|Posted on 20 May, 2018 at 14:20|
RYPT Mindset Corner: Cheat Meals
How to succeed in your fitness goals
Using treats to help not hinder
As a new addition to the RYPT online blogging, I have decided that I will be looking at one idea of psychology each week and reviewing how it can help with your fitness.
This week: Cheat Meals
The latest fitness industry fad seems to be the phrase “cheat meal.” Now I have numerous reservations about this but I’ll get to that soon.
Cheat meals are perceived as being takeaways or meals that are quick and high in fat or sugar. This can quite easily be included as part of healthy nutrition plan.
Firstly, I object to the term “cheat meal” as I see it as a condemnation of food with connotations of calorie counting and guilt. I hate that perception as you should enjoy your food.
Secondly, I see it more as a treat meal and these can be used to assist with training and provide motivation for more intense sessions.
Finally, “cheat meals” often turn into a whole day / weekend of binge eating therefore not necessarily one meal and potentially having an impact on your long term goals. If you are serious about weight loss then these should be factored Into a balanced nutritional plan.
Bearing in mind the excuse of “it’s the weekend” normally lasts from Friday until Sunday: so essentially half the week!
You should be looking at the bigger picture for a balanced plan. It’s about having the calories factored into the plan for the whole week. Yes, there is nothing wrong with eating out or a takeaway and these should be encouraged not scowled upon. At the end of the day, one meal will not make or break your plan and it’s healthy to have the balance right. However, if it becomes frequent then you do need to reevaluate.
To overanalyse it, the meat and vegetables are not usually the issue with meals, it becomes the sauces, side dishes and drinks. These all add up along the way. There are a couple of things you can do prior to your meal to help with planning.
The main thing you can do is to check the menu in advance and look through all the options. Furthermore, don’t feel consigned to what the menu says, you can make changes to the food, add more vegetables or remove certain things to please your taste and nutritional planner.
These little tips will certainly help you.
At the end of the day, enjoy your food and don’t fret about calories all the time as it creates an unhealthy obsession with food.
Sustainability, moderation and enjoyment are three essential elements to getting results.
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