Are you overweight? Or do you like to maintain your body and for that are you doing any particular workout that’s bought your body to follow a strict diet?
Well anyone who works out and follows a strict diet will surely once in a while will notice that hand going to a large double cheese pizza. These are called cravings for “junk” food. Its obviously human tendency to play with our tastes. So what do you do? We at hintsoflife will tell you how to deal with this. Let’s see what a cheat meal is.
A cheat meal is something that you can consume only once in the entire day. This will help you maintain and work towards your goal and obviously will not gain you much weight. We don’t only eat food to control our weight but also to be healthy. As we see now a days, that we have so much toxins in food that can cause various health effects, so its better to follow a strict diet rather than falling ill eating junk.
There is something called as a “cheat” day which means you eat all types of food that you were keeping away from, the entire day. This should be noted that you are allowed to cheat but not that frequently! Cheat meals should be once in a month or maybe in 2 months, but calling everyday as a cheat day will serve you no good.
So its necessary to have a plan diet, that will help you achieve your goals. For example plan what you will eat in a day, plan when you would like to call it a cheat day or have a cheat meal, set up your calendar and mark the days you have been following your plan.
Dos and Don’ts Of Cheat Meals
1. Bonding First
For example its you moms birthday, or your family wants to go out for lunch so you can break your diet for once in a while. Because why not! Don’t be a prick. Nobody likes a prick or a healthy diet freak. For the happiness of the family also it will help you bond with them and you will be feeling refreshed .
2. Do a Cardio or Some Kind of Exercise
After fluffing your food pleasure, you can do 30-40 mins cardio , this will help you to burn down the fat and also will not divert you towards a goal.
3. Try to keep a calorie count
When your out for a birthday party, or a family function be sure how much calories you are taking. So for example if you want to eat cake then don’t go for pizza or pasta.
4. Try Not To Have Anything Before Your Cheat Meal
This will help you to consume a cheat meal as a ‘break’ that means keep you tummy empty and then just eat your cheat meal. Don’t forget to workout after eating your cheat meal.
5. Eat limited
Its hard for your body to react to a wonderful lunch or meal, but its very important to have self control too. Because certainly you don’t want to have this cheat meal break your workout and diet regime. Remember eating healthy is the secret to a healthy diet.
Dont’s of a cheat meal:-
1. Don’t consume food in guilt
Many people after eating their favorite meal, have faced the guilt questioning their bad food choice. Scary questions like, will my weight increase because I ate this? Or will I ever be able to follow and work towards my goals?
Answer to all these questions is that you have eaten your cheat meal only once in the day and maybe now you will only eat it after a month, so the only concern for you after eating your cheat meal should not be there. Get up and move on.
You will have to workout more for a day or so to burn off that cheat meal you had. but all that jazz is going to push your body to be fit. So don’t let guilt trip slide in.
2. Don’t Turn Your Cheat Meal Into a Cheat day/month/year!
You will start off with having your favorite food in the morning, and because of your petty self control your mind will keep nagging you that its cool to go for a round deux. This becomes an entire cycle and you end up in a tub of nutella.
So to avoid this thinking, or one bad decision to take the better of you, GET UP WORK OUT AND BURN OFF that cheat meal sugar or fat.
3. Don’t Let That Peer Pressure Affect You
Say you have to head out with your friends for brunch this Sunday so you will first eat bananas and berries before heading for lunch with them. And when you’re at the restaurant you will also make a similar choice that you had before so you would order some banana salad or an avocado toast. If your friends tell you to eat an 80 calorie cheesecake you can agree with them but having a cheesecake that has less calories, like a banana pie cake that could only be made of banana and some amount of sugar free powder. You are not only eating for yourself but your friends are happy too because you agreed with them.
4. Don’t Skip Your Workouts
If you feel your body has drained out too much and that you cannot workout anymore, try not to stop. Instead, go to gym for 3 days a week and don’t quit.
Your body will also be fit and there will be blood circulation in the body. If too tired you can take a break but the break should be for like a day or two, but not more than that.
In the end its all about self control ad good choices. See where you can make any possible changes in your diet and stick to it. Treat yourself with cheat meals and do it the right way by following the do’s and don’ts from above.