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.
Thanksgiving dinner is one meal, one day of the year. So go ahead and have your pie, and eat it too.
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