A man can only live on kale, unrefined carbohydrates, and lean (read: grease-free) cuts of meat for so long. Sooner or later, he’s going to step out on his diet.
But, luckily, when it comes to weight loss, wandering every once in a while isn’t such a bad thing. “Cheating on your diet can prevent you from growing to resent your diet and giving up on it completely, says Wesley Delbridge, R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. So even if you favorite foods aren’t particularly healthy (and, come on, whose favorite food is all that good for them?), by including them in your diet with regular "cheat days," you can lose more weight and get healthier than if you tried to nix them entirely, he says.
So how do you cheat on your diet without undoing all of those salads? Follow these eight tips for splurging success.