Even if these foods were made by you and healthy, they need to be factored in properly or this could easily keep you out of the winner’s circle…
I can tell you when it comes to incorporating a cheat meal–you need to take stock of where you are right now in your prep.
And ask yourself these important questions:
1. Do I need to get leaner?
2. Do I need more mass?
3. How many weeks do I have?
So instead of thinking “cheat meals” you should consider those times you need more carbs as re-feeds…
Depending on your weekly results, there are times when your body needs more calories–which is just a recalculation of your macros to keep your body fat decreasing and lean body mass percentage increasing. Not a total reversal of your clean, lean dieting!
I’ve created a complete training program that outlines EXACTLY the meal plans you need to reach the perfect level of conditioning. Contest Prep Secrets includes over 16 diets, 7-days of peaking meals, and the formula for adding in the additional carbs & calories.
As a general rule, avoid eating lower calorie plans for long periods to keep you from binging and going off track! I include detailed carb cycling meal plans, depleting, and how to structure those meals in my program.