Cheat days really are the ideal diet tool, a new study has found.
Counting calories is one of life’s biggest drags, but as waistlines around the world continue to expand, the diet business shows no signs of slowing down. However good news if you’re just about the embark on a healthy eating regime; having some down time away from your diet can actually be more beneficial than eating right all the time.
Researchers from the University of Sydney looked at mice for their new study, putting the test group on a calorie controlled diet. Half of the mice were kept on the diet for all 12 weeks of the research, while the other half stayed on the diet for six days and then had up to three days of unrestricted eating. Authors note that the food still needed to be healthy, but just not as controlled as the diet days.
Results showed that when done properly, a few days of unrestricted, but healthy, eating sped up weight loss in the mice. The team of experts predict results will be the same in humans.