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What to Do If You Cheat on the Medifast Diet

I recently received an email from someone who was understood to be enjoying a holiday meal with his family over the weekend. She was enjoying herself but worried that she had been "cheated" on the Medifast diet and would ruin all her weight loss and weight loss for a week. He wants to know the best course of action to take the following actions. I'll tell you what I gave him in the following article.

First of all, everyone cheats. It is very unrealistic to think that you will be able to bypass every holiday and special occasion and not participate in ordinary things every now and again. Sometimes, you can use "lean and green" at these times. Many restaurants can definitely afford this. However, there will be times when you can't or don't want to stick to the plan (at least for now.)

It's totally normal and there's no reason to feel sad or slipped by this. One possibility is that you will get out of ketosis and have to go back in (It only takes a few days or about the amount of time it takes to get to this level when you start your diet.)

Or, you may find that on the weekends, you didn't lose as much as a week before. None of these things need to be the end of the world. And, there's no reason to be disappointed or change your routine. The best thing to do is to resume your regular regimen as soon as you can. The real danger is not the fraud, it is the fraud that eventually causes you to quit smoking. So many people become angry at themselves, disappointed, and discouraged. This is the worst thing you can do. No fraud.

To be honest, it's a long-term cumulative effect that usually makes all the difference. Think of it this way, if your goal is to lose 50 pounds, you can realistically break this down into three pounds per week for about 16 weeks or a little over 4 months.

Now in those 4 months, you may have days or weeks off with others. But, I usually find that you will also have better days and weeks than expected, so the average usually returns to what you see all the time. This has been my experience. So, my opinion and experience is also that if you continue your normal routine, you should go back to ketosis in a day or two and resume your normal routine at the same time. It doesn't have to be a big problem. And over the 4 months in that example, most people will cheat a few times without any major consequences, as long as they don't make this habit.

People often ask me if they should try to "make" a fraud by consuming less calories the next day. I don't think this is a good idea. Just going back to five Medifast foods and one lean and green meal should be fine, in my opinion. You cannot reduce your calories too much. Your body needs fuel and some calories to get and stay in ketosis.

It's very important not to beat yourself too much. You want your experience at Medifast to be positive and one that you will never miss. But if you get angry at yourself or panic over every little thing, you undermine your ability. I've learned that there's no need to think or get angry or panicked if I have a bad day. I just dust myself off, raise my shoulders, and move on. And you know what? In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't make all the difference. My decision is still very good and I don't have to worry about days.



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