How many of you have tried to keep countless diets for weeks, fighting to stay away from unhealthy foods only to fail only days after starting. It is so hard to eat healthy, especially if you are one of those people with a crazy appetite or running around all day. I speak from experience when I say that it is so easy to give in to sweets or a burger once in a while. Especially at the end of a long and exhausting day.
Well guess what? I have good news. According to Medical Daily cheat meals are actually recommended. However, a cheat meal should not be confused with a cheat day. According to the 90/10 rule, we do our body a favor when we have a cheat meal after a couple of days of eating healthy. The leptin protein actually plays a very important role in this matter. According to Clinical Chemistry this a “satiety hormone, that regulates appetite and energy balance of the body” (Meier). When we diet our body will eventually get used to the healthy food, and our energy level will eventually start going down. That is the point where the cheat meal plays its role, by tricking our body that it has enough energy to burn fat, which has proven to be successful.
Meaning that you can allow yourself one or more cheat meals per week, depending on your diet does not mean that it is recommended to eat whatever comes your way. One of the most important things when it comes to cheat meals, is trying to plan ahead when your cheat meal is going to be and even where. If you think about it, it actually smart because it helps you plan ahead and it makes it possible for you to cut down on some calories beforehand. Another important point is not to have a cheat meal when you are absolutely starved and because it is fast. I think we have all been there and done that, myself included. It feels as if no matter how much you eat the hunger will never fade away. This also stands together with another tip: eat moderately. Furthermore, another tip that I find helpful is to get a really good workout before your cheat meal, personally I always feel better if I know I have worked really hard and deserved that cheat meal.
I hope that this article was helpful!! Please let me know if you have any questions!