No, I haven’t gone completely mad.
You might be thinking “How can eating a lot of food do me any favours in the weight-loss department you demented, balding mofo?”
Whilst I don’t appreciate the snide remarks about my hair-line, the answer is simpler than you might think.
It’s simple when you’re under-going a 3-4 day a week training regimen. If you aren’t training to 100% of your capability, and your diet is ordinary, this probably won’t apply to you.
My aim here is to make sure that it WILL apply to you
If you sort out your diet, your training and give it 100% of your effort and dedication, you can eat your arse off on the weekend. Not literally of course. Unless you’re into that.
How do I know this?
Because I do it pretty much every weekend. Due to circumstance, I may not eat a wheel-barrow full of ribs, but given the chance I will be more than happy to indulge (and then some).
Ice cream, pizza, beer — you name it, nothing is off-limits.
The 70% rule
70% of the time, you want to be sharp as a tac in regards to what goes into your pie-hole. This leaves you with 1-2 days of a term I loath to use — ‘cheat meals’
You are cheating your diet by eating things which are naughty, naughty. Pies, cakes, one-pound burgers with sides of fries and bacon — These are all ok during that 1-2 day window.
Don’t go overboard here
You don’t want every single weekend meal to be a disgrace to mankind. All you want are a select few meals to give your body a rest from its week of caloric restriction.
Why is this bullsh*t so?
Besides being a test-dummy myself, there are other advocates for this kind of naughtiness. Martin Berkhan from leangains.com does it all the time — heck, he even ate a whole cheesecake in one sitting and has maintained 5.5% body fat for 3 years straight!
Any other benefits of eating to excess?
If your into building solid muscle, the surplus of calories that a cheat meal or 3 at the weekend provides will be invaluable to shaping your guns. Not only that, but it’ll put your body into a state where an impending fast day will be even MORE effective.
Note: If you haven’t tried fasting yet, you should definitely give it a try. More on that can be found here.
In an article by Ian Matthews over at Bodybuilding.com:
“Sometimes you want saturated fat and refined sugar, but if you get enough good fat and natural sugar from fruits, you have NO PHYSIOLOGICAL NEED for such things.”
What a crock of fuggin baloney
Some of us more ‘human’ of the human-race actually enjoy eating naughty foods. Not just because it fills a psychological need (even though that’s a good thing and I’ll talk about why that is in a second).
“You take away my ice cream cone and i’ll bust you upside the head with a tyre-iron faster than you can say fatty-boombalada.”
To sum it up why eating to excess is a good thing
As I’ve written in a previous article, you should see your weekends as a reward for all of your hard work. YES it falls into psychological territory, and YES that’s just fine and dandy.
If you abstain from cheat-meals, it will make your training and dieting habits much harder to sustain over the long haul.
If you know you’re going to order a family size pizza this coming weekend and gorge it all by yourself, you’re more likely to stick to the plan for the rest of the week.
And that my friends, is a good thing.
Editor’s Note: Are you into cheat meals as much as I am? Comment below.