The Cheater’s Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

cheaters-dietThe Cheater’s Diet is written by Dr. Paul Rivas, an obesity specialist who has helped over 15000 people to lose weight.

He claims that his program addresses the main factors that are important if dieters are to be successful at losing weight: keeping the metabolism high and avoiding dietary boredom.

Rivas says it doesn’t matter whether you cheat on your diet or not, but, how often you do.

Cheater’s Diet Basics

The Cheater’s Diet involves a low calorie diet with a high level of physical activity during the week. Dieters can have the weekends free to indulge in their favorite high calorie snacks and treats.

During the week dieters consume three small meals and two snacks, which has the effect of boosting metabolism. Rivas recommends that dieters adhere to a Mediterranean style of eating and monitor portion sizes carefully.

Rivas states that increasing calorie intake over the weekends serves the purpose of further stoking the metabolism, avoiding the reduced fat burning that typically occurs on low calorie diets. The body doesn’t go into starvation mode, which ensures that weight loss continues even when dieting for long stretches at a time.

Essential to the success of this plan is the concept of ‘controlled cheating’ where dieters may indulge in their favorite treats but still with some restraint. For example a piece of chocolate cake is fine, but not the whole cake.

This allows dieters to enjoy these foods without feeling guilty and can make it easier to stick with reduced calorie diet during the week.

Many supplements are recommended, however, Rivas states that they are not essential in order to experience success on the program.

Recommended Foods

Lean meats, whole grains, seafood, salads, berries, olive oil, nuts, low fat yogurt, and protein bars.

Sample Diet Plan


Scrambled eggs
Half grapefruit
Coffee with artificial sweetener and nonfat milk


Tuna with fat free mayo
Tomato and lettuce
Whole grain tortilla
1 cup asparagus
Diet iced tea

Afternoon Snack

One handful roasted peanuts


Grilled chicken breast
Steamed broccoli and red peppers
Brown rice

Evening Snack

Hot chocolate with artificial sweetener

Look for other Mediterranean and low Calorie meal ideas here.

Just Move More

Dieters are encouraged to be as physically active as possible during the week. Rivas recommends activities such as walking, washing the car and gardening rather than going to the gym.

These home exercises can be used with the Cheater’s Diet.

Costs and Expenses

The Cheater’s Diet retails at $18.95.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price.


  • Allowing more freedom on weekends may help with maintaining motivation to stick with the plan over the long term.
  • Does not require dieters to eliminate their favorite foods.
  • Includes a balance from all the food groups.
  • Uses the plate method for effective portion control.
  • May help dieters break the cycle of yo-yo dieting.
  • Includes two weeks of meal plans and recipes.
  • Encourages exercise.


  • Calories are not adapted to suit the individual and will be too low for most men as well as physically active individuals.
  • Lack of references to scientific research for claims made regarding the metabolism boosting effect of cheating on weekends.
  • Makes some dubious statements such as that the cinnamon in cinnamon buns is beneficial for blood sugar management and that peanut butter and chocolate will boost metabolism.
  • Nutrition information is not provided for recipes.
  • Encourages the intake of artificial sweeteners.
  • Recommends supplements that have not been proven to be effective for weight loss.

Being Less Strict Works for Some

The Cheater’s Diet may be beneficial for dieters who struggle to maintain a strict diet over the long term or those who give up on a diet completely with the first sampling of a forbidden food. Dieters can indulge in their favorite foods without feeling guilty and thus avoid the feeling of failure that often occurs when a diet is not followed exactly as prescribed.

For this type of dieter there are profound psychological benefits associated with this style of eating that may greatly increase the likelihood of long term successful weight loss.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • bobby

    Just started this diet a week ago and I already lost 3 pounds!!!!! :)

  • Anoynamoussly

    Love it!! <3 This is perfect for my husband! ;)

  • Jonny

    I don’t do this particular diet but I do something very similar. From Mon-Fri I eat sensibly, vegetables, fruit, pulses, salads, lean meats, nuts, seeds, yogurt….Saturday and Sunday I eat whatever I like. Now, if I go completely overboard and throw everything down my neck that I can think of then no, I don’t lose any weight or might even gain but….I can eat chocolate at the weekend and eat more unhealthy meals and even enjoy an alcoholic drink and I still continue to lose weight. Respectively, I have found that when I diet continuously, my weight loss slows and even stalls the more time I spend on it not to mention the boredom. For me this system works really well.

  • Philippa

    Bought the book, but never read it. Have been alittle skeptical because if a person has a weekend to DEVOUR a Candy store, are you sure they’ll want to return to a low calorie low fat on Monday? Hmmm

  • Blake

    I do this but instead of eating bad foods on the weekend i treat myself to beer on the weekends :) 9 lbs in 9 days

    • Bob


  • Brenda

    Love it!

  • Taras

    I wonder if this diet really works, it seems logical if your body were to get use to the cheating and boost its matabolism strictly to work on weekends, seems interesting.

  • Caitlin

    Best Diet ever.. This really works! I purchased the info for the diet and it made me feel so much better about myself. I lost 35 pounds and feel great. It’s easy to follow thru with and cuts a break when you need it.

    • Sonia

      seriously? woww! can i know how long it took u to lose that much?
      sounds great…really encouraging! :D
      thanks in advance

  • Sabrina

    I am so happy that I found this solution fighting weight is a terrible problem

  • Nehara

    I personally think this is a great and simple diet.
    Thank you.

  • dee

    loves it xoxo

  • Paris baker

    Sounds good

  • Erin

    This WORKS! Have trained myself in this manner giving myself leniency on the weekends and I’ve not felt better in a long time.

    It’s common sense to me.

  • poornima singh

    I like the information provided.

  • zach kohanski

    i think this is the greatest diet i ever heard

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