The Cheater’s Diet reviewThe Cheater’s Diet is a weight loss program designed to reduce calories and boost metabolism. It was created by Paul Rivas, MD and is also a book: “The Cheater’s Diet: Lose Weight by Taking Weekends Off.” Following this diet supposedly helps you to lose weight as well as permanently mange it. It is a lifestyle, not a short-term program.

Essentially, when following the Cheater’s Diet, you will eat a Mediterranean-style diet through the week, but then you are allowed to cheat on your diet on the weekend. While this may sound counterproductive, Rivas claims that cheating on your diet for two days can actually work in your favor and boost your metabolism. The reason is that when you stop dramatically limiting your calorie intake for a couple of days, this reverses metabolic slowdown , which results from a continual low-calorie diet, which is what you would be following for five days out of the week on this plan.

What’s more, Rivas says that “cheating” helps dieters stick to their diet and makes it easier for them to choose to eat well for the rest of the week.

If you were to follow the Cheater’s Diet, for five consecutive days (Monday to Friday), you will eat a calorie-controlled diet that consists of three servings of fruit per day (excluding bananas) and a minimum of four servings of vegetables. At each meal, half of your plate should be made up of fruits and vegetables, one quarter should be whole grains, and one quarter should be lean protein (for example, fish, chicken, beans, etc.).

For the five days, bread, potatoes, white rice, sugar, alcohol, and saturated fats (for example, cream, butter, and most fired foods) are not permitted. That said, once you’ve reached your two “cheating” days (Saturday and Sunday), you can enjoy any of these foods. That said, there is still a certain calorie limit that you’re not supposed to blow. On weekends, add an extra 10 calories each day for every pound that you weigh. You’re free to eat whatever you want, as long as you remain within this additional calorie limit.

Rivas recommends engaging in two days of exercise, as well as “lifestyle” exercises like doing house chores. He also recommends that those who follow his diet take certain supplements, such as green tea extract, 5-HTP, yerba mate, and so on. That being said, unlike exercise, taking these supplements is not a requirement.

While the plus side to this diet is that it lets you enjoy two days when you can eat what you want, it still requires you to have a lot of willpower. The diet is highly restrictive for five days out of the week, and allowing dieters to eat what they want on the weekend, could tempt them to exceed calorie limits. More importantly, there is no evidence that this program can effectively help a person lose weight. In spite of his claims, Rivas does not provide any research to support his theory that his diet plan helps to boost metabolism.

If you think that the Cheater’s Diet sounds like an ideal weight loss program, be sure to first speak with your doctor before taking part to make sure that it is a healthy and safe choice for you.

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