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Go Have a Cheat Meal
April 13, 2006
We are all guilty of cheating on our diets from time to time and can
also feel guilty about doing it. So why do we cheat anyways? This article is
going to address this question. You will also learn how often you should
cheat on your diet and supplements that should be taken before and after a
big cheat meal.
Strict dieting can cause many psychological problems such as headaches,
fatigue, depression, anxiety, and wanting to be unsocial. Marta Meana Ph.D.,
an associate professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
states, "When you cut back on sugar, you`re experiencing a decrease in brain
chemicals, such as serotonin and endorphins, that make you feel good. If
you`re feeling a severe drop in mood, you`re probably restricting too much,
too fast." You may also be out with a couple of friends one night and they
say, "Hey, do you want a beer," or the best one yet, "How about a piece of
pizza." On special occasions like these or when you feel that you need a
treat from the past few weeks of dieting, then cheating is okay. Just don`t
make a habit out of it.
From a health perspective, using a cheat day as an excuse to gorge
yourself is horrendous. It`s fine to have cookies, cakes, soda, pizza, etc.,
but the key is to not gorge yourself to the point of sickness. You should
use your cheat meal as an opportunity to eat anything you want, but not
everything you want. Eat enough to enjoy the food, but don`t over do it.
Speaking personally, I cheat once a week to satisfy my cravings. Some people
don`t cheat at all while others can get away with a cheat meal two or three
times a week. You will have to find which method works best for you.
So how do I go about preparing for my cheat meal? You better be
guessing that I am prepared supplement wise to keep myself from feeling
guilty afterwards. I also need to decide if I really need a cheat meal or if
it`s just a craving that I normally get from time to time. The first thing I
do is take a thermogenic, such as Hot Rox or Xenadrine, and a healthy fat
source such as fish or flax seed oil. I`ll then wait twenty minutes to
decide if I am still hungry and if I am, then I will get something such as
cookies, cakes, or pies. Then i`ll go eat some pizza, lasagna, or spaghetti,
topped off with something healthy to aid with digestion. I won`t train after
a cheat meal because I feel my body needs the excess calories to replace
damaged muscle tissue. Again, different people have their own methods of
going about cheating, and there is no right or wrong way of doing it.
Cheating is fun and sometimes it is the only thing that can turn a bad
day into something good. I know of no one who can go their entire life
without eating something that`s bad for them, and if someone ever tells me
that they don`t cheat, I know they are lying! Another reason people can`t
stick to their diet long-term is because they think that they have to be
perfect all of the time. Live a little and go have a cheat meal!
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