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Are diet ‘cheat days’ ever a good idea?

Are diet ‘cheat days’ ever a good idea?

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Diets: The Cheat Day

People diet for many reasons, including to lose weight, gain muscle or improve sporting performance. The requirements of these diets can be worlds apart, but there’s one thing they often share: ‘cheat days’.

A cheat day is a scheduled break in a diet. The concept emerged around the same tim...

Cheat Day: The Study

A study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders analysed a sample of 600 Instagram images from 1.6 million tagged with #cheat...

The Two Theories Of Cheat Meals

Two main motivations for #cheatmeals are identified.

First is the theory that cheat days boost your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories. The logic goes that when you restrict your calorie intake, your body eventually adapts and resets your metabolism to your new ...

Planned Meals

Both these ideas suggest that cheat meals should be planned into a diet rather than being a spur-of-the-moment thing.

Big cheat meals may not be a big deal for the Rock, as he is an ex-wrestler who has built up a diet and exercise routine over decades and is already in the ...

Sticking To Your Diet

A cheat meal can be more of a psychological tool than a physical one. It’s something to look forward to.

Can cheat days actually keep your levels of leptin up and therefore suppress your feelings of hunger?

Whether leptin has a role to play in controlling body weight is stil...

The Treat Day

A moderate weight-loss diet that doesn’t leave you craving cheat days is likely to be more beneficial for physical and mental health than a very restrictive diet with cheat days.

One version of the ‘cheat day’ is the ‘treat day’, which sounds more positive, but it still all...

To Cheat Or Not

The most effective strategy for long-term weight-loss and heart health is a healthy dietary pattern that’s compatible with what you like to eat and your lifestyle. It’s about finding what works for you.

Cheat days can have a psychological effect, and it can be positive or negative – for so...

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