plan, but when this creates an obsession it is better to just go with it whenever you feel you need it.
So now you know that you can have cheat meals while still losing fat, you are pretty happy I am going to assume. But why do we actually want cheat meals while dieting?
As I mentioned earlier, it is a nice diet break. It is also a great way to satisfy your cravings and build a buffer for the next coming weeks.
Because if you are a chocolate lover and you follow a diet that excludes it you’re not going to have a fun time.
So do choose your cheats wisely, don’t just go with some ice-cream for the hell of it. Really go for something you love or crave. Make sure you eat something that helps you keep on going.
But how is it possible that one cheat meal doesn’t make you fat? Because it is all about weekly averages. So if you are dieting on 1800 calories every day, than your average is 1800.
But when you eat those 1800 calories every day and have one cheat meal of 500 calories your average is 1870 calories. These 70 calories won’t make you fat but will give you the power to keep on dieting for a few more weeks!
When you start implementing this strategy it can take some time to master it. You might go overboard the first time or you don’t really cheat enough because you still feel guilty.
But when you find your own balance dieting becomes so much easier! If you want to take this a step further IIFYM might be for you!