Cheat meals are touted by many fitness experts as a necessary component to one’s dieting success. And I must say, I completely agree with them. If you are on a diet for weight loss, whether it be a basic calorie restriction, or you are on a low carb kick you will see results over time on either one. But putting in a scheduled cheat meal can not only help keep you sane, it can have other benefits as well.
Cheat meals can keep your metabolism kickstarted. When you eat a low carb or a low calorie diet for a period of time, your bodies natural T3 production will start to decline. T3 is a thyroid hormone that is responsible for keeping a healthy metabolism. The cheat meal is a surplus of calories coming in, and will cause your body to produce a good amount of T3 to keep your production where it needs to be. By adding in the cheat meal, you will keep your metabolism at a steady rate to help continue your weight loss progress. So in the long run, you will be more efficient at burning more calories. Additionally, the cheat meal being put in your diet from time to time can help you break up the occasionally monotony you get from a restricted diet. It is no lie that your diet must be on point to see sustained results, but every once in a while its nice to have something different, without having to worry about it fitting in your meal plan.
Can You Handle It?
Now that I have given you the two positive aspects of cheat meals let me leave you with this. Cheat meals can be very useful and successful as long as they are not a gateway to binge eating, and completely falling off your plan. You need to be sure you have the discipline and control to be able to throw in cheat meals properly. I have literally had clients throw in cheat meals in their diet, and within a week completely fall off the tracks on their plan because instead of having one cheat meal weekly, they had three. Then it is no wonder that there results stalled. So be cautious of this as you move forward.