I thought I might struggle getting back to my low carb regime having strayed a little at the party but it wasn't as difficult as I imagined. So how did cheating affect my ketosis and have I gone back to square one? Professor Tim Noakes an advocate and expert on LCHF states:
"If a person can cheat once a week and remain stable, their weight’s stable, and they don’t start searching for more carbohydrates on the other days of the week, they can cheat, because they will stay weight stable.
But, if they had a mild sugar or carbohydrate addiction and they find that on the cheat day, the next day they’re looking for carbohydrates, be very wary."
I would think for my own situation my experience found that after my cheat day I was able to slip back into low carbs the next day, without changes in my energy/blood sugar levels and without too much effort and therefore feel for me that having the occasional treat isn't going to be a problem providing I don't have strong cravings the next day.
Everyone is different and you need to find out what your carbohydrate threshold is and just how strong your sugar addiction is. One way to test this is with chocolate, if you can stop at just 1 or 2 squares then it's unlikely you have a strong sugar addiction, but if you're polishing off the entire block in one sitting then sugar is an issue for you and to be aware that it might be quite easy for you to slip back to eating a high carbohydrate diet.
- Breakfast: homemade coconut yoghurt (made from coconut creme), coconut flakes, pepitas, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and vanilla
- Snack: handful of cashews
- Lunch: Brussel sprouts, beetroot and bacon home soup with cottage cheese
- Snack: handful of almonds
- Dinner: Spaghetti bolgnese with zucchini pasta (organic beef mince, mushrooms, grated beetroot and rainbow swiss chard)
- Snack: 2tbs of yoghurt, coconut flakes and a few blueberries, plus two squares of 99% dark chocolate
- Beverages: Water x1L, Green tea x4 cups, rooibos tea x2, camomile tea x1
Feels good to be back on the straight and narrow again!!
Yours in health