- Caloric Cycling: With this method you just up the calories over the weekend, mainly in the form of good carbohydrates before and after the workout in order to spike the metabolism. This method is the one that I like to use 99% of the time as it allows me to maintain my good eating habits intact.
Once A Week Cheat Meal: Another way is to introduce a cheat meal in the diet. For those of you that constantly crave a specific forbidden food, this may be a good way to satisfy the craving and also accomplish the goal of increasing the metabolism.
Now, keep in mind that if you eat everything in site with no restrain, chances are that any benefit you may gain from the cheat meal will be lost since it may just take a whole week to burn off all of the calories consumed. In this case, fat loss results would be compromised. Therefore, still use common sense and self control in order to make your cheat meal work.
For more information on how to make cheat meals effective, please take a look at Tips 4-10 from my Holiday Survival Tactics to Staying On Track With Your Bodybuilding and Fitness Program article.