Honestly, who doesn't love to eat cheat meals?
I think it's safe to say that a cheat meal is a very disciplined and hard-working bodybuilder version of being naughty. We look forward to it. We plan and hunger for it. And most importantly we use it as a tool of means.
I know I know, we just lost you, but don't fret, I'll explain. But before I do, I want to ask you. How many times have you asked yourself this?
"I don’t know why I can’t seem to drop this weight. I’m working out, I’m following the programs, but it’s still not coming off. 🤔".
Have you considered that maybe it's your cheat meals or rather, your cheat meal mentality that is the problem?
A cheat meal structure should always be involved when you're dialed into your program. The idea is not to burn your progress in gluttony but assist progress in manipulating the body to think, and have to react upon false patterns. Cheat meals ARE NOT REWARDS. I repeat, CHEAT MEALS ARE NOT REWARDS!
Cheat meals are intentionally structured high fat & calorie meals intended to spike the body’s insulin and trigger metabolic shock. The intent is to trigger metabolic acceleration. When utilizing a training program in conjunction with a planned food schedule (Meal Prep) it is important to get the human body to operate in its highest state of efficiency. The longer your body operates within this capacity the better the result. This is not as easy as it seems. It may appear from all the great IG posts of cheat day meals that professionals are just willy nilly eating ridiculous meals of all kinds.
But let me assure you that the pros are not just eating cake, cookies, and candy on cheat days throughout the day. Professional bodybuilders eat structured High Calorie, High Protein, and High-Fat cheat meals intended to spike the body's insulin levels. This change in consumption causes a massive shock to the system as it is very comfortable with consuming a high protein, low fat, and low carb meal regularly. The body immediately moves into fight or flight depending upon the level of consumption and will increase the burn rate to accommodate the storages. The benefit of this is that this acceleration will continue through your planned meal cycles and cause an excess fat burn.
Eating cheat meals all day or not consuming the proper kinds of cheat meals will kill this cycle causing your metabolic rate to reduce and stall efficiency from the overconsumption. This type of unplanned cheating can cause complete stalls or even worse, kill gains. This is the difference between a professional #bodybuild and a novice. Consider this the next time you're planning for a cheat day. It's important that you see the value of your effort with success otherwise the effort becomes grueling and tedious. Don't squash your gains with gluttony. You can have your cake and eat it too. Just don't eat the whole damn cake!
Make your cheat your gain. So that the next time you’re planning for a #cheatmeal you can cheat like a PRO 👊
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