Oh how we love a good cheat meal. You work hard all week, your eating well and feeling great, but you do like to reward yourself at the end of the week with a little something nice.
For some that’s a couple of glasses of wine, and for others its sugar or something savoury.
There is nothing wrong with having a cheat meal and its actually good for your body. It helps recharge your system and all the carbohydrates are stored not as fat but in your muscles to give you extra energy for the week ahead.
A cheat meal can easily turn into a cheat day and a cheat day can easily turn into a cheat week. The longer you eat the wrong foods, the harder it is to get back into eating clean and well. Remember sugar and wheat ie sweets, bars and bread are extremely addictive, so much that we actually begin to shake, get headaches and feel lethargic when giving them up.
Tips for Cheat Meals
Cheats should be approached as follows:
• If you do find yourself drifting away from your food plan, that’s fine, don’t worry about it. Just try and get back into it the next day.
• If you are a larger person and looking to drop a dress size or look good for a holiday then having a cheat day is not going to help you. Opt for a small cheat meal instead.
• If you are extremely addicted to sugar and sweets, then maybe go for something savoury as once your body tastes the sugar it found so hard to give up, it may not want to let it go again.
Remember its your body and you want the results so stay focused but enjoy lifes little comforts.