What is your opinion on cheat meals? My answer is, no!
The concept behind cheat meals is that, after a certain period of time, usually a week, you get one day or one meal where you get to break the diet and go back to your old routine. I personally think that this concept is stupid because it is hard to follow, I think it muddles the rules of your diet. If you set yourself a day to have your cheat meal, and then suddenly the next day your friend wants to go out for her birthday, what are you going to do? Because what are you going to do? you want to go out with your friend but you already had your cheat day. So then, you have two cheat days in a row, then a week of cheat days, then two months of cheat days. Everything has been ruined because you entitled yourself a day of cheating and then celebrating day after day.
Think about the word ‘cheating’. When I think of this word, what comes to mind is the destruction of relationships, a person cheats on the person who loves them for someone who is considered ‘bad’. Unfortunately, when you put this into the realm of food, it is you that is cheating on you. In the end you are just telling your brain that the food you eat to help you lose weight or keep you healthy is ‘bad’ (not yum), and the food you eat to make you happy and unhealthy is ‘good’ (yum).
Are cheat meals always bad?
I think it really depends on what look you’re going for. Cheat meals aren’t needed if you are trying to lose weight. Yes, every once in a while you have a little bit of chocolate or a meal out with friends, but this is apart of your lifestyle. Overindulging is okay when you accept that it’s only for special occasions, your not actually ‘cheating’ when it’s apart of the agreement you have with yourself and it is acceptable.
An example when it isn’t okay, is what ‘The Rock’ does for his cheat day.
Apparently The Rock goes 150 days, with only clean eating, and whatever he does for exercise, and then indulges himself for his cheat day. He is actually known for having a ‘legendary cheat meal day’ in which this includes; a stack of 12 pancakes, 3 pizzas with all the toppings, and 14 brownies. This might sound over excessive and yet exciting, but he’s THE ROCK. There is a difference between having a cheat meal once a week, or even once a month, and waiting 150 days to have this amount of food. So basically 2 cheat meal days a year.
That is why thin people don’t have cheat days, they have cheat moments. The only way to make it work is to either have it every half a year, in rare moments, or not have them at all. The people who have cheat days every week, aren’t losing weight because it’s not just a piece of dark chocolate, it’s what the rock eats topped with excuses and drizzled with petty entitlement.
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