Want to live like a superstar? Then you'll love this flavorful fact: Even the sleekest star occasionally indulges in a guilty food pleasure. And they're wise to do so. Going on an overly restrictive diet can backfire, causing a feeling of deprivation that results in a food binge. By allowing yourself an occasional treat, such as a once a week "cheat meal," you can avoid weight gain while savoring your favorites.
Need inspiration? Here's what some of our favorite stars, from Britney Spears to Jennifer Aniston, name as their favorite treats, with slimming swaps that you can make:
- Janet Jackson likes caramel apples, reports ABC News. Swap: An apple baked with cinnamon and a tablespoon of maple syrup. You can reduce calories even more by using sugar-free maple syrup, such as sugar-free Log Cabin maple syrup at just 20 calories per serving.
- Christina Ricci likes fast food, confessing that she once went to McDonald's three times in a single day. Swap: Turkey burger made with lean turkey and "special sauce" of fat-free mayo mixed with unsweetened ketchup, such as Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup. Or try Walden Farm 0-Calorie Thousand Island salad dressing. Use romaine lettuce leaves rather than buns.
- Bring on the Mexican food for Jennifer Aniston, with lots of chips and nachos. Swap: A low-carb tortilla topped with low-fat mozzarella cheese and low-sodium tomato sauce or Prego Heart Smart Traditional mixed with herbs. Pop in the microwave until cheese melts.
- For Britney Spears, it's all about chocolate, "lots of chocolate." Swap: Change that "lots of" to "an ounce a day of" and focus on dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao, such as Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Squares, Midnight Reverie 86% Cacao.