I’ve been thinking about this a bit more today.
Many of you may be familiar with the concept introduced by Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book Antifragile. The idea is that an antifragile system is one that gets stronger or more resilient through external stresses and shocks.
The more I look at this, the more I can believe that a keto diet is a true example of this (especially when combined with fasting and protein leverage).
Typical stresses for people “on a diet” are:
- resentment and feelings of deprivation
- dealing with “favorite” foods (especially sentimental or holiday foods)
- not being able to eat anything on a menu
- social situations and social pressure
- travel (e.g. bad airport or gas station food)
- reduced inhibitions and discipline due to alcohol
In my experience, all of the above either go away or become irrelevant through the effects of ketosis, intermittent fasting, and protein leverage. On the other hand, on a high-carb, calorie-reduction diet those effects are very real, and you have to fight them through willpower.
If I had been in my old carb-dependent / sugar burning state, I might have been persuaded by the pleasant Cinnabon smell. I remember feeling like I had to eat every couple of hours . It seems like a different world.
In a fat-adapted state, it just became another example of how well keto works, without discomfort, and without strain.
 Personal example of this: in road trips back from college to my parents’ house, I can remember an eight hour drive expanding to twelve hours as I would stop at Burger King for lunch, Starbucks for a “coffee” to keep my energy up (sweet mocha drink plus muffin or pastry), McDonalds for dinner, Ben and Jerry’s for a 1000 calorie “snack”.