Here’s Exactly What You Need to Do to Burn off Every Cheat Meal

Before you grab that third slice of pizza, you should know how long it will take to negate the calories.

A clean diet is great, but nobody’s perfect. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself.

Giving in to food temptation every once in a while isn’t just fine—it’s actually good for you. One study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology put volunteers on diet plans of 10,500 calories a week. For one group, that meant 1,500 calories every day, but the other ate 1,300 six days a week, leaving wiggle room for a cheat day on Sunday. Both groups had similar weight loss, but the ones who could pig out on the weekend had stronger motivation and better moods.via

Still, don’t let every day become a “cheat day” or go overboard when you do indulge. To help keep your weight in check, created an infographic showing how to work off a cheat meal. So if you are thinking of supersizing your fries, you’ll know how long it would take to burn off those calories.

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Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.