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1/20/13 9:20 P

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I personally don't use the word "cheat" - to me that implies dishonesty. I like to say, "I made a poor choice". But, that's my phrasing. And if it's cheating - who are you cheating? - just yourself...

Anyhow, I do understand, I've been in that situation and have made poor choices too,but it's getting easier to say, "no thanks, I'll wait for the - salad - or whatever". Or order a veggie dish, most restaurants will oblige.

In fact, I did that just the other night with Mexican food... Not a good night! Tasted wonderful, but I paid for it.

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1/20/13 4:23 P

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Glad it worked out for you.

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1/20/13 3:29 P

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Update: So, I went away for a relaxing weekend getaway and I made a decision that I was not going to worry about what to eat while we were there. Frankly, it's a little stressful picking restaurants in a new area or bringing my own food wherever I go. Will they have something I can eat on the menu? Ordering items without this or without that and will they forget or think I'm a nuisance? You probably get the picture. So I'd never cheated before and was concerned what would happen. For 2 days I didn't worry about it and I ate several things I normally don't including cheese fries, cocktails, bread, chips, danish, fruit. I don't think I went crazy or anything, but it was definitely a big cheat for me. The morning after I got home, I weighed and I had gained 2.5lbs. I was anxious to go right back to my normal diet and did not feel an urge to continue the carbfesting. It took me about 2 weeks to lose the 2.5lbs. Overall... It wasn't as horrible as I imagined it might be. For me, the 2 week setback was worth having a nice relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

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11/20/12 10:32 P

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This was so helpful to read. I was thinking I was the only person in the world who couldn't get back on track after cheating. It has been months since I started my cheat and can't get back to what I was doing before. I can't have any cheat items. I was doing good, then went away this weekend. I went nuts on Friday and didn't stop all weekend. Today was much better, so I am working on getting back on track

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11/16/12 12:57 P

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Anixava you don't have to have a recognizable disease to justify not cheating, if you want to give people a handle to understand better, just say your on a strict diet, or that you have a Medical issue that makes you gain when you eat carbs. High insulin IS a medical issue, and it sounds like that's likely part of your problem.

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10/25/12 1:17 A

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Wow, great answers! I have a very strong willpower, so cheating for me is not really a temptation for the sake of "really really wanting to have it" or concern that I'll "fall off the wagon", but really it's mainly a social issue. I'm not looking for an excuse to cheat for my own satisfaction. Personally, I feel very satisfied with my low carb lifestyle and rarely get cravings. I'm not super overweight (had 40lbs to lose from pregnancy) nor do I have health issues, but I do have a crazy sluggish metabolism and so far this has really been the only plan that has worked for me and I have tried many many different things in the past 3 years. It actually took me over a month on strict induction for me to lose anything at all. In fact, I gained gained 5lbs the first month. Luckily I didn't give up and finally started losing very very slowly. I have actually not even gone off induction yet for fear I will stop losing (or gain). Right now I lose about 1lb a week and I have been on strict induction since the beginning of summer. I am really terrified of even trying to adjust my carbs up to the OWL level and when I turn down even a bite of something homemade from a friend or relative I feel... slightly unjustified... with perhaps a bit of fanatical mixed in. You all probably know this feeling right??? You know those looks of bewilderment you get when you say you can't even have a taste. I don't want to go into a speech of "why" I can't just taste it and I don't have an easily understood excuse like... I'm a diabetic.. or I'm allergic to wheat. If I say I'm on a diet and can't have it... I feel like they can't really understand the severity of what having a bite of fudge or bread might do to screw up my hard work. I honestly don't even understand myself. Since I haven't cheated, I don't know what WOULD happen if I had a bite, so that is why I've put it to the forum. I really liked Russell's point that "There will always be someone with a carby dish, and all they want is for you to " taste a little bite ". I suppose that is something to think about for sure. Thank you all for your input. Appreciate it greatly!

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10/23/12 9:27 P

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I have only been low carb for two months, so I am very new to the whole experience.

