If you want to give yourself the best chance to succeed in your fitness journey, you need to improve your metabolic rate and consume more nutritious calories. By eating controlled, nutritious meals at planned intervals during the day, you’ll curb cravings and resist temptation from the 3 p.m. sugar-monster (Yup, we call him that).
BENEFITS OF SMALLER MEALS
Smaller meals promote healthy insulin levels and trick your brain into thinking your tummy is being fed all day long. Contrary to what fad diets espouse, we believe there’s nothing wrong with munching on good wholesome food throughout the day - and by wholesome food we don’t mean a cheeseburger from McDonald’s!
SEE YOU LATER BINGE EATING
Although, about that cheeseburger. You have every right to have that fking cheeseburger every so often. Why? Check it. Studies have shown that a spike in your caloric intake every now and then can actually encourage your body to burn calories more rapidly, instead of comfortably adjusting to a lower calorie lifestyle. A routine cheat meal can help avoid or overcome a weight loss plateau. BUT (of course there’s a but!) this is not a green light to go on a fast food binge! A cheat meal should not become a cheat day - ‘cos then you’ll ruin all the fun.
On the subject of cheat days, you’ll notice that we don’t allocate a specific “cheat meal day”. Instead, we think you should decide that for yourself. If your bestie is having their birthday dinner on a Thursday night, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on caaake just because your cheat meal day is Sunday. Have your cake, and eat it too - and pick a day that suits you. We have left cheat meals to phase 3 of the guide. Don’t worry you’ll get there.
Is it burgers you crave? Pancakes? Cheesy pizza? Pick a cheat meal that tantalises your tastebuds. Don't just eat any ol' fatty food just because you're allowed to. Make it worth every bite!