Do the rules apply to cheat meals? You know, the “no sugar,” “less-carbs,” “in-moderation” rules?
You’ve been strictly following that meal plan your nutritionist gave you to achieve the body you want. You’ve been lifting weights like crazy. You’ve been drinking your (sometimes) disgusting protein shakes every morning. Of course deserve a break.
But before you start indulging on pizza, burgers, fries, tacos and other foods you’ve been craving for for weeks, here are some things you need to know.
1. Portion Your Meals
Don’t think that having a cheat meal gives you the freedom to eat a whole fried chicken or a one tub of chocolate ice cream. But that would just throw you off your course to a healthier (and buffer) lifestyle.
Portion your meals to help keep your calories on track – don’t go above and beyond what’s required of you everyday.
2.One Cheat Meal Per Week Only
Nutritionists often advise you to have one cheat meal per week, going against the usual “one cheat DAY per week.” That means, indulging in one, very satisfying and cravings-busting meal, and not a marathon of fried Twinkies for three whole days.
3. Bring Your Friends
Eating alone often leads to binge-eating. So instead of hugging a bucket of KFC while watching Netflix at home, turn it into a chance to catch up with friends at a restaurant, or cook healthy meals together.
Making your meals social leads to happier conversations and better feelings about food. Also, when there’s people around, you’re more likely to be conscientious about the food that you eat.
So, the next time you have a cheat meal, try to have it on a Saturday or Sunday or basically any day on which you can call friends and set up dinner.
And if your “one cheat meal” rule is broken, don’t be too hard on yourself. Get yourself back up and try again tomorrow (try to get back on the health track, not the fridge!)