Diving headfirst into a diet can be exciting, but after a few days or weeks, the endless parade of greens and small portions starts to all blur together and you find yourself daydreaming about saturated fats from a greasy drive-through. We all cheat on our diets and a new study that surveyed 1,000 people found that the most prevalent diet cheat food was pizza (with about 53 percent of respondents listing it as their go-to rule-breaking food). Of course, this information should be taken with a grain of salt since the study was commissioned by the Chicago area's Home Run Inn pizza chain.
Here’s the breakdown of our favorite cheat foods, besides pizza:
Anything deep-fried: 39 percent
Candy and chocolate: 32 percent
Grilled meat (like burgers): 20 percent
Alcohol: 20 percent
Pasta: 19 percent
Cakes and pies: 16 percent
The survey also uncovered some dieting stereotypes: that women were more likely to get busted with chocolate than men were, but men were more likely to cheat with a burger or steak. If you’re from the Northeast you’re more likely to cheat with sweets like cake or cookies. If you’re from the South, fried foods and soda are more your weak point. .
If you want the skinny on cheat meals and whether or not they work (by satisfying an urge for something outside your regimented dietary realm), we break it down here.