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.
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.