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4. Get your body to use the calories well

Another small tweak you can do before a cheat meal is to do some air-squats or push-ups before you start eating.

The exercise can get your body to use some of the calories as muscle fuel rather than storing it all away as fat. This won’t make cheat meals any healthier, but if you can get them to be beneficial in any way it’s better than nothing.

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5. Observe

One thing I like to do is use a cheat meal to make me aware of how physically bad ‘unhealthy’ food choices make me feel.

It provides really great motivation to avoid these foods during the rest of the week/month. It also provides very clear evidence of how good the ‘healthy’ foods make you feel.

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