The Cheater’s Diet is a life changing plan that not only allows you to cheat, but it encourages you to cheat on the weekend. How awesome is that? The key to this diet is that Monday-Friday you eat healthy and exercise as much as you can, so that on the weekend you can afford to have some of those foods you may be craving. There is another aspect to the Cheater’s Diet that is rather interesting, the recommended foods list.
Eating During the Week
The Cheater’s Diet is a sort of Mediterranean-style diet, which includes plenty of:
- Whole Grain
- Lean Meats
- Low-Fat Dairy (yogurt)
- Unsaturated Fats
When making meals, which you should have three of each day to keep the metabolism up as well as two snacks, you want to go with the plate method for eating. Using an average-sized dinner plate you want to space the food out in this manner:
- Fill half of the plate with your choice of fruits and vegetables
- Fill 1/4 of the plate with a lean protein such as chicken or fish
- The last 1/4 of the plate gets whole grains
This is true for each and every meal you eat. There are, of course recipes around to make mealtime different and interesting but, this is the basic gist of it. In fact, it may be best for the first couple of weeks to use specific recipes to help you get an understanding of exactly what to eat and new ways to make those foods. Once you get the hang of it, you can create your own customized dishes to fit your exact tastes and make mealtime a treat.
The downfall of most diets are the lack of rewards for so much dedication to a new plan. The Cheater’s Diet understands this need and allows for cheating from 9 AM Saturday until 9 PM Sunday, and then it’s back on track. Now this is another place where the Cheater’s Diet differs from normal diets, here is another list of suggested foods to eat when it’s time to cheat:
- Peanut Butter
- Ice Cream
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Cinnamon Buns
Normally, the above list would be foods to avoid at all costs while on a diet, because they are all fattening and full of calories. That was not why this list is a part of the Cheater’s Diet. That is a list of food you are suggested and even expected to eat during that 36-hour period of diet freedom. Moderation is still encouraged, however, but cheating allows you to satisfy some of those cravings that normally destroy a diet.
The Cheater’s Diet addresses the biggest roadblock to diets – the lack of a reward system and cravings. The main drawback is now you have two lists of food to think about–what you should eat during the week and what you can eat on the weekend. You don’t have to cheat if you don’t want to, but it’s fun and this is how the Cheater’s Diet helps you change your life, not just what you eat.