Thank God it’s Friday? More like thank God it’s cheat day! For those of us on a diet, a cheat day is like a warm, steamy shower after being stuck outside all day in windy, bitter-cold weather. But it’s true that there can be too much of a good thing, so we’ve come up with 3 tips to help you get it just right!
Make Your Cheat Day Equal 1 Cheat Meal
This is the most effective way to ensure you don’t go overboard on a cheat day. The concept of a cheat day should really just be 1 cheat meal. If all of your meals in a cheat day are junk food, you’re seriously hurting your diet progress, which I will explain in more detail in a little bit.
Schedule your cheat meal after your most difficult task of the day. That way you are earning a reward, the cheat meal, and you will feel proud of yourself for earning it. If you can, avoid having the cheat meal early in the day. It’s much harder to avoid eating junk all day if you start your day by eating junk.
Do Some Calorie Math
“This is my cheat day, why am I worrying about math!?” Well, it’s important for you to see just how much damage you can do with a full-on cheat day. Numbers are the best way to show some facts about dieting.
Example: You are trying to lose 2 pounds a week. If you go 1500 calories overboard on your cheat day, you are setting yourself back by 3 days! That’s almost half a week!
The math behind it:
Losing 2 pounds a week = a 1000 calorie deficit per day.
Going 1500 calories over= a 1.5 day setback
THEN, you need 1.5 days to get back to where you started.
Total time lost = 3 Days
Join a Group with Similar Goals
A group of like-minded people will offer you a lot more support and knowledge than you could achieve on your own. Some examples include: a fat loss group at the gym, an adult fat camp, or even an online forum. Something like a fat camp for adults will educate you on all your nutritional needs, and the people there trying to lose fat, like you, will help you summon the willpower to avoid overindulging on your favorite junk food.
You may be a little upset that this article has told you that you can’t eat whatever you want on a cheat day, but trust us, it will help you succeed in the long run. Getting the body of your dreams requires discipline, and after learning these 3 tips, you are now equipped to indulge responsibly!