Hi i just wondered if anybody but me does this: say i have a cheat meal at whatever time of day, i then adjust the food intake for the rest of the day (using my food log) to make sure i remain within my desired calories.
So does anybody else do this? I suppose i mainly do this to limit the damage of the cheat meal.
Is there any point to this? I’ve seen several author’s who would say something along the lines of: have your cheat meal, then get back to regular eating asap.
I must also state that the calories reduced from later meals come from carbs and fats only, protein remains the same.
Was just curious as to if i’m the only one who does this and what your thoughts on this are?
P.S. I’ve only done this when trying to gain muscle, never for fat loss. [/quote]
if you’re tracking your calories, this is the best way to go about things.
i wish people would get out of the “cheat meal” mindset. food is just energy, your body doesn’t know if you’re “cheating” or not, it’s all in your mind.
i’ve gained muscle and lost fat eating what some people would consider “dirty” foods (ice cream, kiddy cereal, white bread, “regular” peanut butter) IN ADDITION to so called “clean” foods like chicken breast & oatmeal.
i can do this because i pay VERY strict attention to my calorie intake and i always eat ~1.25g of protein per lb. (250g/day)
so yes, if you go off your meal plan, simply adjust the remaining calories in the day in order to hit your target. if this means you must eat nothing but lean protein the rest of the day, so be it (i’ve been there before). just suck it up and do better next time.