Cheat Meal or Cheat Day?
I could easily turn this question into a scientific equation filled with decimals, fractions and X, Y and Z’s to the 10th power, but it’s early and we don’t need all of that.
Honestly, when I hear people announce “It’s my CHEAT DAY” on social media, I kind of cringe; only because I know from experience that a lot of hard work can be undone in a cheat day.
It’s not difficult to understand that a cheat MEAL once a week will produce better results at the end of the week than if you had a cheat DAY each week. But unless I know how many calories you’re expending each day/week, and how many you’re consuming each day/week and on your cheat day, I really can’t say for sure how much damage you’re doing.
If you’re a die-hard fitness and nutrition junkie or if you’re competing in an upcoming show, of course a cheat meal will hinder your progress. If you’re on a journey to a healthy lifestyle and you don’t have any specific goals to hit, a cheat day will slow your progress but it’s not the end of the world.
Bottom line, each person, goal and situation is different. Do what works best for your specifics but if you consume 6,000 calories on your cheat day and you’re pissed about only losing 1/2 pound that week, it’s time to take a closer look at your nutrition.