Why a Cheat Meal Might Help You Break Through Your Plateau
You’re there—tracking your calories and steps, seeing healthy losses week after week, then BAM—the scale doesn’t budge. What gives?
You start thinking about the foods you could restrict, the meals you should shave a bit off….but what if we told you doing the exact opposite is what you need?
You might want to sit down for this—What if we told you a cheat meal can actually help you lose weight?
Weight Loss Fundamentals
We know that the basics of losing weight entails creating a caloric deficit through healthy food choices and exercise, right? A lot of diets will tell you precisely what, when and how much of something you can eat. And you’ll follow loyally along until the scale stops budging, right?
But this lifestyle can be hard and requires a lot of sacrifice and mental fortitude. Sometimes that little voice in your head that whispers “Just order a pizza,” is right.
The key here is SOMETIMES.
But how can pizza help you lose weight? How can a cheat day help you break that plateau?
How a Cheat Meal Can Break a Plateau
Cheating on your diet mixes things up, keeps things interesting for your body. When you consume the same foods and the same calories for a few weeks, your body adapts to it and burns fewer calories. This results in a plateau.
Like a three year old who doesn’t get that toy in Wal-mart, your body crosses its metaphorical arms and says “Nope, not gonna do it.”
So what do you do? Call for delivery.
Now, it’s important to note that this isn’t going to be a cheat DAY. It is a ‘cheat meal’. You also shouldn’t go all John Cena on your pizza. Have a couple slices and give your body something to DO.
That’s what your body wants—something to break up the monotony.
And won’t it be nice to break up your own monotony of chicken, tuna, green veggies and sweet taters? You know it will.
As a bonus, you’ll have something to look forward to, you can save your cheat meal for social events and science shows that having this cheat meal increases your odds of being successful!
Boom, cheating isn’t so bad is it? Unless it’s on a test, or your significant other, or taxes…OK, cheating IS bad—except for once a week on your diet.
But, there are a few tips you should keep in mind before incorporating a cheat meal into your diet:
- Plan for your meal and eat light during the day of your cheat meal so your body can handle it.
- Eat a little something, preferably protein/fiber packed beforehand so you don’t overdo it.
- Set limits before you start: if you’re going for pizza—set your slice limit. If you’re going for burgers and fries, set your size limit beforehand.
- Chew slowly and savor it.
- Track it so you can see your results.
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