If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s this: food tastes good. With that in mind, is it any wonder that many of us struggle to say no to the things we find most delicious? Whether it’s cakes, cookies, candy, ice cream, chips, or french fries, we struggle. We know they taste good, but we also know they aren’t good for us.
Saying no to our favorite foods for the rest of our lives can be discouraging. The solution? Giving yourself the opportunity to say “yes” every once in awhile. When we know we’ll get to enjoy something delicious in a few days, it makes it easier to say no in the moment. That’s where the reset meal comes into play.
What is a Reset Meal?
Your reset meal is an hour long meal you get to enjoy once a week. It’s there to give your willpower a little break.
Much like our muscles, our willpower can be overworked to the point where we collapse into temptation. By taking advantage of a weekly reset meal, we give our willpower the break it needs. You get a chance to relax and enjoy the yummy foods you’ve been resisting all week, and you put yourself in a position to face the next week going strong.
But we haven’t even gotten to the best part yet. It turns out that your reset meal can actually help you lose weight.
Why It’s Okay to LOVE Your Rest Meal
What!? That’s right! Eating your favorite pizza, ice cream, and treats can actually help you towards your weight loss goals. How is this possible? It’s all because of a hormone called leptin.
Leptin is a hormone that helps regulate appetite and energy balance within the body. It acts on our brain to help stimulate the use of energy, thus firing up our metabolism. During your reset meal, you increase your body’s leptin levels. This means you’re also helping to “reset” your system, increasing your leptin levels and keeping your metabolism active. This is key in regulating weight. When your metabolism is working as it should, you’ll be able to keep eating good food and fueling your body while losing weight.
But leptin isn’t the only hormone that comes into play during your reset meal. This meal also helps to reduce another hormone called ghrelin. Ghrelin is known as the hunger hormone. High amounts can lead to an increase in food intake, with weight gain soon to follow.
In short, cheat meals help lower the hormone that makes you feel hunger, and increases the hormone that fires up your metabolism. That’s a lot of benefit from one meal!
Your Next Steps
Now comes the fun part – enjoy your rest meal! Set aside on 60 minute period a week to enjoy all of your favorite foods. Give your willpower a break and give your body a chance to burn fat at its best. It’s one of the most effective (and fun) things you can do to keep working towards your weight loss goals.