Get Fed__ Should You Have A Cheat Day?
You’ve obviously heard of a cheat day before, and chances are you’ve had quite a few in your days of dieting. But could it be hurting your progress? Who really needs a cheat day?
A cheat day is basically just a day to take a break from dieting and eating healthy and let yourself eat whatever you’re craving. There are many reasons that people participate in cheat days, but most of the time it’s to help you stick to your meal plan for the rest of the week.
Pros of Cheat Days
Like we mentioned above, a cheat day is a great way to help you stick to your diet. If you know that at the end of the week you’ll be able to eat those foods you’ve been craving, you’ll be less likely to cheat throughout the week.
Knowing that you have at least one day every week where you get to eat whatever you want will make you feel a lot less deprived when dieting. You can even schedule your cheat days around events so you don’t feel like you’re missing out next time you go to a family barbeque.
Cheat days may also boost your metabolism. After eating in a deficit for so long, your metabolism begins to slow down to adjust to your decreased calorie intake. Having a cheat day may rev up your metabolism and help you burn more calories.
Cons of Cheat Days
One huge con of cheat days is that they sometimes tend to turn into a cheat weekend or even more. If your cheat day is turning into three cheat days, you’re essentially eating poorly half of the time, which probably won’t give you the results you want from your diet.
Eating “unhealthy” foods in moderation is definitely better for you mentally than having a cheat day. If you’re eating a little bit of the foods you love every day, you won’t even feel the need to cheat.
If your cheat day gets too crazy, it could actually be affecting your weight loss poorly. If you’re shoveling down 5,000 calories on your cheat day every week, you can probably expect to see slower results than if you were having a more reasonable cheat day.
How To Cheat
The best way to cheat is to make sure that you schedule a cheat day instead of making it spontaneous. If you’ve scheduled your cheat, you’ll be able to plan to eat the foods that you’ve been craving so you can end your cheat day feeling satisfied.
On your cheat day, you should still try to pay attention to your body. When you’re full, stop eating. Stuffing yourself won’t make you feel good or do you any favors.
If you find that your cheat day turns into a full on binge instead of mindfully enjoying some of your favorite foods, it may be better to limit yourself to a cheat meal instead of a cheat day. Planning your cheat meal as your last meal of the day helps to limit the amount of calories you’re taking in and prevent an all day binge.