Cheat days happen. Whether intentional or not, we’ve all been there, especially this holiday season with all the parties and dinners.
Having a cheat day is a great way to treat yourself for adhering to your meal plan throughout the week, but sometimes we overdo it and fall off the wagon.
When this happens it may seem impossible to pick back up momentum, so we’ve rounded up a few tips that can immediately put you back on the straight and narrow.
1. Increase Protein and Vegetable Intake The Next Day
The day after your cheat day you should commit to eating a lot of protein and veggies.
Try to keep the calories low this day and it will help you balance your calorie intake.
2. Schedule a High-Intensity Calorie-Burning Cardio Workout
Burn off those calories with a high-intensity workout. Remember, high-intensity does not mean “extended”, so avoid a lengthy workout the day following your cheat day.
Endurance cardio sessions, in combination with an improper diet, will stress your body’s maximum.
Stress overload causes cortisol, which is correlated with fat storage.
So don’t go crazy. An extra 20 minutes of cardio or a couple of extra sets to your weight-training routine will suffice.