Its the end of the week and you've decided to take a break from your diet. Maybe you planned a strategic cheat day or maybe you just couldn't resist not eating the ice cream that was in your fridge. Either way, you wake up the next morning bloated like a ballon, stepped on the scale and realized that you've gained 5+ pounds in less than 24h. Well, you just lost all your progress... Nah, you did not. You just gained a bunch of water weight due to all the sodium and/or high carb intake. Now the secret lies in getting back on track fast and not letting a 'cheat meal' turn into a 'cheat week'.
If you follow my IG stories you are probably familiar with all the 'bad food' I eat most weekends. Although I really believe cheat days are not necessary, let alone essential as some fitness gurus claim them to be, I like to enjoy myself from time to time and eat whatever I want (I will talk further about my opinion on cheat days in a future post). This post however, is just to show you how quickly your body can change depending on the habits you make.
Pictures were taken 48h apart. First one on Monday after eating about 5000+ calories on Sunday. Second one today (Wednesday) after 2 days of clean eating and hard training. No, I did not starve myself or went from a 2h cardio session. I just ate as I normally eat and train as I normally train. So next time you mess up your diet understand that is ok, one bad choice won't kill you as well as one good choice won't heal you. It is what you do consistently every single day that will dictate your overall progress. We all fall off the wagon from time to time, that's what make us humans right? As long as we are capable of getting back on track there is nothing to be worried about. Be patient, be consistent and be clear of what you priorities are so you can make choices based on them. Be disciplined but enjoy life too, we only get to live one ;)👊🏼
What is your take on cheat-days / cheat-meals? 🤔