One of the problems with the low carb diets is that they don’t address the real issue.
The real issue is that you have sold your soul to the “devil,” you have become a slave to a pattern of tastes that is not natural, that was created artificially by the Powers that Be.
If you watched me eat, you would see that I don’t crave sweets. I have no sweet tasting food in my diet.
I have tested Atkins some 30 years ago, and my favorite his cheese cake. But returning to eating that is suitable for an intelligent person isn’t a faking your taste buds thing.
You, authentically, need to return to normal eating. You need to re-train your taste buds.
I had a defining moment 30 years ago (I have shared this before…) when a Brazilian colleague of mine was eating her salad: no salad dressing, just the salad ingredients. She had two teenage kids and she had a figure that any 18-year old would envy.
She said these words: when you slather your salad with salad dressings, it trains your taste buds to only taste strong and artificial tastes… but my salad is very flavorful: each piece of vegetable has its characteristic taste and it’s lovely.
I started to train myself and my taste buds to experience what she experienced. I am still not quite there, but I am much closer.
I don’t use artificial sweeteners (other than for testing) and now I have accomplished the seemingly impossible: I don’t think of sweets, and even when I taste something sweet, like a chocolate chip, I find it nothing desirable.
It tastes actually disappointing, just like bread was disappointing after nine months of no bread. (I am writing this nine years later! Tasting milk or half and half after four years of not tasting it was disappointing… hollow. Artificial too.)
Once you are weaned off the stuff, you will be able to eat just a little bit, here and there… I hope. But if it works like alcohol or smoking (I don’t think so, but we shall see… so far I was able to say no to any of the bread, potatoes, etc. even though I got a taste of it again…) then you may have to call yourself a recovering carb addict till you die… but even that is better than being dull, dumb, delusional, and a loser, if you ask me.
Because the brain is able to change itself at any age because of its plasticity, you can teach, even an old dog, new tricks.
But you need to say good bye to the taste as well… sorry. The brain regulates the taste preferences, and if you keep up the sweet taste, it will get it wherever it can… and then you are back, addicted, sluggish, craving, dumb, and delusional.