I have "cheated," or as I prefer to call it, made a bad choice, only once since I started. I realized my error fairly quick and got back on program by the end of the day. I felt icky for a day or so, but that faded. In less than a week's time, I was back in weight loss mode. There have been a few times since that I have inadvertently eaten sugar (e.g., not realizing it was in food purchased at a restaurant), but those minor deviations did not affect me much.

Like any lifestyle change, it is hard and it takes time for it to become a habit. Even then, we will be tempted. The important thing is to get back on the wagon. Don't let one error become an excuse to give up.

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10/23/12 8:53 P

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I wouldn't cheat on purpose, but when it happens, the best course is to go back to Induction for 2-3 days.

Since I am diabetic, I can always refuse carbs, but even if I wasn't I wouldn't ruin my health to make someone else feel better about a dish. There will always be someone with a carby dish, and all they want is for you to " taste a little bite ".

Only you know if you can get right back on track, so the choice is something you have to make. Don't feel the need to though, and think about whether you are looking for an excuse to have a small cheat.

"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "

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“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

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10/23/12 12:16 P

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once I cheat I CHEAT. months can go by, cheating every day or every couple of days. loosing and gaining the same ten pounds. one bite is ok, but it weakens my resistance to the next bite, or even the whole thing. I'm definitely like an alcoholic


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10/23/12 1:13 A

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I can eat a VERY SMALL amount of something and be okay for the most part. So, if I'm offered something I especially like, I might have a bite or two, not the whole piece. I would have more of a problem if I started eating bread. But I don't keep sweets or breads (wheat) in my house.

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10/22/12 10:28 P

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gee, i'd have a hard time saying no to a bite of homemade cinnamon bun. no one has ever made them around me emoticon
i don't have a big sweet tooth and i've rarely had a whole dessert. i have a spoonful to taste and go, "mmm, that's tasty" and that's it. i'm lucky.
right now, my obsession is avoiding wheat and pretty much all other grains. so, i would probably taste a dessert (taste is the key word) if it didn't have wheat in it. if it has wheat the person offering might have to listen to a boring diatribe of why i don't eat wheat while i watch them eat it emoticon
and if you are going to cheat, i say, restrict it to the highest quality product. the best of the best. rarest of the rare in your world. the homemade (not pillsbury) cinnamon bun, yes (it's not like you run across that everyday), the little debbie snacks, no!! the lasagna in a restaurant in little italy, new york on your first and probably only trip, yes. the no name frozen lasagna from the grocery store, no.....right???

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10/22/12 8:40 P

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Yup! I get sick - tummy bloat & upset, headache, lots of trouble in the lower tract (if you know what I mean) and *weight gain* ....then get the withdrawal "flu" all over again.
I do exactly what another poster wrote and say - my blood sugar levels get all wonky and will not tolerate me eating ___, but thanks anyway!


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10/22/12 8:28 P

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I get totally sick : (

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10/22/12 8:18 P

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When I go off plan ... I have a heck of a time getting back on. Sometimes it takes weeks and in the mean time I am undoing what I have already done and having to lose the weight again and again. I don't recommend cheating.

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10/22/12 8:16 P

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If I don't want to cheat I tell the person who offers me stuff: my blood sugar levels won't allow me to eat that, sorry. People will understand.
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10/22/12 7:55 P

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If you eat off plan just get back on....think it through though, sugar will not only send you into a frenzy but it will make you sick.

Try to have as many good lc things to eat that you don't want to cheat.

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10/22/12 6:54 P

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It really depends on the individual. I have eaten off plan one time in 10 years and that was during my pregnancy. It started with an apple. I thought I would be ok to add in fruit. Big mistake. With two days I was totally off plan and eating candy. Thankfully, I got myself back on plan within a week. Many are not so lucky and never get back on. There are others who eat off plan once a week and it does not effect them. Depends how insulin resistant you are.

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10/22/12 6:35 P

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I have never cheated since I started low carb, but sometimes I'm tempted... especially when a family member slaves all day to make homemade cinnamon rolls or... you get the picture. I want to be supportive and have one bite and say, these are amazing! Great Job! :)

I'm terrified to cheat because I'm worried it will "break" my fat burning mode and I'll have to start all over and it might take weeks to fix it. Is it ok to cheat on a rare basis? What will happen?

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