Truth about Cheat Meals – Are They Good?

When I started bodybuilding in November 2013, I came across this term rather concept of “Cheat Meal”. Prior to that even though I have been a fitness enthusiast for several years, I wasn’t aware of this whole concept. However, my learnings were through professional bodybuilders and people who have been in the industry for a long time, therefore, my introduction to the whole concept was backed up with proper knowledge and scientific / biological reasoning.

Cheat meal is simply a meal where you indulge yourself in the high calorie food (basically junk food) one day of the week. This is very famous concept or term used within bodybuilding world because it is a sport where athletes have to eat multiple meals a day (every 2-3 hours) with specific ingredients, therefore, boosting cravings for junk food.

Over last 3 years, I moved away from cheat meals because as and when I started getting more understanding of my body, its functionality & response to certain foods etc., I stopped advocating about such meals. There is surely no denying that my approach to nutrition has now become stricter and that’s what I expect the same from people who approach me for guidance in nutrition and training.

My reason is simple, our body needs to be fuelled with clean nutritionally rich food for its longevity and survival. If I am to be specific then below are some primary reasons for my strict approach to my nutrition day in and day out.

  1. Gut Feeling

With the whole week of clean eating, whenever I have had my cheat meal I face various abdominal issues almost immediately such as, cramps, bloating, and excess gas usually follows, which can quickly took away the joy I was looking for. All the sugar, bad fats, preservatives etc., upsets the good bacteria that lives in our gut causing inflammation and digestive issues.

  1. Dehydration

Another side effect of having junk food, especially ones high in sodium, can lead to dehydration because of the shock body has got through introduction of unhealthy food rich in sodium and fluid. The whole imbalance of nutrition generally leads people feeling puffy and dehydrated which is exactly how I felt. Don’t forget the headaches dehydration comes with and other snowball effects of it.

  1. High Risk of Disease

Consuming unhealthy fast through junk food may be a good feeling to your tongue and lips but certainly not a treat for your arteries. Over time, that fat storage in our veins and arteries can lead to heart diseases, increase in blood pressure and other horrible escalations such cancer.

Be Your Best Self Approach

The approach I follow and also put my clients through BYBS principles is simply clean eating using whole foods that cooked at home. Not saying stick to tasteless food but there is no room for junk food. Even I like to mix things up, that’s why I am constantly trying new recipes at home but the condition is choosing the right ingredients. If you check my YouTube vlog on Home Made Pancakes, you can notice all the ingredients are carefully selected.

If you are beginner to your transformation journey or even if you are fitness freak like me, do consider above points for your nutrition. You can also check my Vlog on the same topic to hear my views first hand here.

Rahul Talreja
Messenger of Fitness and Transformation
BE YOUR BEST SELF TRANSFORMATION
https://rahultalreja.net/

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