Kim Kardashian Sticks to a Strict Cheat-Meal Schedule

She has a whole rationale for falling off the wagon every 10 days.


Photo by: Emma McIntyre

Emma McIntyre

Kim Kardashian has offered a complete picture of how she does cheat meals.

She says she does them "the right way." (Who knew there was one?)

Could the rest of us been doing cheat meals wrong this whole time?

Writing on her subscription-only website and app, the reality TV star shared that the "really strict" diet she has been on of late consists mostly of "lean protein, carbs, fruits and veggies," E! Online reports.

So far so good, but, Kardashian admits, every so often, she enjoys treating herself to a cheat meal.

"It can be so hard (and boring) to eat really clean all of the time. A cheat meal allows me to enjoy food without feeling like I'm overindulging," she writes.

That seems fairly standard, but here’s the thing: The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star doesn’t just fall off the diet wagon at will. She does it according to a strict schedule – because her personal trainer has instructed her "that you should schedule a cheat meal about once every 10 days."

This specific timeframe is advisable, Kardashian writes, so that "you won't lose any of the progress you've made at the gym."

She has a whole (questionable) theory about how cheat meals enjoyed too frequently mess up your hormones and result in weight gain. Less questionably, she notes, it is also key to get right back on your diet and exercise regimen the very next day.

While "there is something to be said about enjoying your favorite indulgence on occasion," and even for building them into a diet, says Toby Amidor, MS, RD, contributor to Healthy Eats and author of the forthcoming Smart Meal Prep for Beginners. "Regular cheat days can be a slippery slope to fall back into bad habits."

As for the 10-day cheat meal schedule, Amidor says she doesn’t advocate a scheduled "cheat," be it a day or a meal.

"Let’s say for example, if you schedule it every 10 days and it’s someone birthday only after 5 or 9 days, then you can’t enjoy the celebration of food with friends," she points out. "In addition, those cheat days or meals can lead to many more days of ‘cheating’ or ‘falling off the wagon.’"

Makes sense.

Kardashian, for her part, further advises skipping empty-calorie-laden, sugary alcoholic beverages while cheat-mealing (I think it should be a verb).

Skipping the high-cal cocktails is no big deal for her because she doesn’t "really drink – which means I can just have an extra doughnut or two," she writes. "Kidding! I do have a sweet tooth, though, so normally my cheat meals are desserts or other sweets."

Now you know.

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