Have a Cheat Day, Because Science Said So

Taking this advice very seriously. 

Photo: Carin Krasner

Sometimes it feels like there’s no winning when it comes to our health (remember when we found out working out actually isn’t the key to weight loss?). A new study from the Journal of Consumer Psychology has finally given women dieting all over the world a break. In a completely unsurprising twist the study finds that having a cheat day increases morale and willpower aka people actually managed to stick to their diets.

The study was done over a two-week period and compared two groups of people: those with a cheat day and those without. At the end of the study they found that both groups lost the same amount of weight on average. So there you have it — that box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts isn't actually keeping you from losing weight. Well, sort of.

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