CHEAT MEAL - Ross Edgley

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Should you have a cheat meal?

Answer: Yes if it helps you by bringing about any of these nutritional responses:

Cheat Meal & Increase thyroid hormone output…
When in a caloric deficit, underfed individuals produce less T3 and T4–both important thyroid hormones that play roles in the regulation of metabolic rate. A cheat day or strategic overfeed is used in part to increase these hormones.

Cheat Meal & Increased 24-hour energy expenditure…

A caloric surplus from a cheat day causes the body to upregulate basal metabolic rate (BMR). Some studies have shown an increase of 9% above baseline, and it’s hypothesized that more is possible. All the more reason to reach for a chocolate flavoured mass gainer dessert.

Cheat Meal & Increased serum leptin levels…

The big one that most harp on. Leptin levels drop while in a caloric deficit (lasting as little as 72 hours), and a periodic bump in leptin coming from a cheat day has several benefits including increased thyroid output, increased energy expenditure and BMR, and overall increased thermogenesis.

Finally those are just the physiological and hormonal benefits of cheating. Of course, there’s the psychological benefit of being able to take a day off from your diet; eat whatever you like and be comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll still get lean. It’s hard to quantify how much that actually helps, but the majority of people who opt to use cheating protocols cite this as one of the most significant benefits.

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Ross Edgley