So many of us love and hate cheat day…
We get scared that all of our hard work will disappear or that we will fall back to our old habits. While both of these have a bit of truth to them, you shouldn’t be scared because it won’t happen unless you overdo it. You may get bloated and hold some water for a few days after your cheat but that will come off. That’s why on cheat days and the two days after I recommend to get a higher amount of water in even add some lemon and ginger to it to help with digestion and bloating.
Fight off the Water Retention…
- Sweat more by intensifying your workout
- Drink more water, the least should be a gallon
- Eat foods that help pull water (cucumber, asparagus, etc)
If you are scared to fall back into your old habits of eating bad, here’s some tips to help avoid that.
- Go out to eat so you don’t have junk food in your house
- If you want a cheat treat from the store, eat a serving and trash the rest
- Have your healthy meals prepped so you will eat that instead of continuing with the bad eating
- Don’t feel guilty, enjoy your cheat and move forward with your goals
Following these tips will help you stay on track after your cheat. I’ve always found after a cheat, I’m not as motivated to workout because I feel bloated and crappy which will usually lead me to eating worse. That is why I keep the goodies out of the house and try my best to go out for a cheat treat!
Another thing I use to wonder about is when should I eat my Cheat Treat?
Some people enjoy doing their cheats on the weekend and some enjoy doing it after a hardcore workout. There is no right or wrong way to treat yourself. I do realize I feel better if I cheat after a heavy leg day to refuel and it is also when my metabolism is on fire so I burn right through the junk food. I also found that if I cheat in the afternoon right after my workout, I don’t feel like crap the next day. But you can do your cheat treat whenever you feel is best for you. But don’t overthink it, don’t overdo it and don’t beat yourself up over it.
Why we need Cheat Treats!
- Helps motivate you to work hard because your body knows it’ll get a treat :]
- Boost our metabolism since your body will be use to eating clean
- Helps satisfy your cravings
So stop feeling guilty after your cheat treats! You need them to have a fun and successful journey.
Just don’t over do them. One or Two a week is good, depending on your goals.
And let’s say your cheat treats just aren’t cutting out your cravings. That is totally fine, I always have something sweet after dinner. I don’t know why but it is a must for me. It use to be ice cream every single night but then I got high cholesterol… so I had to switch it up. I didn’t want to eat the healthy alternatives because they tasted like ass (least be honest haha) but after playing around in the kitchen, I finally found recipes that are amazing and help with my sweet tooth. Below I share them in my new recipe ebook! So if you want your cake and you want to eat it too… I made it possible for you!
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