12. Indulge in a Cheat Meal Once a Week
The best part of this eating plan? You’ll enjoy one cheat meal each week. Figure out when it will be in advance so you know when it’s coming (say, a holiday or when you know you’ll have a hard time sticking to your usual meals). If you plan it, you’ll be more likely to be conscientious about the meals around it. It’s best if your cheat meal is earlier in the day, but you probably don’t have chocolate and champagne on the breakfast menu at your house.
That said, here’s some good news for those who do what to make their cheat meal a breakfast: Researchers in Israel found that starting your day with a taste of dessert can help you lose weight. Those who added a treat to a well-balanced breakfast lost 77 percent more weight than those who didn’t have a splurge in the morning. Researchers suspect that because your metabolism is at its peak in the morning, you’re better able to burn off those fun foods throughout the day—and you might be less likely to crave them later in the day.
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