So, you’re on the Keto Diet and you’ve been doing great – eating all those healthy fats and avoiding carbs like the plague. But then one day, you get a craving for some delicious carbs. What do you do?
Can you have cheat meals on Keto? The answer is yes! As long as it’s done in a mindful way, you can enjoy higher carb meals on the Keto Diet without ruining your progress!
Keep reading for tips and tricks on how to make your cheat meals Keto-friendly!
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What Is A Keto Cheat Meal?
It’s important to understand what a keto cheat meal is.
A keto cheat meal is typically defined as a meal that contains more carbs than your usual keto diet allows.
For most people, this means eating foods that are high in sugar or starch, such as pasta or breads.
And while there’s nothing wrong with indulging in these foods occasionally, it’s important to keep in mind that they will kick you out of ketosis, which is the metabolic state that allows you to burn fat for energy.
The Great Keto Cheat Meal Debate
Keto cheat meals are a hotly debated topic among Keto dieters. Some people believe that you can never have a high carb meal again, while others believe that cheating is essential to maintaining progress.
So, what is the truth? The truth is that you can cheat on Keto (occasionally) and still achieve amazing results! And keto cheat meals are a great way to get rid of the feeling of restriction that causes so many to quit the diet and binge on carbs.
With the right strategies you won’t throw all your progress out the window!
How to Enjoy Higher Carb Meals on the Keto Diet
Tip #1: Avoid Emotional Eating
There’s no denying that Keto cheat meals are something to look forward to! But before you take a bit of that pasta, ask yourself if you’re emotionally eating.
People who tend to emotionally eat often binge on unhealthy foods. This can lead to keto carb loading and ruin your progress!
Eating a higher carb meal should be done to savour the food. It’s a great way to reward yourself for your hard work and progress, but should never be done when you’re experiencing deep emotions like stress, sadness, anxiety, etc.
Eating while experiencing these strong emotions can lead to dismantling all the progress you’ve made.
So instead of emotional eating, try to appreciate the food for what it is. Reward yourself for the progress you’ve been making and enjoy the meal without letting it derail your diet.
Tip #2: Plan It Out
To avoid overindulging, it’s best to avoid eating a keto cheat meal on an empty stomach.
This will help to control portion sizes and prevent keto carb loading. Going in blindly and reaching for every carb you can find is likely to result in disrupting your progress.
Instead, keto cheat meals should be planned in advance to give you as much control over the meal as possible.
If you know Friday night is pasta night in your household, plan for a delicious pasta dinner!
This not only gives you something to look forward to, by planning ahead, you can enjoy your keto cheat meal without losing your progress.
Tip #3: Choose Your Portion Sizes Wisely
It is important to eat high carb cheat meals in a balanced and healthy way. Eating large portioned meals is not recommended on or off the keto diet.
It’s beneficial to properly portion your keto cheat meals so you’re not overindulging.
This will help you stay on track and continue your weight loss goals without interruption!
Tip #4: Eat Your Keto Cheat Meal Slowly
Keto Cheat Meals can actually be really beneficial for your longevity with the diet- if you do it right, of course.
Eating slowly and mindfully will help prevent you from overeating and allow your body the time it needs to register that it’s no longer hungry.
This is great to avoid going for seconds or thirds during a high carb meal.
Eating slowly also allows you to appreciate everything about the meal- the smell, texture, and taste, so you can really savour the meal for what it is!
Think of your meal as a delicious reward for your hard work and progress and take the time to enjoy it properly.
Tip #5: Only On Occasion
High carb cheat meals help to stop that strong feeling of restriction!
They help to prevent binge eating and they help to keep you from feeling deprived. They are also a great way to satisfy your cravings while still staying on track with your keto diet.
However, they should not be a regular occurrence. Eating keto cheat meals too often can keep you out of ketosis and lead to weight gain.
So if you’re planning to incorporate cheat meals in your diet plan, do so in moderation. As a rule of thumb, anything over twice in one month should be avoided.
Conclusion paragraph: So, what is the truth?
The truth is that you can cheat on Keto (occasionally) and still achieve amazing results!
Keto cheat meals are are a great way to get rid of the feeling of restriction that causes so many to quit the diet and binge on carbs.
With the right strategies you won’t throw all your progress out the window! We hope this article has shown you that cheating on keto doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
In fact, it can actually help you stick to the diet in the long run. Just make sure you’re strategic about your cheats, and avoid going overboard with high-carb foods.
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Not sure how to start Keto?
Here’s some resources to help you!
- What is Keto?
- What Can I eat on Keto?
- How Much Should I Eat on Keto?
- What To Expect On Keto
- Ketogenic 21 Day Meal Plans
- Preparing for the Ketogenic Diet EBook
- Understanding Net Carbs and Total Carbs