Cheat meals might seem like, well, cheating to some, but studies have actually shown they can be key to staying on track.
Getting in shape is easier said than done. All of us can go to the gym every once in a while, or have a salad for lunch occasionally when we're feeling guilty about how much we ate the day before, but doing that on a regular basis and sticking to it is the real challenge. Working out multiple times a week and eating healthily around the clock, it takes real dedication.
The main issue that many of us have is once we slip up, we give up altogether, or at least for an extended period of time. Skipping a gym session and feeling no different so thinking to yourself there's no harm in skipping the next one, and the next one. Or ducking out on your diet, realizing what you're missing, and reverting back to old habits with your health kick going out the window.
If the above sounds like the brick walls that you keep running into when you're trying to lose weight, we may have some good news for you. When it comes to dieting, slip-ups are okay, just try to make them planned slip-ups. That may sound like something of an oxymoron, so perhaps it would make more sense if we referred to those slip-ups as cheat meals.
According to Men's Health, cheat meals can actually be key to getting in shape. That's because if you have the goal of a cheat meal to get to, you're less likely to throw in the towel altogether. Rather than never knowing when you will get to indulge in your favorite foods again, you know that you have that one meal a week where you can eat and drink whatever you want, a reward for staying on track the rest of the time.
You don't have to rely on the word of us, Men's Health, or the aforementioned studies either. The likes of Chris Pratt, The Rock, and Hugh Jackman all swear by cheat meals and all three of them are in impeccable shape. Give yourself one meal a week to eat absolutely anything you want and it will likely help you stay on track with your fitness for a lot longer than you normally would.