This might seem crazy what I am about to say but here goes – you should cheat … on your meals! Having cheat meals might seem odd when you have dieted and worked hard all week. But cheat meals can actually help you to stay on track with your fitness goals. They act as a reward and help you to fight cravings.
Cheat Meals As Rewards
Research shows that rewarding yourself is a great way to encourage your good behaviours and hard work. Whether that reward is a spa day, a new outfit or a cheat meal, it is an effective strategy. One study found that there was a positive link between rewards and dietary behaviour.
So if you manage to stick to your fitness regime as well as your diet all week long, a treat is a great way to reward yourself as well as fight off those cravings.
Cheat Meals Fight Cravings
The taste buds always crave the delicious foods that are high in salt, sugar, fat and carbs – yummm! Cravings are normal but also annoying. For example, sometimes when we haven’t had a certain food like creamy pasta for a few weeks, when we finally get it we can go a bit crazy and end up eating like 3 bowls and feeling extremely sick and bloated.
The way to avoid these situations is to provide a small treat for yourself at the end of each week. This is the perfect way to keep those cravings at bay and stay in control. A treat will provide you with the strength to evade overindulging.
When I talk about a cheat meal, I don’t mean a whole three-course meal including dessert. I’m talking about a small plate of creamy pasta or one bowl of ice cream. Set yourself boundaries otherwise you might go too far.
One cheat meal per week is all you need. If you count your calories then you can make your cheat meal fit into your daily calorie intake.
Want to ‘cheat’ more often? I’m a big fan of natural meals that are healthy and can satisfy my cravings throughout the week. I love to cook desserts with protein powder or use zucchini pasta instead of wheat pasta.
Stay tuned because next week I’m going to give you some of my favourite healthy recipes.