I LOVE my cheat meals.
Fact is I’m no different from most people: I love the foods that are bad for you. I just don’t eat them. It’s called discipline.
However, as I’ve talked about before, I employ the “80/20 Rule” in this i.e. when you do the right thing 80% of the time, you can do the wrong thing 20% of the time and everything will still be cool.
So here are 8 ways to do your cheat meals right!
(1) SCHEDULE IT!
Cheat meals must be planned in advance to stop you overdoing it. If you allow yourself 2 cheats a week, maybe try a Tuesday and Friday evening to split it up.
Planning your cheats allows you to stay sane! You can happily stick to your diet when you know that your next splurge is only a day or 2 away. When you see something and you are tempted by it, simply say, “It’s ok. I’ll have it in a couple days”.
(2) REALLY ENJOY IT
Yes, every single second of it. If you don’t, you’ll not be satisfied and be more likely to fall into temptation later in the week.
(3) NO COUNTING
This is a time to relax and savor! Don’t look at the calories or macros; there’s a time and a place for that, and this ain’t it!
(4) EAT UNTIL YOU ARE FULL
Eating until you are fully satiated means temptation is kept at bay for longer.
(5) BE GOOD EARLIER IN THE DAY
It’s not a cheat day, it’s a cheat meal. If you overdo it all day, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have to say bye-bye to your abs. Minimize any damage by being good before the cheat.
(6) TRAIN EARLIER IN THE DAY
If possible, train sometime before the cheat. This will make your muscles PRIMED for the intake of nutrients, meaning they’ll more likely be partitioned off to muscle repair and growth, and not to fat storage. People on my Total Six Pack Abs program know all about this little tweak for nutrient partitioning 😉
(7) TWICE A WEEK IS ENOUGH
I find any more than 2 cheats a week means you’ll more than likely start to add body fat. And once a week doesn’t feel like enough to keep temptation away. As I said in point (1), splitting it up works better – like mid-week and weekend.
(8) HAVE ZERO GUILT
None! You must see your cheat meals as PART of your diet, not a deviation from it. Therefore, savor it with no guilt. Cheat meals are a part of the physical and psychological end of success in this game. They also work as a “reward system” for those of us that are fully committed to achieving our goals.
So there you have it! Enjoy your cheat meals.
Remember that even during the rest of the week, it doesn’t need to be a burden. With easy-to-make protein-packed recipes to fuel your muscle growth, MuscleHack Buff Baking makes being good feel like a cheat meal. There’s pancakes, peanut butter cookies, ice cream, “strong man’s” sausage bake, chocolate cake, “popcorn” chicken and many more!
If you’ve any questions or need help, ask below and I’ll be happy to help.
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