3 MUSTS On Cheat Day So You Don’t Gain Weight

We all have our cheat days and when we do, sometimes it can be hard to enjoy them if we are thinking about how it’s going to affect all of the hard work that we put in during the week. But there is a way to have cheat meals and not gain weight. With three simple steps, you can have your cheat meal and not worry about a few extra calories.

3 Cheat Guidelines So You Don’t Lose Weight

1. Drink Plenty of Water: Drinking more water when having a cheat meal is important for two reasons. One is that depending on the cheat meal, you could be consuming an excess of salt that you are not used to and water will help flush that out. A second reason is that hunger is sometimes really just thirst and being overly hungry when consuming the cheat meal that can lead to excess indulging. Have a glass of water or two leading up to your cheat meal. This will help you better gauge how hungry you are when eating it and stop you sooner than if you felt starved.

The easiest way to remember how much you will need will be to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day. Then have more if you feel thirsty. Things like training and salt intake will affect how much water you need.

2. Protein First: Always have your protein first. When you plan to add a cheat meal to your day, never use it to replace your protein somewhere else. Protein is important to your muscle recovery and feeling satiated. Again, being overly hungry when consuming junk food is a terrible idea, and can lead to overindulging. Make sure you get all your protein in for the day and then put your junk food cheat into the spot of a carbohydrate and fat. And, if you feel like you are not getting enough protein you may want consider supplementing with a Organic Vegan Protein Superfood.

3. Cheat On Your Most Intense Training Day: When having your cheat meal, make sure that you plan for it on a day that your training is super intense. Maybe your do HIIT MAX™ Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so it would be one of those days. For our Morellifit Coaches, these days are often leg days. That allows your body to use up these excess calories and you consume the cheat meal on a day that your metabolism is revved up.

We understand that when you are working so hard towards a goal, it can be hard to let yourself have a meal where you let yourself break all your rules and you eat what you want. You have been working hard and you deserve to reward yourself, but you don’t have to have that guilt that often comes with it. When you follow your meal plan, your cheat meals are worked into it, so you know you are not damaging your goals. In fact, allowing yourself that cheat meal may actually help you achieve your goals in the end, as it builds resiliency and you are more likely to follow through the rest of the week.

 

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