Weight Loss Diets, How Strict Do I Need To Be…
This is the first installment of a two-part article.
I was talking to my buddy Tom Venuto, from over at the Burn the Fat site the other day about diets, compliance, and cheating. By the way, that’s Tom there on the left.
He went into details about cheating, and how strict diet needs to be. He dealt out some great information, so if you ever hit a plateau I suggest you read further.
Tom, was telling me, the question often gets is from people that have been dieting for a while, has seen some success, but have seemed to hit a plateau. At this milestone in their program they wonder if they’ve been strict enough with their eating.
People in this situation often hear they need to have a cheat day. Is this the best option, or the need to buckle down even more really restrict their diet. If I do cheat, can I eat whatever I want.It’s not productive in the long term to totally deprive yourself of foods you enjoy. What you have to do is find a sensible way to incorporate your favorite treat foods into your diet. It is important to keep in mind that you do so sparingly as not to set you back or sabotage your progress. This can be done by allowing yourself an occasional “cheat meal,” “free meal,” or “reward meal.”
One really good way to look at the “cheat meals” concept is in terms of “compliance,” which means, what percentage of your meals are following the guidelines of the program and what percentage are off the program.
Too many meals or days off the program and you will not see results. Have too many consecutive days of eating nothing but “rabbit food” and you go crazy with cravings. I know I love pizza and ice cream, but can not eat it all the time.
How much you need to comply, or stick with your diet program varies from person to person. There are a few factors that determine that need to be considered,
- how ambitious your goals are
- how responsive your body is to nutrition
- how responsive is your body to exercise.
When making your decision, keep in mind we all have different genetics and body types, which is something Tom goes through in great lengths in chapter 5 of Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle.
- are you a carb-tolerant mesomorph who gains muscle easily and loses fat easily?
- are you a carb-sensitive endomorph who gains fat easily?
Depending on the answer, your diet program may need to be more or less strict than others.
Don’t compare yourself to others, what works for one may not work for you. You have to get to know your own body type. Some people can “Get away with” more cheat meals and still make progress, Yeah, I hate them too!
Keep your eyes open for part 2 where Tom goes into more detail and provides you with some practical advice that you will be able to take away apply and make a change.
Tom Venuto is a lifetime natural bodybuilder, an NSCA-certified personal trainer (CPT), certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS), and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, “Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle.” Tom has written more than 200 articles and has been featured in print magazines such as IRONMAN, Australian IRONMAN, Natural Bodybuilding, Muscular Development, Exercise for Men and Men’s Exercise, as well as on hundreds of websites worldwide. to get in on Tom’s, free three day fat burning e-Course just click the link below.
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