When Do I Get My Cheat Meals?
- Possible Pat
- June 24, 2017
Let’s talk about cheat meals.
And not just cheat meals but cheat days.
I have heard from so many people who put in so much work eating a nutritious diet, sticking to their meal plan and working out, but they can’t figure out why they aren’t making any progress.
As I dive into what they eat throughout the week, I am finding that a lot of people are serious throughout the week, but when the weekend comes, all their hard work goes out the window. It seems that when the weekend comes, people tend to give themselves a pass and pack in a few “cheat meals.”
In this blog, you’ll learn…
> When you get to eat a cheat meal
> How to avoid cheat meals
When you start trying to lose weight, it is a change in lifestyle and that change can be challenging and even frightening. Change is difficult, and sometimes when we are stressed, sad, or anxious, we want to reach for something familiar that we can indulge in. But when you are changing your nutrition and switching from a bad diet, those things that we want to reach can sabotage our goals because they are unhealthy and usually fattening.
So this the question is…
How Often Do I Get My Cheat Meal?
Cheat meals can impact your progress, especially when you overdo it.
If you spend all week working out, hitting your goals and eating right, but then you delve off on the weekend you most likely just sabotaged all of the work you did in the week.
And this is because you have to burn 3,500 calories more than you consume to lose a pound of fat. So if your goal is to lose one to two pounds a week and you eat healthy all week, so you are at a 3,000 calorie deficit, but then you eat an extra 3,000 calories on the weekend, you’re starting back at zero. You put in all this hard work throughout the week, cheated all weekend and sabotaged all the work you put in.
Not cheating and not eating the food that you shouldn’t be can be difficult, especially when there seems to be so much temptation everywhere you turn, but there are a few things that can help you avoid the foods that you shouldn’t be eating.
Now I am not saying you will never again get a “cheat” meal and allow yourself to indulge in food that you shouldn’t have, but it shouldn’t become a habit. This should not be your goal.
For me, I only get a cheap meal every few months because I know how hard I worked. I know I don’t want to go backward. When you have your cheat meal is up to you, but you must be aware of your decision and not overdo it.
How to Avoid Cheating
First is to get rid of everything in your house that you should not be eating. If you are following my Approved Foods List, or on a Custom Meal Plan, this is the only food that you should have in your house because if you can see it, you will eat it. When I first started successfully losing the weight, this was the first thing I had to do. Click here to read about how I cleaned out my cupboards and replaced my food with healthy options. It really made a difference!
Second, remember why it is you chose to lose the weight in the first place. Why is now the time you decided that you’ve had enough and you need to change? For me, I was told that if I didn’t lose the weight, That was enough to scare me and make me realize I had to make a change and I had to make it happen for real. I would most likely be dead very soon. Your “why” is extremely important. Perhaps you have kids and want to set a good example for them? Or you just want to be around for them as they grow and begin lives of their own. You want to make it to your child’s graduation, their wedding or to see your grandchildren one day. No matter what your reasons it, you must never forget why you have decided that you have had enough.
Third, getting on a Custom Meal Plan, where eat of your meals are laid out for you, can be extremely helpful in staying on track and making sure you don’t turn to foods that you shouldn’t be eating. When you have a Custom Meal Plan, you are not left to figure out your meals on your own and try to navigate your new nutritional habits on your own. All you have to do is follow the plan and not stray from it.
Finally, get a support group. For me, when I started to lose the weight I found that I didn’t have the support from the people I thought I would. When you don’t have people around you that support you, it can make it really hard to stay motivated and accountable. I had to go outside my immediate group of friend to find a new support system, people that I knew I could lean on when times got tough, and I wanted to cheat.
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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.