Saturday, February 2, 2019

To Cheat or Not To Cheat... That Is the Question!

It's been a few days since I've blogged. For the most part, things are going great. The weight continues to melt off. I've managed to stay keto since the beginning of January. I lost another 9 pounds this week. Current weight 253 lbs down from 262 last week and 272 when I started! I did an early Saturday morning weigh-in because tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday and I'm thinking about cheating!

I've talked about a lot of the stuff I like about the Keto diet in previous posts. The food is great, I don't really count calories. For the most part, with a little creativity, it's easy enough to find Keto friendly foods on almost any restaurant menu. A perfect example is being out with friends and stopping at a fast food burger joint. Order a plain triple bacon cheeseburger, skip the fries, and coke, toss the bun, and you're eating Keto and probably nice and full when you're finished! For me, Keto can be extremely convenient.

One of the biggest downsides of the Keto diet is that you really can't cheat. If I may quote the brilliant wisdom of Master Yoda, "Do or do not, there is no try." Once you cheat and eat some high carbohydrate sugary foods, you knock yourself out of ketosis and you have to start all over again!

You can speed the process up with some hardcore fasting, but at the very least you're probably looking at around 5 - 10 days before you're in that state of ketosis again. That's what I strive for, a constant state of ketosis where my body is a fat burning machine. There really is no cheating. I'm either in ketosis or I'm not. When I'm not, I have only myself to blame.

Holiday's and special occasions are always a test. Super Bowl Sunday is a pretty big event in our house. I was planning on just enjoying the game with my father and preparing a bunch of Keto friendly snacks for myself, and maybe sipping a little vodka. I had a menu prepared of deviled eggs, pork rinds, chicken wings, and a nice assortment of nuts, pickles, various cheeses, and olives. For the most part all Keto friendly snacks. My hope was that Monday morning the vodka didn't knock me out of Ketosis.

It turns out my cousins are coming over for the game with a couple other folks. With the added guests I don't feel like sitting in my kitchen making chicken wings through the entire game. I'll be ordering Pizza and Wings for delivery. On top of that, I've really been craving a good beer! Definitely not Keto friendly. I'm about 90% sure I'm going to cheat tomorrow. I lost 20 lbs in a month. YOLO, the key is to get right back on Keto the day after I cheat. I'll probably eat some pizza, drink some beers, and knock back a couple mixed drinks. Come Monday, I'll nurse a mild hangover with some Keto friendly foods then go on a hardcore fast till I'm back in Ketosis.

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