How Cheat Days Boost Self-Control

There’s an article in the Atlantic about how cheat days can boost your self-control. Since today was my cheat day, I was glad to see this. From the article:

[A] recent study suggests that it’s best to plan certain days on which you’ll cast off the shackles of your diet—or budget, or workout plan, or whatever ascetic goal you’ve set for yourself—and really just let loose. Temporarily, that is.

These so-called planned hedonic deviations, or “cheat days,” can boost your drive in the long run.

Watching My Weight

After my physical that I wrote about, I decided to head off any unwanted conditions by changing a few things about my lifestyle. I’m aiming to lose a little bit of weight, not necessarily for vanity, but for my health. So I changed some of my eating habits. I cut my portion sizes by half, and added more fruits and vegetables to my diet. I have lost 8 pounds so far, and plan to lose ten more. It’s difficult. The first day, I felt like I was starving. But I’m determined. Like anyone, there’s a history of various health problems in my family. I don’t want to have to deal with those, many of which are preventable. So, I decided to make the change.

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