I know that calories consumed on training days are more likely to go towards rebuilding rather than storing fat. So is it better to cheat on a workout day, or on an off day. I ask because today is an off day for me, and I was thinking I might have a cheat meal or two. I am currently cutting @ about 13%. Trying to see abs and be semi ripped before my next bigggg bulk.
I always plan my massive cheat days to coincide with my heaviest workouts, if for no other reason than that way I have a GREAT couple of workouts! (ie the workout the day of the cheat, and the workout the next day).
It's at least FUN that way!
I usually do my leg day the day OF the cheat, and a heavy back workout the next day, followed by HIIT.
Today I took off because I trained with weights and cardio for two days in a row and I am very tired. Tonight I was thinking of eating a little more than normal and having a couple miller lights. Followed by cardio in the morning and chest/back tomorrow evening. I may just stick to the diet...
If you need a refeed, do it. I just really like to train on junk food.
Besides, it helps justify the cheat day (what a sweet workout.. I'm hungry as f***).
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Yeah, it can go both ways. On the day of, you feel a little less guilty and your subsequent workout will kick ass. Some people choose to do a refeed on a day off due to the lethargic feeling that some feel when ingesting so many carbs. Then again, if you plan it on a day AFTER you train, this won't matter. The key is to make sure you are relatively depleted to prevent spill-over.
Also, I would like to add, that if you just FEEL that you need a day to eat, then do it. It's your body telling you something. It's rare....but sometimes I have days where I am just hungry as hell and cannot stop eating. I just think of it as my body telling me that I need some calories. No big deal cause I know the following day I will be back on task
Very good point. This isn't guaranteed to prevent spill-over, but it will sure help.Originally Posted by Tony G
Optimally, I'd like to do a workout the day of (but before) the refeed as it aids in nutrient partitioning. I would then also like to workout the following day because my strength should be quite high. The best of both worlds I guess.
what's spill over?
If your muscles are depleted, they usually take precedence over fat cells in terms of who gets the calories (at least in terms of carbs). Spill-over refers to some of those carbs/calories becoming fat.Originally Posted by YungLifter
This is also why I feel a cheat actually hurts you less while cutting than bulking. When bulking you really don't need those extra calories.
Well i do know that i felt so bad yesterday because i cheated that i didnt even post! MY brother hadnt eatin all day (he just started work with me) and a bud needed us to help him cut some trees but couldnt make it for about a half hour-- so he wanted me to stop. he saw a (can i say the "D" word on here?) <insert DQ here> ....well since icecream is my weakest point i failed to a kinda! i got a SMALL resse's blizzard. that being my first small one ever! this post makes me feel alittle better. But i did adjust my intake and didnt go very far over just didnt get any food last night!
this thread inspired me to buy a .75 lb beef tenderloin to stuff myself with tonight
12 ounces to STUFF yourself with?
well.. I'm already kind of full from my early afternoon meal :POriginally Posted by Built