The Excuse: "I want to have fun -- not be a super health-nut freak" Get excited, because it turns out cheating on your diet can actually help your workout. Cabral says he recommends his clients have a weekly cheat meal (where you can eat whatever you want). Not only does this give you something to look forward to each week, but he says a cheat meal releases the hormone leptin, which tells the body you're not starving. The result? It can actually boost your metabolism and make you lose more weight over the next week. Just don't hop on the scale after that pizza: "You may initially go up in pounds from water weight and salt retention, but by the end of the week you'll be lower," says Cabral.
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