If you feel like cheating on your diet, this weight loss guide will remind you of the consequences and how to avoid them. There are many Pinterest quotes saying cheat days are okay, but how do you know it’s okay to have a cheat day? You don’t want to waste all your hard work, do you? So, read on and see what you can do so you don’t give in to temptation.

If you ever decide to cheat, make it a cheat meal rather than a cheat day.

A whole day of cheating on your diet can wreak havoc. So, don’t go saying, “I’m on a cheat day.” Choose a meal or a one treat that you want to have to give in to your cravings.

It can be hard to get back to your diet once you get too comfortable by eating three consecutive cheat meals. Plus, physically, it can do much damage. You’ll have less energy, you’ll feel bloated, and you’ll crave more of the bad stuff!

If you manage to keep yourself from cheating, don’t think that it’s self-deprivation.

Remember, when you don’t eat a burger, you’re not depriving yourself, you are taking care of yourself. It’s very much the opposite. If you eat a burger, you are depriving yourself of the ideal weight that you’ve been working so hard to achieve.

Pick a treat that’s worth it.

If you’re going to have a cupcake, make sure it’s the tastiest cupcake you can get. It is so much worse if you cheat on your diet, yet you’re not satisfied. Also, if it doesn’t taste as good as it looked, don’t finish that cupcake!

Set a few pounds of wiggle room.

If you are already in your ideal weight, make sure that you never get a hundred pounds heavier again. If you get three to five pounds heavier than your ideal weight, you can still get those extra pounds off by working out and eating healthy. A hundred pounds won’t be that easy to lose.

Craving for something? Make it yourself.

Craving for pizza? You can make it yourself. Home cooking can help you stick to a healthy diet and consume fewer calories compared to dining out. If you prepare your own food, you can make sure that the ingredients in it are still nutritious and not ultra-processed.

Plus, various studies have proven that dining out could expose you to phthalates. Furthermore, fast food these days have more sodium and calories compared to 30 years ago, which is why it’s no surprise that fast food has been linked to stroke and heart attack.

Put some smoked salmon and fresh herbs. Salmon can give you your much-needed high-quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Add some jalapeno peppers to give your metabolism a boost.

A single cheat meal won’t likely impact your weight that much, but a whole cheat day can do much damage. Follow the above weight loss guide, so you don’t give in to temptation so easily. Better yet, have a simple meal plan that you can stick to, and that’s specifically designed to work with your body.