Cheat Days - Eating for weight loss?
I was asked this week what my thoughts where on having a full on cheat day. Meaning eating everything you want to eat - mostly "bad foods" all day long. Everything that you haven't let yourself eat all week - cake, chips, pizza, etc.
There has been talk in the media and with certain 'diet' plans that incorporate this beloved cheat day. This is just that - a diet plan. They generally suggest eating clean all week and allowing yourself one massive cheat day to eat whatever you desire.
If your goal is overall health or weight loss... I don’t think that cheat days are the way to go.
I have played around with this myself, along with watching others, and these are the things that I found difficult:
You may think about it all week long and what you are going to eat. This is allowing food to control you - not good.
You may skip out on social events, because it isn't 'cheat day' and you don't want to risk your self-control.
You may end up eating way way way more food then you should.
Most craved cheat food is processed, low quality and lacking in nutrients.
You may have to recover for a couple of days (sugar hangover)
You may not be able to perform as well as you usually do (mental, physical, etc.)
"Cheating" in any form is never hot.
These are just my thoughts on what is like to have a cheat day.
In certain situations - bodybuilder where your goal is to get extremely lean - calorie cycling could be an option. But if you are looking for overall well-being - I would avoid.