Life is better with cheat meals. Can we all just agree that this is true? If you're following my Heroes Fitness Ultimate Meal Planner, you know that I am a huge advocate of cheat meals. Why? Because if you constantly deny your body the cravings it's demanding, you're setting yourself up for a massive binge! But today, I don't want to talk about why you should have cheat meals. Rather, I want to discuss a method I've been using to make the most out of my cheat meals.
On any of my meal plans, I tell people to plan out your cheat meals, not just spontaneously splurge in calories. One tactic I've been using lately is to plan my cheat meals before big workouts. For example, tomorrow I am working out chest and abs, which will be followed by an interval run. This is a HUGE workout, and requires a lot of energy. Which means if there's a day this week I should over indulge on carbohydrates, today is the best day!
One of my rules is do not be afraid of carbohydrates. Carbs are our friends. If we want to build quality muscle, we need energy to kick ass in the gym! What's the best source of energy? No, not coffee, not pre-workout, but good, old carbohydrates! In your regular diet, you should be consuming large amounts of healthy carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes, rice, oats, and quinoa. Ask a runner what they eat before race day - usually, the answer is something like, "a s**t load of pasta!"
And that's exactly what I do, too. Not always pasta, but on the days before really hard workouts, I will try to consume higher amounts of carbs so that way I can kill my workout. If you don't have energy to perform, you cannot grow.
If your workouts are sub-par, you are wasting your time. And you should be cheating at least one time per week anyways, so why not make that cheat the day before your hardest workout? Again, I am not saying you should go overboard. But if you've been on my E-mail Newsletter and active on my FaceBook page, you should have a clear understanding on what a cheat meal is to me, and why it is called a cheat meal not a cheat day.
Anyways, give this a try! When you feel better and have more energy, watch how much better you can perform. As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me! Talk to you soon.