Are Cheat Days Helpful?

Sticking to a diet is one of the most difficult things that we have to do when it comes to being healthy. When you are first learning how to cut down your calories and make smart choices, it can be downright exhausting.

Many people believe that cheat days were created solely for this reason. To help blossoming dieters stay on track and still feel as if they were being rewarded for all of their hard work. But this is not the case. Not only are cheat days good for your morale, but they are also good for your body as well.

When we take in a certain amount of calories every day, our bodies can become accustomed to that amount of nutrition. If you are not burning more calories than you are taking in while on your diet, then you may not see any weight loss at all. This is because your body will “plateau” or become accustomed to receiving the same amount of nutrients each day.

 


German Chocolate cake with Coconut Cream filling

By changing up the amount of calories that you take in, you can convince your body that there is no guarantee of the amount of nutrients coming in. This will stop your body from going into fat storing mode, and will also help your body to begin burning off that stored fat to help keep you going. This will help you to continue to lose weight while still taking a little personal time to reward yourself for all of your hard work.

Cheat days are simple in theory, but a little tougher in practice. When it comes to cheat days, most people find it difficult to regulate just how often they need to have a cheat day. Some people say once a week, some say once a month. The amount of cheat days that are right for you will depend on your eating habits, your workout time and just how careful you’re being during the rest of your dieting time.

For most people, the right amount of cheat days in their diet is in the middle. About once every two weeks will make sure that you are feeling comfortable and rewarded without risking throwing your diet off track. You can choose whatever day you’d like to start your cheat days and then track 14 days from there until you have another. You can even go a little over, though you don’t want to go under when it comes to counting your days.

The most important aspect of making your cheat day helpful for both body and mind is to take all things in moderation. Yes, have that slice of chocolate cake on your cheat day. But don’t eat the entire chocolate cake. You can have a burger and fries on your cheat day, but you do not want to eat nothing but fast food on that day. The best thing you can do is to teach yourself that this foods are treats to be enjoyed occasionally, not something that you will eat regularly.

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