After consistent dieting and working out, you’ve finally gotten so much closer to your fitness goals. So at this point, you’re looking forward to a good cheat meal, right? But is a cheat meal necessary or is it just a reward for depriving yourself for so long?
To put it simply, the level of your fitness routine depends on the frequency of your cheat meal allowance. For example, if you’re at an advanced level with 12% body fat or below, then a single cheat meal a week is fine. If you’re above 15%, you may really want to consider if a cheat meal is worth it. If you still have a long way to go to meet your goal, then you risk rebounding and losing all that progress you’ve already made.
Some studies show, a cheat meal after a prolonged calorie deficit diet may cause a boost in metabolism. It has also shown some psychological benefits as well. Treating your taste buds once a week can help the individual stay on track long term. Studies have also suggested long term dieting can hinder the thyroid hormone, which can drop metabolic rates. If this happens, it could be possible that a big fat cheeseburger and fries once a week, can revamp the sluggish metabolism.
Make sure to plan these meals, though! Think about what you’ve been craving all week long. Don’t under any circumstances binge on everything that comes your way. Also, try to share your cheat meal with someone so you don’t run the risk of overeating. Another way to keep yourself in check is to monitor your weight the morning of your cheat meal.
As with everything else, moderation is key. You must have self-control in order to enjoy a cheat meal without ruining what you’ve worked for. Indulge and enjoy your cheat meal, just make sure you get back to reality the next day. You can do it!