The Proverbial Cheat Meal: What is it? How Does it Work? How Can it be Effective?

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Cheating. Whether it’s in sport, relationships or life, the word itself almost always carries a negative, even hurtful, connotation. And when it comes to meeting your fitness goals, cheating β€” on your diet, your workouts, and your food journals β€” can feel like a betrayal to yourself. Why work so hard, if you are only going to undermine your efforts with a cookie, or two β€” or five? But what if cheating was actually somehow good for you? What if taking a break from discipline can actually help you in the long run?

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