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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 3 days ago Marissa Laliberte

© franckreporter/E+/Getty Images 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.

© via fitnessgoals.com Still, don’t let every day become a 'cheat day' or go overboard when you do indulge. To help keep your weight in check, fitnessgoals.com 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.

Goblet squat: 'This squat is good for working on proper form,' says Crystal Wright, former Freeskiing world champ and owner of <a href="http://jhwrighttraining.com/">Wright Training</a> in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Start by cupping a kettlebell with both hands, holding it upside down with the handle pointing toward the floor. Keeping the kettlebell close to your chest, and elbows pointing down, lower into a squat, going as low as possible and allowing your elbows to brush the inside of your knees. Slowly stand up, keeping your upper body still. 'Holding the kettlebell at your chest helps keep you upright so you do not use your back,' says Wright. Check out these <a href="http://www.rd.com/health/fitness/burn-100-calories/1">15 easy ways to burn 100 calories</a>. 10 Ways to Upgrade Your Squat to Burn More Calories—and Tighten Your Backside
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