Cheating is cheating, in any language.
However, with regards to doing it on yourself, with your full knowledge, all in the name of your own diet would probably need some re-definition of the term “cheating”.
Going back to the subject, dietitians had proven (with some openly advocating it) that weight-loss goals can be achieved only with some cheating on the side. One expert says it’s important to cheat on your diet plan. Others say the diet plan must be flexible.
Cheat meals on the whole are created to help you follow your diet. Among the most common reasons of people not reaching their goal (or failing to maintain it) is because they don’t eat anymore the way they should be eating.
People usually think that losing fat, or successfully preventing the gaining of fat needs some amount of restriction from the forbidden foods they really love to eat. What follows is that they feel deprived, and they get annoyed because they miss the food they enjoy eating.
The result is they’re going off their diets and begin the unhealthy eating cycle again.
Experts declare that when someone is deprived of something they yearn for (and unfortunately are surrounded by it), there will come a time when the will power collapses and they give in. That is how most diets stop working.
This is the exact time that cheat meals can help dieters succeed.
The scenario is simple. Instead of depriving yourself of your favorite food for all your life, you can actually plan out in advance the times where can eat those foods without any guilt whatsoever.
The reason is just as simple: you had planned them in advance, in relation to your diet, the frequency, the amount, and right calculations of not getting over board and ruin your whole diet structure.
Instead of the constant torment on yourself until you are near your breaking point, you let yourself occasionally give in to what you want. This is one way to hold off that personal breaking point.
Cheat meals are actually small breaks (that were planned ahead of time) into your scheduled diet. This way you keep yourself happy and satisfied. The secret of the plan’s success is you had planned it beforehand and there actually is no guilt involved. It was scheduled.
There are several suggested ways on how to get away with your cheating scheme.
One would be having a freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie (if that’s what you crave for) and breaking it. The smaller pieces are guaranteed to last you for a longer period of time while indulging it.
You can also go by way of quantity. Get the largest volume of 90 calories of food (maybe cups of air-popped popcorns) instead of thin strips of 8 potato chips or ½ cup of sorbet as against ¼ cup of gourmet ice cream.
Others recommend that the best cheat meal type is ordering something that is high in carbohydrates but relatively low on dietary fat. Research had it down pat: people can lose fat on high or low carbohydrate diets equally well.