When are cheat meals bad for you?
Not everyone is on the “cheat meals are good for you” band wagon.
Lesley Burgess, a registered dietitian in St. John’s, and Denise Hargrove, registered dietitian and health promotion director at Canadian Forces Base in Kingston, Ont., aren’t keen on this approach to weight loss because they believe it gives people permission to overindulge.
Also, Hargrove says, “the concept of cheating implies a certain rigidity to a person’s eating, one which I don’t believe is necessary or wise. All foods can fit in moderation. This ‘all or nothing’ mentality that breeds the notion of ‘cheating’ makes it much more likely that a person will overeat or binge, and go off the healthy eating plan altogether.”
However, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine notes that individual preferences should be taken into account when embarking on a weight-loss program. The study, which compared low-carb, Mediterranean and low-fat diets, found that each can get results, but the key is finding a diet you can live with.
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