Today I’d like to talk more about reward meals. I mentioned in my last post that I don’t really like to use the term “cheat meal” due to it being sort of a negative annotation to what you’re trying to accomplish with the extra reward you’re having and the influx of calories that you’re going to be taking in that is going to be more of a help than a hindrance.
This doesn’t really apply to those of you doing IF or IIFYM due to the fact that you have a pretty constant caloric count and macro count daily. This basically applies for those of us that want to have an influx of calories that in turn will spike our metabolism and will cause the body confusion and will in turn start burning more calories. You have to think of your body as a fire, imagine you continue to stoke the fire at a constant pace day in and day out, your flame never gets bigger, just continues to burn at a constant state. Now imagine if you throw on 4 or 5 extra pieces of dry wood on that fire, the fire gets hotter, gets bigger and burns more. This is what happens inside your body when you get a reward meal. This is the best way I can describe it so that you can understand, without getting into the scientific means behind it all.
Now, when you have or schedule your reward meal is all dependent on you. You and your coach, if you have one. I like to schedule mine around the days that I’m working a muscle group that is lacking. Right now I’m lacking in the back department, so I like to schedule my reward meal after a good hard back workout. This influx of food restores my body of depleted glycogen, since on my high carb training days my first carb meal isn’t until my pre-workout meal, and it also gives me that influx of calories to fire up my metabolism even more.
Not only is this reward meal good for you physically by boosting your metabolism but it’s also great for your mental state as well. It gives you that much needed break from eating so clean for 90% of the time, and that, I feel, makes living a healthy lifestyle that much easier!