Everyone has an occasional cheat meal. And yes, a cheat meal every now and then isn’t so bad.

Unless you’re a fitness freak who watches every single little macronutrient you eat, articulating a cheat meal into your week won’t kill you.

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It’s ok to have cheat meals, but don’t indulging in junk food in the middle of a strict diet. Cheat meals should only be there to stop your cravings from getting out of hand, rewarding yourself from a hard week of diet or exercise and should literally only be ‘cheat meals’, not the main course.

Here are 4 meals that most people see as cheat meals, but really aren’t so bad.

1. Sushi

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The reason why you can’t consider sushi as a healthy meal is that not all sushi is healthy. You really have to be selective with the different types of sushi that you wish to eat.

When you’re craving for sushi while on diet, stick to sushi with fresh fish or lean meats, such as beef or chicken. Do not go for anything fried.

The good side of sushi is that meats and fish, such as tuna and salmon are all natural and great sources of protein. Fish is also high in healthy fats that are good for brain health and weight loss.

The rice in sushi is also a cleaner source of carbohydrates. Do keep in mind that you still need to control your portion and stay away from sushi options that may contain too much fat, additives or sodium.

2. Spaghetti and Meatballs

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These two popular foods may sometimes be viewed as junk food because of its high carbohydrate and fat content. But if we really break down the macronutrients, there are a lot of essential nutrients that your diets can benefit from by eating them.

Like sushi and every other food, you really need to be able to control your portions, as eating too much spaghetti and meatballs won’t be good for your diet. And another important aspect of spaghetti and meatballs is how you make them.

The key of making them a perfect cheat meal is to cut the number of calories while maintaining the same amount of nutrients (for weight loss), or by maintaining the number of calories while cutting out bad nutrients and increasing the good ones.

Try to make spaghetti or meatballs with healthy ingredients that are lower in fat, organic, less sodium, and higher in fiber. It can become a perfect weight loss or bodybuilding meal.

3. Milkshake

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Milkshakes generally contain milk, cream, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, and flavors. Depend on where you get them and how much is in a serving, milkshakes can generally range from 200 to 900 calories or more.

Milkshakes also often viewed as a drink to avoid while you’re on diet, but you can make your own healthy milkshake with turn it into a nutritious cheat drink.

You can add nutrient dense and organic sources and cut out the unnecessary macros and replace them with essential ones. For example change full cream milk with low-fat milk and sugar or artificial sweeteners to honey or fruits.

This is a way for you to get rid of bad macronutrients, reduce your calorie intake, reach your recommended daily intake for healthy nutrients, as well as satisfying your taste buds.

4. Cereal

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Cereal with milk as breakfast is not as bad as you think it is. Breakfast cereals are known to be highly processed, high in sugar and contain more negative nutrients than positive ones.

But just like all the other cheat meals in this article, it always depends on how much you eat and what type of food you’re having. A healthy cereal and high-quality milk can actually be one of the best foods you can eat for breakfast.

Make sure you always check the nutrition label as some advertising can be misleading. Look for cereals that are high in fiber, vitamins & minerals, low in sugar and other refined macronutrients.

Before considering taking any cheat meals, it is highly advised to do more research about your diets, ingredients and how you can incorporate them together. This is something that your medical practitioner or dietician can help you with. When in doubt, speak with an expert, because as you probably already know, dieting is not as easy as it sounds.

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