I like “Insert Favourite Junk Food”. Can I eat low carb replacements?
One of the first things I did, when switching to keto is finding replacements for my favourite junk foods. Pizza, chips, pastries, cookies, fast foods. The problem I have with low carb replacements is I would still overeat and not hit my macros.
I had to go back, change my lifestyle, and stick to veggies, meats, and healthy fats. Once I thought of it as a lifestyle change and not a diet, it became much easier for me.
To make it really easy, think of this:
- Eat a palm sized piece of protein with every meal
- Use vegetables as fat delivery systems. (Think butter with broccoli)
- Limit carbs
However, if you must cheat, don’t think that you’ve ruined everything. Just make sure that you can get back on track easily without any grief. Meal plans and meal preparation are key processes that make your life easier as you begin a ketogenic lifestyle.
Once you have been in Ketosis for a while (few months), you can actually enter Ketosis again very easily without too much time, generally back into Ketosis within 2 days.
However, if you are just starting out, make sure you stick with it for a while to see the real benefits before falling off the bandwagon. The results will speak for themselves!
Just one won’t hurt right?
Let’s admit it, most people have cheat days on their diet. You are not going to die if you eat a donut. For me, it becomes a slippery slope, where a cheat day becomes a cheat week.
Practice self-control. The trick that learned is to not trust my first instinct. If you are in the cafeteria, and you tell yourself that you want a donut, just say you first instinct is incorrect when it comes to food.
Some people have pictures on their phone to remind them where they were in the journey a couple of months ago to help them not cheat.