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My Cheat Meal Lesson


#1

So the long and short of it is, I've been cutting and doing the 100 workouts from ripped city cardio plan... made it half way through (50 days) without a cheat. Started to crave pizza my de facto cheat. Went a few more days but gave in last night. Ordered a pizza, ate about 3 pieces and was like - this isn't worth it.

It's almost as if my taste buds have changed, I actually missed my cottage cheese. No more cheats for the rest of the cut.

Quick question though - the carbs definitely made me "blow up" a bit and my muscles looked fuller this morning so can anyone give me a recommendation about how to have a "healthy" carb up day. I was thinking I could add oats to every meal and do a full body workout.

I do use Surge peri workout already, but still, with the low carbs feel depleted.


#2

IMO the healthiest carb up would be a few Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips and Yams all oven roasted in loads of Olive Oil and Rosemary.

Also Quinoa is great, try get the flakes make quinoa porridge…

I feel you on the cheat meal, they are never worth it and never as tasty as you anticipate. Personally I only have mine when eating out with friends etc they only happen once a fortnight or two, three times a week


#3

no,

Oatmeal in breakfast/post workout

not every meal …

Carbs other than breakfast and post should be veggies or fruit (in morning for fruits … )


#4

The sweet potatoes sound awesome but mixing with olive oil might not be in my best interest with my endomorphic tendencies.


#5

[quote]Christopheel wrote:
no,

Oatmeal in breakfast/post workout

not every meal …

Carbs other than breakfast and post should be veggies or fruit (in morning for fruits … )[/quote]

On this cut, I already have oatmeal/berries for breakfast after morning cardio. The only other carbs I have are Surge during workout. Should I cut out the oatmeal normally and only use once a week for a carb up?


#6

If you cut that out in the morning, your depleted feeling will get worse.

I use the carb up day for a somewhat healthy cheat meal, otherwise its carbs in the morning and extra coming from Surge on workout days.


#7

[quote]poisongatorade wrote:
If you cut that out in the morning, your depleted feeling will get worse.

I use the carb up day for a somewhat healthy cheat meal, otherwise its carbs in the morning and extra coming from Surge on workout days. [/quote]

Do you do a whole carb up day? What does that meal/day entail?


#8

I actually feel the same way, it’s odd. Since I’ve been eating healthy and lean it seems now when I eat junk food or things which a person wouldn’t deem healthy, it’s not as great as I thought it would be. But that’s good news, makes everything that much easier.

There’s only one thing I actually will never stop loving and that’s a Bellacino’s chicago steak grinder, the most delicious sandwich known to man!


#9

[quote]cain06 wrote:
poisongatorade wrote:
If you cut that out in the morning, your depleted feeling will get worse.

I use the carb up day for a somewhat healthy cheat meal, otherwise its carbs in the morning and extra coming from Surge on workout days.

Do you do a whole carb up day? What does that meal/day entail? [/quote]

Eh not so much a whole carb up day, just a day in which I will deviate from the norm carb wise, say a egg and cheese grinder for breakfast and/or a sandwich for lunch… basically more carbs than normal for a day.

This is basically what I plan on doing while ‘cutting.’ Its worked so far and I can’t say I can stand it much longer. Not so much that not being able to eat when I am hungry or until I am actually full, but that I am becoming satisfied with the fat loss and I’m ready to focus on muscle again. But these habits I have picked up on from this phase have certainly stuck with me.


#10

in my cutting phase i stopped taking in carbs after noon. oatmeal for breakfast, apple with my snack, and a salad for lunch. done. after that, protien/fats mainly in my meals.

my cheat meals got smaller and smaller the more i cut. my first one was an entire pizza and a slice of godiva cheese cake; yep…that bad. the last one i had was some potato ‘chips’ that i made in my oven with real potatoes. much better.