By Jessica Lewandowski
If you have ever been around anyone on a diet before (which you have), you have probably heard the term “cheat day.” When you close your eyes, what do you imagine a cheat day to look like? For most of us, images of calorie-loaded foods like pizza, takeout, and sweets flash behind our eyelids. As appealing as those images are, you’ve probably questioned yourself if a cheat day is worth risking your ketogenic diet.
To put it quite simply: no matter what diet you take part in, “cheat days” are a flat out no-no. Don’t move on to a different article in disappointment just yet! There are plenty of ways to treat yourself while on a keto diet. Let’s go over a brief explanation of why cheat days don’t work on a keto diet and the other ways your can indulge.
Ketosis is Consistent
To put your body in a state of ketosis, you have to remove unhealthy carbohydrates from your diet. This way, instead of your body using sugar for energy, it will use the fats you consume. Instead of fat being stored in your body, that fat will power you through the day, resulting in weight loss. When you “cheat” on your diet, and eat foods with more carbohydrates than normal, you more or less sabotage all the work you’ve been putting into your keto diet. Your body will naturally choose the sugars you consume for energy first. Where does all the fat go then? It gets stored in all those areas you’re trying to lose weight in. This leads to bloating, sluggishness, and sometimes even headaches. So much for enjoying a cheat day, right?
Why We Cheat
The main reason so many people indulge on cheat days is because they are starving their bodies of certain foods they crave during most days of the week. While someone may look happy while biting down into something they shouldn’t on a Sunday, they’re doing more harm than good. Instead of using a cheat day to reward yourself, try reshaping your mindset. Don’t make yourself miserable by limiting the foods you like. This way, you aren’t battling cravings by the end of the week and you can focus on keeping your ketogenic diet consistent. Check out the CarbManager Recipes and Premium Recipes for a variety of ketogenic dessert options. Read on in the CarbManager Blog as well for tips on how to enjoy tasty treats like chocolate, baked goods, and fruit!
Eat to Your Heart’s Desire
You may be surprised at how innovative keto dieters can be! You don’t need a cheat day to enjoy ketogenic pizza, pasta, and burgers. Whatever your taste buds may be tempted towards, there is a keto substitution for it that won’t ruin all your hard work!
The key to avoiding cheat days is to make sure you’re satisfying what your body wants to eat while still following the guidelines of the ketogenic diet. Whether you are craving something sweet, salty, or in between, CarbManager can help you choose the right foods that will keep your happy and healthy.
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