JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Good news for
all you diet goers with a sweet tooth. According to a recent study published in
the journal, Obesity Facts, allowing yourself a treat during the weekend may
help you stay focused on your weight loss goals during the week.
However, for some people the cheat
meal can do more harm than good for their diet.
"I'd have my cheat meal
and would go from a 2,000 calorie diet plan, to a 6,000 calorie cheat day,"
said Ryan Emery. "It did nothing but add more body fat to me."
Emery said in order to
stay fit and healthy, he's said goodbye to the days of fatty foods.
"If I decide to go out to
eat I'll go to Subway or get a baked meal," said Emery. "If I go to Chili's or
something like that, I'll choose a baked salmon or something on the healthy
However, Dustin Biggs with
10 Fitness said he does recommend it for some people.
"If your hard core
dedicated and need to lose 20 pounds in 30 days, I probably wouldn't recommend a
cheat day," said Biggs. "It does help keep you on track though, because if you
work hard all week you can give yourself that reward.
Sticking to those healthy
meals all week long can be tough. Biggs recommends preparing meals before the
week ahead, to keep you on track long-term.
"If one day out of the
weekend you can prepare all your meals throughout the week, you're less likely
to cheat," said Biggs.
It's also important to
remember that a cheat meal does not mean an entire cheat day. A full days worth
of over loading on calories can ruin what you worked hard for during the last
"If you have a whole cheat
day, you're going to blow through 2,000 calories on just drinking sodas all
day," said Biggs.