What’s the Difference Between Refeeds and Cheat Meals?

Today, I’ve got a GREAT Facebook Live Chat that I did covering a topic I get a TON of questions about. And that’s what’s the difference between refeeds and cheat meals. A lot of people use these terms interchangeably, but really, they are not one in the same. They are structured differently, and each have a specific usage and place within any dieting program.

What I find most interesting is that many folks don’t use these dieting tactics at all. Even though they can be especially crucial to the overall success on your plan – and even help you to get over plateaus.

So today, let’s have a little discussion about the difference between refeeds and cheat meals. What those differences are, and how you can successfully apply both to your plan today!

What Makes Up a Refeed?

  • Usually a high carb low fat focus dietary set up. Low fat part is crucial for the success of it.
  • Used intermittently between low carb days as a part of a carb cycle.
  • It’s main purpose and focus is to raise leptin levels in the body.
  • Can promote further fat loss through the process of supercompensation.
  • Ideally, for best results should be done as a full day’s worth of eating in order to truly boost downregulated hormones.

 

What Makes Up a Cheat Meal?

  • Can be used in a similar way as refeeds.
  • Can help to boost fat loss further, if done correctly, by raising calories to maintenance for a day – which can marginally have positive effects on fat loss.
  • Can aid in dietary compliance so that dieters stay on their fat loss plans longer.
  • Has the potential for causing major setbacks if not controlled.
  • Should only really be done for one single meal vs an entire day which can have the adverse effect of what you’re looking for.
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Still have questions regarding the difference between refeeds and cheat meals?

I always find that the dieting part of the equation is the one thing that a lot of folks struggle with. If that’s you, don’t worry – you’re not alone! Like I always say after every article, I’m here to help, and would love to open the floor to discussion. So post your questions and comments below!

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