Listen up, dieters. According to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, cheating on your diet is actually good for your diet—as long as you set some parameters.
The study, which surveyed two groups of participants—60 college students in a simulated environment and 30 people who were dieting in real life—suggested that planning a cheat day (or, as the study puts it, a "hedonic deviation") in advance helps dieters manage their impulse control and maintain motivation for keeping long-term goals.
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Here's what it says in the abstract of the study, which was co-authored by Rita Coelho do Valea, Rik Pietersb,and Marcel Zeelenbergb: