I’m not really sure what you mean when you say an Atkin’s style nuclear bomb. I’ve not really looked closely at Atkins stuff.
You can cut down on carbs slowly if you want to or let them go all at once. I wasn’t inclined to want to calculate this and calculate that and spend hours contemplating how many carbs I was eating. Guess that makes me a rip the bandaid off now kinda person.
If you want to get into ketosis, you gotta burn through the sugar first. The longer you keep shovin’ in the sugar (carbs), the longer it’ll be before you ever get into ketosis. You can cut down but if you never reach that threshold, you’ll never get to ketosis.
Hey, I was a bread and potatoes and pasta kinda guy most of my life. But I also liked a lot of other things so I still did have stuff to eat. I never ate huge amounts of meat but do eat fish, poultry, and the occasional beef or buffalo. I eat eggs, quite a lot of them, local, and real pasture raised. I eat dairy… butter, heavy whipping cream, sour cream, lots of different kinds of cheeses. And I eat lots of salads and non-starchy veggies along with those other things. There are quite a few of them that you can eat a good bit of and still keep your carbs way low. There are lists online that quantify that.
If you think you NEED potatoes, look at some of the recipes that use cauliflower instead. I make a mean “potato-like” cake out of cauliflower that is really good. I’m told you can make “potato-like” mashed cauliflower if you want something kinda like mashed potatoes. You can make various kinds of squash into fillets or strips to resemble pasta and cook that up with either a tomato sauce or an alfredo sauce. Good eats. (I make a zucchini lasagna that’s excellent.) Bread is harder but there are some recipes online that will make some decent dinner rolls. It’s hard to get a big fluffy sandwich loaf but rolls or smaller loaves are possible. If you want to delve into desserts, there are some sweeteners that you might be able to use that won’t give you a bunch of carbs to deal with. I’ve used erythritol, but I have to be careful as if I eat too much, I end up with a headache. I’ve used some stevia but it can leave an odd taste in some things. Honestly, I don’t find myself wanting a lot of sweets when I’m satisfied with fats.
Anyway, the point is, if you go cold turkey, it’s not like you have to eat steak at every meal and suffer in fits of hunger because you can’t have food. I never went hungry, ever. I just decided I was going to leave the starches and sugars and grains behind and did it. I think I eat pretty well. I think I have quite a lot of variety in my diet. Don’t focus on what you can’t eat, focus on what you can eat! And enjoy it!
If you want to test the water, why not figure out a couple of keto meals and eat them. See how you feel. You may surprise yourself and it won’t be so hard after all. ? !
Dive in, the water is warm! Or not… your choice.