The weekend is often a time when we are tempted by less than nutritious treats and goodies. Is it ok to indulge in them? Well, actually, yes it is. I’ll give you some quick science below as to why but then I’ll jump to the fun part: how to cheat and make it beneficial for your body.
Why eating (lots) more calories one or even two days per week is good for you:
When we are trying to lose body fat, we need to have two things happening at the same time (1) hormonal balance and (2) a caloric deficit. If we have these two things happening we should be losing body fat at a successful rate. The hormone balance happens when we are eating a whole foods, anti-inflammatory diet like we do. The caloric deficit can come from eating fewer calories, exercising (preferably with strength training) or both.
Now, here is the catch, when we are in a caloric deficit for too long, our body goes into “starvation mode”. In sciency terms it is called “adaptive thermogenesis,” w...