Here is some research to back up that balanced, healthy approach. Dieters who felt guilty after eating treats actually gained more weight than those who felt happy about it. Three hundred females were asked if they were trying to lose weight and if eating a piece of chocolate cake would make them feel guilty or happy. They were followed 18 months later. Those who saw it as a celebration were more successful in losing weight.
Guilt can be a diet controlling habit. Researchers concluded that enjoyment of food should receive more attention. Yes!
Have your cake and eat it too, slowly, savoring it, enjoying it - not every day, it is a treat, and treats are meant to be enjoyed.(Science World Report, sciencewr.com, December 2013)