Some experts and dieters agree that cheat meals can actually help with weight loss. Stephanie Ferrari, a registered dietitian with Fresh Communications, explained to POPSUGAR that if a person’s diet is too strict, they’ll end up feeling deprived. They’re more likely to have extreme cravings that lead them to binge — I could totally relate. This is the exact reason Stephanie recommends “cheat days” for her clients who are trying to lose weight and keep it off.
“If you don’t give yourself permission to indulge sometimes, you’re setting yourself up for failure,” Stephanie said. “On the flip side, by allowing yourself cheat days here and there, you’re setting yourself up for success.”
For me, since I do intermittent fasting (IF) every day, I decided to see what would happen if I did a cheat day once a week. That is, eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted — IF restrictions be damned. How would that affect my recent issues with binge eating and how would it affect my weight (would I gain?). Keep reading to find out what happened.