Hardcore Keto - are you craving for sweets any more?


(Gabe “No Dogma, Only Science Please!” ) #41

2.5 years low carb here. I live in NYC, and every time I visit home (Australia), I notice my cravings for carbfests and my desire to buy Cadbury and Cheezels to bring back to the US drops. Like, noticeable difference, even between my March visit and my September visit this year – years into LCHF.

I cheat occasionally, preferencing savory carbs over sugary carbs – I now often find that even if I’m cheating, I won’t feel like chocolate or whatever after I’ve had the Cheezels.

I still feel like sweet stuff after dinner quite often, but it’s not a sugar craving. To satiate it, I’ll have dark chocolate handy (Trader Joe’s 85% dark chocolate is the best value for money on the market imho) and I also make my own makeshift cocoa+sweetener or almond flour+sweetener concoctions. A couple of spoonfuls of cocoa and allulose, or some almond flour cookies made with stevia, usually do the trick.

To emphasize: it’s still surprising how much my taste has changed. The idea of regularly having the crap that most people eat every day physically repulses me. They were giving out free yoghurt on 42nd Street today near Grand Central: I picked one up, and saw “19g carbs, 0g fiber” and just thought to myself “why not just drink a Coke?” And yet people were grabbing them and lapping it up as if it was healthy for them. Insane.

(Paul Melzer) #42

Sweet tooth is pretty much gone (LCHF 14 months). I don’t dislike sweetness but have no craving. Because I strongly associate sugar and refined carbs with the rollercoaster of hunger I’ve escaped from, and a keto diet with a pot-of-gold mental clarity and physical health, I’ve no interest (no physical urge) go back. (BTW, I use the term keto not strictly.)

(Bunny) #43

I don’t think it is particularly bad to eat sugar, the problem comes from having too little control over consuming too much of it because it is in everything we buy.

Theoretically you could eat sugar and still get into ketosis[1] if that was all you were eating by itself with with enough micronutrients!

Something very peculiar about eating a particular carbohydrate in a singular partitioning sequence?

Will not be mixing M&M’s and pretzels in my puppy chow any time soon…lol


  1. Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds (CNN 2010): – Twinkies. Nutty bars. Powdered donuts. For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of these sugary cakelets every three hours, instead of meals. To add variety in his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too. His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most – not the nutritional value of the food. The premise held up: On his “convenience store diet,” he shed 27 pounds in two months.
    For a class project, Haub limited himself to less than 1,800 calories a day. A man of Haub’s pre-dieting size usually consumes about 2,600 calories daily. So he followed a basic principle of weight loss: He consumed significantly fewer calories than he burned. His body mass index went from 28.8, considered overweight, to 24.9, which is normal. He now weighs 174 pounds. But you might expect other indicators of health would have suffered. Not so. Haub’s “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, dropped 20 percent and his “good” cholesterol, or HDL, increased by 20 percent. He reduced the level of triglycerides, which are a form of fat, by 39 percent. “That’s where the head scratching comes,” Haub said. "What does that mean? Does that mean I’m healthier? Or does it mean how we define health from a biology standpoint, that we’re missing something?" Despite his temporary success, Haub does not recommend replicating his snack-centric diet. “I’m not geared to say this is a good thing to do,” he said. “I’m stuck in the middle. I guess that’s the frustrating part. I can’t give a concrete answer. There’s not enough information to do that.” …More


I don’t know if I qualify as hardcore keto yet, but I’ve been doing this for a little over a month and I’m not really craving anything. it’s pretty crazy and it’s working. I mean it did suck not getting to try any of the pie at Thanksgiving but that just gave me an excuse to go play on my phone.

(Karen) #45

No craving for sweets here. I do miss crunchy though


I don’t really crave sweets, per se, but sometimes I miss being able to dig into a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, if that makes sense.

(Carl Keller) #47

I can look at a cookie all day long and it doesn’t bother me… smelling it bake is a lot more difficult. But I don’t crave them by memory or sight. I see people eating doughnuts and I don’t feel jealous. I feel sorry for them.