Dieting Rules You Can Break…NOW!

plate with a measuring tape wrapped around it( — Losing weight can seem like nothing but rules.

Fortunately, breaking those rules has its advantages: disregarding strict food guidelines could be the secret to a successful slim-down. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that people with a flexible approach to eating-one that allows for sweets and other perceived slip-ups-had a better record of maintaining weight loss than dieters with an “all or nothing” strategy.

How can you do it? We got top nutrition pros to confess what rules they break, and why…

Eat Five Small Meals A Day

Who breaks it? Renee Melton, R. D., director of nutrition services for the mobile weight-loss program Sensei.