by Jason Soto

Pros and Cons

You’ve probably heard this term before…

The idea is that by allowing yourself to “cheat” on your diet one day a week… you’ll be more likely to stick to it.

The Word  CHEAT itself is a negative… Lets talk in terms of “CHOICE

This is thought to help you maintain your healthy diet long-term — and lose weight at a steady rate.

But do cheat days actually work?

Or is better to be consistent and stick to a healthy diet 24/7?

Well, the short answer is: It depends.

Many people find that a day of indulgence is essential to maintaining a healthy diet.

(In fact, you may remember a certain pro-wrestler who famously indulged in some ENORMOUS cheat meals every Sunday — after restricting himself all week, of course.)

But many people find that cheat days are merely an excuse to over-indulge…

And that they actually lead to weight GAIN in the long run.

So… how do you know if it’s right for you?

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of cheat days — so you can decide for yourself whether it’s the right choice.

The Pros:

  • Helps you stick with your diet, since you’re not fully restricting yourself
  • Makes you more aware of the “CHOICES” you’re making
  • Feels like a fun, rewarding way to treat yourself once a week

The Cons:

  • Easy to over-indulge (and turn into a “cheat week” or a “cheat month”)
  • Can be a “shock” to your digestive system — leading to discomfort and sluggishness
  • May be difficult for you to get back on track

Remember though — when it comes to weight loss, everyone is different.

The most important thing is determining what works best for YOU. So be sure to ask yourself:

Will an occasional indulgence help me stay on track towards my health goals… or will it derail my goals completely?

If you find that an occasional splurge IS helpful… here’s a simple, sustainable way to stay on track:

Lose Weight Easy - African Mango Diet

Instead of having a cheat day… have a “Choice” meal.

Treat yourself to a scoop of ice cream after dinner on Friday nights… or have a slice of cheese pizza if you feel like ordering take-out.

And if you find that a “CHOICE” meal is a bit too much…

Make it a “Choice” ingredient!

Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan cheese over the top of your salad — or pour some flavored creamer into your morning coffee.

The key step here is that you do what’s best for YOU — so don’t be afraid to treat yourself every now and then. 🙂

Whatever you choose, know that I totally have your back…

And I’m here with you every step of the way!

To Your Health!