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Why the Occasional Cheat Meal is Good for You

You are often told that keeping to a strict diet and exercise regime is the key to long-term weight loss success – and it is. But preserving your dedication to this plan is another thing entirely. In this video, Dr Mike explains why cheat meals are actually a positive thing for your diet, as well as your end goal.

When you embark on a diet, you have a no-fail mindset. You do, however, have to understand that you will not do everything by the book, every step of the way. Treating yourself to a cheat day every once in a while serves as a reward for your hard work. Along with refreshing your palate, a cheat meal will also refresh your mind and inspire you to continue on your weight loss journey.

What is a Cheat Meal?

Usually reserved for festive periods in the year – such as chicken, prawn and dip platters come Christmas time – a cheat meal is any meal that falls outside of your strict diet. When choosing your cheat meal, try to choose the healthiest option – if you are craving salt, sprinkle gourmet sea salt over a fresh, ripe tomato.

Cheat Days Won’t Last

As your body becomes accustomed to your new diet, cravings for sweeter and fatty foods will subside. Eventually cheat days that you enjoyed earlier on in your diet will lose their appeal. Eating is a behaviour that you learn, but you must follow through your healthy path to get to that point.


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