By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
We're all about finding a healthy balance, and in amazing pre-holiday news, science is totally in our--and your--favor. Yes, lighter Thanksgiving recipes are good, too, but if what's going to hit the spot is marshmallow and maple syrup-drenched sweet potatoes, by all means, dig in--to that and your grandma's famous pecan pie.
In a 2012 study at Tel Aviv University, which split those on a low-calorie diet into two groups--those who had a dessert every morning and those who didn't--both camps lost an average of 33 pounds. But those who indulged in a pastry every morning continued to lose--another 15 pounds on average--and reported feeling less hungry and experiencing fewer cravings. Other studies, nutritionists, basically all the smart folks agree: banning foods completely just makes you want them more, and ultimately leads to overeating.
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