Restricting yourself from pleasure foods can be difficult. This is why cheat days or cheat meals are so important. Cheat meals allows you to indulge in foods that you may have been craving and also re-activate your fat burning hormones.
But these indulgences are shrouded in mystery. How often should your cheat? Should you cheat the whole day or just one meal? Can you have anything you want? These are just some of the questions that people ask when considering a scheduled cheat.
First off, I would like my readers to consider that I am not a dietitian. I’m just a guy who lost sixty pounds. My only credential is success. With that in mind, lets move on.
The truth is, there is no right answer to when and how often one should have a scheduled cheat. This is due to the fact that everyone is different. However, I do have general recommendations. For example, I recommend that a person refrains form cheating for the first six weeks of their diet. While there may be some exceptions to this, those exceptions are few and far between. The first six weeks are critical. This is where you retrain your body to mobilize fat storage habitually. This means that the body is training to use fat storage rather than store fat preferentially.
After the first six weeks, I recommend a cheat day without limits. In other words, I don’t care when, how long, or what you eat on your cheat day. The only thing is you must have one. And it must be at least two feeding. After the first cheat day, I recommend that a person go on the induction phase of the low-carb diet again. Going on the induction phase after a cheat will accelerate the fat burning process.
As a person progresses the more cheats he or she can have. It could go from every six weeks to every four weeks to every three to ten days. There is no hard-and-fast rule. But your cheats must be monitored carefully. If you are gaining weight, then you need to stop and give yourself another four to six weeks to once again re-adjust your body.
How many feeding should you have? Again, there is no strict rule. However, I recommend that cheat day is not really a day. It’s good to avoid all carbs the first half of the day. Then have two cheat meals along with a snack and a dessert. It should last between six to eight hours. If you have been on a low-carb diet for more than six months with success, then I recommend that after your cheat meal you go back on the induction phase of the diet for about three to five days.
What can you have on your cheat day? The sky really is the limit. However, the common mistake is not eating enough carbs or trying to eat only low-glycemic carbs. Remember cheat days are a time to indulge. These indulgences help psychologically and physically.
Finally, success is the only measure of a diet. Don’t be afraid to adjust and readjust as needed. And remember, cheaters always win by losing!