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Have a Cheat Day on a Diet

Smarter Eats: Stop Cravings With a Scheduled Treat

I've gone and developed a pretty tasty habit for myself. Every week, I buy myself a raisin custard roll from the farmers market near Sugar HQ. Initially, I felt pretty guilty about indulging in such a decadent pastry but now I look forward to it. In fact, I welcome it. Because it's become a weekly ritual, I no longer give into cravings as much as I used to. I've also noticed that I don't buy sweets on a whim any longer. Instead, I find myself content throughout the week because I know that there's a yummy pastry waiting for me every Thursday.

If you're sticking to a healthy diet but still find yourself craving rich or fatty foods, I suggest that you try to give yourself a cheat day, too. It gives you something to look forward to and prevents you from feeling deprived. Celebs like Sandra Bullock practice this same technique, and trainers like Harley Pasternak encourages this type of eating to their clients. What will your cheat food be?

Source: Flickr User Phillie Casablanca

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