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Do Cheat Days Work? Science Has Your Answer

ALISON FELLER FOR WELL + GOOD    www.prevention.com

Do Cheat Days Help Your Diet

You’re super regimented about what you eat all week—heavy on the veggies, light on the Ben & Jerry’s—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 Atlantic reports. 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.) Read the full story at Well + Good and see how to make cheat days work for you.

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