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A cheat meal can help stick to your diet

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 choice menu."

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 seven days.

"If you have a whole cheat day, you're going to blow through 2,000 calories on just drinking sodas all day," said Biggs.

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