Alright everyone, this is a topic that I get a TON of questions about, so I figured I’d elaborate a little about cheating on your diet.
Before I get into the importance of staying away from unhealthy foods, I have to confess that yesterday, July 4th, I decided to let myself have a cheat day. Yeah, you heard it right, I ate some foods that were not exactly the healthiest to eat. However, in my defense, this is the first cheat day that I’ve had in just about 4 months. There was nothing healthy to eat, and it was either eat some unhealthy foods or starve during the 4th of July. Of course, I wasn’t going to let myself starve, so I decided to eat a few things that satisfied the taste buds. Let me just say that wow, I forgot how good some of that food tasted! But today I’m right back on track, and even lowered my carbs for the day to “make up” for yesterday.
OK, now that I have that out of the way, it’s time to talk about if you should be allowed to cheat on your diet or not. First of all, just because that I had a cheat meal doesn’t mean that you should. You have to remember that I have been doing P90X for about a year and a half and I’m in excellent shape now. My metabolism is super fast and my body pretty much burns anything that I put into it. However, that doesn’t mean that I can have a cheat meal every week. I would begin to gain body fat back if I did. With that said, is it OK for you to have a cheat meal? Maybe.
What do I mean? Well, if you are just beginning a fitness program, then the answer is a definite no. You are beginning the program to get into excellent shape. Having a cheat meal will just remind you of the unhealthy foods that you were so accustomed to eating, and make it harder to stay clean for the rest of the program. I recommend following the Nutrition Guide strictly for the entire 90 days, which means NO cheat meals! This is how you will maximize your results and feel a sense of accomplishment. Believe me, this is what I did and how I got my results!
When is it OK to have a cheat meal? When you finish the program and reach all your goals! Cheating on your diet during the 90 days will only set you back, sometimes quite a bit, making it harder to reach all your goals by the end of the program. When you get to the point where you feel amazing about the fitness level you’ve achieved, then you can allow yourself to cheat every so often. I recommend cheat meals and not cheat days because having just one meal loaded with sugar and fat is much better than having 5! If you are going to cheat, I only recommend once a month at the most.
If you are having trouble with your diet, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will help you get back on track!