I tried the ‘Atkins on steroids’ diet for 2 months — and it made me feel invincible
Like the keto diet, the Atkins diet restricts carb consumption to 20 to 25 grams a day during an introductory phase, then ramps up to 80 to 100 grams a day. So it’s less strict than the keto diet — some have called it “Atkins on steroids.”
For two months last spring, I tried the keto diet to see why it was so popular with techies. The first few weeks challenged me more than Weight Watchers or the “Fed Up” diet ever had. I regularly experienced headaches and painful urges to eat every sugary substance in sight.
But after being diligent for three weeks, I felt the difference. Even on days when I ate bunless cheeseburgers for lunch, my energy was sky-high. I drank less coffee and felt more alert. And because protein and fat send signals to the brain when you’ve had enough to eat, my snacking became less frequent and I was more focused on work as a result. I felt invincible.
When I lost 30 pounds on Weight Watchers in college, I celebrated the numbers on the scale and how my clothes fit. But because I continued to eat carbs in smaller portions, I was still prone to sugar crashes and afternoon “brain fog.” The transformation was incomplete.
The keto diet made over my mind and my body. The sense of mental clarity and energy that came on about one month into eating keto was unlike anything I’ve experienced. I woke up feeling strong, confident, and capable of taking on whatever the day threw at me.