Common Questions (FAQ) about Cheat Day
Cheat Day is an amazing time of the slow carb week, but sometimes you might have some worries and concerns about whether you’re doing just right. After all, it’s the one time of the week when you might gain some fat back. So it’s important that all your questions are answered, and you can rest easy.
Q: Does cheat day go from Friday midnight until Saturday midnight?
No. Cheat day is a single day – preferably from lunch time until bed time (usually around 12-14 hours).
Q: Should I eat a cheat breakfast, or should I have a slow carb breakfast?
A slow carb breakfast is best, with beans/lentils, and protein. The protein will make you less likely to eat beyond what you want later in the day. The legumes will give you energy so you don’t feel starved by lunchtime.
Q: Do you have to do ice baths on cheat day?
No you don’t. Some people do, as they can help burn fat (generally as part of a longer-term cold exposure program though).
Q: Why do you do the GLUT4 exercises before AND after eating?
AThey open up pathways to the muscles, so food can be stored there, instead of fat cells. Doing them before means even the first bit of food coming in will go to the muscle, and doing them again 60-90 minutes later reinforces this right when most of the energy is hitting your bloodstream.
Q: How could tiny little exercises done for 120 seconds each possibly change whether I gain fat?
The science is a bit heavy, but basically that amount of exercise flips a switch so that energy gets directed to muscles, not fat cells. Do that enough and you will never be able to gain fat.
Q: Is there a limit to the amount of food you can eat?
No there isn’t. It is recommended, however to eat as much as you want, not as much as you possibly can – there’s a difference.
Q: Why do you recommend eating away from home?
This way, you don’t have any leftovers to tempt you the next day. It’s also much easier to order just a single portion of what you’re eating, rather than getting a larger supply in storage at your place. Think ice cream cone, not ice cream pail.
Q: Can you balance cheat day over a night – for example, start Saturday evening, and finish it with breakfast on Sunday?
This wouldn’t work out too well, as it would actually mean the time period would be longer than is ideal. Also, it would disrupt the rhythm of slow carb food to other food, and it can be very difficult to go back to slow carb food if you’ve started your morning with a blood sugar spike, which practically any cheat breakfast carbohydrate will do.
Q: Can you have cheat day on another day?
Definitely! Choose a day that works for you. If you’re thinking of switching temporarily, see below.
Q: Can you switch your cheat day from Saturday to another day?
You can! If you’re thinking about just one weekend changing to Sunday, that’s fine. The only time this doesn’t work is if it’s been less than 5 days of slow carb meals. So if you switched to Sunday, then decided you wanted your next cheat day to be Friday.. count up your days and you will discover Saturday is the earliest your next cheat day can be. Plan accordingly.
Q: How do you possibly gain 10lbs from one day of eating?
It’s not all fat. Most of it, in fact, is water. Which is why it will disappear over the course of the days after cheat day. The reason water is gained is due to the change in carbohydrate intake – it prompts the cells to store more water.
Q: Will I lose the weight I gained on cheat day?
Almost definitely. In some extreme examples, people only get back down to within 1 lb of their pre-cheat day weight, however this is usually due to another factor, like eating something that’s not slow carb during the week after.
Q: Can I skip a cheat day?
Yes and no. Tim recommends that women shouldn’t try to get by with too few cheat days, or cheat meals. Men can probably skip 1 in every 2, or so, or reduce to a cheat meal, not a cheat day. Doing this, if you’re a woman, however, could cause problems in the mid to longer term.
Q: Can I spread out cheat day treats over the week? (Budget/save)
Unfortunately not. The slow carb diet relies on the consistency of meals during the week to help you lose fat. Adding in a treat every day will disrupt that, and render the diet pretty useless. At worst, it may even result in weight gain, as the carbohydrates consumed in beans may be stored as fat, instead of being burned for energy.
Q: How can all that sugar, oil, grease and starch possibly be good for you?
The short answer is that it’s because it’s helping you lose fat, which overall is a healthy journey. Specifically, obvious arguments can be made against sugars and simple carbohydrates especially, fats and grease less so. At the end of the day, however, slow carb is about success with losing fat, and cheat days help you achieve that by making the eating program easy to stick with over months and months.
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