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The Truth about Cheat Meals

Are Cheat Meals good or bad in the long-run?

Most people, when attempting to lose weight through a controlled diet of balanced nutrition, end up in the dilemma of whether to include one or two cheat meals per week into their current diet or not.  Here are some facts about “cheat meals” so that you can make an informed decision which hopefully will benefit you over the course of your weight loss plan. Like many other diet and nutrition related questions, depending on who you ask, you may end up getting completely different answers so approach your decision based on the type of individual you are.

Many people advocate having a cheat meal as a way to relieve mental and psychological stress from the withdrawal of unhealthy foods when initiating new eating habits. Basically the cheat meals serve as a crutch until the individual can change their eating habits are naturally healthier and aren’t being forced. The only problem with having a crutch is that sometimes it lasts for much longer than is necessary. It can also become a potential problem when it stops happening rarely and begins to be a regular thing – that’s when the weight loss slows down or even begins to creep back on.

Having one “treat” once per week in excess of your regular calories, especially in the beginning or middle of the day, is not going to sabotage your diet so severely that you will completely stall your weight loss progress. Obviously it isn’t wise to eat a meal worth 3,000 calories in one sitting – that is just unhealthy and irresponsible to ingest.

Cheat meals or treats shouldn’t become overindulgent meals – they are simple an opportunity to enjoy a treat that you normally wouldn’t be able to. An example would be a chocolate bar or a slice of cake at a birthday party in addition to your regular calorie intake. If you are looking to lose weight, keep your cheat meals simple and just enough to satisfy your cravings.

Cheat meals are generally safe if the total calories ingested does not include more than your body weight in pounds multiplied by five. For example, a 150lb woman may have a cheat meal that consists of (150 x 5) 750 calories or less. For some personality types, this may be simple to do and easy to follow. With others, it may prove to be dangerous and can possibly lead to repetitive overeating.



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