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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?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I schedule a treat in my diet every day. I look forward to it and it keeps me from feeling too deprived. Usually it's a small piece of chocolate or candy or something like that. Or a really good beer if it's a hot day!
C-Ruth C-Ruth 7 years
ooh, I like this tip!
La-Heidi La-Heidi 7 years
ok so these past couple of days, i've been craving AND eating chocolates like a freak!!! so i've just decided today that i'm gona have one tiny piece of chocolate (u know the quality street ones) each day just to tame my craving instead of depriving myself then binging on them every other day!!
unspokenthoughts unspokenthoughts 7 years
Pastries on Saturday morning. I need to take a break from my healthy habit. It makes me feel less restricted. :)
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I try to make sure all my meals are worth looking forward to, while staying within my dietary needs. This way, I usually don't feel too deprived. However, I do keep a stash of off-diet foods in the freezer. It helps to know that they're there, and that I could have a brownie if I really, really, really want it.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
There's a new frozen yogurt place that opened within walking distance from my condo and is insanely addictive. I "allow" myself to get any kind of frozen yogurt I want, with hot fudge topping, every Sunday. Sometimes I'll end up going more than once a week, but if I go on any day other than Sunday, I stick to a small portion of the non-sugary "tart" flavor with fresh fruit only. Like you said, I don't feel tempted to eat junk food every day when I have one decadent dessert to look forward too.
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