This may come as a surprise for you to hear but a new study has revealed that having an occasional cheat day could help you to lose weight.
It is suggested that allowing yourself the cheat day could help you to stick to your healthy eating plan in the long term.
What happened in the study?
During the study the participants were asked to stick to a diet that was limited to just 10,500 calories per week, which is considerably less than the average American males weekly intake of 17,969 (according to the USDA).
One half of the group were allowed a ‘cheat day’, which was a Sunday where they were allowed to consume whatever they wanted.
What were the results of the study?
At the end of the 2 week trial, while there was no real difference between the weight loss of both groups, those who were allowed the cheat day were happier and when interviewed stated they remained motivated to reaching their weight loss goals.
How will a cheat day work?
The researchers state that allowing yourself the occasional indulgence will help make your diet more sustainable.
This is because constantly denying yourself your favourite foods can become tiresome over time, with your cravings likely to get to a point where you are no longer able to resist.
When this occurs you will likely give into temptation and will overindulge in those foods you know are bad for you, but are unable to resist.
A word of warning
You need to be careful not to confuse a ‘cheat’ day with a ‘binge’ day. Of course allow yourself those treats you have been craving, but try to eat them with a little moderation.
These treats still need to stick within your allotted calories limits, otherwise the numbers on the scale will be going up rather than down.