The Pros and Cons of Cheat Days

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Cupcakes, ice cream, brownies — all treats you might not expect to find on your average healthy eater’s food log. However, for one eagerly anticipated day during the week or month, these no-no’s become the indulgences of choice for many of even the strictest dieters. “Cheat days,” or planned days of nutritional splurges, have become increasingly popular as a way for health-conscious individuals to enjoy their favorite foods without the guilt. The treats are seen as a way to keep spirits high and help dieters maintain adherence during the week.

But, is this “cheating” really beneficial in the long run? And if so, is it possible to “cheat” without feeling the effects or seeing them on the scale? We consulted with the experts to help you decide if you should bend the dietary rules occasionally and how to do it appropriately.

This was a fun piece to write. I was able to collaborate with Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Dr. Melanie Greenberg, and personal trainer and entrepreneur, Joe Vennare, to bring advice and insight from all angles. You can read the entire post here.

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