To the faithful readers of A Life Designed; Several months ago I posted an entry entitled 15 Minute Female Orgasms and Other Intriguing Concepts which discussed the highly entertaining and somewhat controversial book, The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. In my post I mentioned that I was going to give his popular ‘Slow Carb‘ diet a test run and report back as to its effectiveness. Now, several months later, I have my first update. Hey! As the saying goes… Better late than never!
While I had hoped to start my trial of the Slow Carb diet sooner, a job relocation and well, ‘life’, got in the way. Now that the dust has settled a bit and finding myself in need of a quick ‘tune-up’, I embarked down the Slow Carb path 3 weeks ago and am here to say… This thing works! In a mere 21 days, I’ve dropped a quick 10 pounds and have never once felt hungry or deprived in the process.
Living the Slow Carb ‘life’ – A typical day
Not to go into all of the details and guidelines of the diet here, (visit the links above for an in-depth overview), here is a quick recap of the principles I’ve been following; Six days a week; No pasta, rice, oatmeal, breads, *alcohol, fruits, milk, yogurt, sodas or refined sugars pass my lips. (The one exception to the alcohol rule being an occasional glass of red wine, which is allowed.) What I DO eat includes; Protein sources such as chicken, fish, pork, some beef along with legumes and veggies. The other secret ingredient of course is water… and LOTS of it! On the seventh day, your ‘cheat day’, it’s an eating free-for-all frenzy, no-holds barred. This, as the book points out, keeps the body guessing and the metabolism revving.
Pictured here are three actual meals from a typical day of my eating following the Slow Carb plan. The top image is dinner; Roasted salmon on a bed of greens with balsamic vinaigrette dressing, a hard-boiled egg, a side of roasted green beans and almonds, (not shown) and a glass of Merlot.
Image two is a typical lunch; An Asian chicken salad, minus the wontons, with iced green tea. The final image is my ‘go-to’ breakfast; One egg white and one whole egg scrambled, shredded chicken breast, black beans and green beans all mixed together. Often I will also substitute the chicken with sausage links. It may not look pretty, but this meal ROCKS and you wont feel hungry in an hour when you come crashing down from your sugar and white carb-induced high.
Granted, this is only a 3 week sample set and I will report back again after a bit more time has passed with another progress report. However, so far I have to say— The Slow Carb diet is simple, easy to follow and effective! If anyone else has positive, (or negative), results to report on their own experiences with this eating plan, please feel free to comment below.
Randy – A Life Designed