Cheat Days Are Imperative, Right?

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Getting healthy is so. Hard. For most of us, it’s not second nature to pick a salad over something that truly tastes delicious. This is why cheat days are so mandatory. Perfection is a myth. We’re all trying to do what we can to be exceptional. And when we’re not, we eventually get back there


I’d be lying if I said positive progress wasn’t both a gift and and a curse. This is why it’s a great idea to consider a cheat day from time to time. For instance, if you’ve been dieting perfectly for two weeks, it can’t hurt to have a ‘cheat day’ where you eat up to your ‘maintenance’ in calories instead of below it, and you eat something tasty that you’ve always enjoyed.


But cheat days can come in more forms than one, and they have variously positive effects. Let’s consider how you can make the best of them without getting too out of hand:


You Can Moderate Indulgences


Moderating indulgences could be a great form of keeping them in check, rather than falling down to them if you go without for too long. For instance, perhaps you have a sweet tooth. It might be that enjoying a home mousse or vegan cakes you bake from time to time, perhaps once every month can help you satiate that in a healthy manner. You may also find that investing nicely in a nightcap from time to time, especially in mugs for drinking Moscow mule, can help you make this more of a special occasion for everyone.


You Can Calculate, Not Fall Into Your Cheat Days


You can calculate the impact of a cheat day and what it may entail, so that you don’t have to fall into indulgence blindly. For instance, after two months of dieting, you may be craving some fast food. You’ve made progress already, but you know that if you go to the drive-through you’ll just order whatever seems good. It could be that checking ahead and calculating the calories of certain meals can more readily help you enjoy the cheat day – but not without limit. As you can see, moderating efforts really do work – without depriving you of fun.


You Can Make Up For Them


There’s no reason to think that a cheat day is somehow the end of the world. It really isn’t. Sure, you might have gone 400 calories over the edge today because of your cheat day, but if walk for an hour tomorrow with your dog, that will have been paid off? Or, you can walk an extra ten minutes each day for the next week to break that down too. Don’t see your cheats as permanent failures, just steps on the journey.


With this advice, we hope you can more readily understand what a cheat day is, so you don’t have to feel bad about having one.

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