Even if you’re on a weight-loss program, it’s possible to splurge once in a while and not undo all you’ve achieved with your low calorie regimen. In fact, looking forward to a few planned “cheat days” a month may help keep your spirits up and motivate you to eat healthily the rest of the time.
While many dieters jump at the chance to gobble down calorie-laden treats such as cupcakes, brownies, and ice cream, others crave savory foods like the tangy, fall-oﬀ-the bone barbecue at Red Hot & Blue Annapolis. Fortunately, weight loss experts increasingly regard planned caloric splurges as a good way to help people adhere to an otherwise strict eating plan.
For dieters weary of grilled chicken and veggies, scheduled cheat days are a dream come true. Yet is it really possible to splurge once a week or so and still lose weight in the long run? As a reward for eating well and working hard at the gym, it is certainly an eﬀective morale booster. Recent research suggests that planned splurges not only beneﬁt your psychological health, but can also bestow physiological advantages.
Some studies have shown that a sudden increase in caloric intake, particularly carbohydrates, can trigger the release of hormones responsible for telling your body you’ve had enough to eat. As a result, you’re more likely to feel satisﬁed with a moderate splurge and avoid devouring everything in sight.
If planned cheat days enable dieters to stick with eating sensible and healthy meals, such splurges may make sense. Ultimately, each individual needs to do what works best for them in the long run. If you view cheat days as part of your overall health plan, instead of living for those few days of indulgence, they’re more likely to be part of a sustainable weight-loss strategy.