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Do Cheat Days Really Work?


I recently read a magazine article about a certain celebrity who allows herself one "cheat" day per week. I was familiar with the term "cheat" meals and "cheat" days, but was never really sure why so many dieters follow this strategy. According to the magazine, the reasoning behind "cheat" days or meals is to "boost your metabolism."  Curious to see if this was true, I called up my nutritionist, Keri Gans. Sure enough, she said that cheat days have nothing to do with metabolism.

Keri says that in order to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you should eat healthy 85 percent of the time. This means you can leave room to make some unhealthy choices 15 percent of the time.

By allowing yourself 15 percent of  wiggle room, you won't feel deprived and you won't be as likely to stray from your diet. If you don't allow yourself to indulge every once in a while, you will end up feeling miserable and possibly busting your diet.

Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 32-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Tiara Coaching Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.



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