I’m taking my cheat day today and I’m starting to feel like K-Fed looks – fat and sloppy. It’s almost like my neighbors know that I’m cheating today too, because when I came home from my caffeine run, there was a huge bowl of Halloween candy that someone had sneakily left at my front door…two words: CHA – CHING.
So I just polished off a half-bag of the Baby Ruth candy bars and now my stomach could almost serve as a table for my laptop. Earlier I ordered a large pepperoni pizza and took down the whole damn thing. It was probably the cheesiest and greasiest pizza I’ve ever tasted in my life…eating it was wonderful and disgusting at the same time.
Let’s see…what else have I devoured today? I made nachos several times, had about a pound of string cheese, apples and cinnamon oatmeal packets with peanut butter and honey added into the mix (cuz’ that’s how I roll)…and a bacon cheeseburger, french fries and spinach artichoke dip with chips for supper. By the way, it’s only 7 pm and who knows how much more I’ll eat before the day is through.
One of these cheat days I’ll have to get out the Flip Cam and post some footage so you can have a visual of this madness. Seriously, K-Fed has nothing on me.
So what’s the point of me bragging about putting down such a massive amount of low-quality calories on my cheat day?
That’s right…you can still overindulge on comfort food and lose fat at the same time, as long as it’s built strategically into your fat loss nutrition plan. In fact, it actually HELPS you boost metabolism and get lean, when done correctly.
Here’s the simplified explanation of how cheating on your diet gives you a sexy, flat stomach…
A typical diet has you fighting your own metabolism week after week and month after month. The longer you make it, the more your metabolism slows down and tries to store extra fat. When you finally throw in the towel and start eating a ‘normal’ amount of calories again…you can really blow up like K-Fed because of your metabolism getting ‘Chris-Browned’ (aka battered…low blow, I know…sorry Chris) by the previous weeks of restrictive eating.
K FedBy intentionally having a high-carb cheat day at the end of a week, we cause leptin levels to spike. This is important because low leptin levels caused by prolonged dieting will lead to a decrease in metabolism and an increase in appetite. That’s about as cool as K-Fed rhyming while Britney Spears handles the beatbox.
However, with strategic cheating, or carb cycling, we can trick the body, avoid starvation mode and maintain a high metabolism week after week. Plus, you get the psychological benefit of not wanting to eat your arm you’re so hungry.
There’s always a cheat day right around the corner to look forward to and reward yourself with when that day hits. And after the planned cheat day, you’re so freakin’ disgusted by the obscene amount of junk food you ate, that you’re not even tempted to cheat the next few days.
In fact, the day after is a great opportunity to cash-in on a fasting day (or at least a very low calorie day) and burn through some blubber with a newly-revved metabolism. Fasting is another advanced fat loss technique that I’ll break down for you in an upcoming blog post.
For now, just know that feeling like K-Fed looks and being a cheater too, are both okay as long as it’s just one day a week and it’s planned.
Now go get to cheating.