Can I Take Cheat Day on Keto?
CAN I TAKE CHEAT DAY ON KETO? CAN I EAT ANYTHING ON CHEAT DAYS? HOW MANY DAYS CAN MY CHEAT DAY LAST?
Hold your hearts for the answer you’ve been waiting for – Yes, you do get cheat days on keto. Cheat days are an extremely essential component of a ketogenic diet. When placed correctly, they act as a much needed shock to your body. Ideally, a cheat day should be placed between three to six weeks, depending on your progress. It is important to pre-plan a cheat day so that you don’t end up doing away with all the gains (or losses, in our case). It is equally critical to not take frequent cheat days because your body takes 3-7 days to get back into ketosis.
Before you get all giddy, you must also know that to enjoy one cheat day, you need to fast the day before and the day following your cheat day.
Can I eat anything on cheat days?
You can eat everything under the sun. You can go all out and consume four meals, starting from breakfast and ending it with another brekkie the next day. You should load on carbohydrates as it will help replenish the glycogen stores in your body.
Now, you might not be able to eat a lot because your appetite goes down. Hence, it is good to make a list of everything you’re craving for.
How many days can my cheat day last?
A cheat day should not exceed more than 24 hours. If you find yourself in an emergency, wherein a cheat day goes up to 48-72 hours, you must ensure that you’re consuming only two meals. These meals must not be carbohydrate- heavy. It is essential that you don’t let your body be in a carbohydrate metabolic state for a long time because then glucose is directly stored as fat. So, whenever you crave anything non-keto, add it to your list and enjoy a cheat day of your drooling dreams.