This blog post has been a long time coming.
Even though I discuss this topic on my social media posts and even on my live sessions, it’s so important that people get tips on this.
First off, cheat meals ARE essential.
I dont want that to be misunderstood though.
I say cheat MEAL, because that’s what it is. a MEAL.
Not a cheat day, not a cheat weekend and most definitely not a cheat-cation.
Meaninf you eat your normal healthy routine the whole day around that one “bad meal”.
Ill explain how I handle my cheat meals, and remember this is just me. This is what’s worked for me and after years of trial and error I found a method that hasn’t caused me to gain weight, feel guilty or have me fall off track.
Most importantly I plan my cheat meal.
I used to do them once a week or once every 2 weeks and now since skin removals I have them once a month. i’ve had to be so strict with my nutrition and sodium intake because the salt causes me to swell and makes the pain that much harder and it takes days to get rid of the bloating and pain and truthfully it just isn’t worth it to me.
I always know my cheat meal ahead of time! That way when I get to the restaurant, I know what i’m going to order and that’s it.
If I want pizza, I know the amount of slices i’m eating. 2-3, and a huge salad.
For some reason I truly love colombian food as my cheat meal. Am I colombian? NOPE, but spanish food and mexican food are my favorite.
So I get to the restaurant and know what i’m getting, and since it’s been planned I don’t have any regret.
The whole day of my cheat meal I still stick to my meal prep and right back on it the next day. also the day of my cheat meal I drink an extra 64 oz water and the day after too...which helps for the sodium.
I also take detox by MOTIV8 to help with bloating.
Even though my cheat meal is once a month I will still retain water because it’s outside my normal eating habits!
If is so important you don’t deprive yourself.
IF YOU DO DEPRIVE YOURSELF, and you have a cheat meal it will lead to binge eating everything, and causes many people to fall off,
What people don’t realize is how important they are when done right. having a cheat meal shocks your metabolism and resetting it causes for it to be faster.
If you are truly consistent with healthy eating habits and have a cheat meal a week or a month, you will not gain weight.