Under-Over-Rated, cheat meals, carbs and caffeine pre-workout

(in my best Bruce Buffer voice) IT’S TIMEEEEE! Ladies and Gentleman, this is the main event of the evening. Fighting out of the red corner, standing at 1 foot tall, the undisputed champion, UNDERRATED. Fighting out of the red corner, the challenger standing at 1 and a half foot tall, OVERRATED. It’s time to see which one will prevail in this week’s matchup.

In other words, welcome back to the bi-weekly Under-Over-rated blog where I discuss various fitness, nutrition and health related topics and rate them accordingly.

I know most of you are well aware of the well-known cheat meals, but are the beneficial or even necessary? I know a lot of people blame carbs for their weight gain but are they right? Finally, does caffeine actually allow you to workout harder or not?

Cheat meals

Cheat meals, we all know about them, we all know what foods belong to this group and which ones aren’t. Personally, I am not a big fan of cheat meals. Why? Because it means you don’t enjoy what you’re eating throughout the rest of the week. On top of that, how often does a cheat meal turn into a cheat day, because you only live ones right? My believe is that you need to enjoy your daily nutrition, that doesn’t mean eating processed foods every day, but finding specific foods, spices and combinations of both that you enjoy. I personally structure my daily food like this, it’s all about whole foods that I enjoy eating but allowing the food to taste good enough that I don’t feel the need to cheat.

Sure, some people may benefit from a cheat meal every once in a while, but that stems from not enjoying your food on a daily basis. Spend some time making your food taste better and you won’t feel the need to ”cheat” as much.

Final verdict: Overrated

Carbs make you gain weight

I am going to be very short about this. Carbs are not the enemy. Sitting on the couch/ behind a desk all day long and eating processed/ sugary foods are the enemy. Sugar is a carb but it’s a totally different thing. Get your carbs in, make sure you get plenty of protein and fats in as well. Focus on eating whole foods and you got the base covered.

Final Verdict: Overrated

Caffeine pre-workout

Let me start off by saying that caffeine doesn’t actually provide you with energy, it doesn’t consist of any macronutrients. Since caffeine doesn’t provide you with any of the macros your body can’t turn it into actual fuel.

Caffeine is a stimulant. It’s created to give you a little boost and block your brain/ body from getting tired/sleepy. A lot of people also use caffeine, in the form of coffee or pre-workout, because it helps them mentally. Whether it gives you an actual boost or not, sometimes believing that it does is enough to get the same effect.

Final Verdict: Appropriately rated

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