Thursday, 16 February 2012

So I Cheated, Now What?

Either you cheated on purpose of by accident, now you are wondering what to do. I will urge you, even if you go on a binge-eating spree and completely destroy all the hard work you put into the diet. DO NOT QUIT.

I will be honest, I cheated once on purpose. Day 2 of the diet I went clubbing with two girls. I was pressured by one of them to drink because she didn't want to be the only one drinking. I was too new to the diet and to the pressures that get put on you as someone who is dieting that I could not say no, and did drink (quite a few tequila shots actually).

So I cheated. The important part of this story is that even though I was pressured to drink and caved, that this was the one time I did it and the very next day, although I was ashamed, I started at 0. Started over my attack phase and succeeded for the rest of the diet without cheating again.

& that's exactly what you need to do. Do a little attack phase to get you back on track and continue with the diet. Moments of weakness happen to everybody. Realise that it's not the end of your diet, that you have not hit a brick wall. It's manageable, don't expect any weight loss for the next little while and continue.

Don't give up hope because of one bad decision, because it was a lot of bad decisions that got you to where you are, and the good decision to continue is what will get you out of it.

What if you cheat accidentally? If you remember from a past post, cheating accidentally does happen. I ate deli roast beef that I thought was allowed, when it was not. Well same deal. You could continue on with your current phase and make a mental note that the food isn't actually allowed on the diet, or you could mini-attack phase and then continue onto phase 2.

Don't make cheating once and not gaining weight as a result, or cheating once and gettnig yourself back to following the diet an excuse to cheat again. yes, you did it once and recovered. Please don't cheat. You are just harming yourself, slowing down your progress and proving to yourself that you cannot do it.

Wouldn't it feel so great to finish the diet and say to people: "I never cheated actually, I have always followed this diet to the letter because I am strong and don't succumb to temptation." I think so :)

xoxo

25 comments:

  1. Wow, great inspiration!! Actually, I have been on the Dukan now for almost 5 weeks and I have lost 5kg all together while being in my 3rd trimester of pregnancy... now let me tell you something - that is HARD!!! Adding to the mix that my colleagues use every single opportunity to buy food for the office, you know, chocolate cake, tarts, savoury pastries... yea, and my nose is SUPER sensitive to the smells... So I have cheated with a wholwheat bun and a chockchip muffin for the past 3 days. I feel horrible! :-( Feel like a failure... and to add to that horrible feeling is that fact that I picked up 2 of the 5 kg's again (ok, so some of it might be water retention, but still). So I will be going back onto the attack phase tomorrow and not a day later! Wish me luck... Oh yea, baby's due in 6 weeks, so then hopefully I'll shed a few more :-)Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    1. Are you suppose to be doing this diet during pregnancy? I don't think so. It is really hard on your kidney's and possibly your baby. I really hope you talked to your doctor about it first.

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  2. My thoughts exactly. You're supposed to GAIN weight while pregnant, not lose it. Please call doc.

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  3. Leave her alone, it's low carb and low fat, it won't do her or her baby any harm! When she has the baby there won't be time to carefully plan meals. I guess you'll just have to eat your green veg still for vitamins with the protein at main meal times

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    1. This is terrible advice. Babies need fat for proper brain development. Having your baby run on low blood glucose could be potentially detrimental when they are actually born and begin to eat. In addition, I agree with the first reply in that this diet is terribly harmful to the kidneys but that's only true if you are not hydrating with at least 2L of water a day. However, when pregnancy enters the picture I'm sure the baby's kidney function would be hindered. I would avoid doing such a diet during pregnancy. Portion control is the best way to go during pregnancy. After the pregnancy start Dukan.

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