What is your go-to treat or cheat meal?

Let’s Talk about Cheat Meals!

We’ve sure you’ve heard the term “cheat meal” before, but what does that mean and how does it affect your regimen?

What is a cheat meal?

Cheat meals are a concept of the 90/10 or 80/20 rule — where 80-90% of the time you should eat according to your specific goal-based nutrition plan, and 10-20% of the time you can indulge in something that is not on the diet.

Why have a cheat meal?

While there is no conclusive evidence that they speed up your metabolism, there is evidence that a cheat meal can help you psychologically. Let’s face it, it’s difficult to be on point 24/7, and having a fun treat or meal to look forward to can keep you motivated.

When is the best time to have a cheat meal?

Right after your workout. We know that might sound counter-intuitive, but it’s true! Immediately post-workout your food stands a greater chance of being utilized by your muscles instead of stored as fat.

Our suggestion:

Cheat meals are not for everyone, such as those with strict health or goal-specific diets. If that’s not you, we encourage you to indulge but get back on track afterward. When making your choices, still try to make better ones!