Diet Cheat Days

Tom  - reviewer of the lesson plan   Tom | December 28, 2023
General English, Speaking Lessons
Lies, Food, Habits, Health
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Description of an ESL lesson plan about healthy and unhealthy eating habits.

Lesson Overview

Are you ready to have one’s cake and eat it too? In this lesson, students will discuss cheating on diets, healthy and unhealthy eating habits, and ways to lose weight. This lesson features a video about new research on dieting. Students will learn and practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of speaking activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will listen to discussions about dieting and cheating on diets to enhance understanding of spoken English in real-life contexts. This focuses on listening comprehension and identifying key points related to health and diet.

  • Speaking: Engaging in conversations about healthy and unhealthy eating habits helps improve conversational skills. Students will express personal views on dieting, share experiences, and discuss new research findings on eating habits, practicing fluency and accuracy in English.

  • Vocabulary: Introduces terms related to dieting, health, and food, like "cheat days," "weight loss," "indulge," and "metabolism." Learning these words allows for more detailed discussions on health and nutrition in English.

  • Homework: The homework involves three main tasks designed to enhance vocabulary  related to dieting and healthy eating. First, students match underlined words from sentences to their correct definitions, focusing on terms like "cravings" and "substitutions." Next, they fill in blanks within sentences using appropriate vocabulary, addressing topics such as unhealthy food habits and weight loss strategies. Lastly, students rewrite sentences using specific given words, requiring adjustments to fit new expressions correctly.


Are cheat days the key to losing weight? Watch this video to learn about the truth behind dieting and cheat days. It’s the diet “Catch-22”!

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

have one’s cake and eat it too [idiom]: to have or do two good things at the same time that are impossible to have or do at the same time
cheat day [noun phrase]: a day where someone intentionally increasing their caloric intake to give their body/mind a break from a restricted diet
cut down on [phrasal verb]: (of food) to eat or drink less of a particular thing, usually in order to improve your health
intake [noun]: an amount of food, air, or another substance taken into the body
catch-22 [noun]: an impossible, problematic, or unreasonable situation
indulgent [adjective]: lenient and permissive
starving [adjective]: suffering from extreme hunger
rejoice [verb]: feeling or showing great joy or delight
substitution [noun]: the thing used instead of another one
intermittent fasting [noun phrase]: an eating pattern that cycles between periods of not eating and eating
crash diet [noun]: a way of losing a lot of weight very quickly by limiting how much one eats
keep off [phrasal verb]: (of weight) to continue to weigh a lower amount than one formerly weighed; to not regain the weight that one has lost
indulge in something [phrasal verb]: to become involved in (something, especially something that is considered wrong or improper)
go cold turkey on something [idiom]: to stop suddenly and completely from an addictive substance or some other form of dependency
crave for something [phrasal verb]: to desire something strongly
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