Fast Fitness: The Art of the Cheat Meal

If you've shared with friends and colleagues that you're dieting, chances are someone has mentioned having "cheat" meals. Well, it turns out this is more than just preventing driving yourself insane eating grilled chicken and steamed broccoli 24/7/365 - it actually stimulates your metabolism just when it is slowing down from all of the lean meals you're eating. Here are some tips on how to "cheat" the right way, courtesy of "Eat This, Not That":

  • Think it out. As odd as this may sound, you need to plan to cheat successfully. Figure out what you're going to eat and when, preferably as part of a social occasion where you'd want to enjoy yourself anyway.
  • Be good the rest of the week. To realize the metabolic benefits, you have to stick to your regular diet and exercise plan the rest of the week. When you do cheat, it should be one meal - not a whole day.
  • Don't go in starving. Even when your cheat meal finally arrives, don't go into it after barely eating all day. You're bound to go way over your calorie limit and set yourself back.

Dieting is often a strange balance, but with the right level of moderation, you can reach your goals!

- Dan Mulcahey