The Truth About Cheat Days As Part Of Your Diet

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Nutrition | Posted on 14-03-2012-05-2008


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By Nigel Jeal 

So, you’ve heard about incorporating a cheat day as part of your diet, but you’ve been overloaded with so much information you don’t know what to believe…

Today, I’m going to spill the beans and reveal the truth about cheat days, and answer your question. Do they work, or do they not work?

But first, does this sound familiar…

You go on a diet and think you’re doing well then after a few weeks things stop, it seems like your body decides to fight against everything you are trying to achieve.

This may be the most startling news you’ve ever heard…

You see, if your body thinks it’s getting a lack of food it thinks you’re starving yourself and starts SAVING YOUR BODY FAT.

Yes, it’s true…It’s your body’s survival mechanism and it doesn’t recognise the difference between dieting and starving.  That’s bad news when you’re trying to burn fat and lose weight.

But there’s one more thing…

There’s a hormone called “Leptin” which plays a huge part role in this starvation protection process and it’s considered the major hormone from which all other weight loss hormones get their cues.

Here’s the science bit…

Leptin plays an important role in energy intake and energy expenditure including appetite and metabolism.  If your calorie intake is high your leptin levels will be high, if your calorie intake is low your leptin levels will be low.  If your leptin level drops so does your metabolism and any chance of burning fat! In fact, a week or so into your diet your leptin levels will drop dramatically.

So what you do reverse this to increase your leptin levels?

How To Increase Your Leptin Levels

Believe it or not, you can increase your leptin levels by incorporating a full blown “Cheat Day” into your diet once a week.

Pizza anyone?

Okay, let me explain…

I explained a minute ago that when you start a diet your leptin levels will drop after about one week.  Well by eating pizza, ice cream and other foods you like to eat on one cheat day a week it only takes that one day to supercharge your leptin levels back up to normal, boosting your metabolism and putting your body back into the fat burning zone for the next week.

I love pizza.
I love ice cream.
I love chocolate and cookies. 

And I bet you do too, right?

Well, you can still enjoy your favourite foods while you’re on a diet, and you do this by having a full cheat day, just don’t overdo it and stuff yourself.

I love cheat days and so should you, they will help you get great results faster.

Here’s 5 rules to help you.

1. Eat the foods you crave without feeling guilty.

2. Don’t set the alarm for a very early time.  Start when you normally wake up on Sunday.

3. Don’t stuff yourself.  Eat until you’re satisfied, not to the point of discomfort.

4. Don’t skip meals holding out for a single feast. Eat throughout the day. (I’ve spoken to you about this before in other articles).

5. Don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol consumption works against what you are trying to accomplish with the Cheat Day.

So, the answer is Cheat Days DO WORK and you should incorporate them into your diet.

Enjoy eating freely on your cheat day,


Nigel Jeal


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