The food you have been craving has never tasted as good as it does after you have been sticking to a healthy diet for the past month. But those few bites quickly lead to the full meal devoured, and that one meal turns into a full day of eating poorly. Before you can even register what has happened, your whole weekend was filled with all of the foods you have been depriving yourself of. Research shows just three cheat days a week is as bad for your gut health as a consistently unhealthy diet.
Gaining a small amount of weight, like a pound or two, is not a big deal. But one or two pounds can lead to five or 10 pounds, putting both your motivation and health at risk, and everybody knows it is certainly easier to gain weight than to lose.
Even with the strongest willpower, chances are you are going to let loose once in a while. So exactly how many cheat meals a week are ok? And how exactly do you not let one cheat meal turn into a cheat week?