In this Cheat Your Way Thin review we will look at this new diet program from Joel Marion that goes against most of the standard weight loss advice to give you cheat days on your diet.

Do you have problems sticking to your diet because the food choices are too restrictive and don’t include any of your favorite foods? Then Cheat Your Way Thin may be the diet that you’ve been looking for, especially if you want to lose weight quick in the beginning.

What Is Cheat Your Way Thin?

Cheat Your Way Thin is a diet program that Joel Marion happened to stumble upon when he was working on his own body. He was trying to get into the best physical shape of his life. As you can probably imagine, the diet that he was on was quite strict, including lots of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats and cutting out all the unhealthy foods. Marion was following his plan to a T but just wasn’t seeing results. Eventually, he caved to his cravings–not once, but twice. That’s right. In just one week, he pigged out on Italian foods, then a few days later, pizza. Imagine his surprise when he lost three pounds that week.

After that, he worked to figure out how that could possibly happen when it goes against what most think about weight loss. The result is Cheat Your Way Thin.

Can You Eat Whatever You Want?

Now, the title does sound good–who wouldn’t want to lose weight while “cheating” on their diet. But this isn’t to say that you can eat whatever you want all of the time. That’s what you were doing when you gained weight! Cheat Your Way Thin is based on changing your eating plan on certain days. Some days are strict, but others allow you to eat whatever you want. This idea of a “cheat day” is appealing to many people and can help you to stick with the diet long term.

The first part of the book describes Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL). These measure the effect that certain foods have on your blood sugar level and forms the basis of the diet.

When following the Cheat Your Way Thin diet, you can choose between monitoring portion sizes or counting calories. You’ll also be eating five times per day, a technique that is known to keep the metabolism active. Marion goes into much detail about why it’s better to divide your daily calorie allotment into five meals instead of just two or three–you’ll actually store more calories as fat if you only eat two or three meals a day!

Cheat Days

The next part of the book explains the cheat day and the “rules” of the cheat day. You may balk at the idea of having rules on your cheat day, but I assure you that they’re really not that bad. For example, one of the rules is to not feel guilty about what you’re eating. There is more guidance, but we cannot give it all away here.

The book then goes on to explain the real meat of the diet, which is to alternate different types of eating on different days. Aside from the cheat day, on some days you will eat a low carbohydrate diet, a low GI diet, or a high GI diet. You can also eat from a list of “free veggies” on all of your days. Everything is clearly explained.

Three Phases

Cheat Your Way Thin has three phases to the diet plan–The Priming Phase, The Core Phase, and The Maintenance Phase. As with most diets, the Priming Phase is the strictest, but that’s OK because the early days are when you are most motivated and you can lose weight quick that way. In the priming phase you only have two cheat days. Once you move to the Core Phase, however, you get a cheat day once a week. You follow the Core Phase for as long as you need to in order to reach your weight loss goals. You don’t have to worry about the Core Phase being too strict–there are actually five different plans to choose from within the Core Phase, so you can easily find one that suits your needs. Once you’ve lost the weight, you move on to the Maintenance Phase.

Maintenance on this diet is easy because you haven’t disrupted your metabolism. Other diets severely restrict your calories, which causes your body to act as if you are starving and thus try to hold onto fat. When you go off a diet like that, your metabolism is still low, so you would end up gaining the weight back. Cheat Your Way Thin avoids that yoyo trap.

Boost Your Results

Another part of the book covers how to monitor your progress and how to boost your results with additional exercise. Marion states that instead of following a “steady state cardio” plan, where you exercise at the same exertion for the full workout, you should follow a “Mixed Interval Training”, or MIT, plan, which alternates higher intensity activity with lower intensity activity.

Does It Work For Vegetarians?

Cheat Your Way Thin is a great program unless you are a strict vegetarian. Then you may find that you have a hard time finding sources of protein that are high protein and low carb. The vegetarian options on the list of acceptable proteins are cottage cheese and eggs. So OK if you can eat those foods. And of course if you eat meat you will be fine.

Will It Work For Me?

The Cheat Your Way Thin diet is a sound diet plan for those that like to follow a plan to lose weight. Knowing that you have one day where you can eat whatever you want is extremely motivating for many people. Marion says that if you follow his diet plan, you should be losing about one to two pounds a week, which is a good amount of weight to lose. People that lose weight at this rate are more likely to keep it off than are those that lose weight quickly.

Many people could find success through Cheat Your Way Thin. The diet is quite easy to follow. Even on the days that are not cheat days, you can still enjoy some of your favorite foods. Sure, you may not be able to eat pizza every day, but that’s not really healthy anyway. And you can have it some days, unlike on most diets. So go for it.

Our verdict in this Cheat Your Way Thin review: 5 stars.

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