While completely legit among some nutritionists, for me “cheat meal” creates a crippling mental perspective sure to backfire around your waistline and morale. The term also cultivates a reckless “to hell with it” mentality in which you have blueberry pancakes with mimosas for brunch and finish the day with a deep-dish pepperoni pizza and a few beers while you binge-watch Game of Thrones and call it a day.
After all, you can restart your diet tomorrow, right?
Except that tomorrow never comes, and that euphemistic lack of discretion sets you up for sugar overload, cravings, indigestion, bingeing, food intolerances, and other problems.
Rather than “cheat,” here are five ways to indulge without creating a dietary debacle.