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Are You Cheating Yourself On Cheat Days?

Are You Cheating Yourself On Cheat Days?

This is one of the most common mistakes that people make when they are trying to lose weight. Before going into details, we need to understand the theory behind cheat days.

The theory behind cheat days

When you are trying to lose weight, you need to be on a caloric deficit of 500 calories a day. This is achieved by eating less, making wise food choices and exercising. Since you are aiming for fat loss and not just weight loss, you need to go on a slow but steady program.

Most people who crash diet end up losing muscle and lowering their metabolic rate. This is a double whammy. Fat burning will grind to a halt and when that happens, your weight loss will hit a plateau and this can be exasperating.

Therefore, slow and steady wins the race. However, even if you diet and exercise the correct way and do your best, when your body is on a caloric deficit for 4 to 6 days in a row, it will automatically drop your metabolic rate as it tries to “preserve” its fat stores.

In order, to overcome this problem, we have a cheat day. On this day, you will aim for a caloric surplus. Preferably in the 500 to 700 calorie range. This will refresh your leptin levels and give your metabolic rate a boost. Your body will go back into fat burning mode since the body does not believe that it is starving.

This is also where the majority of people make a mistake.

They use the cheat days to gorge themselves on all the food that they can eat. Some even manage to reach caloric surpluses of 2000 to even 5000 calories. That is not a cheat day. It is chaos.

You can cause your weight loss efforts to slow down or worse. You may actually gain weight. This will cause feelings of guilt, frustration, and anger. It’s like taking one step forward and two steps back.

Find out your daily calorie requirement and add 500 or 600 to it. That’s it. That’s the caloric surplus you should aim for. Even if you wish to eat junk food or whatever your heart desires, eat them in the right amount but make sure you do not exceed your target calorie surplus.

This being said, generally, it would be best to avoid junk food or processed food. It’s just not good for your health. It may sound boring and a tremendous sacrifice forsaking the food you love.

However, thousands of people can testify that after a few months of avoiding junk food, their body totally stopped craving for these sinful pleasures.

You do not need to obsess over the numbers but you need to at least have a fairly good idea of where you stand as far as your diet and calories are concerned.

Consume adequate water daily. This is crucial! Water naturally suppresses your appetite and helps to metabolize the fat.

Watch your carb intake. Try and limit your carbohydrates, especially the starchy carbs. You should not eliminate carbs from your diet completely like what the Atkins diet recommends.

You do need carbs for energy during your cardio workouts. However, limit them and either consume them early in the day or immediately after an intense workout.

The numbers on a scale can be misleading. When people embark on a weight loss plan, they may include resistance training as part of the training regimen. Even people, who are totally on a cardio training plan, will experience a growth in lean muscle. This is inevitable.

Most overweight people have poor muscle tone. So, once they start exercising, the body starts burning fat and simultaneously gaining muscle. If you were to measure your weight on the scales, there may be no change in the numbers because the 2 pounds of fat you lost may have been replaced by 2 pounds of muscle.

Since muscle is denser than fat, your body size would have shrunk a little even though there is no change on the scale. That is why it is so crucial to track your progress by using photos or a measuring tape to measure different parts of your body. This will be a much better way to track your progress.

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