I hope that everyone had a great weekend. I spent most of my weekend at Rama Lotus with my wonderful yoga teacher training friends and amazing lead instructors 🙂 The part of my weekend that I also enjoyed was dinner last night with Dave (my boyfriend)! He was sweet enough to take me out for dinner (which we do once a month) and we both decided on PIZZA!!! One of my favourite cheat meals is PIZZA!!
I know you are all probably thinking ‘shame on Leslie, she isn’t supposed to eat pizza, she is a personal trainer!’ Well you are right! I shouldn’t and I don’t very often but let me share a little secret with you-I AM HUMAN! All personal trainers like to ‘cheat’ on their diet once in awhile or take a day off from training…we are human and need a break sometimes!
Wondering why I encourage my clients (and also give myself) 1 cheat meal per week?
Here are the reasons why…
1-The Pleasure Principle-I’m all about everything in moderation, so if you’re eating healthy and exercising, indulging with a small treat or a glass of wine here and there isn’t going to throw you off the wellness wagon. However, if you need to harness your cravings schedule a cheat day/meal. I think that a cheat meal keeps me from feeling deprived since I have something to look forward to.
2-Psychological benefit-Many people feel that cheat meals help them deal with the feelings of restriction they endure while trying to eat cleaner. They find that by looking forward to splurging on their favorite foods they have an easier time sticking with their healthy diet the rest of the time
3-Metabolic effect-When you shock your system with a high influx of calories at one time, the body’s metabolism will show an increase and you’ll kick start your ‘furnace’ into high gear once again.
The next time you are thinking about a cheat, think about how it will affect you physiologically and psychologically and try and make the best judgment as to how it will help you progress and reach your long term goals. This is why I usually recommend having a cheat meal as opposed to an entire day of cheating (can you say stomach ache?!)
What are you thoughts on having one cheat meal a week? What is your favourite cheat meal?