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Should I have a cheat meal?


Should I have a cheat meal?

In short, yes!

To succeed in the gym, you have to train and diet hard all week long. Part-time efforts won’t get the job done.

That said, the hard training requires a reset at the end of the week. Not so much a cheat meal, that sounds wrong. Think of it more like a well-deserved and planned-out treat.

Here’s what you should do. Set aside one meal per week for your epic treat meal. You can and should have whatever you please, as long as it’s high-quality and doesn’t make you feel like shit the next day.


Make it special. Look forward to the ritual. Pick up a pint of your favorite ice cream. Dim the lights, put on some Boys II Men and enjoy yourself. Who deserves it more than you, right?

There are two clear benefits of the treat. First, treat yourself the day before a heavy training session. The extra fuel will go a long way towards helping you PR. But more importantly than that, this meal is going to make you feel satisfied and ready for the next week of training ahead.

That’s exactly the kind of ritual that will keep you feeling great and making progress over the long-term.

Enjoy your vices,



Chris Moore is a writer, recovering meathead, fledgling raconteur and rabid imbiber. He's also cohost and resident potty mouth on Barbell Shrugged, a weekly podcast devoted to Crossfit, strength, fitness and all things brash. His experience is drawn from over twenty-years spent training for and competing in American Football, Powerlifting, a bit of strongman and a dash of mixed martial arts. Also, it's possible that he's had one too many cups of coffee. A caffeine fever is a hell of a thing, you know?

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