I found low carb helped me lose 90 lbs at one point. But there were other surprising things that occurred that I didn’t expect. These could have been a combination of the weight loss and the supplements I took (which I will detail in another blog installment), but all of these actually happened to me while on low carb. There’s more than this – I’ll add more when I can.
- My mid-afternoon sleepiness disappeared. I thought this was a normal thing. On about day two or day three of induction, I noticed it was gone. I remember times where I had to fight like hell to stay awake in the afternoon, but I can’t recall having this since living low carb. I’ve read books by medical experts that say ‘no one knows why this happens’. Duh – I know. It was the carbs for me.
- My GERD disappeared. Also known as acid-reflux or heartburn, I lived on Tums and had actual anxiety attacks if I ran out. Not too long into doing Atkins, I noticed I needed them less and less. I still have some of the sugar-free variety (yes – most Tums contain sugar!), I use them maybe every couple of weeks now – and don’t even bother to carry them around. If you use Tums, Maalox, Nexium, Prevacid, or other medications for GERD/acid-reflux/heartburn, you might find that you don’t need them.
- My mind became more clear. Atkins talked about ‘Brain Fog’ in his book and this sounded like a term a quack would come up with – but I went on Atkins and understood exactly what he meant. What I do for a living is very technical and very detailed, and it has certainly helped.
- I didn’t get sick. Since 2003 I think I had one cold. Previously, I would get sick with a fever, the flu, or multiple colds every winter. Occasionally, I feel a cold or a sore throat coming on, but it always disappears – I never get the full-blown version anymore.
- My energy went through the roof. This was even before I really lost any significant weight. This was happening by week two. It was noticeable to people around me – they made remarks about it.
- I needed less sleep. I firmly believe that this is a combination of the supplements I take as well as living a low carb lifestyle, but I always needed 8 hours of sleep every night. I can now live on 6 hours just fine. That’s two more hours added to my life each day. Now I’ve had people tell me that I might be shortening my life by living on 6-hours, but my reasoning is that if they are right, it’s shortening my life during what I call the ‘depends years’. I have two small children and am in the prime of my life – I want to live now. If I’m shaving time off the years that I’ll be of no use to myself or anyone around me, it’s worth the trade.
- I would forget to eat. Yes – you read that right – I would forget to eat! I remember sitting at my desk and saying to myself – hey – it’s 2pm – I forgot to eat lunch. That never, ever happened to me before in my life. Doing Atkins, I would frequently remind myself that I needed to eat something at least every 6 hours – my body didn’t always remind me.