The Cheat Meal (featuring a sweet college discount!)

Oh, cheat meal.  Sweet, sweet cheat meal.  The cheat meal is a crucial part of anyone’s diet., and it’s my favorite time of the week.  If you don’t know what a cheat meal is, brace yourself.  One meal of the week, you eat WHATEVER YOU WANT!  I don’t mean a chocolate bar after dinner.  I mean a feast of fried food and sweets.  All of your guilty pleasure foods allowed in one meal.

I call it “the ultimate indulgence.”  The stricter your diet is during the week, the more you should treat yourself in this sitting.  Mike Mondo, a man who journeyed from a pudgy teenager to a ripped professional wrestler, told me about his cheat meal.  One portion of the meal includes 6 bowls of ice cream… with toppings.  He goes all out because his weekly diet is immaculate.

Dieting is hard.  The cheat meal serves as an inspiration.  It gives you the power and motivation to maintain your healthy diet during the week.  Think of it as a gift to yourself for working so hard, a light at the end of the tunnel.  Some sources state that a cheat meal should be reasonable: not 2 whole pizzas, but rather a few slices.  I disagree with these sources.  You have to figure out what works best for you.  Perhaps an over-indulgence leaves you feeling sick with a stomach ache.  Experiment with your cheat meal.

As a suggestion, the cheat meal should not take place on a day that you work out.  It should be on a rest day when your muscles don’t need the kind of replenishing that they do on a workout day.  Since healthy dieting poses challenges to many, perhaps one cheat meal per week is not enough for beginners.  Try 2 or 3 cheat meals, then cut it down.  You should schedule your cheat meal so it’s something you can look forward to.  Indulge at the 5 oz. Factory with milkshakes and frozen custard.  Check out the Campus Clipper for a delicious discount!


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