Weekend Cheat Meals
- Possible Pat
- March 8, 2018
If you clicked on this blog expecting meals you can cheat with over the weekend, I’m going to have to disappoint you, but hear me out.
I get a lot of questions about cheat meals, and I get it. Everyone wants to know when they can have their cheat meal, but the issue is, most people don’t understand how cheat, meals work… or that they don’t work.
One of the most common situations I come across, is people who work hard all week to stick to their meal plans and eat healthy every day, but then when it comes to the weekend, they go crazy and eat all the foods they’ve worked so hard to avoid because “it’s the weekend.” Or they have a “free day,” and they think that one bad day won’t hurt because they “deserve” it.
I get it. Yes, you work hard, and you deserve to be rewarded for it, but that reward should be taking your life back and the weight you are losing, not the pizza you wanted to order.
One thing many people don’t understand is that our body does not work on a day to day basis and just because you spend five or six days eating healthy doesn’t mean that your body will recognize your cheat days as the day calories don’t matter. In reality, you could end up sabotaging all of the hard work that you put in over the weekend.
Think about it this way.
To lose a pound, you must cut out or burn about 3,500 calories. To get to this goal, you cut out 500 calories a day, but you decide to have a cheat day where you end up consuming an additional 2,000 calories. Suddenly, not only are you not losing that extra pound but at that rate, it would take you almost three weeks to lose one pound. And if you take the whole weekend to “cheat” and you end up consuming an additional 4,000 calories over two days, suddenly not only are you not losing weight, but you are gaining weight.
Reasons Why Cheat Meals Don’t Work
Guilt – I know why cheat meals are fun. Not only do we get to enjoy the foods we used to eat (the same food that got us in this situation), but it gives us something to look forward to. These are all really good feelings, but part of the problem is the guilt that we feel afterward, and for a lot of us, food is where we turn to deal with negative emotions and then cheat meals end up becoming cheat days and weekends. We end up exchanging a little bit of happiness for feelings of guilt, and depression, and that can cause us to consume more. This is a vicious cycle.
Distracts You From Your Goals – When we allow cheat meals into our lives we end up putting a lot of focus on what we will get to eat and when we will get to eat it, instead of focusing on what we should be eating and how to make healthier choices.
Sabotages Your Healthy Habits – As I mentioned, you can end up sabotaging all of your hard work by overeating junk food that is high in calorie. You work hard, but when you cheat you don’t get to reap the benefits of all the work you put in. This can then become discouraging and cause you to quit trying to lose weight altogether.
Binging – I know for me, when I eat something I love, I can’t just eat a little. I always want more and not because I’m hungry, but rather because it brings back nostalgic memories. This is why I work hard to make healthy versions of the foods I used to enjoy. Many times, whether it is because of the happy feelings, certain foods can bring us, or the guilt we feel for breaking our diet, letting yourself cheat can end with you binging.
How to Avoid Cheat Meals
If you are having a hard time with not cheating and you are tired of sabotaging all of your efforts you should consider getting on a Custom Meal Plan. Not only do you get a three-month meal plan created by a professional nutritionist, but they create a plan so you always know what you should be eating… and the best part? The Custom Meal Plan is made using the foods that you already love! When you are already eating foods that you enjoy, you don’t feel like you are being deprived and so you lose that need to have a cheat meal, decreasing the chances of falling off your diet.
When I was trying to lose weight, I got to a point where I got on my own Custom Meal Plan, and it really helped me be more strict in my diet because I had a plan to follow. I was eating the foods I enjoyed, and I was no longer trying to guess what I should be eating on a daily basis. My own Custom Meal Plan changed my life and that I why believe in them and think they are a great tool to help anyone lose more weight.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.