Phase 4 - Step 2
II. Second Step: Managing those slip-ups
There are minor, inconsequential slip-ups for which you donít need to make up and major slip-ups for which you will have to make up the next day.
1. Minor Diet Slip-ups:
These usually occur when youíre not eating at home, because itís hard to avoid fats; however, you can easily avoid carbs, or starchy foods and desserts. Have a first course and a main dish and even a small glass of wine if you like. There will be no consequences, as long as these meals donít become a habit. Go back to your regular diet the next day.
2. Major Diet Slip-ups:
A major diet slip-up is a big meal with all the fixings. After all, youíre entitled to it, arenít you? You can make up for a major diet slip-up the next day by avoiding all fast and slow carbs for that ONE DAY ONLY. All you have to do is you go back on the first phase of the diet for one day. Why is that? Because when you eliminate all carbohydrates the day after a big meal, you reduce the amount of insulin secreted and block fat storage. You might still gain up to two pounds the day after you, but donít panic. You didnít gain two pounds of fat. Your body is unable to lose two pounds of fat in a day and it canít gain two pounds of fat in a day either. If two pounds of fat equal 9,000 calories and a woman eats an average of 2,000 calories per day, how could your body possibly store the equivalent of four to five days of meals after just one meal? What do those two pounds of fat represent then? They represent the weight of the big meal plus the water or fluid you had with it and that had not been eliminated by the time you stepped on the weigh scale the next day.