Have you ever been in this situation?
You’re sitting down, day dreaming about your favorite snack, and think to yourself, “Cheat meals won’t mess up my weight loss plans. I’m going for it.”
But, is that really true?
Find out if cheat meals are worth it plus how to cheat without packing on the pounds.
We’re going to dive into that and more right now!
What is a cheat meal?
For those of you who may not know, a cheat meal is when you consume anything outside of your set diet guidelines.
Some people schedule their cheat meals or even entire cheat days as a way to reward themselves for following their diet most of the time.
Some people cheat randomly because they can’t fight their cravings.
“Some people schedule their cheat meals or even entire cheat days as a way to reward themselves for following their diet most of the time.”
Are cheat meals worth the risk?
This is a very personal choice, and there is no size fits all answer here.
Cheat meals have the potential to both help and hurt your overall health goals.
For some people, cheating is strategic and helps them to indulge a little. It allows them to stay on track most of the time, and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
For others, cheating creates a huge setback.
Once they start, they can’t stop themselves. That “one handful” of chips turns into “an entire bag” of chips.
And then next thing they know they’ve completely fallen off the bandwagon (so to speak) completely, dropped all their healthy eating habits, and go back to feeling totally sluggish. Not to mention the pounds they put back on.
Setting back both their mental and physical health.
Wow, such a slippery slope right?!
“Once they start, they can’t stop themselves. That “one handful” of chips turns into “an entire bag” of chips. Setting back both their mental and physical health.”
How do I know if I should have a cheat meal?
Realistically, I’d never expect anyone to be able to go without a cheat meal or day once in a while.
We're all human after all.
I mean even I indulge in cheat meals, but it took me a while to balance and fully embrace cheat meals into my keto lifestyle-without giving up any of the benefits I’ve gained so far.
“I’d never expect anyone to be able to go without a cheat meal or day once in a while.”
To decide if a cheat meal is right for you, consider the following. . .
1. The length of time you’ve been following the keto diet
The longer you’ve been on the keto diet the more chance of being metabolically flexible you are.
This is what it means to be metabolically flexible.
2. You’re success rate with past cheat meals
If you’ve been on a diet in the past and have cheated - what happened? Were you able to stick to your diet or did you backslide?
3. Your dedication to changing your life and reaching your goals
Are you so committed to making a real lifestyle change that one meal or day won’t set you back? You’ll be able to indulge yourself and then keep going
“Are you so committed to making a real lifestyle change that one meal or day won’t set you back? You’ll be able to indulge yourself and then keep going”
The typical cheat meal might. . .
The typical cheat meal might kick you out of ketosis, but the real question is for how long and how hard it will be to jump back in.
This is where metabolic flexibility really kicks in and why it’s so important.
It helps you to burn both fat and sugar easily.
The best way to have a cheat meal without putting on the pounds
If you can do these 3 simple things, then you can enjoy any cheat meal without worry…
1. Remember those points we talked about earlier? Sincerely think about and honestly answer those questions.
The answers to these questions will be your first sign to weather or not you're ready.
“If you can do these 3 simple things, then you can enjoy any cheat meal without worry…”
2. Wait at least 3 weeks from the first day you started keto before attempting your first cheat meal.
After 3 weeks of following a stricter keto diet, carb and sweet cravings become rare, and for some, non-existent.
I used to looooove (emphasis on the love) bread and cereal. I ate those 2 things almost every day.
I even struggled having those items in the house when I first started keto, but now there are loaves of bread sitting on my kitchen counter and I don’t even think about them.
“After 3 weeks of following a stricter keto diet, carb and sweet cravings become rare, and for some, non-existent.”
3. Cheat healthy!
I know you’re probably thinking, “how in the world do you ‘cheat healthy?!’ Well there’s a way!
Instead of traditional sweets, indulge in keto-friendly versions of them. Make your own or buy them at any health store.
I make energy bars, gummies, pies, and even bread. All keto - all great tasting.
If you're not in the mood for something sweet, consume starchy foods, like sweet potatoes, that you don’t normally eat.
Choose organic - higher quality foods as much as possible. Allowing the most nutrients to enter your body.
The bottom line of cheat meals
By making your everyday keto choices enjoyable, cheating will cross your mind less often than you think.
The goal is to work toward a healthy lifestyle, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a treat every once in a while.
Be smart with your “cheat meal or day,” choose healthier options and not consumables that will cause you to fall back into unhealthy eating habits.
If you're unsure or it seems risky - just say "no" and hold off for now.
Always listen to your body and, most of all, be kind to yourself.
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Cheat meals are fine. . . if you are smart about them. By making keto enjoyable everyday you'll be less focused on cheating.
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