In recent years, intermittent fasting has become a mainstream option for individuals trying to lose weight or improve their overall health. Intermittent fasting often means skipping the typical time for breakfast, pushing the “break fast” meal until noon or later. So, what’s the deal? Is it better to eat breakfast in the morning or skip it? Beyond the challenge of choosing what to eat, the decision of when to eat adds another level of complexity.
When I think of cheat meals, my first thought is of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. He is known to share his weekly cheat meals on social media, often consisting of massive stacks of pancakes, an entire XXL pizza to himself, or a pyramid of mouth-watering brownies. His weekly nutrition regimen meticulously plans for these enormous calorie loads on Sundays, so as not to throw him off track overall.
It works for him and his goals, but do cheat meals work for everyone? There can be both challenges and benefits to cheat meals, and there are a few tips I recommend to help navigate incorporating “cheats” into your lifestyle.
Your blood sugar numbers are great, right?
Most people that answer “Yes”, may base this on a fasting glucose test performed as part of a yearly checkup. Unfortunately, this test is far from comprehensive and doesn’t show you a full picture of how you’re managing glucose on a daily basis.
In reality, with proper testing administered nearly 50% of adult Americans over 35 would need to answer “no” to the question. Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity are at an all-time high, mainly due to poor eating habits and lack of exercise.
We eat the way we do for a myriad of underlying reasons, and many of these factors weren’t necessarily in our control when our behavior development around food started. Some human eating behaviors even come from our remote ancestors and instinctual survival needs!
With habits being so deeply rooted, they can be tough to break; but there are some tried-and-true strategies you can implement to make breaking unhealthy habits more manageable.