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Jennifer Aniston Admits She Has 'Cheat Days' While Dieting

James Devaney/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston credits her physique to regular yoga and cheat days.

The 44-year-old actress, envied for her legs and chiseled arms, revealed at a red carpet event this week that she has frequent “cheat days” where she indulges in her favorite foods.

“Cheat days for me are usually … it’s either Mexican food … maybe Italian pasta,” Aniston told People magazine at the Self magazine book party event for her longtime yoga instructor, Mandy Ingber. “But I think you always have to do it in moderation.”

The idea of a “cheat day” is not unheard of in Hollywood, and the promise of a treat after a hard week can help many dieters stay motivated and on track.

But do cheat days do more harm than good? “To have a healthy balanced life, you have to have happy calories,” Self magazine editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger told ABC News.

It’s OK to cheat on your diet as long as you cheat at the right time, according to Self. If you do indulge, treat yourself to fatty foods by 10 a.m. so you have the rest of the day to burn them off. Are you craving carbs? Eat them by 1 p.m. to keep you from snacking for the rest of the day. If you have a sweet tooth, indulge around 2 p.m.  for a sugar rush in that afternoon slump.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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