I cheated. It happened about a month ago. I had been doing the Keto diet for two months and cheating had not crossed my mind. Any time the thought of it came up I would push it out of mind, until that fateful day.
It all started with me feeling like I wasn’t losing any more weight and was afraid that I had hit a plateau so soon into my weight loss journey. I had read in several Facebook groups of people who would have a cheat food or meal to boost ketosis again. At first I didn’t think that would be a thing for me to try since I was afraid that once I would break Keto I would have a hard time coming back into this way of eating.
After giving it a long thought I decided to go for it. Once having decided that I was going to cheat the next thing I needed to do was decide what food I was going to have. I lulled over all the forbidden foods that I hadn’t had in the last two months such as sweet breads, bananas, rice and many more. Then it came to me; popcorn.
My family and I love going to the movies and one of the reasons, apart from the movie itself, was the delicious carb loaded popcorn. I thought about the past two months how I had avoided going to the movies so that I wouldn’t be tempted to get some buttery (fake butter by the way) popcorn and a Mr. Pip Extra soda. My mind was made up and I had decided we would go to the movies and I was to indulge on a large buttered popcorn and a large drink.
The day couldn’t come sooner and when we arrived I anxiously waited in line to get my carb laden snacks. The smell of the hot popping kernels wafted in the air, bringing my senses on edge. I was excited and nervous at the same time. What would happen once I ate the popcorn? Would I be able to stop after this one time? Would I get sick? I had been doing 20 carbs a day and I couldn’t help wondering what would happen once I went over that count.
Finally, my turn had come and I quickly purchased my cheat snacks. With buttery carbs and empty calorie drink in hand I waited until we got into the theater to have my first taste. Once seated I picked the biggest fattest popcorn kernel and popped it into my mouth. That first bite was…. Not what I had remembered. To my surprise, it didn’t taste as good as I had played it up on my mind.
I kept picking at the bag, expecting that wonderful taste I recalled to take form but it never happened. Was it possible that it wasn’t as good as I had played it up to be? I was confused. The same with the soda, it wasn’t as good or filling as I had thought it would be.
When the movie was over, popcorn eaten and soda gone we quietly marched out of the theater. I felt bloated and sick to my stomach and right there and then I remembered the reason I had decided to change my way of eating. Cheating reminded me how bad I used to feel and how one of the main reasons to changing my eating habits wasn’t just to lose weight but for my health.
I am guessing you want to know the million-dollar question. Was it worth it? Short answer, not at all!
I did not see any difference in weight loss, I feel that cheating took me a couple of steps back in my journey and don’t recommend it to anyone. If you find that your weight loss is stalled I would suggest you evaluate what is causing the stall instead. Do you need to do some type of exercise? Or perhaps you need to cut back on sugar alcohols?
Also, do not beat yourself up for cheating, it happens move on. One day of cheating won’t destroy your weight loss journey as long as you keep going. My fear had been that once I cheated I would quite but I didn’t and I’m proud of that. I have been on this journey for three and a half months and I can already see the progress I have made. I still have a long ways to go but any inches or pounds lost is a victory!
After evaluating my eating plan, I found out that cutting back on sugar-free syrups in my coffee was helpful as well as cutting back on my cheese consumption. Deciding to change the way you eat to better your health is a good decision and I know now that I would not want to do anything to jeopardize that.
Will I “cheat” again? I don’t know. I am not going to say never again because I also feel that for special occasions it would be okay. As an occasional thing, I see no harm but I know I won’t cheat for long time. At least not until I have lost more weight anyway.
Have you cheated on a diet? I would like to know how you felt afterwards and if you think it helped your journey. Hope to hear from you soon 🙂
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