What are cheat meals? Small planned breaks in your regularly scheduled diet that serve to keep you sane and happy. And since you planned for it, there should be no guilt involved.
Remember, after you spend a period of days in a deficit, the extra calories from your cheat meal are necessarily stored as fat. In most cases, dieting and exercises can empty your glycogen stores. When you eat those extra calories from a cheat meal, the energy is stored in your muscles and liver first.