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Here’s Exactly What You Need to Do to Burn off Every Cheat Meal

Reader's Digest logo Reader's Digest 21/04/2017 Marissa Laliberte

© Getty A clean diet is great, but nobody’s perfect. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself.

Giving in to food temptation every once in a while isn’t just fine—it’s actually good for you. One study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology put volunteers on diet plans of 10,500 calories a week. For one group, that meant 1,500 calories every day, but the other ate 1,300 six days a week, leaving wiggle room for a cheat day on Sunday. Both groups had similar weight loss, but the ones who could pig out on the weekend had stronger motivation and better moods.

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Still, don’t let every day become a 'cheat day' or go overboard when you do indulge. To help keep your weight in check, created an infographic showing how to work off a cheat meal. So if you are thinking of supersizing your fries, you’ll know how long it would take to burn off those calories.

Related: 20 Worst Habits for Heart Health (by Eat This, Not That)

20 Worst Habits for Heart Health: <p>Think you’re doing everything you can to keep your ticker in tip top shape? Think again.</p><p>America's heart is breaking—but you have the power to mend it. Cardiovascular disease accounts for about one in three deaths in the U.S., with about 2,200 Americans dying of cardiovascular disease each day, according to the American Heart Association’s 2017 statistics. Most doctors agree that prevention is the best tool for fighting the condition.</p><p>“We have to change the way we think about the causal factors in heart disease,” says Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, author of the The Great Cholesterol Myth. “It is not caused by cholesterol. It is not caused by fat ...most of what causes disease are the actual habits that we engage in.”</p><p>Read on to learn how you can change your heart-hurting ways, in this special report from Eat This, Not That! And good heart health starts with weight loss, so don’t miss our list of the essential <a href="">55 Best Ways to Boost Your Metabolism</a>.</p> 20 Worst Habits for Heart Health

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