As long as you take in less calories than you burn you will lose fat, regardless of what you eat. If you take in the same amount that you burn you will maintain weight.
It's not cheat meals that will get you fat per se. It's excess calories be they from clean meals or cheat meals.
So if I hit good calories #'s for a cut eating Pizza all day vs. eating grilled chicken/brown rice, am I going to look the same?
I mean anyone can lose fat, my brother is skinny as can be and eats hot pockets all day...does he look good, not at all.
Well that's a different kettle of fish altogether. Obviously I'm not recommending anyone just eat pizza and ice cream all day. But a couple of cheat meals (especially under the conditions you described in your first post) per week is not going to make a huge difference if the rest of your meals are pretty clean. That's a very small percentage of your weekly total intake. If you eat say 5 meals a day that's 35 meals a week. 2 less clean ones (which still seem to be pretty high in protein) aren't going to make a noticeable difference...maybe if you were a pro bodybuilder.
As for your brother he probably doesn't train or rest right either...which is why he doesn't look good. As long as the vast majority of your meals are quality, the vast majority of your training is on, and you are getting plenty of rest, a couple of meals a week are not going to make that much difference in the long run. I'd say you can rest easy.
Last edited by Songsangnim; 12-19-2007 at 11:43 PM.
249lbs cutting to 220lbs
Good luck to everyone.
249lbs cutting to 220lbs
If you eat 49 meals per week and 1 or 2 of them are 'treats', that doesnt seem bad to me.
Just be careful about not going overboard with the calories during a cheat meal. I tried to cut back in November-December by eating 1800 calories on weekdays and 2500 on weekend days. I ended up throwing on 5 pounds because my 2500 days sometimes wandered into the realm of 4000+ (one day I ate two packets of instant oatmeal, had two peanut butter sandwiches, went out for chinese and had two meat eggrolls, an entire platter of lemon chicken, then washed it down with an entire box of apple turnovers and a quarter liter of haggan-daas. NOT 2500 calories.)
I'm trying again with 'less than 2000' and 'less than 3000' on the weekend, and tracking a hell of a lot more carefully.
The Reconstruction Project (Journal)
Age: 34, Height: 5'4, Weight: 185, BF: somewhere between 15 and 45%
Weightlifting Start Date: July 26, 2005 - Bench 95 x 6, Dead 110 x 8, Smith Squat 180 x 8
Bests: Bench 185 x 8, Dead 400 x 1, Zercher Squat 295 x 3
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It shouldnt be a problem.