Having Cheat Days
Your kale salads and HIIT workouts are on point all week, so when the weekend rolls around, you deserve a little reward, right? Not so fast. "One cheat day can undo all the weight-loss work you've put in during the week," warns Willow. If you devote an entire day to eating foods that don't push you toward your goal, "the only person you're cheating is yourself . . . and that's not good in the short term or long term." Plus, a cheat day can easily turn into a few cheat days, making it harder to get back on track.
Instead, stick to the one small treat each day to satisfy your cravings, and you shouldn't need a whole day to let loose. It also helps to make sure the healthy foods you're eating are enjoyable. Take a healthy cooking class, order a plant-based cookbook — get excited about the healthy meals you're eating, and you'll be loving your food so much, you won't need a "cheat day."