I’m Experimenting with the Keto/Atkins Diet

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The low-carb/high protein Keto (also called the Atkins) diet has been published for a long time.  It was developed in the 1960s by cardiologist Robert C. Atkins.  I followed this diet for a while back in the 90’s,  and the results were impressive.  Since my blood sugar has slowly crept up, I’ve decided to do it again now.

As with any low-carb diet, carbohydrate-rich foods are off limits (obviously!). This means you need to get your carbs from elsewhere, and it’s easy to do. Vegetables and salads are wonderful, as are a good portion of nuts and seeds. Learning to count your carbs correctly and eating only what your body needs is the key to a successful ketogenic diet.  I have heard some people call this the Paleo diet, but to me they are all the same.   Low carb.

The numbers don’t lie. Dr. Atkin’s methods have been adopted by a great and growing number of dieters. And the results show up in your weight and how your clothes get looser, too.

Intermittent Fasting

One thing I’m doing is combining this low carb Keto diet with Intermittent Fasting. Basically, I get up and only drink coffee, then eat my low/no carb breakfast at 10am.  Since I finish dinner around 7pm the night before, I get a good 15-16  hours of nightly fasting in this way – and it is EASY!

Key Tip! Because you will eat less by fasting until late morning and again once you are done with dinner, you are also less prone to overeating. The downside is it requires slightly greater discipline than not waiting to eat.  But it is worth it!

Is this the way the cavemen ate?  Probably.  I decided to get back to basics and just try it.

Once on the diet, your cravings will still be there, but they will just be for carbs, not protein and fats. Once you have gotten used to eating only the minor carbs you need, however, your body will adjust to the lower carb intake and the cravings will go away.  I did this 25 years ago and the first 2-3 days require some discipline.  But after that, it becomes a lot easier.

One last thing you can do is find someone to share this diet with. It is beneficial for both you and your friend or family to stick together. While it might seem a little unconventional, it can be a great way to get into a new and better lifestyle.  My wife (although not limiting carbs to the extreme that I am) is joining me in the eating schedule.

If you are interested in having more energy, feel healthier and lose weight, but are afraid of trying something entirely different, then the Keto diet might be the diet for you.

Now that you have looked at the benefits and drawbacks, you should be more than glad to hear that eating like a caveman is something you can do. All you need is a little determination and courage, and you can start living the life with way more healthy energy at your disposal.

6 Comments

  1. I tried the Atkins diet back in the 90s too and it does work. The big thing is that it is a lifestyle change and if you don’t stick to it, the weight comes back. That’s no different than any other diet, however. I’ve thought about the Keto diet and after hearing your story, I am interested. My problem is that everyone else in my household refuses to try it. Any suggestions?

    1. Back in the 90s when I did it, I really stuck to the Atkins recommendations and ate almost no carbs and lots of fat (read bacon) 🙂 Now, I’m not as militant. I am really going after low glycemic, so I’m allowing 60-80 grams of carbs a day, just they have to absorb really lowly (see my new post on Keto oatmeal). This way, I get the blood sugar benefits, but it is not a big lifestyle change. But that would be a big No-go on the Atkins diet. So maybe low-glycemic is a better way to go in your situation. The biggest change is the timing of meals for intermittent fasting. I’m doing that to break insulin resistance. In your case, you probably don’t need to do that.

  2. Honestly, the biggest challenge with any diet is the discipline. So glad I was able to get my girlfriend in on it. It became our accountability system (except we combined ours with going to the gym). I tried losing weight but couldn’t quite get it right until I found the keto diet. I’m imagining what it would be like If I actually add in fasting…

  3. My first experiment with fasting turned out pretty bad, I ended up eating way too much throughout the day, even more so for dinner! Gotta give it another go, my diet is a mess and the quarantine pounds don’t seem to move at all.

    1. You can do it! Try it the way I explain above. It is way easier!

  4. I was surprised when I read about the Keto diet because it sounded just like the super-famous Atkins diet. I talked to some people who are on it and they explained the similarities and differences. I like what I hear because Keto sounds a bit healthier than Atkins. It sounds like it takes getting used to the first few days (like Atkins) but it’s worth it given the potential results.

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