Cheat Meal or Day

Tappy44 Posts: 1,050 Member
I am starting Low Carb next week, not Keto yet. I was wondering if anyone does a cheat meal or day to confuse the body?


  • tcunbeliever
    tcunbeliever Posts: 8,219 Member
    I have at least one day a week where I eat more carbs on purpose, sometimes two if my schedule is crazy. I don't know if it really confuses my body, but it definitely makes it easier for me to stick to low carb long term and it doesn't seem to have any negative impact on my weight loss.
  • RowdysLady
    RowdysLady Posts: 1,370 Member
    No cheat days for me. I'm worried it will start a downslide
  • genmon00
    genmon00 Posts: 604 Member
    No, since I am diabetic I should be eating this low carb anyways. I am seeing awesome results with my blood sugars and blood pressure so that only confirms that I am eating the way I should be. Do I slip and eat a BAD carb (cookies not vegs/fruits) here and there? Yes. BUT 95% of the time I'm eating low carb. I aim for 30 grams a day but usually end up around 35-40 per day.
  • Sunny_Bunny_
    Sunny_Bunny_ Posts: 7,140 Member
    I don't recommend having cheats. They trigger cravings and there's no reason the "confuse the body". Just feed it well and treat it well. It will do its own thing well if you don't feed it crap.
  • BethAnnieT
    BethAnnieT Posts: 263 Member
    I do a cheat meal once per week, typically. It's not for any scientific purpose. More just like I want some tater tots or chips & salsa, and I like to look forward to that meal. :) Hasn't caused any major problems for me. But then again I'm not trying to maintain keto, just moderately low-carb, the rest of the time.
  • Gallowmere1984
    Gallowmere1984 Posts: 6,626 Member
    If by cheat, you mean jack up my total calorie intake, sure (one day per week, usually Saturday, and it's still around maintenance cals). If you mean adding carbs, no.
  • Nalgahyde
    Nalgahyde Posts: 1 Member
    This is my 4th week on a hard keto diet. I've lost about 22lbs. so far. I do intend to have a cheat meal (carb refeed) on Monday the 4th of July. I've done one month keto diets in the past in order to get that 20lbs. rapid weight loss but I've never continued the keto diet past that point with or without a cheat meal. The only reason I'm going to do the cheat meal is to see if it "shocks" my body when it kicks me out of ketosis and then I get back into it. It's really more of an experiment than anything. I've done so much research and read so much into the keto diet and just like any diet (lifestyle), there are always differing opinions. I've come across people who say that you should have a cheat meal at certain intervals to confuse the body and re-ignite your metabolism. Others have said that you shouldn't put up a "sugar wall" that you have to keep knocking down every time in order to enter ketosis again. We'll see what happens.
  • tishsmith101
    tishsmith101 Posts: 1,574 Member
    I do LCHF but not Keto. I don't schedule or plan any cheat days or meals. Going over my carb goal doesn't happen often. When I want to eat something on occasion not so carb friendly, I make adjustments elsewhere in my day.
  • pugglepants318
    pugglepants318 Posts: 20 Member
    I do one to two days per week of higher carb, usually with one actual cheat meal of whatever I want. I have been losing consistently, so it's working for me, and the flexibility makes it much easier to stick with this way of eating.
  • SuperCarLori
    SuperCarLori Posts: 1,248 Member
    bjwoodzy wrote: »
    KnitOrMiss wrote: »
    I don't do this intentionally, but I do do it on occasion deliberately.

    She said do do

    [Beavis and Butthead laughter]

    I was going to go there, but more of a family guy vibe. You rock.
  • baconslave
    baconslave Posts: 6,948 Member
    bjwoodzy wrote: »
    KnitOrMiss wrote: »
    I don't do this intentionally, but I do do it on occasion deliberately.

    She said do do

    [Beavis and Butthead laughter]

    Oh that brings up memories... :lol:
  • deksgrl
    deksgrl Posts: 7,237 Member
    Well, define "cheat". Does that mean higher calories, or eating more carbs than you normally do? My personal carb goal is anything less than 100 grams. Some days I am at 40-50, and some days I am at 80-100. For some people, those 80-100 would be considered "cheating".

    This past Tuesday, I was way over on everything. We had a retirement party lunch at an Indian food buffet where I had no idea what it was I was eating, nevermind the calorie or carb counts. Then that evening went out to dinner for a family birthday and I'm sure was over on that too as well as having a drink. So, yes, I cheated, but it isn't something that I allow for regularly, next day I got right back on plan. I wanted to because I felt so horrible. lol.
  • Sarahb29
    Sarahb29 Posts: 952 Member
    edited July 2016
    Tappy44 wrote: »
    I am starting Low Carb next week, not Keto yet. I was wondering if anyone does a cheat meal or day to confuse the body?

    I heard some people have carb days to confuse the body, but be warned if you're doing low carb (<=20g) to get your body into ketosis you'll be knocked out of ketosis and have to get back into it again which could take days or weeks which is a major bummer. I also find once I eat something sweet my brain kicks into overdrive wanting more and more sweets, which is how I got here to begin with, so I avoid it as much as I can. Most of my "cheat snacks" or "cheat meals" are usually just higher in calories but still low carb, like the vanilla ice cream I have or parsnip chips where I can eat an entire bag sometimes (they are way too good).

    Of course sometimes I just really want ihop so pancakes happen once in awhile. I don't do that to confuse my body, I do it to spend time with my kiddo who loves pancakes on Sunday. But after that meal happens, that's it, I go right back to low carb. I don't do a whole high carb day.

    If you're not worried about ketosis then try it and see how it works for you, but I'd try it after a month or so of strictly low carb since you'll essentially be learning a whole new way of eating.
  • WBB55
    WBB55 Posts: 4,131 Member
    Confuse my body? No, I like it behaving normally.

    I haven't cheated on keto, but I do sometimes eat above maintenance level calories. I probably will Monday. However, I know it means I most likely won't lose weight on the scale for the next week or two because of it.