There have been a few threads about cheats and popcorn, but I am curious about the 'best' way to do it. Not so much about alternatives, or the psychology of cheat days.
One of my pleasures when going to the movies is popcorn. I know it is bad for me. I could do something better. I know, I know. Don't care. Movies on the big screen and popcorn are-- to me-- inseparable.
So, on those days where I know I am going to do this, which of the following would be the best approach?
- Pretty much fast that day, isolating the metabolic impact
- Do some heavy exercise beforehand to blow out my glycogen, so at least some of that popped corn does something useful
- Eat a fair amount of meat beforehand so there's some healthy saturated fat to mop it all up
- Some combination of the above three
- Something else entirely
From a goals perspective: I am still trying to lose weight. I am not obese, but could still stand to lose 30 more pounds. Also, popcorn does mess with my digestion. My old friend acid reflux tends to come back if I eat that popcorn at night. I can live with this if I have to, but it would be nice if it didn't happen.