If you don’t mind dieting, but have a problem giving up your favorite foods, the Cheater’s Diet may be just the one for you. This relatively new diet requires that you stick to a weekday plan of plenty of physical activity and healthy eating, yet allows you a 36 hour time period every weekend where you are free to “cheat” on your diet.
Cheater’s Diet Basics
The Cheater’s Diet follows a Mediterranean-style diet by focusing on eating a balance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, unsaturated fats and low fat dairy. On this diet, you eat three meals a day and two snacks. Measurements are done using the plate method, meaning that you fill 1/4 of your plate with a lean protein, 1/4 with whole grains and the remaining half with fruits or vegetables.
Cheater’s Diet creator and weight loss physician, Paul Rivas, MD, uses visual associations in his book, “Cheater’s Diet: Lose Weight by Taking the Weekends Off” to keep portion sizes in check for dieters. He also provides a long list of snacks that should be included in the diet twice daily, including items such as fruit, low fat yogurt, low calorie frozen treats and protein bars. Foods that are prohibited during the week include sugar, bread, saturated fats and alcohol.
Cheating on the Cheater’s Diet
On weekends, dieters are required to cheat on the diet. There are even suggestions of items to eat including pizza, chocolate, wine, bread and cheese. The idea is that by allowing this cheating every week, you are able to stick with the diet long term because you are not denying your cravings.
If you like the idea of losing weight, but don’t want to give up your favorite foods, the Cheater’s Diet will most likely work for you. Check out the book to read further about meal plans and health benefits to decide if this is the diet you want to help you lose weight.