Do you need a cheat meal to stay on track with your diet? I have mixed views on this and it would come down to the individual as to which approach I take.
When I get a new client I will usually ban cheat meals in the beginning if their goal is fat loss. Most of the time these people have been cheating for a very long time and that’s why they are seeing me in the first place. So why should I now let them think what got them there in the first place is acceptable? I would prefer to educate them on how to factor things into their diet that they want to eat while keeping a relatively balanced diet and staying within calorie limits. As their overall diet improves I may allow a cheat meal but I would still try and encourage a more balanced approach as opposed to craving all week for one meal.
On the flip side of this if someone is unable to stay on track without me allowing this cheat meal despite me trying other methods I would incorporate this into their plan. Ultimately I am here to get results so if this is going to get better results why wouldn’t I take this approach. I would allow a cheat meal with guidelines in place to ensure they don’t go on a complete binge and ruin a weeks work.
When it comes to fat loss you should have more than one approach in your tool box. You wouldn’t go the the gym and only squat if you wanted big legs would you…