Cheat Your Way Thin
Use Your Favorite Foods To Lose Fat Faster
Indulging In Foods That Most Other Dieters Can At Best Dream About
Does Cheat Your Way Thin Really Work?
By John Davenport
The Cheat Your Way Thin program by Joel Marion is a lifestyle eating plan designed to help you lose weight in a healthy and simple manner. When I say lifestyle plan I mean that this is a program that you can continue to use for many years, perhaps even for the rest of life, even after you've lost all the weight.
The only question is whether Cheat You Way Thin really works or not. This is the topic of this article.
The concept of Cheat Your Way Thin is to get people to lose weight without giving up their favorite foods. This is done by including a weekly "Cheat Day" in which you can eat whatever you want even if these are fattening foods such as pizza or ice-cream. Naturally, you can't stuff yourself silly but you may actually overeat in moderation and still lose weight. In fact, this is part of the diet itself.
The reason why Joel Marion recommends this periodical cheating is twofold:
1. On a purely psychological aspect, it is much easier to stick to a weight loss plan for a long while when it allows you to eat your favorite foods on ocassion. You don't need to feel deprived as you do on so many diet plans. Having a Cheat Day prevents this feeling of deprivation.
2. The physical aspect is the more important one of the two though and this is why the Cheat Your Way Thin program really works so well. When you have a Cheat Day, you're actually helping your metabolism remain at a higher level so you burn more calories faster during the day, leading to a sustained and quicker weight loss.
Why does this happen?
In a way, what Joel Marion does here is allow you to avoid one of the common pitfalls of diet plans: metabolic slowdown.
When you go on a regular diet and cut down your calories day by day and eliminate certain foods and nutrients, you run the risk of going into starvation mode a state where your metabolism slows down because it believes that you may be starving. This is a biological mechanism that has evolved with us for millions of years. It is triggered when you eat too few calories for too long.
By having the Cheat Day, you're recalibrating your metabolism, "tricking" it to believe you're not really dieting. In Cheat Your Way Thin, you have 6 days of moderate dieting to lose weight and one cheating day to avoid starvation mode. The result is a long term weight loss without deprivation.
John Davenport lost over 30 pounds in his twenties after being overweight most of his life. He now runs a weight loss forum and publishes a diet and fitness newsletter.
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