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fit woman with kettlebellby: the Mind and Muscle Staff

Having known Joel for the past several years, I was excited to be one of the first to review the finished product of a huge project he has been working on for just as long – his new book, The Cheat to Lose Diet. A complete diet program revolving around the body’s feedback systems and hormonal adaptations to energy restriction, The Cheat to Lose Diet comes complete with over 300 peer reviewed journal references relating to the regulation of human body weight and metabolism – including all the latest research on one of our favorite hormones, leptin. But the book and program is far more than just science; in fact, it’s a goldmine of practical application based on the result of years of working with hundreds of clients directly, and feedback from thousands more, tediously testing what works in the real world. I know Joel didn’t want this book out there until he was certain the program was perfected. And with his work over the last years, he’s confident that he’s nailed down the most ideal way to manipulate the most critical hormones during energy restriction to keep the body primed for fat burning, day after day, week after week.

Beyond the science and programming, the book also includes 3 months of daily menus and nearly 100 recipes to take the guesswork out of the equation. And as a bonus, the 75 main meal recipes were contributed by another Mind and Muscle contributor and familiar face, Dr. John Berardi. Essentially, The Cheat to Lose Diet gets my thumbs up for an extremely unique, comprehensive, scientific, yet practical approach to controlling the body and ultimately getting what you want from it – maximal fat loss. And with a title like The Cheat to Lose Diet, you can probably even get your girlfriend to read it. Not to mention that with regular dietary cheating, adherence couldn’t possibly be easier. Joel has long been avid supporter of M&M and active member of our community. I urge you to check out The Cheat to Lose Diet. The book goes on sale August 14th nationwide wherever books are sold, but you can pick up a copy at today for just under $17 by clicking here or on the book cover at the top of the review. Get your copy today; you won’t be disappointed.

From the Publisher of The Cheat to Lose Diet

How many times has this happened to you? You start a new diet with every intention of sticking to it, cutting out all of your favorite foods and eating exactly what the diet tells you to. At first, you’re thrilled to see the numbers on the scale go down, but after a short while, weight loss slows and you hit a plateau. Then, you’re feeling quite the opposite – frustrated, weak, and unsatisfied. So what do you do? Exactly what we all do when a diet simply isn’t working: quit. Many times, author, fitness expert, and Body-for-Life champion Joel Marion found himself in a similar place. But through a series of classic diet “screwups,” Joel discovered a startling truth: cheating on your diet can actually accelerate fat loss. Based on cutting-edge medical research, The Cheat to Lose Diet reveals the hormonal connection between strategic cheating and fat loss that will change the way you diet forever. Special features include:

  • An easy-to-follow three-phase program: Priming, Core, and Maintenance
  • A simple weekly plan in which more carbohydrates are deliberately added with each passing day, leading up to the “Cheat Day”
  • The CTL Cardio Solution: a revolutionary eighteen-minute, fat-melting cardio workout that has been shown to burn up to nine times the fat of traditional cardio
  • Tips for staying on track, including twelve weeks of daily menu plans and seventy-five recipes, so you’re never in doubt of the types of foods and meals to enjoy while following the plan

On Cheat Days you’ll cheat BIG with all your favorite foods-chocolate chip cookies, pizza, ice cream-whatever you’d like and as much as you’d like of it. But never again will you feel guilty for indulging in the foods you love because you’ll learn and come to know that dietary cheating is absolutely vital to your fat-loss success. Here, finally, is a diet that works with your body to help you lose fat faster than restrictive dieting ever could. So start cheating-and losing-today!

About Joel Marion

Joel Marion, CISSN, NSCA-CPT, and 2001 Body-for-Life Champion, is an authority on the use of dietary cheating tactics to accelerate fat loss. His ideas and theories have reached people all across the globe through his frequent contributions to popular health and fitness magazines including, both in print and on the Web, including of course Mind and Muscle Magazine. Additionally, he is a highly sought after consultant to doctors, lawyers, athletes, and models as well as the average Joe and Jane looking to improve his or her appearance. While having trained clients worldwide, Joel resides in New Jersey.


The Cheat to Lose Diet by Joel Marion, CISSN, NSCA-CPT: A Review