To Cheat Or Not To Cheat? (On Your Diet)
One of the most common questions that most people find themselves asking whenever they get ready to start up on a new diet plan is whether they can eat their favorite foods or not.
Everyone wants to know, can they still eat pizza/chips/chocolate/ice cream, or whatever their indulgence food happens to be.
Cheating on a diet can actually help you move forward with your progress as long as you do it correctly.
Let’s go over what you need to know about whether or not you should allow the odd cheat meal to occur on your plan.
The Benefits Of Cheating
First let’s look at the benefits of cheating. There are a couple good things here. First, you obviously get the psychological relief of giving in to your favorite food. This is going to be hugely helpful for reducing food cravings throughout the rest of the week, allowing you to stay on course that much better.
Second, cheating and taking in a temporarily high calorie intake is also a fantastic way to help boost your metabolism and send the signal to the body that it can use fuel faster.
This in return can help speed up your weight loss progress when you move back to the lower calorie diet plan. Clearly this is also going to be a very good thing.
Finally, if you choose the right foods, you will restore muscle glycogen levels during that cheat meal, which can mean you see better workout sessions ahead.
Staying In Control
The thing that you do need to look at though when making this decision is whether you can stay in control as you cheat.
For some people, cheating is going to immediately send them spiraling out of control and that innocent cheat meal turns into a cheat week.
If this happens to you, it may be best to forgo cheating for the time being. It is very essential that you can remain in control and get right back onto the diet once the cheat is over. If you can’t, you shouldn’t be tempting yourself.
Finally, if you do decide that you can stay in control, how can you be sure that you are cheating wisely?
The main thing that you want to do is first try and choose as high carbohydrate, lower fat foods as possible. These are going to have a stronger influence on your metabolic rate and be that much more helpful in causing you to reset it, kick-starting fat burning.
In addition to that, they’re also most helpful for restoring muscle glycogen again as well, so clearly that will work to your benefit also.
Aim to cheat around once per week if you have 10 pounds or fewer to lose or once every two weeks if you have more than 10 pounds to lose. The leaner you get, the more often you can cheat to help restart your metabolism.
So there you have the main points to keep in mind regarding cheating on your diet. If you are smart in your approach, you can definitely indulge from time to time.