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The delightful truth about cheat meals

After the holidays and every abundant family dinner, you might have found yourself a little bit horizontally challenged and have probably already downloaded loads of diet apps, but we have news for you. Even when on a diet, you don’t have to be super hard on yourself, because you have to think about your mental health as well. Probably you’ve already heard of cheat days and cheat meals, so you know, that putting yourself on a diet, does not mean that you won’t be able to let loose from time to time. In fact, cheat meals can help you lose weight and be very beneficial for your mental health as well!

Are you ready to find out why?

The thing is that there are two hormones, responsible for you feeling hungry – ghrelin and leptin. Leptin is the anti-starvation hormone, which suppresses feeling hungry. Ghrelin, on the other hand, is the hunger-stimulating hormone. It sends signals to your brain that you’re hungry and these signals surely increase when you start starving yourself with a strict diet. And since everything in the human body is about balance, when you take a cheat meal you trick your body that you’ve had plenty of food. The levels of leptin increase and you don’t feel as hungry in result. This makes your metabolism work faster and you start burning your stored fats.

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A well-timed cheat meal may help you overcome your cravings. We’ve all been there. The moment you deprive yourself from something, it suddenly becomes the most desirable thing in the world.

“Taking away a person’s favorite foods can be the death knell to a diet”, states David NW. Grotto, author of 101 Foods That Can Save Your Life. “I think splurging on a diet is mandatory, not an option,” he says.

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So taking a cheat meal can be a huge psychological relief for you. Also, it is a great opportunity to explore things you haven’t eaten before. Imagine, everything you ever wished to try, sweet, high on carbohydrates, covered in chocolate…all good to eat as a part of your diet.

You can also think of a cheat meal as a form of a reward. Many psychological researches have shown that giving yourself an incentive or reward when doing something, you become more effective in working on your goal. And happier when going for it. You’ll no longer be depressed that you’re on a diet and you can’t eat certain things, knowing that you’ll have your special moment with sweets pretty soon.

Did we mention that sweets boost your mood? That’s right, sweets increase your levels of endorphin – the hormone of happiness. What is more, one study found that a piece of chocolate makes people more willing to help others.

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So most experts advise that 90% of your weekly calories come from healthy, whole foods while 10% can come from your cheat meals. You can plan those 10% with all your favorite treats or use the time to explore new ones. For the perfect cheat meal, make sure the check what we have for you in our shop. Never forget to treat yourself well, because you deserve it!

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