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How is your diet going? Mine was going great. Over 65 lbs gone, then it was time for a family party. I don’t like calling it cheating, but I strayed from my total carb count for sure. Now I am getting back on track with keto dieting. The last thing I want to do is get side tracked and fall back into old habits permanently.
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Why Did You Get Off Track with Keto?
No matter how dedicated and motivated you are, chances are good that you will fall off your diet at one point or another. And it’s okay. It may be because you had a rough day at work. Maybe you fell back into the old trap of making yourself feel better with food.
It could be that you were invited to a family member’s house and they served some delicious homemade chicken fried steak or pie. Or maybe you “took a break” over the holidays to indulge a bit in all your favorite treats.
Perhaps you got sick and needed some comfort food to make you feel better. There are hundreds of reasons why we get off track of our goals. Let’s accept that it’s going to happen. No need to beat yourself up about it. What’s important is what you do next.
Getting Back on Track with Keto Dieting
How are you going to get back on track and keep this cheat meal or that indulgence day from turning into days and weeks of eating junk food, undoing all the hard work you’ve put in so far?
First You Must Forgive Yourself
First and foremost, there’s no sense in beating yourself up. What’s done is done. Forgive yourself and vow to do better in the future. Without forgiveness you’ll beat yourself up for “failing” instead of just taking the next step forward. That’s all you need to do to be successful. Just keep on moving forward!
Purge Out The “Bad” Stuff
Many convenience foods and sugar in particular can be quite addictive, making it hard to get back on track. I find it helps to eat very clean for at least a day and drink as much water and herbal tea as possible to flush out the “bad” stuff. Whenever I know that I need to get all my water in, I use my Hydrate bottle that reminds me to drink.
Eating strict makes it easier to get right back on track and stick to your meal plans. Whole foods, homemade foods and things that come from nature are always better choices than anything from a box.
Recognize Your Personal Triggers
After you’ve gotten back on track, take a look back and see if you can figure out why you slipped up. What caused you to reach for that piece of cake or why did you cave into eating bowl of pasta after having the best intentions of sticking to a grilled chicken salad?
Recognizing what’s causing you to give in will help you avoid future slip ups.
Emotional triggers are huge saboteurs of an otherwise healthy eating plan. You’re not the first one to eat your feelings. After count them two divorces, you can bet that I have fallen into that trap once or twice.
Make A Plan To Avoid Future Slip Ups
Speaking of which, come up with some scenarios on what you can do next time to stay on plan. For example, if you were meeting family or friends for dinner and ended up ordering the pizza or burger because you were just too hungry to consider getting the salad, have a snack before you leave the house. If you felt rushed or were somewhere unfamiliar, pull up the menu ahead of time and figure out the best options.
If you’re so busy that it was easier to pull through a fast food drive through then think about planning ahead a little better. When I know time is an issue, I throw a bag of nuts, gummy bears, or an apple in my bag. Sometimes all three!
If you had a bad day and found yourself reaching for the pint of Rocky Road in your freezer then consider not even bringing it into the house. I buy the kids the single serve cups of Blue Bell so I am not tempted. Then I also keep a pint of keto ice cream hidden back as well.
I have made some wonder concoctions out of a few spoonfuls of vanilla keto ice cream and scoops of chocolate ketone base from Perfect Keto. Then I top it with a small bit of whip cream and it usually hits the spot.
Staying On Track with Your Keto Diet
It’s easier than you think. Once you are in ketosis for long periods, it will be easier getting back on track with keto if you do fall off. Now if I cheat or indulge, I don’t have to experience the keto flu while getting back to ketosis.
I hope these tips help you get back on track and reach your weight loss goals. Whether your goals are weight loss or just maintenance, you can do it. What’s your trigger?