Cheat meals: There’s no satisfaction like a few bites of greasy pizza when you’ve been sticking to your healthy diet for the past month—until those few bites lead to a few slices, and that one bad meal leads to an entire day of bad eating. Even with willpower of steel we’re all going to splurge on something sooner or later.First things first: Cheat meals do not mean cheat buffets. A cheat meal can be defined as a meal or a dessert which contains no more than 250 calories in one go, once every week. You are only allowed to eat a cheat meal if you are extremely strict with your diet and exercise and do not cheat every other day. Don’t turn a cheat meal into cheat meal day,week or month.Cravings and hunger are different from hunger and should be treated that way as well. Cravings are caused by psychological needs and this may be due to low-nutrient absorption in the body. Hunger, on the other hand, is our body’s way of asking for more energy. Therefore, cheat meals are important to fulfil both these voids in order to have a more sustainable and quicker weight loss.Can cheat meals hurt your weight loss plan? Experts believe no, they cannot. Studies state that cheat meals help in accelerating weight loss rather than slowing them. It is also believed that cheat meals help you stay on track more and hence, you lose weight faster.
Here are five reasons why cheat meals won’t slow down your weight loss plan:They motivate you: Cheat meals will motivate you to eat healthier on normal days so that you have your winning prize waiting at the end of the tunnel. This is better than making your body crave for your favourite foods and suddenly leave your diet to binge on cheat meals.Increase your metabolism: Since cheat meals usually contain foods rich in carbohydrates, they help boost your metabolism. This is because cheat meals break the monotony of your everyday diet plan and confuse your body. This confusion actually leads to your body working harder to break down cheat foods.Makes you crave less: Now that you know that you deserve one cheat meal every week, your body craves lesser for unhealthy foods. It is because mentally you are satisfied that you will get to eat your favourite food rather completely giving it up.Keeps you happy: Have you read that article which said happiness makes you lose weight more? Yes, it’s true. Science says that happiness means that stress hormones do not get secreted and hence does not lead to weight gain. Therefore, indirectly, cheat meals keep you happy and buzzing!Burns more calories: And finally, the consequent answer to this is that cheat meals help burn more calories. A cheat meal is important to enjoy your weight loss journey even on the bluest days and keep you going.
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