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Aug 13, 2022
Until a few years back, cheat days were all the rage. Initially the idea of "stepping out" on your diet was met with skepticism, but as research emerged supporting the idea that taking a day off could actually speed the rate of fat loss, people increasingly jumped on board.

Cheating isn't a new idea by any stretch, nor is it really going anywhere.

However, recently cheat meals/days have come under fire. A number of respected coaches, have spoken out against cheat days, despite their apparent popularity.

It should go without saying, what's popular isn't always right, but to dismiss cheat days completely out of hand seems a bit rash.

This is especially true when some of the arguments against cheat days are basically founded in illogical reasoning and sensationalistic statements, which is what's been going on.

The purpose of this article is to defend cheat days. We'll explore the most common argument against cheat days, and ascertain whether it even holds water.

First, let's cover the theory behind cheat meals/days and why they've been included in nutrition plans to begin with.

The theoretical benefits of cheat days are:

Enhanced thyroid hormone output. When in a caloric deficit, underfed individuals produce less T3 and T4–both important thyroid hormones that play roles in...
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