Should I Have a Cheat Day?

I get people messaging me with pictures of their food – which is great as I love food. The deflating thing is the comments that come with the pictures;

‘I have these when I need something a bit naughty’

‘This is my cheat meal’

‘I know these are bad but they taste so good!’

It’s amazing the connotations that people assign to a meal or food – which is a huge problem! The assigning of negative language to foods or meals.

Like the whole ‘cheat meal’ thing – that is something that grinds my gears! The premise that because you have been good for the week. Which entitles you to a debauchery fuelled weekend day that’s labeled as a ‘cheat meal’ or ‘cheat day’

This will usually be super calorific and take you well over your weekly calorie target. Undoing the effort you have put in leading up to that point!

It’s done because the days you have been ‘good’ are so over-restrictive that you need to break free. and splurge on all the food you have been declaring ‘bad’ and in great volume whilst doing so! Rendering the whole week pointless

There are no bad meals or foods- remove morality from your food. A pizza, some chocolate, and beer can be part of a healthy diet! 

It’s when you deal with these absolutes you get in trouble. The thought that when having these things you have slipped or fell off the wagon. 

What you have to remember is that this dieting thing is a numbers game. Hitting X amount of calories for the amount you move over the week will do it.

As for this cheat day/meal – there is no cheating physics! There is no cheat day! You can in no way cheat your body!

It is always counting – even if you are not!

To think otherwise that you can somehow cheat physics is ludicrous. Cheat days are the reason you are spinning wheels and getting nowhere. Stop cutting out things from your diet you enjoy. I say again; Pizza, Chocolate, Beer, Ice cream can all be part of a healthy diet! Notice I said ‘part of’ not ‘all’!

And if these foods are the range of your diet – It’s time to have a day off from being a dick!

Published by Andrew Shaw

Personal Trainer Chocolate connoisseur Lifts weights Holiday lover I interview fitness folk on YouTube

Leave a Reply