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Everyone who’s ever been on a diet knows that you have to give yourself a cheat day or two. What experts don’t always tell you, though, is that most diets should come with cheat days.

“Cheating” on your diet doesn’t have to be all about uncontrollable urges for late-night candy bars or spending an entire day stuffing your face. There’s a way to work them into your diet and work them in with moderation in mind. Snack on extra calories the right way and you won’t ding your diet.

In fact, there are a few ways to cheat that won’t only help you stay on track, but they may also help you lose more weight than you would have without them.

So you can go back to following all of your favorite Instagram foodie pages, put your weekly lunch with your co-workers back on your schedule, and plan to cheat — the right way.

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