So I’ve been on keto for two months now, and I’ve had a couple of days when I have been -slightly- unwise, but have never done a cheat day. But sometime soon I will have one, though I am willing to wait up to another month before I have it.
(My unwise day was a stop by a KFC, where I had the grilled chicken (not a problem), and a side of mashed and gravy). Not the best thing ever, but I was still under 25 carbs for the day, so I do not consider it a cheat day.)
But Aldi just had one of their special buys (items you only see in stock once or twice a year), and they had a new ‘flavor’ of the deep dish pizza that I love, which has more meats than just the pepperoni and sausage they’ve had in the past, this one including those, plus bacon and Canadian bacon. So I bought it, and am going to eat it, though I am willing to wait up to a month, if there would be a difference between 2 months before a cheat, and three.
Eventually, when the virus worries subside a bit and sit-down restaurants open up again, I will probably be having a cheat day about once every two weeks, because I will be going to a restaurant for entertainment purposes, where they require you to buy a meal, but I am pretty confident, considering how easily I got into keto, that I won’t have any will power issues over just doing a cheat day every once in a while.
My eventual plans, after a year or year and a half of keto, once I’ve managed to lose the entire 200+ pounds I need to lose (50 so far is a great start) is to do keto part-time. My initial guesstimate is 4 days keto, 2 days semi-‘normal’, and 1 day fasting a week, but it will all depend on if my weight stays constant at that point, and blood sugar and blood pressure remain steady. If they try to rise too much, I’ll have to make it less.
Anyway, just wanting to hear others’ thoughts on cheat days.
I know when I was getting ready to start, I ran into someone who told me they had been on keto for three months, along with their father, and in that three months both had lost 50 pounds, and he was saying he felt it was vitally important to include a cheat day every week. I’m not interested in that often, but as I said, eventually one every other week is very likely for me!