It often feels so wrong to give in to temptation, and how guilty do we feel if we've popped into the petrol station and given in to picking up a so easily accessible bar of chocolate on the way out, had a cheeky couple of biscuits with our elevenses, or couldn't be bothered to cook so ordered an Indian instead! Well don't feel guilty anymore, experts are saying go ahead, give in to temptation and 'plan to cheat'.
If someone came along and told you to never eat your favourite (naughty) foods again to lose weight (fat) would you? Short term answer I expect not, especially if these foods had been part of your long term eating habits. But knowing you could include your favourites in a meal once a week, even if that meal was 7 days away will keep you on the right track.
Our body is a very clever machine and aims to keep us in a state of equal balance or 'homeostasis'.
Most of the time your body is doing what it should be doing to keep you well and functioning. Although during fad diets your body is thrown into a state of confusion and one very important fat burning hormone 'leptin' decreases dramatically. Your body is going to start conserving its fat stores as it thinks famine is just around the corner. So that's where are once a week cheat meal is put in place to increase leptin levels and bump start the fat burning process again. And the bonus news is that apparently carbs send a rise in leptin levels more than any other food group.
Well there you go, who'd of thought that!
Rules of your Cheat Meal
- Drink a glass of water 10 minutes before your cheat meal to stop you from over doing it.
- If your cheat meal is in the evening, then leave a minimum of 5 hours before bedtime so the food doesn't lay on your stomach.
- Never have 2 cheat meals in a week. You don't want to sabotage your weight loss results just give them a helping hand :)
When I was thinking of meal idea's the first one that sprung to mind was a pizza. Yum pizza, who doesn't love a pizza. You could buy a shop bought one, or make your own. Just buy a pizza base from your local supermarket, tomato sauce or passata for its base and whatever you want to put on it. Tomatoes, peppers, onions, cheese, avocado, meat, chicken, fish, veg, the list is endless. Secondly a spaghetti bolognese or lasagna dish with a salad on the side and garlic bread (not the whole one!). Thirdly, fish and chips from the chippy! A slice of lemon drizzle cake with a hot chocolate! And lastly a big ole (but within reason) Sunday roast beef, yorkshire pud and all the trimmings!
My mouth is watering as I'm typing this blog! But as its Thursday today, a sensible clean eating day, I'm just about to have a fruit bowl followed my favourite lunch of poached eggs, avocado, tomatoes and toast. This will be my main meal of the day, as I'm off to work shortly for my graveyard shift 2 - 10pm. No cooking facilities so will have a shake with some fruit and nuts to see me through.
So now you know you really can have your cake and eat it (and still lose fat)!!
What's your favourite cheat meal, leave me a comment.
Till next time, all the best