Episode 56: To Cheat Meal Or Not To Cheat Meal?

March 6, 2019

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Episode Overview

Cheat meals have been a part of popular diet culture for a long time and there are even experts who promote them as being healthy. But what is the truth? Join us as Annie and Lauren unpack the assumptions that are made about cheat meals and explore what balance and moderation mean in the context of healthy, happy living.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Do cheat meals boost your metabolism?
  • Could cheat meals be negating your progress?
  • What the experts say about cheat meals
  • Do cheat meals provide a psychological break
  • The Pink Polar Bear effect and cheat meals
  • What “sugar addicted rats” really tell us about restriction
  • Do cheat meals help you stay on track?
  • Cycles of binge restrict – seasonal, time of day, days of the weak
  • How to enjoy treats without cheat days
  • The Goldilocks approach to balance
  • What to do when your pendulum swings back
  • How to find balance in the middle



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.


10/10 Recommend to family, friends, & clients 

Sound advice, presented in an easy to understand, approachable way. As a woman, mom, wife, daughter, friend, and Registered Dietitian - I recommend this podcast to everyone including my clients. I'm a huge fan of Balance365.  Keep it up ladies! Your friend, @dietitianchels :)


Outlook shifted 

Since listening to this podcast (and being part of the Facebook group(s) of B365), my whole outlook on myself, my body, my wellness, my worth has changed for the better. I thank these ladies for showing me another way to be in this world. I no longer obsess over my weight or food. I very much look forward to each podcast released!


My Morning Coffee Date 

Especially in 2020, having a little positivity is so important. Every time I listen to this podcast, not only do I have a smile on my face, I discover something about myself. And I consider myself to have a whole hell of a lot of self-awareness to begin with! It's almost cliche to say this now but it truly feels like you're having coffee with girlfriends!