New Study Shows Cheating on your Diet Actually Helps with Weight Loss

September 29, 2014

Cheating diet

Every diet is more or less the same: they tell you what you can and cannot eat. To many, this makes dieting extremely frustrating. No more chocolate, no more ice cream, no more of any kind of food that makes eating fun.

The Proof is in the Pudding

In a survey of 2,600 Weight Watchers members over three quarters of those canvased admitting to planning an indulgence into their week.

This new study blasts the myth that you have to stick to a diet of nuts and salad to fit into those skinny-jeans.

94% of the people in the study said that planning a little treat for themselves in the week helped them stay focused on the greater goal of losing weight.

Having a tasty snack planned into their diet actually gave them the motivation to stay with their diet and maintain a healthy outlook on food.

The study was further backed up by those responders who said that they didn’t plan any reward snack for themselves and actually gained weight on a diet based on depriving themselves of those same foods.

Denial Makes it Harder

Zoe Griffiths, Head of Programme and Public Health for Weight Watchers UK said: “The common misconception is that you need to deprive yourself of the food you love, in order to see weight loss success.

But the reality is, as soon as you tell yourself that you can’t have that glass of wine in the evening or a dessert after dinner, you start to want it even more.”

So by telling yourself you can’t have this or you can’t have that, a person essentially makes it harder to stick with a diet. In the end, taking a little dabble of your particular poison actually reminds you why you are dieting in the first place, reinforces your willpower, and allows you to keep chugging along your weight-loss track.

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