Who doesn’t love cheating?
Be it a videogame or an exam or a corporate procedure or a government process, we are always looking for cheat codes. But cheating on a diet gives us an unmatched pleasure!
We do want to stay thin and fit even after eating everything, don’t we?
But, how will that happen? We will make it happen!
Weight gain or loss is primarily decided by calorie intake. Maintenance calorie level is the number of calories you need to maintain for your weight. If you want to lose weight, your weekly average caloric intake must be lesser than the maintenance level and vice versa.
1. Cheat meal > cheat days:
Cheat meals allow you to balance your calorie intake and thus your average is maintained, unlike cheat days where your average gets disrupted and there is no covering it. Throwing a cheat meal into the mix, tricks your system into thinking food is plentiful and that it’s okay to burn through fat stores.
Cheat meals can help to reset hormones responsible for metabolism and insulin regulation, replenish glycogen for increased energy and keep calories burning and fat torching mechanisms high.
According to a study by Harvard University, no matter how healthy you eat, if you are not eating at the right time then it might not be effective for your weight loss schedule. Following the same schedule every day will help you maintain a balance between your mealtime and circadian rhythms. Any difference in the two can shoot up your blood sugar level by 18 percent more than normal. Studies have shown that as long as you are following your diet 90% of the time, you can enjoy a cheat meal every week.
Avoid carbs after sunset and schedule your cheat meals during the day, or after a workout.
Eat clean around your cheat meal, so that the calories are balanced well.
A Journal of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics study found that the average sit-down restaurant meal serves up to 1,205 calories, and it's easy to see how cheating too big or too frequently, can undo your weight loss efforts in a matter of hours. By planning your cheat meal, you know what you'll be eating and can cut a few extra calories earlier in the day.
A recent review of 30 studies in more than 242,000 adults and children found a significant association between sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity. Avoid or minimize sugar as much as possible. Sugar is the primary cause of fat deposition in the body. Still, if you cannot resist, eat desserts after a workout. Have a cheat meal, go for a workout, then indulge in sweets.
If you implement these tips you will be able to stay thin and maintain a healthy body. Only make sure to share these tips with everyone so that they too can stay slim as ever by eating what they want to.