- Indulging in a slice of cake once a week may help you lose weight faster
- Diets that are based on deprivation are more likely to fail
- Cheat meal can boost metabolism by increasing levels of leptin, the anti-starvation hormone that sends out hunger signals to the body
Can you indulge in a slice of your favorite cake while trying to lose weight? It may actually help you achieve your weight goals faster.
Studies suggest that occasional treats and cheat meals may actually help people achieve their weight loss goals faster. This is because a cheat meal can boost metabolism by increasing levels of leptin, the anti-starvation hormone that sends out hunger signals to the body. Once the body senses a calorie deficits, leptin levels drop causing the metabolism to slow down and conserve energy.
In a 2013 research, which was published in the journal Appetite, researchers Roeline Kuijer and Jessica Boyce found that the study participants who associated eating chocolate cake with guilt were less likely to lose weight compared with those who associated cakes with celebration.
The findings provide evidence that support the idea that diets that are based on deprivation are more likely to fail.
“When you feel like you should be holding a pitchfork while eating your meal, you are not enjoying it,” dietitian and fitness expert Rebecca Scritchfield said.
“You feel awful, like you’re being bad, and you’ll never reach your health goals … That’s a lot of baggage that is not only unnecessary, it’s misguided … In fact, struggling with guilt or anxiety over foods is less healthy than learning how to let yourself enjoy them in moderation.”
Of course, it is called a cheat meal for a reason. Remember that a cake is a treat, so it is not the rule but the exception. You can still enjoy a slice of cake if you are craving for it but do not consider this sugary treat as part of your daily meals. Limit yourself to one cake per week. More than that may no longer be good for you.