Should You Have a Cheat Day? - Cheating Yourself or Cheating the System?
Do Cheat Days Work? Science Has Your Answer
You're super regimented about what you eat all week—heavy on the veggies, light on the —but when Saturday hits, you go all-in on eggs Benedict, pizza (extra cheese, please!), and the brownie sundae of your dreams. Instead of waking up Sunday morning with a guilty conscience and a food hangover, though, science says you're actually all good.
A new study suggests that planned lapses in control may actually help people stick to their goals in the long run,The Atlanticreports. The small study—researchers only surveyed 36 participants—assessed whether people would be better able to stick with their goals if they were given cheat days along the way. (Think a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet versus a 1,300-calorie-a-day diet with a 2,700-calorie day at the end of each week.) .
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