Written by Sarah Iasiello, November 6, 2016
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Feeling guilty after a weekend indulging in whatever foods took your fancy? Well, that may not be such a bad thing after all. Phew! Beloved by in-the-know celebs like Irina Shayk, the weekday diet means you can let your hair down and your waistband out over the weekends, while still losing weight by eating clean Monday to Friday! “Two times a week I have a cheat day,” explains the Russian supermodel, 30, who restricts her diet to weekdays. “I try to eat healthily, like fish and chicken, salads.” Where do we sign up?

Supermodel Irina Shayk presents her new Signature swimwear collection 2014 for Beach Bunny
Irina’s guilt-free, glowing and dating Bradley Cooper – win, win, win!

How does it work?
A study conducted by Cornell University found that most people experience weekly weight fluctuations that see us at our heaviest on Sunday night and Monday morning, gradually reducing over subsequent days. And the participants who managed to lose weight long-term are those who compensated for weekend treats by getting stricter midweek to supercharge their slimdown. Plus, it turns out those cheat days actually help keep you on track! “If you’re too restrictive and you don’t allow any flexibility and you don’t allow those short-term splurges, that may not set you up for success long-term,” says US dietitian Joy Dubost. “People who are successful at weight loss are those who see it as a lifetime journey.”

What can you eat?
As long as you control your kilojoule intake during the week, you’re setting yourself up for long-term success. So for five days out of every seven, Irina sticks to lean meats, fish, lentils, fruit, green veg and loads of water, while reducing her caffeine intake. “Probably twice a week, I eat red meat and hamburgers,” she explains. Yep, burgers are actually on her weekend menu, but you should still try to keep portions smaller, opting for single servings and savouring every mouthful to ensure you get your fix! Then, come Monday morning, start making up for it like Irina. Check out her meal plan and try our delish brekkie recipe!

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Having two cheat days a week is doing wonders for Irina!
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