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cheat days


hey guy,
i was wondering if any of you can give me some good suggestions on what to eat during my cheat days and how often i should take a cheat day. i finished my bulking and hypertrophy stages with success and now i am just trying to do the whole lose fat/retain muscle thing for the summer and hopefully a show. my current diet consists of a high protein, moderate carb, essential fats. please advise, i know you guys will be helpful.


Hey, there, trailer! Welcome to the forum.

Unfortunately, there are as many approaches to cheating/refeeding as there are approaches to dieting or working out. It depends on your goals, your diet, how severe a caloric deficit you've created, athletic/performance demands, BF% (high or low). The list goes on and on.

You owe it to yourself to use the search engine to search the forum (T-forums) and the magazine articles (T-mag) for the following key words:

  • overfeed
  • cheat(ing)
  • refeed(s)
  • leptin

Once you've familiarized yourself with the topic, the benefits, some of the different variables and approaches, we'll be better able to help you dial things in.

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!!!