Okay, so I’m going to tackle the topic of keto cheat days this week. I know this is a controversial topic, and I know that I am not a medical expert. Please consider this an opinion piece based on my personal experience. This may not be the same for everyone. If your experience is different from mine, I respect that and am not saying you’re wrong.
My Experience with Keto Cheat Days
After a couple of months of unfailing steady ketosis that was helping me to lose weight steadily and keep up some surprising energy levels, I got bold. I’d been reading about cheat days and that people were getting pretty similar results on a lighter version of what I was doing. So, I figured that if other people were getting results without being as strict as me, then I could squeak in some keto cheat days now and again.
This was especially appealing to me now, with patios opening up in the great weather. I wanted to be able to have what everyone else was having! I wasn’t aiming to kickstart my sugar cravings, which were still steadily gone since pretty early on in this adventure. But a good splurge into some high carb foods on Saturdays was all I was looking for. Just a few hours off, really, not even a full day.
Keto Cheat Days Kill Ketosis
I’ve tried keto cheat days twice now. Twice, I’ve fallen back out of ketosis and have essentially had to start again. It’s so frustrating and disheartening. I can’t tell you how much I wanted to scream. For the sake of a couple hours out with friends for drinks and apps in the sun, I had to start over. Twice.
I have been a huge fan of the ketogenic diet until now. If you’ve been reading my half of the blog for the last few months, you’ll know that while I struggled at the start, I found the rhythm I was looking for, got on track, and kept things up steadily. I learned tips and tricks and used a great keto diet pill to boost up my ketones and electrolytes.
Now, I’m very glad I had that product. I’ve had to use it two extra times to get through the keto flu and get back on track again. I’m not going to lie to you. I’m feeling pretty down from this. It’s made me think that while it’s great that I’m using ketosis as a friend while I’m losing weight, it might not be the long-term strategy I was thinking that it would be.
Since it takes only a couple of hours for me to lose ketosis on keto cheat days, but takes me 2 to 3 days to get back into it again, it’s just not worth it.
Rethinking My Strategy
I’m starting to rethink the way I’ve been approaching weight loss and the eventual maintenance I’ve been planning to keep up once I reach my goal. For the first time since I’ve been seriously keeping up my ketosis, I’m getting some doubts. I’m not going to want to skip out on fun with my friends and dump every tradition we’ve had forever. So is this really something I can keep up long-term?
I’m going to look into the keto lite diet that’s getting popular and might even see if there’s something else out there that will work for me but also with a diet pill for support. We’ll see.