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Cheat days: how do you deal with them?

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FYI: a cheat meal doesn’t have to be unhealthy. You can also treat yourself with meals and snacks which are responsible with regard to your healthy lifestyle. I get the same amount of satisfaction from this. For example, if you like coke but you can only drink this on your cheat day, you can try and find a replacement which you like as much but is much healthier. In my opinion a smoothie is the best solution for this. I already talked about this earlier on fitgirlcode.nl, but I really like to drink the Smoothie Plus juices from innocent drinks. There are two variations and I like to switch them up. Last week I told you (again on fitgirlcode.nl) about Energise but I also love the Antioxidant. The combination of the kiwi, lime, wheatgrass and flax seeds give this smoothie a fresh taste and it’s rich of vitamin C, E and selenium. I drink these smoothies a several times a week and I don’t have to feel guilty about anything! So what works for me is seeing the cheat meal als a treat and not as cheating your healthy lifestyle. So it works for me to change the cheat meal into a ‘treat meal’. Thanks innocent drinks! 🙂

I’m sooo curious how you Fit Girls think about this and what your guilty pleasure is! So don’t forget to use the hashtag #ImInnocent in all your comments, photo’s and video’s and let us know.

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  1. Makki K

    Hello Vladana,

    I may not be a fitgirl, I hope you don’t mind me commenting :-D. I personally feel that cheat meals are an important part of my psychological motivation. I end up looking forward to it and have that forward moving momentum (it’s not my only motivation mind, it’s one of many) but it keeps my going and I think of it when I have to expend some willpower resisting a meal. From my research I have found a structured “refeed” (much better word) will help keep me at bay for longer period of time and away from those that aren’t structured. There are also physiological benefits of cheats/refeeds. They boost the hunger hormone Leptin, Throid hormones (T3 & T4). I wrote an article about cheating that I would love for you to have a look and let me know what you think in the comments. The link is: http://www.fitnessalmanac.com/15-strategies-to-maximise-the-benefit-joy-from-cheat-meals/

    Kind regards
    Makki