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Can you have cheat meals?

Can you have cheat meals?

Firstly, let us start by saying this – we DESPISE the word ‘cheat’!! The word ‘cheat’ indicates that you are doing something wrong. Instead, use the word ‘Treat’.

The word ‘treat’ means something that is out of the ordinary that gives great pleasure. And if you are part of the Bikini Body Burn family, you believe in balance. And having a balanced diet means balancing a clean diet with treating yourself occasionally.

So can you have a treat meal? YES!

But remember, by definition a treat is something out of the ordinary that you look forward to. It is something that happens only occasionally. That means maybe once or twice a week, not every day.

And if you’re planning on having a treat ‘day’; well, that’s not ideal. Why? Because you are likely to consume three to four times your regular amount of calories in that day which will cancel out your great work the rest of the week.

We recommend matching your treats to your goal. If your goal is to gain weight, you can afford to have a calorie laden treat more occasionally than a BBB babe whose goal is to Lose. 

So what counts as a treat? Anything that is processed and/or high in sugar. Some of the BBB teams’ favourite treats are:

  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Pizza
  • Takeaway food, e.g. McDonalds, Italian food, Thai food, Guzman Y Gomez (and we all know who on the BBB team loves McDonalds)
  • Cake and slice
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies (especially if it is accompanied by an Iced Chocolate, yum!)
  • Ice-cream
  • Coffee with sugary syrups added to them
  • Muesli bars
  • Flavoured yoghurt (especially the yoghurts you get with add-ins from a yoghurt shop)
  • Alcohol (cough, cough "Simon") 

Use treats as something to look forward to. Whether it is something you have on a weekend, or something you have once you have reached a fitness goal.

For more nutritional guidance, check out EAT Nutrition Guide + Meal Plans, we have answered a number of your nutrition related questions.

Happy treat’ing! 

Karina + Simon

1 comment

Feb 28, 2018 • Posted by Morgan

Thank you for the balanced definition of cheat and the balanced view on treats. By the way, initially I did not read/see cheat and treat only cheat and cheat!

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