Like me, you’re probably on a very strict and controlled diet plan, which is limited from carbs and fat intake. This is all well and good but after an extended period of time, your body is probably going to start craving a really delicious “cheat meal”, and pretty intensely too!
But you’re probably thinking that if you do have a cheat meal, you will feel too guilty afterwards. Am I right? Well, the Good News is that you shouldn’t, because not only is a cheat meal really good for body builders, but it is also recommended for boosting your metabolism. After a long period of strict nutrition, having a cheat meal pushes your metabolism into overdrive by forcing it to break down a meal much larger than normal.
What are the main benefits?
- Boosts your metabolism
- Helps to shape your body and breakdown fat after a shock to your system, by providing your stomach with a reset
- Brings your Thyroid Hormone and Leptin levels back to normal (the things that affect fat burning)
- Brings IGF levels back to normal (thing that supports muscle growth)
- Replenish your Glycogen levels so that you have energy for your next week’s workouts
How often should you cheat?
Everyone cheats at different levels, but it all depends on your body size, workout regime, calorie intake daily, calories burnt daily and BMI. On average, you will find that most people have a cheat meal once a week, or once every 10 days. But then theres the question, should you have just a cheat meal, or a whole day of cheating? Well, in moderation, a cheat DAY should still suffice, as long as you its not McDonalds for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner! I would still recommend controlling your portions however. Everything still works in moderation!
So dig in, fulfil your cravings and get munching!