When on a training program or diet, it is important to give in to your cravings once in a while. It is recommended that once a week, you have any meal of your choosing. A cheat meal can keep your body going by upping your metabolism and curbing your cravings. However, far too often people either overdo it (think: 15 rounds at an all you can eat buffet) or don’t do it at all.
When a person eats clean 100% of the time, the calories act more as maintenance to keep your body going. Fat loss will typically stall. A cheat meal, full of fried, greasy, fatty substances will kick start that metabolism and get it working to its full potential. Your cheat meal is also your time to eat whatever it is you want, guilt free. Go out on a date to a restaurant, take that trip to Popeye’s, share an ice cream cone with your dog. It doesn’t matter what you do, just make sure you are enjoying yourself and not feeling guilty.
Remember, your cheat meal has an actual purpose in your attempt to get healthy. Not only is it great for mental well-being, but it is physiologically important to maintain your metabolism and realize greater levels of fat loss.