#3 STOP Cheating For The WRONG Reasons

#3 STOP Cheating For The WRONG Reasons
#3 STOP Cheating For The WRONG Reasons

There are SPECIFIC reasons you should cheat…and there are specific reasons you should not cheat. In order for you to keep making progress with your fat loss goals, you must understand the difference.

For example, if you have no energy or drive when you move and exercise, this is a good indication you may need to “spark” your metabolism with a cheat meal or a cheat day.

If you’re always feeling cold or getting the chills a lot during a long bout of dieting, this is a clear indication your metabolism is slowing down and you may need extra cheat food calories. Strategic cheating will heat you up in a healthy way and stoke your metabolism to get fat loss moving again. This usually happens in leaner individuals and doesn’t mean every time it’s cold outside you have an excuse to cheat!

But the most important reason to reward yourself with cheat food is to reboot fat burning hormones like leptin and provide a metabolic spark for your thyroid. When you cut calories and start losing weight it takes less than one week before your thyroid activity slows and leptin levels drop off significantly. Strategic cheating is the fastest way to manipulate and reset both of these fat burning hormones pushing them back up to healthy levels.

The minute your thyroid activity and leptin levels return back to normal you’ll instantly experience an increased metabolic rate and continued fat loss. But again, it only works if you know how to eat cheat the right way. If you don’t, this entire process will backfire on you and you’ll keep taking 2 steps forward and 3 steps back week after week. There’s NO quicker way to give up altogether than trying hard for no results.

That’s why I’ve spent the last five years perfecting a way to use your favourite foods for faster, permanent Fatloss.

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Jax

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#2 STOP Cheating At The WRONG Times

#2 STOP Cheating At The WRONG Times

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Even though eating all your favourite cheat foods can make losing belly fat way more fun than traditional “crash dieting”, they can only work their “magic” if you eat them at the right times. Otherwise you’re completely defeating the purpose and you’ll make zero progress.

So first of all, never cheat just because you’re bored with bland diet foods. Newsflash: You’re trying to burn fat, look younger, and feel great. You’re not the quality control department for the Food Network…If you want results, you have to be willing to make some sacrifices a few days a week so you can “prime” your metabolic pump to accelerate your results during the cheat.

And if you’re stressed out and think you need an emotional food “high” you’ll kill your fat-loss efforts in less than a week. It’s called “life” and we’re all going to deal with stress while we live it – so get used to it. Food can be just like a drug, so don’t let yourself get addicted or emotionally attached to it. In other words, BE CAREFUL, and time your cheat foods the right way.

And if you lack discipline – you’re not alone. But when it comes to eating cheat foods it’s either the pain of discipline OR the pain of regret. In other words, cheating is a reward – not an escape.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to eat your favorite foods, GUILT FREE, when aggressively trying to burn belly fat. Just plan out when your cheat days are, plan ahead and go after your reward!

Watch for the #3 in this mini- series.

Eat Clean Feel Better
Jax

How to Cheat AND Lose Fat

6 Rules For Cheat Meals

1. NEVER ever, ever eat a cheat meal on your own

2. You’re allowed to cheat on 10% of your meals at MOST

3. Your cheat meal window is exactly 1 hour

4. Eat until full, but never more

5. Put your knife & fork down and chew your food

6. Avoid foods that “give you trouble”

After struggling to plan and control cheat meals, I’ve discovered these 6 simple guidelines will allow you to get the maximum benefit from your cheat meal without slowing your progress or putting your long term nutrition strategy at risk.

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Mmmm, think I might pass on the personal 9″ cake, thanks
Let’s run through them quickly…

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1. NEVER ever, ever eat a cheat meal on your own: The joy of food is tied very strongly to socialization. Don’t waste a cheat meal by eating it on your own. Also, eating with others provides a bit of natural constraint. You’re less likely to make a total pig of yourself if you’re in polite company. But when you’re on your own you’re more likely to turn into a bottomless pit.

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2. You’re allowed to cheat with 10% of your meals at MOST: Out of every 10 meals you eat, only ONE can be a cheat meal. Ideally it’ll be even less, but that’s your max. At first, you should make a tally in your journal just to make sure you don’t go over your limit. But eventually you’ll just get a feel for the natural rhythm of your cheats.

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3, Your cheat meal window is exactly 1 hour:

Just like the 10% rule, this rule quantifies your cheat meals for you. Look at your watch when you sit down and start your meal. When 60 minutes are up- they’re up. You won’t do too much damage in an hour. But it’s so easy to let one cheat meal turn into a day with 5-6 hours of grazing on empty calories. And that can definitely dig into your progress and even set off days worth of cravings.

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4. Eat until full, but never more: This one is tough for a lot of people—especially at first. You go into your cheat meal thinking you have to make the most of it, because you’ll be going back on your “diet” afterward. But that’s not what a cheat meal is about. It’s about variety and letting loose a bit, not about pigging out. At worst, only 9 meals will go by before you get to do it again! But more importantly, you’ll learn to enjoy the process of eating healthy whole foods 90% of the time. Remember, we’re building a new lifestyle, not going on a “diet.”

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5, Put your fork down and chew your food: I don’t know about you, but I get downright excited over a cheat meal. So it’s easy to get carried away and scoff your food down like you won’t see food ever again. But that’s daft? Your delicious dining experience is done in 5 minutes flat! Drag it out a bit. Put your fork down between each bite. Savour each mouthful as you chew it rather than swallowing it whole. Take the time to consciously “taste” every bite.

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6, Avoid foods that “give you trouble”: If you stop and think about it, you’ll come to realize that certain foods are problematic for you. Maybe you feel sluggish after you eat them. Or perhaps you get bloating or gas. It might be you’ve got some sort of food intolerance or even allergy related to that food. Eating it will cause irritation and lead to both an immune reaction and inflammation in your body. That signals your body to store fat, especially around the belly.

There you have it, 6 rules to live by if you want to cheat—guilt free.

What about you? Share your stories—the good, the bad and the ugly—about your personal relationship with cheat meals. Any tips? Cautionary advice? Let me know…

Jax x

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