DOES A CHEAT DAY WORK?


I’ve read that when you restrict your caloric intake by about 500 below maintenance, your metabolism can adjust to fewer calories and hold onto fat. The thyroid hormones play a major part.


In underfed individuals, there is a decrease in T3 and T4, which contributes to the downregulation of your metabolism. - so if you eat fewer calories, your body will attempt to balance energy expenditure by holding onto fat. A cheat day or strategic overfeed can help increase these hormones. A Sunday Food Funday where you eat “anything that doesn’t get up a tree quick enough” can literally help you get leaner in the long run. - It’s counter-intuitive, but gives a welcome break to the regiment of watching what you eat all the time.


We all have a go-to meal that does more for our soul than the best diet in the world would. Sometimes we need to go there. It's what makes us human.