WHAT IS IT?
A refeed meal is a calculated increase in healthy foods to combat fatigue, be it after a heavy workout, a big night out drinking or a lack of sleep due to work or stress. During a refeed you’re going to consume more of what you typically eat to recharge properly.
CHEATS VS REFEEDS
The main difference between a cheat and a refeed is intention. With cheat meals there is usually none, other than enjoyment, and nutritionally speaking cheat meals are unbalanced and ineffective. A refeed is pre-planned, and eaten for a reason, the purpose being to provide a sufficient balance while also aiding the bodies’ recovery.
DO YOU NEED ONE?
Understanding if you need a refeed meal requires a degree of self-awareness, eg. if you have been working late and missing a few of your usual meals and a heavy session at the gym dawns on Saturday then a Friday night refeed to prepare your body is a good idea. Below are some simple guidelines to help you understand when to refeed.