Coach: “Alright! Day 1 starts tomorrow! I got your nutrition prescription as well as a guide to help break down exactly how you should be going about consistently adhering to that plan.”
Client: “Awesome! So… do I get a cheat day?”
(Most commonly asked question when starting a new nutrition plan)
Coach: “….a cheat day?”
Client: “Yeah… a cheat day. You know, one day each week where I can completely disregard your guidance, eat whatever I want, have zero boundaries or limits, and basically just forget all the goals we’ve set out for us. But just for 24 hours! Because it’s just one, cheat day….”
Coach: “Did they give you a cheat day when you were studying for your SAT’s…?”
Client: “No! Haha DUH! That’s cheating on a test and plus, you don’t learn anything that way.”
The truth is, a cheat day is a recipe for disaster. But Refeed days, those have plenty of benefits and applications. Exactly why I broke down refeeds, diet breaks, a cheat day, carb cycling, and so much more in my ebook The Nutrition Hierarchy.
If you’re familiar with most successful nutrition practices, they all use some element of refeeding, deloading, taking a break, or yes… even using a cheat day. But the long-term based nutrition protocols, stick to everything BUT a cheat day as a strategy for success.
And that’s exactly what I get into today! Find out the what, why, when, how, and for who, of refeeds (not cheat day) in today’s video:
Cody McBroom is a Strength Coach and Nutrition Expert located in Seattle WA. He coaches people in person and online, now internationally. His passion is helping individuals changing their lives through body composition transformation, as well as creating content across all platforms to help individuals and other coaches learn more about training and nutrition.