Camila Alves on Her Diet Cheat Days: ‘I Enjoy the Pleasure Too Much’

05/19/2015 at 02:31 PM ET

Camila Alves
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Camila Alves knows how to make the most out of a whirwind trip to France.

The model and PEOPLE.com lifestyle blogger accompanied husband Matthew McConaughey to the Cannes Film Festival for his Sea of Trees movie premiere this week, but she also took some time to herself to enjoy the important things in life: sweets.

“I love ice cream and I love chocolate,” Alves confessed to PEOPLE at the Magnum and BCBGMAXAZRIA event Sunday, where she dipped custom ice cream bars for guests. “You know what my problem is? I enjoy the pleasure too much.”

But like any star, “It’s a balance,” she said. “But you have to have your cheat day, you have to take your time to have the pleasure. Otherwise, what’s the point?”

And Alves has a special connection to the Magnum brand: The ice cream was a special treat for her growing up in Brazil.

“It was the fancy thing to get. With my brothers, I was like, ‘No, I’m not sharing!’”

—Whitney Little

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Dierde on

A lot of us who have struggled with weight all their life and have finally lost it all, can’t have ‘cheat days’ – it’s like an alcoholic cannot have a ‘cheat day’ or it’s all over. Wish society would understand this when loved ones say, ‘oh have some, you HAVE to have a cheat day’ – No, we can’t. Period.

Taylor on

Cheat days? When do these celebs ever eat anyway? God forbid, they should eat some real food and gain weight..they feel they would be shunned from society.

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I’m on the paleo diet myself and love it. I have lost a lot of weight and I feel much better with much more energy and positivity.

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