Contrary to what you may have heard, a cheat day during a diet is not bad thing. That’s because it allows your body to take a rest from the plan you’ve been sticking to all week and eases restrictions temporarily.
Tons of dieting experts agree that you should build in “cheat days” since too much deprivation can actually lead to more cravings, causing you to break from your diet. In addition, going off your diet once in a while stimulates the thyroid gland and can “wake up” your metabolism. Cheating in a sensible way will help steer you toward success in the long-term.
Still, a cheat day should follow some guidelines, and Dr. Oz has taken the guesswork out for you with his Fat-urday Cheat Plan. This entire day adds up to less than 1400 calories, which means there is still some wiggle room for your own treats. Go ahead – indulge yourself once a week. Remember: If you’re trying to lose weight, limit total calorie intake to between 1500-1600 calories per day.
Dr. Oz’s Fat-urday Cheat Plan
1. Choose Your Fat-urday Cheat Day
Decide at the beginning of the week which day you want to make your cheat day so you have something to look forward to. By doing so, you’ll be less likely to cheat during the rest of the week. Also, make sure there are at least 5 days between your cheat days.
2. Eliminate the Binge Temptation
Don’t let your cheat day turn into a binge day. First, avoid eating in certain locations that can encourage mindless eating, such as:
- in your car
- while walking around the house
- standing up in the kitchen or eating out of the fridge
Also refrain from eating straight from a bag or carton. To avoid binging, always put your food on a small plate, and eat while you’re sitting down. This will help increase your awareness of how much food you’re putting in your mouth.