So like I mentioned in my previous post, I have been on this low carb eating since the beginning of January. However, it hasn’t been easy and despite the positive effect of losing the weight that I was planning on losing (about 6-7lbs), I wanted my cheat day!
So on the 18th day of the diet, I went out to a Thai restaurant. I had some shrimp spring rolls and Massaman curry with rice. I love Thai food and I’d usually be able to finish that one cup of rice very easily. However, I found myself struggling to finish the rice since I felt too full. It would have been nice if I left it at that. But there is no cheat day without a cupcake treat! So I went to my favorite place, Ethereal Cupcakes and got myself a Boston Creme Cupcake which was soooooooooo good! And this was not even the end! I then went to watch Gravity with my friend and got myself a small popcorn 🙂 Suffice to say, I felt terrible by the end of the evening! My body had been weaned off of carbs and was in no shape to be bombarded with them, all in one evening.. lol! The guilt pushed me to the gym on the next day and I completed 5miles on the treadmill and elliptical combined. I felt that I had redeemed myself.
Little did I know, that carbs really work as an addiction and after that one cheat day, I couldn’t wait for my next one! So, I went to a sushi buffet yesterday.. yes, a buffet! BAD IDEA! I ordered 4 rolls — Shrimp Tempura, California, Spicy Salmon and Sweet Potato Tempura. It took me about 1.5hrs to finish those because I was SO full! I had just consumed about 1000 calories and 130grams of carbs! That’s insane I said to myself but it had happened already and there was no going back. I had truly busted my carbs 😦 What I didn’t realize is that once you get off the carbs, flooding your body with them just make you feel sick! I felt full, lethargic and just plain blah! My tummy felt heavy and upset; and I just wished I could have undone all that consumption.
After yesterday’s episode I’ve decided not to ever blow up my carbs like that ever again. I can’t wait for the end of this month in order to go to normal eating. I don’t want to remain on low low carbs for the rest of my life because when I crave them, I do stupid things like mentioned above. But I also know the effects of high carbs in the diet and will definitely be more watchful over the consumption of carbs. I plan to consciously remain on low carbs but not as low as 30grams per day. The low low carb diet is most definitely beneficial for individuals who are obese and trying to lose weight or for those who are insulin resistant. But for people who can use their will power to curb their every day cravings and to remain active, a moderate carb intake is more than enough for weight maintenance.