Why You Should Avoid Cheat Meals

by | Jan 17, 2022 | Podcast

Let’s talk about the idea of cheat meals and why I think in general you should avoid an eating plan that promotes using cheat meals as a way to stay on track.

The idea of a cheat meal initially sounds great, right? As if being “allowed” a cheat meal will help you stay on track.  This one cheat meal will prevent you from feeling like you’re missing out on the foods you love and will give you the flexibility you need in your diet, right?  WRONG!

If you ever feel inclined to sign-up for a diet that promotes cheat meals, I encourage you to walk away. Especially if you are someone who has been on/off the diet rollercoaster for a better part of your life.

Here’s Why…

We all know that eating healthy is mentally harder than it is physically. Have you ever had a cheat meal turn into a whole cheat day or even worse a whole weekend? I know I have. And, it’s a shitty feeling. But that can happen when you look at the foods you love with scarcity, with the idea that you are only “allowed” to enjoy it on certain days or only 1x/week. You start creating unhealthy feelings around your food and diet.

Not to mention the word “cheat” itself is negative. As if having those particular foods that you enjoy so much is a BAD thing, as if it’s wrong, and by having them YOU are doing something wrong.  That is a dangerous mindset to have when you are trying to work towards being your best you.

Lastly, cheat days are not sustainable. Cheat days need to be planned and anticipated but life isn’t always that clear cut.

As always, I hope you found this to be helpful in your journey to strong, healthy and happy!

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