Food: to Cheat or Not to Cheat?!

Do you ever feel like punching yourself in the stomach when you get food cravings?

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Please don’t be so hard on yourself. It is natural to crave foods which are illegal to our diets. Illegal as in something we have eliminated to reach our goals. Yet no one is perfect. I am not perfect, you are not perfect (hate to break it to you) and our food consumption is certainly not perfect. Why? Because we are HUMAN not aliens. A calorie bomb meal is GOOD and this post will explain why. But first…

Why do you get cravings? Leptin. Leptin is known as the “hunger hormone” sounds interesting huh?…no surprise then that it regulates our hunger. High levels of leptin=inhibits hunger. Low levels of leptin=accelerates hunger and therefore when you are dieting your leptin levels will typically be low. This will send a “starvation alarm” to the brain..beep..beep!! In other words you my friend are experiencing cravings.cheat day oh yes

Two types of potential food plans there is actually two types of food plans which you may or may not be following. Plan A known as a ‘Flexible dieter”. Peeps on this plan count their macros or aim to consume a certain amount of calories a day. Plan B is known as an “old school dieter” someone who has say 3/5/6 meals a day built of protein and veg.

Influence on cravings Inevitably Plan A peeps will experience less food cravings because their food intake allows for more flexibility and balance. In comparison Plan B peeps will experience more food cravings as their diet is stricter and leptin levels will be lower. Really which route you have opted for will depend on your individual goals.

Dropping the calorie bomb I’m arguing “to cheat” you can and you should. Why girl? In some cases there is a risk that obsessing over food intake can lead to eating disorders. This is honestly why I don’t count macros. I think you should allow at least one cheat meal to give yourself a MENTAL BREAK and not feel guilty. Also, to be a bit more scientific, dropping a calorie bomb will bring your leptin levels UP and this will spike UP your metabolism, accelerating fat burn. Everyone is different but you might see a plateau in your weight loss goals, be losing too much weight or you might just be feeling totally insane..your workouts might just be feeling a bit dead. Therefore at all three points it would be wise to consider a cheat meal. Personally I take a cheat meal on the 7th day of the week, it helps me to remain focused on my food intake and to keep Satan away.

nandos cheat meal
That’s a Nandos cheat meal off my list..cheeky.

So to sum up; it is OK to cheat in life sometimes we can still be angelic 😉

Please feel free to let me know your thoughts below, what posts do you want to see in the future? xox

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23 thoughts on “Food: to Cheat or Not to Cheat?!

  1. This post makes so much sense. We can’t always stop ourselves on eating everything.
    I will now add one cheat meal every week and start fresh for the week ahead. Thanks for the motivation 💪🏽 ❤️
    Looking fwd for your next blog 😊

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  2. I totally agree!
    Being on a diet, no matter which one, is mentally tough. We call them “cheat meals” but we should call them “reward meals” instead. If you´ve been following your diet all week, you deserve a free meal 😉
    Great post!

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  3. I feel that a cheat meal is very important because it helps you stay motivated. Honestly so proud of you for not informing yourself about these things but for taking time to share it with others 😊 Keep up the good work girl, you got this 👏🏻

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  4. I love this post and your timing is so perfect. I also like how you educated us with science 🙂 As I mentioned before, I have been struggling with bad cravings at the end of the day so I think I am going to implement your tips. Thanks a bunch!!!

    ❤ Alana Xoxoxo

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    1. Hey Alana, so glad I got the timing right just for you! I love throwing in some science really interests me and found it fun to learn about myself helps me understand my bod 🙂 yes you should give yourself that mental relief!! You’re so welcome xxxx

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  5. It was also very interesting to read why we have cravings! It’s always great to learn something when dieting . Girl thank you for saying it’s okay to have a cheat day 😌 it’s positive to read that you can have some flexibility when dieting and a little cheating is good 😉. I don’t have to be scared anymore to break the rules!… Only a little though 😏🍰🍩🍿😋 xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thanks Jadey girl😍🌹 yes it is okkk like a say its OK don’t beat yourself up..once a week and you are good to continue.. But as a cheat meal be sensible, to illustrate it would be unwise to consume your weeks worth of calories😂👍 .. you still got goals mama xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx💓💓

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  6. I agree, people have both a psychological and physiological response when “cheating” if the body isn’t use to it. If you don’t regularly cheat you might feel bad for doing it when the time comes. Your body also won’t be expecting it and might also get a negative response. Same with sugar if you intake a mass amount of it when you don’t cycle it regularly people report to feel more tired and get symptoms like spots. This is also apparent for alcohol. Binge drinking is the worst thing for your body. In fact studies have found it’s actually better to drink like three times a week like one beer (small amounts obviously should never drink too much) than to drink the same amount in one go as again you body isn’t use to it. So I agree with cheat meals every so often like once a week 💪

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