So you’ve had a cheat meal and you’re looking to find a way to get back on the ball. I’D LOVE to tell you that you’ve come to the right place and I’m going to bless you with some real information about what will work for you, me, and everyone else. Right?
Listen to your body
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. And you can never let anyone tell you it is – this is something that will take some soul searching to figure out on your own. Your body will tell you what it needs once you’re willing to listen. Now that my rant is over, I’m going to share with you a few things that I will be doing after a week of intense cheating.
Take responsibility, then get back up and keep going.
First off- let me explain myself. I take full responsibility in the actions I have taken. I slipped and I admit it. At first it was a going away dinner my coworkers took me out to before I moved across the country. Then, it was an all- you-can-eat sushi dinner with my boyfriend, after that it was my best friend’s birthday dinner.
The list goes on and on, but the issue was the fact that I prolonged this moment for so long. But now is the time for me to get up and deal with the consequences. Bloated belly, carb crash, keto flu, and a growing sugar addiction are all things I will be having to deal with for the next week or so.
What’s the Damage?
Yes, after a whole year of keto, jumping back to it will take more than a day or two. And if I’m completely honest, the less time you’ve been fat adapted, the longer it will take for you to get back to that state. In the beginning of my keto journey, a weekend in New Orleans cost me 3 weeks of strict eating just to get back to how I looked and felt before I went. Was it worth it? For me it was.
You have to be honest with yourself about how long your cheat meal will cost you. Sometimes you’ll be out of ketosis for just a couple of hours and sometimes it will take days or even weeks. Is it worth it?
Forgive Yourself and Think Positive
Your journey should be as satisfying as reaching your goal. If you slipped a bit, it’s okay! Don’t feel guilty. Think about what you’ve learned.
If I’m being completely honest, during this cheat I learned that bread does not actually taste the way I remembered it tasting. I over-glorified the taste of bread in my head, I probably did this with many other things-or my taste buds just changed. I’m not sure which is true more than the other (maybe both) but all I know is that I am not longer obsessing about bread the way I used to. This is a total win for me!
Find What Works for You and Get Back To It!
Fasting the day after I cheat is something that works really well for my body. I feel like it gives my body some time to get rid of the junk and naturally start producing ketones after its done burning the carbs. I also feel the need to speed this process with some slow cardio and weight lifting.