Why Cheat Days May Be a Good Thing

by Michelle Guerrere

Donna Hay

I went to three stores the other day to satisfy a craving for easy-bake cinnamon rolls (finally, one shop had them in stock). So I’m sure from this anecdote alone you can tell that dieting and eating healthy have always been a bit difficult for me. It’s not that I don’t feel better when I eat things that are better for me; I just can’t give up carbs, cheese, and the like forever. But the good news is that according to a new study, planned “days off” from our routines may actually help us stay on track with our long-term goals, The Atlantic reports.

A recent Well + Good article takes a peek into the small study of 36 people: Researchers put some of the participants on a strict 1500-calories-per-day diet while the other group stuck to a 1300-calories-per-day diet with a 2700 calorie “cheat” day at the end of the week. In just two weeks, not only did the individuals in both groups report similar weight loss, but also, those who indulged one day a week said they felt like they were more in control of their health. How’s that for smart eating?

Pick up a cookbook with delectable dessert recipes, and read more about cheat days on Well + Good. Have you ever tried a “cheat day” diet?  

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