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14 June 2018, 11:48 | Updated: 14 June 2018, 12:35
Research shows that eating your favourite foods can actually help you burn more fat... so don't say no to those crisps.
It’s the news that most dieters will be relieved to hear - cheating on your diet can really help you burn more fat.
According to nutritionist, Susie Burrell, a cheat day after a period of cutting back on calories helps the body to continue to burn body fat.
In her ‘Shape Me’ blog, she explained: "Physiologically it has been shown that after periods of strict calorie restriction, a cheat (note not binge) meal, which contains significantly more calories actually helps to body to continue to burn body fat,"
"It is thought after caloric deprivation, a flood of calories tells the body that it is not starving and can continue to burn, not store fat.
Speaking on her advice, that has been ‘backed up by science’, Susie added: "Even more importantly psychologically there are a number of potential benefits associated with looking forward to a cheat.”
To be completely clear, the cheat meal doesn’t mean going on a 5 burger binge at McDonalds a few nights a week and hoping for great results, "Rather it is one or two meals each week” - eating out and enjoying a bowl of pasta for example.
Susie added: “Factoring in a meal off a strict diet gives dieters something to look forward too; it helps take the pressure of the brain to continually have to maintain will power and helps to balance the demands of life with the goal of weight loss and calorie restriction."
Don’t have to tell us twice! Happy cheat day guys.