For those of you on a low carb diet (LCD) who are actively trying to stay in Ketosis, cheating is a BIG deal. Unlike other diet plans, you cant simply make up for that piece of cake or bowl of spaghetti with an extra workout for the week. A cheat day takes much longer to recover from and it cab be quite frustrating to recover from.
Some people need to plan scheduled cheat days. It helps them stay on track and not go stir crazy trying to be strict. Some plan it every 40 days, 90 days or after a certain amount of weight loss. This is a perfectly acceptable method to try if you are truly missing your carbs and treats. Just be aware that it can take days or weeks to recover at times and get back into ketosis quickly. Some people start to feel ill and have to re go through “carb flu”, fatigue, and hunger issues. Others do just fine carb cycling. Some just don’t want to cheat at all because of these issues.
So whether it is a planned cheat day, and accidental carb overdose, or a part of your fat burn/muscle building cycle, here are a few tips to help get back on track after throwing yourself out of ketosis.
1. Hide your scale
You are almost guaranteed to make the scale go up after a big cheat. I typically experience a 3lb weight gain when this happens. It is not necessarily weight gain but more water weight. Your best bet is to hide your scale for a week and not even bother to check it until your back into ketosis for a few days.
2. Fast This is going to be the tough part, but hear me out. Your body needs to deplete those carbohydrates it just stored for fuel. Fasting is a decent way to get that done. If you cheated around dinner time, try skipping breakfast and lunch the next day. The most effective fast would be a 24 hour fast, but even a half day will help.You are going to be hungrier, and it is going to suck but you can do it! Watch out for cravings! If you must snack, try high fat or protein items such as heavy cream, cream cheese, ect..