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About the Author

Paul Rivas, M.D., has specialized in obesity for over a decade and has successfully treated over 15,000 patients. A sought-after expert, he has been interviewed on more than 50 radio and TV shows, including Good Morning America, and has appeared in articles in the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Maryland.

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Introduction

If you were told that from now on, you would have to work at a boring, repetitive job for sixteen hours a day, seven days a week, year after year, with a great starting salary, but no raises or bonuses, how long do you think you'd stick with it? Odds are you'd burn out within the first twelve months. Expecting to spend the rest of your life doing that kind of work is completely unrealistic. Yet this is exactly the kind of expectation we have of ourselves when we diet to lose weight.

Who can eat bland meals that contain no carbohydrates or fats for 365 days a year, every year for life? Who can live on a 1,500-calorie daily allotment with no relief in sight? No wonder 95 percent of dieters fail, with more than half of them quitting in the first six to twelve months. Diets are boring! Failure is built into them. And as you'll see in this book, even if you manage to stick with a diet over the long term, your body will eventually adjust to the changes you've made and start packing on weight again.

You avoid job burnout by adding variety to your work, taking time off and allowing yourself to have fun once in awhile. The good news is that you can do exactly the same thing with your diet. You can take weekends off! You can cheat with the foods you love most! And here's the bonus: Taking time off and allowing yourself to cheat on weekends helps you burn extra calories.

The Cheater's Diet not only encourages you, but requires you to cheat on weekends with delicious foods such as chocolate, wine, beer and pizza! That's right. During the workweek, you'll enjoy wonderful, satisfying meals that are designed to make you lose weight without giving up fat or carbohydrates. And on weekends, you get to choose any foods you like, from cake to steak. The Cheater's Diet allows you to say good-bye to deprivation and hello to guilt-free eating and cheating.

Best of all, it works.

How do I know? I've seen it. I'm a bariatrician―a physician who specializes in weight loss. In over a decade of practice, I've watched more than 15,000 patients struggle with their weight, try all kinds of diets and ultimately fail. I'm also a board-certified internist, so I'm concerned with more than getting my patients into smaller clothing sizes―their health is always my first concern. I don't believe that diets that cut carbs and allow you to eat all the saturated fat you want constitute a terribly good idea. Neither am I a big fan of food plans that cut your fat consumption almost to zero, but allow you to stuff yourself with white bread, rice and potatoes. People who want to lose weight need a diet that puts the joy back into eating; doesn't require a lot of fuss, worry, guilt and sacrifice; beats the body's ability to adapt; offers lots of variety; and actually improves health. That's what the Cheater's Diet does. Of course, if you still insist on following the same old low-carb or low-fat plan that's been boring your palate for the past few months, the principles you read about here will work with them as well. Where weight management and health are concerned, there's a new golden rule: Cheaters always win, and winners always cheat. So read on, have fun, and bon appétit!

©2005. Paul Rivas, M.D., and Ernie Tremblay. All rights reserved. Reprinted from The Cheater's Diet :The Medically Proven Way to Supercharge Your Weight Loss, Break Through Diet Ruts and Stay Thin for Good. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757303218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757303210
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John F. Morrison on January 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ah, at last a diet book for a robust, full-blooded human being! The diet recommended in The Cheater's Diet is not much different from every other diet you'll find in your local book store. After all, we know what we should eat and what we should avoid. No big surprises, right? Whatever fancy name you give it, South Beach, North Beach, No Beach, Sonoma, Portland, Pasadena, they're basically the same old diet. But instead of driving yourself crazy every day, counting calories and carbs, and then beating yourself over the head in guilt for straying, we've got the weekends to howl. We can cheat! That's the big difference with the Cheater's Diet. Cheating! For five days, you behave yourself. You can do that, can't you? Then -- thank God it's Friday -- you can lay your burden down. Now, I'm not going to tell you the Cheater's Diet lets you go totally insane and stuff yourself with everyting in sight, but, compared to those disciplined five days (and believe me nobody will starve to death on the diet recommended for that time period), you can let your hair down and have some fun. The book helpfully gives you lists of the foods and drinks you can cheat on without doing yourself undo harm. The nice guy who invented this system is a highly regarded diet doctor with all the credentials and history of success you can ask for. So, read this book and get ready for some serious weight loss without the pain and guilt trips that often accompany the other diet programs. This one is designed to work for us ordinary weaklings.
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There are three incredibly great things about The Cheater's Diet:

1. It works!

2. It's EASY to stick to, and

3. It works incredibly fast!

In all my years I've never tried or been on a diet that I could stick to for more than a week. Dr. Rivas' diet is (pardon the expression) a piece of cake.

So far I've been on it a month and so far I've lost 9 lbs!

Where has this diet been all my life?
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The principle theme (or gimmick if you are cynical) is that you need to cheat (eat a bunch of extra calories) on a regular basis to keep your metabolism from slowing down. This books suggests cheating on weekends, which is presumed to be the easiest structure for most people. If this method really works, then the book is worth several times its price. He said that he has worked with several thousand patients over the years, implying that the general approach works. He gave just a few case histories, which left me wondering how well he tracks the progress of his patients. However, I think it is worth a try if it can avoid the dreaded plateau.

The author's suggested weekday diet is mostly low carbohydrate. Fruits and vegetables are included, but not bread or nuts. I eat bread and nuts during the week, although in moderation. He says that bread contains a lot of fat, which is a silly generalization. He restricts nuts because he thinks many people will eat too many. However, he also said that you should feel free to modify his suggestions.

For the weekend, his rule of thumb is to add 10 extra calories per pound each day for the weekend. For me, this is just way too much. I started the plan this weekend, and I added about 1200 calories a day, and still felt a little stuffed. I will probably cut back on upcoming weekends. I don't know where he got the rule of 10 extra calories per pound per day.

Naturally, people want to know just how you can modify this plan. Does it have to be 2 days off in a row? Can it be a lot less than 10 extra calories per pound? He does not address this, probably because nobody really knows all of the variations that might work, or what might be optimal. He did say that other people have had success with similar cheating plans, so some variation is certainly possible. You will probably need to experiment to see what works.
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At last, here's a book for people who love to eat (as I do). Given the choice between deprivation and reward, I'll take reward any day. And The Cheater's Diet really works, even for a chow-hound like me. The weekday meals are delicious, and Dr. Rivas has recommendations for strategic cheating that are, well, pretty appetizing. Enjoying this instead of hating it. Six pounds off in two weeks, and I don't feel like I'm depriving myself of anything. I'm going to stick with this plan.
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At last! A diet for the real world! "The Cheater's Diet" recognizes what we've always known: sticking with a diet routine is boring. This book provides insights into why and how bodies adapt to what we eat, in a way that's very readable. I sat down to read and, before I knew it, the book was almost finished.

"The Cheater's Diet" confirmed that variety is the spice of life and taught me some things I didn't know. The book includes interesting tidbits about cinnamon and supplements. It's also full of useful facts on super-charged foods.

This book clears up myths about diets, what makes metabolisms tick, and what provides incentives to make this diet "stick." It has simple, tasty, quick and easy recipes that work with today's schedules. The "Cheater's Diet" also has great exercise advice, such as the best time to exercise and how to fit it into a hectic life.

For someone like me, who wants some solid, basic guidelines for an effective diet that doesn't involve counting calories or hours of working out, this book is the one to get.
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