In all other areas of life besides eating, cheating is a bad thing...cheating on a test, you get a zero or worse...cheating on your taxes, jail...cheating in a race, disqualified. Cheating, however, in many areas of dieting is an official day or meal.
There are noted benefits of incorporating a cheat meal into your diet plan especially for people with very specific goals in mind like cutting and other ways to shock your body. This I can see and understand as it is often times monitored by a coach.
I started thinking the other day about cheat meals for everyday people that aren't doing shows. I'm not so sure it has the same effect. For me a cheat meal opens the door...Pandora's Box if you will to a world of junk food. Most times I can shut it...other times it takes a bit longer to tighten the lid on my cheat "meal". This often times follows a long run or race when I feel like I've "earned" it!
I know personally when someone says NOT to eat something, that is in fact the ONLY thing I can think about! Don't eat sugar....I think about it constantly! Don't eat carbs...you find me dreaming about a bagel!
Do you have a cheat meal?
How do you keep it from becoming a cheat day...week?