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Cheat Day Hangover?

I've been trying slow carb for a few weeks. Generally feel great. I've noticed that the day after cheat day I have what feels like a hangover. Lingering GI upset effects. I feel great the rest of the week.

Does anyone else get this? Thanks.

update:

None of my other questions have got so many answers. I thought I should post a followup. I've found the hangover depends on what I cheat with. For example, Ice Cream, or Lattes don't tend to make me feel terrible. Anything sugary seems alright. Anything with grains gives more trouble. But I feel fine usually, if I avoid grains.

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I feel the same,

The on cheat day at night I feel a little bit sick, on that night I cannot sleep well and feel awful the next day that I only want to start the slow carb diet again.

Thats what sugar and refined flour makes to our body? No wonder why they is killing the civilization with heart attacks and diabetes!

JL.

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I found if I drink a lot of water during the day and before sleep, I don't feel the "Cheat Day Hangover". My first couple cheat days were painful, but since then, water has been my helper.

  • T-C commented Jun 17th 2011:

    Good tip. Definitely worth a shot.

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I have identified that if I have anything with wheat, I feel it. A lot of wheat will knock me down! This past cheat day was the first I've had in 19 weeks now that I didn't feel bad that day or following. It was GREAT to be feeling so good and indulging in cheat day things at the same time!

I had: tons of tortilla chips, salsa, and a truckload of guacamole. Cheese, walnuts, almonds, peanut butter. Grilled salmon, green beans, butter, salad with Ranch dressing, 2 huge scoops Baskin Robins (Pralines N Cream and a Jamoca choc coffee nut dream of some sort!) and entire box of Crunch and Munch with peanuts.

High fat, no flour.

No headache, no drowsiness, no nausea. Some cheat days have felt like a disgusting blur of eat, snooze, feel gross, repeat...all day.

And THIS time, I had the lowest Monday weight yet when I weighed! (My cheat days are Saturdays)

YAY!!!!!!

  • dimbooti commented Apr 2nd 2012:

    It's very interesting about the flour. I've only had two cheat days & I was thinking that the flour connection was possible. I have headaches by the evening of a cheat day. I think next CD I'll stay away from flour products and have fun with my sugars. I LOVE ice cream.

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That hangover sure took the fun out of it for me, real quick!! but definitely enjoy feeling good again a couple of days later on the slow carbs.

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I generally feel dehydrated, fatigued and lethargic after cheat day. I minimize the symptoms by limiting total input per sitting; when i over indulge all at once I feel much, much worse!

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ohhh yeah! I feel horrible right now...i have absolutely eaten too much sugar today and i think im about to go into a sugar coma..lol

The next day I feel horribe mentally and physically. Water is always my best friend all day long and my body usually feels like im 90 years old. I love the freedom of cheat day, kinda going back to our old ways, but makes me appreciate the diet and just how awesome it makes me feel. I think from now on my cheat days will be fruit smoothies, bagels, cereal, pb&j, maybe SOME ice cream and chocolate to make me happy but if I keep doing what I did today I am going to have a heart attack from sugar overload! So yes we all feel horrible the next day..DAMN YOU CHEAT FOOD! LOL

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Yesterday was a cheat day for me and today I felt like I had a cold; not the sniffles, coughs, or anything, but the general whole-body ache, like my bones were snapping, like I'd gone through an intense workout the day before. And I had such an intense stomachache for the whole day I couldn't feel when I was hungry or not. AND I had hot flashes and digestive issues.

So, yes, cheat day "hangovers" I would say are a pretty common thing. I've done two cheat days so far and I've decided to lay off the sweets and maybe just do whole grains and fruits instead, if only not to feel so bad the next day.

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I have the same issue. Next cheat day, I'll be limiting any grain intake to see if I feel better afterwards.

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Cheat-day hangover! That is exactly the way I described my first day after cheat-day. Felt awful. Depending upon what I binge on, I get a very similar "hangover" effect. Almost enough to want to forgo cheat day altogether, but so far trying to keep to the program so it is staying.

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Absolutely! I've been doing the SCD for about 3 months now, and have gotten to the point that the day of the cheat and into the next day I don't feel myself. I have come to believe that your body gets used to the better quality of fuel put into it. I know I feel it right away when I eat a bear claw or something. And then of course it hangs around as it works its way through, so there are residual effects. Still, I work for the junk day and look forward to through every mouthful of beans.

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Yes, I always have cheat day hangover too. Feels like I went out drinking when I didn't. I guess I'll may as well hit the bars on my cheat day, I'm going to feel it the next day anyway.

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Are you eating legumes for your breakfast meal? The book mentions on that first good meal before the cheat day to get in legumes so the next day you won't have problems Gi wise.

  • ImmyFTW commented May 6th 2011:
    I thought you could instead eat 30g of protein?
  • justin commented May 7th 2011:
    i'm just quoting Tim. the legumes help with GI he says. that and metamucil maybe
  • dimbooti commented Apr 2nd 2012:

    He said both 30g protein and legumes on Cheat Days for breakfast. Having the legumes will fill you up more and minimize how much you eat.

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Very much so. I get sick every cheat day and feel like garbage for the next 24hrs. If it wasn't mandatory, I'd quit doing them.

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