Clean Bulking or Cutting doesn’t change my urge to get a cheat meal now and then in order to maintain my healthy lifestyle. Whether is a cheat meal, cheat day or two, how can be offset?
First of all, let me tell you why I have a cheat day or a cheat meal. Simple, it gives me a psychological break and mood boost from the stressful feeling associated with following a strict food schedule. Typically a cheat day for me is a day where I eat whatever I want and been craving for the past weeks, I can’t gain 1kg weight in one cheat day, isn’t it?
Now the take point here is if you weigh yourself after a cheat day the scale can scare you. The reason is the enormous amount of water weight you have gained in eating all that junk food, so if you are sensible don’t use the scale for the first 3 days. I have seen my weight going up to 2/3 kg after a cheat day.
Cheat meals consist of bad foods and bad foods have lots of salt or sugar – or both! The best way to bounce back after a cheat day is to flush the salt, sugar and other toxins out of your system by drinking water, lot’s of water. Try to hit your 1 Gallon of water.
The day after your cheat day listen to your body and choose a high protein and veggie day, this will help you to balance your calorie intake. Typically after a cheat day my body ask to come back to the clean eating habit, I like to include asparagus in my diet in fact if you didn’t know asparagus contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, making it a natural diuretic.
Workout the day after a cheat day! Most people get the urge to do an intense long cardio session to feel like you’ve balanced out the bad eating. Wrong! Don’t go crazy perhaps just add an extra 20 min of cardio or add a couple of extra sets to your weight-training routine.
Have 15/20 minutes in the Sauna. One of the ways the human body removes toxins from the body is through sweat remember?, also scientific calibrations suggest that a 20-minute session at around 170 degrees Fahrenheit burns over 500 calories. The body’s metabolism speeds up similar to the way it does from physical exercise.
A cheat meal won’t hurt as long as you have a plan to regain control.
How do you regain control from a cheat meal? Do you have any other tips? Let me know in the comment.