How to: Cheat Properly

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People have some interesting misconceptions about when to schedule their cheat day.

Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too”? People tend to think that their cheat day should be on their rest day. However, this thinking is counterproductive. Here are couple of reasons why:

  1. Having a cheat day on your meal plan usually implies that you will have a higher and less healthy caloric intake. If this is true, why would you do this when you are not burning calories? Personally, I chose leg day, when most people burn the most calories working out your the largest muscles in your body. This way when I have my wings or the burger I’ve been craving, I don’t feel as bad. For example, this past Easter Sunday I planned an indulgent meal, so I ran 6.5 miles in the morning, and I don’t have to hate myself today.
  2. Your day of rest should be the day you eat the best. On rest days, you expand the least amount of energy, and eating poorly would further derail your progress. It can set you back two quality gym sessions! I’m strict with my rest day diet, so I create ideal conditions for my body to do in the next workout I have.

Look, sometimes a cheat day on a rest day will happen, but I am encouraging you to see why this shouldn’t always be your choice. Cheat days are not frowned upon by any means, in fact, I believe they are necessary so that mentally you can enjoy your transformation. And now that you are cheating smart, you might have a leg up on your competition!

Have a great week everyone, and remember, you are better than the last time!

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