By TRAVIS WADE
We all need a cheat meal even if it’s just for the sake of enjoying ourselves. Sometimes, cheat meals are necessary to level off hormones. Whatever your reasons, here are my suggestions on indulging as much as you want while gaining the least amount of weight.
#1 Prepare For the Cheat Meal
Because of the highly addictive properties of cheat meal food, try to eat out for a cheat meal. For instance, if you have ice-cream in your house (the second most addictive food), eating the whole container is very tempting. By the way, in case you were wondering what the most addictive food is – it’s chocolate.
The good news is, when eating these cheat meal foods, there are proven methods for damage control: You’ll need PGX fibre, alpha-lipoic-acid, green tea, and cinnamon pills.
#2 Before the Cheat Meal
PGX fibre slows the rate at which glucose enters the bloodstream and speeds up the rate of calories exiting the body. This helps eliminate toxins from the body, reduces your appetite by filling you up, and causes less uptake of calories into the body. Dr. Mark Hyman recommends PGX fibre as a daily supplement, especially for those looking to reduce weight, though it also has many other health benefits. For the best results, take the supplement about an hour before a cheat meal.
Fat blunts jumps in blood glucose levels more than protein. For an appetizer, don’t go for flour or sugar, go for fat and protein. Most importantly, avoid deep-fried foods because of the trans-fats they are fried in!
Trans-fats are extremely toxic and you should never consume them in any situation. The government has agreed that food companies need to eliminate trans-fats, but they’ve given them as long as they need to find a replacement.
Alpha-lipoic-acid has many benefits, which is why Dr. Mark Hyman recommends it as a daily supplement. Better still, Timothy Ferriss, (author of the “4 Hour Body”) recommends it to help with fat loss by diverting calories into muscles as opposed to fat cells. For best results, take 600 mg about 10 minutes before a cheat meal.
#3 During the Cheat Meal
Green Tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a catechin and flavanol. Plus, ECGC also diverts calories away from fat cells and into muscle cells.
Apoptosis is the natural death of mature cells. ECGC increases the apoptosis of fat cells, which Dr. Mark Hyman recommends for daily health. However, as suggested above, you’ll have to invest in some pills when eating a cheat meal. Timothy Ferriss recommends 750mg dosage for the best effect.r the best effect.
Cinnamon slows the uptake of sugars and other fast-acting carbs (flour and other grains), to the blood and helps level off our blood glucose level. You’ll need a supplement of this as well to take to the restaurant with you to take with your cheat meal.
Eating slow is the easiest way to decrease glucose spikes, yet it is foolishly overlooked. However, it has a profound effect, so always savour your desserts, if you choose to have one. ‘Eat your veggies fast and savour you desserts’, is one of my life’s mottos. .
Citrus helps reduce insulin. Now, I realise a whole lemon is a lot, but if you can handle the juice from a whole lemon in a tall glass of water, that might be better than a shot of lemon juice. Essentially, it’s lemonade without the sugar. Also, make a special effort to drink more water with your cheat meal.
#4 After the Cheat Meal
Exercise after a cheat meal is the number one thing you can do for damage control! To keep things simple, plan a walk or some activity after you eat. However, if you’re motivated, do a full-body workout: squats, band-pulls, and push-ups.
Bonus tip: When you exercise, it produces chemicals in the body that store energy in muscles as opposed to fat cells. This is something Timothy Ferriss would do before and after cheat meals; I believe this is where most of his weight loss came from. It’s a type of frequency training.
Frequency training is just exercising many times throughout the day. Specifically, the idea is to increase the heart rate as quickly as possible, keeping your metabolism consistently high. You can do this on a rebounder (mini-trampoline), or whatever exercise you choose as long as it increases the heart rate quickly. You can do 4 minutes once an hour but I find that too much for me. Once after or before meals is all I could handle or I would be too hungry.
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