We all know the importance of having your nutrition dialed in. I think it’s smart to keep track of caloric and macronutrient intake. But that doesn’t mean I eat perfectly. I don’t even want to.
Having a cheat meal, or even a cheat day, isn’t going to erode your progress. Think of it this way: if you ate terribly (chips and soda) 80% of the time and then had a salad 20% of the time, you wouldn’t expect to remain fit, would you?
Logic tells us the inverse of that (eating healthy 80% and not so great 20% of the time) won’t torpedo your gains, and it’s true.
In that vein, I’d like to share a couple of my favorite cheat meals.
I love a good burger. There’s nothing like it. In fact, it’s probably my favorite food. A beef burger or a lamb burger medium well always hits the spot. And fries, too. I make sure to enjoy it at least once a week, totally guilt free.
On the rare occasion I’m not in the mood for a burger for a cheat meal, then I’m definitely down for pizza. Pepperoni or mushroom are my favorites. I know, nothing too exotic, but c’mon.
Being fit doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods forever. That kind of drudgery is just not sustainable for most of us. Depriving ourselves tends to lead to bingeing anyway. While a cheat meal won’t sabotage you, a cheat week definitely might.
So enjoy your favorite foods once in a while and don’t feel guilty about it! The key, though, is “once in a while”.
What are some of your favorite cheat meals?