Do you ever wonder how Hollywood stars and fitness models keep such incredible bodies? Well, many of them understand the secret of adding weekly cheat meals into their diet to keep their metabolism strong. Here is how you can use cheat meals to lose fat faster and get yourself in the best shape of your life.
A cheat meal is exactly what it sounds like, you cheat and eat whatever you want one meal a week. The rest of the week you stick to a strict diet.
Here is why adding a cheat meal once a week will help you burn more fat:
1. A Cheat Meal is a Needed Break from Dieting. There is no denying the fact that in order to lose weight you have to take action. This means you have to reduce your calories. And, if you have been overweight for some time and you tend to eat too many processed foods, then cutting calories is probably not going to be enough. You will also need to cut carbohydrates.
This is because people who have been overweight for a long time and who eat a diet high in simple carbs and processed foods are most likely insulin resistant. This means that any carbs you eat get shuttled into fat storage because your body is resistant to insulin’s desire to store carbs as energy within your muscles.
This is not what you want to hear if you are overweight and want to lose weight, but it is reality so if you “did the crime, you must do the time” and cut back on both calories and carbs to lose weight.
A cheat meal allows you to take a much needed break from the rigors of dieting. This one meal can consist of any treat you want. Go ahead and order a pizza, have ice cream and even drink a beer. Allow yourself to have your favorites and enjoy it. After the meal you will likely feel bloated and uncomfortable and this is a good thing because the next meal it is back to your strict diet.
2. A Cheat Meal Boosts Leptin. As important, if not more so than the mental break a cheat meal gives you is the boost in leptin you will receive. Leptin is the key fat-burning hormone. I am surprised you do not hear more in the mass media about leptin, but those in the fitness industry seems to get its importance.
When you stick to a strict diet that is low in calories and low in carbs for a week your leptin levels start to plummet. You see it is leptin’s job to keep you from starving, so when you are not eating as much your body gets the message that you are heading for starvation. In response it puts the brakes on leptin, which makes your cravings soar and drops your fat burning potential down like a lead balloon.