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Dr. Sanford L. Severin

San Ramon, CA 94582 USA


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Is it Ok to Cheat... on Your Diet?

September 30, 2017

Here is a question for you. When you go on a diet do you need to toe the line and never deviate? Remember we believe that diets don't work because over 90% of the people who go on a diet regain the weight unless they also change their lifestyle.


With that in mind our advice as stated in our books on health and wellness is that when you diet it is permissible to "cheat" 10% of the time. We were criticized for this outrageous statement. The comments ranged from "what a stupid statement" to something like this. "Hey stupid either you diet or you don't. There is no mister in between."


Now we are vindicated by an Australian study that shows that having "cheat days" helps you lose weight. This study published in the Journal of Obesity showed that dieters who took cheat days lost more weight than dieters who never deviated from their diet. Knowing this may help you the next time you decide to diet and have a yearning for a forbidden food.


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