Cheat Meals: Are There Ever Any Benefits to Indulging?

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If you are watching what you are eating and you are tempted to enjoy a cheat meal - or even a whole day - The Doctors weigh in on the possible benefits of cheating on your diet!

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Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra and plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon -- who both try to routinely eat healthy meals -- say they both enjoy a cheat meal and agree they only need 1 meal to indulge on. They say a whole day of cheating is too much and can lead to feeling sick. They both say it's important to reward yourself with foods not on your diet in order to maintain regular healthy eating. Dr. Batra says having a cheat meal provides her with a meal to look forward to.

They also suggest planning your food for the day based on your cheat meal. For instance, if you have a hearty breakfast to then reduce your portions and food intake for the rest of the day. Or if you know you are going to go big at dinner, to then eat sensibly for breakfast and lunch.

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ER physician Dr. Travis Stork notes that indulging -- and how it can make you feel bad afterward -- can help remind us why eating healthy is so important.

Looking for more healthy meal ideas and nutrition tips? Get the recipes seen on The Doctors! And remember, moderation is key when it comes to food.

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