I’ve struggled with binge eating for as long as I can remember.
Some people might be shocked by this, but for those of you who know me offline and have seen me scarf down not just one whole – but two or more pizzas – you already knew this.
For the most part my binge eating is completely under control; that is, I only binge eat for funsies. Let’s face it, there are few things more fun than shoveling a bevy of delicious pastries down your throat until you create the perfect environment for mandatory nap time. I take that back. It’s more fun if it’s after all-you-can-eat sushi.
Anyway, I don’t know anyone with a more powerful “inner fat kid” than myself. Here’s how I was able to squash binge eating in its tracks for both me and my clients.
Welcome to Part 2 of The Ultimate Guide to Cheating.
If, at the end of Part 1 you were thinking, “God, you’re such a Dick. You didn’t tell us anything about implementing the cheat,” then you would be 100% correct. In truth, this series is part of something larger – guide that will show you how to never stray from your diet again.
But more on that later. In the meantime, let’s talk about how to implement the cheat, shall we?
There are various levels of cheating and for good reason. If you implemented an all out cheat (i.e. a “storing fat for the apocalypse” kind of cheat) every time you had to go to lunch with coworkers, progress would come to a standstill if not outright go in the other direction.
So, we’ll break down cheating into 4 categories and discuss the implementation and appropriateness of each. You’ll want to make sure that you read the guide to counting macros, as I’m going to refer to some shortcuts with regards to eyeballing portions, counting alcohol, etc.
There’s been a lot written about the physiological justification behind overfeeding, cheat meals, and cheat days. I want to talk about a different perspective – more specifically the psychological importance of deviating from diet and how it can make or break your success.
If you are the type of person who’s always trying to maintain your diet through countless work dinners, happy hours, weddings, and weekend benders, listen up because this is for you.