“Cheat Meals”… what a polarizing topic this is.
Many individuals, with a lot of fat pounds to lose, mistakenly look at successful bikini/figure competitors who post a photo of themselves, huge smile on their face, consuming their latest “cheat”, and think by consuming “cheats” on a frequent basis that’s how we get our bodies.
The post usually goes something like, “I love to indulge once and awhile. It’s all about balance!”. But “balance” is subjective.
With a raging metabolism that comes with consistent clean eating, hard and consistent training, and a built-in discipline that has likely been in the making for years, us competitors can get away with that with minimal effect to our bodies, ONCE in awhile.
But for most that “cheat meal” turns into a self destructive pattern which turns into days, weeks, months and sometimes years.
So when individuals come to me with a long way to go to reach their goal, and one of the first questions they ask is, “what are your thoughts on cheat meals?”… I ask them to reconsider a lot of things, including how they view food and the goals they are setting for themselves.
Because the truth is most successful competitors eat clean 99% of the time.