It’s January, which means resolutions, which means that plenty of people will be kicking off new diets (or continuing existing ones after a break for the holidays).
The first month of the year can be a great opportunity to set new habits, but it’s equally crucial to set realistic goals. A strict diet of carrots, wheatgrass and hedge trimmings would be unsustainable and, frankly, miserable.
That’s why regular cheat days are critical to staying on track. It’s a strategy followed by many Hollywood stars and our favorite food (pizza, obviously) features in the cheat day of many an A-lister. Who? Let us tell you…
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s cheat days are the stuff of legend. His Instagram account regularly features cheat meals of epic proportions, often involving cookies, pancakes, and sushi. The former WWE champ is partial to a slice (or pie) of the good stuff too, though, and has been known to bodyslam some pizza on his cheat days.
While most of us treat ourselves to a weekly cheat day during our diets, Queen Bey limits herself to a single cheat meal. She told Shape magazine that “usually it’s pizza, which is my favorite indulgence.” Beyonce’s favorite toppings are a little unusual to some, however: jalapenos and extra sauce, a fact made fun of by husband Jay-Z during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Oh, and, the Carter-Knowles’ favorite shop in the city? Lucali of Carroll Gardens.
If it’s good enough for an Avenger, then it’s good enough for us. Hemsworth’s roles call for a chiseled physique, which means strict dieting and intense workouts. Still, he’s been known to sneak a slice on cheat day. In 2013, the Avengers star was restricted to 500-600 calories a day for his part in In the Heart of the Sea, but he still made room for 10 (!) slices in his cheat meal:
While not your traditional action star in the same vein as The Rock or Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds still has to keep lean for the cameras. This is especially true when he’s squeezing into red spandex to play the role of Deadpool.
In the September 2017 issue of Men’s Health, Ryan Reynolds name-dropped Harlem’s Patsy’s as his favorite pizza spot for cheat days, saying: “Is it really unhealthy if it makes you so happy? Patsy’s Pizza…There’s a Patsy’s Pizza up in Harlem that’s pretty much the best pizza…on the whole planet.”
Thanks to roles in action movies like Blade: Trinity, The A-Team, and Total Recall, Jessica Biel regularly has to maintain a strict eating regimen. Just like the rest of the stars on this list, though, she turns to pizza when she wants something a little more indulgent.
On a 2011 appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Jessica spoke about a moment that she “cracked” while riding in a car in New York City: “We were out in New York City for the night, it was cheat day… I said ‘pull the car over’… I went to a pizza joint, got two giant large pizzas, and I sat in that car and I put as much bread and dough in my mouth as I could possibly manage. It was the best moment.”
Are you ready to hit your cheat day like a celeb? Get on it.