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My Experience with the Slow Carb Diet from 4 Hour Body

I have never been an advocate of diets – I have always ignorantly assumed that your weight is determined by a simple formula of if you eat more calories than you burn you will gain weight. As such I have never been really concerned about what I eat, and instead focused on getting more exercise.

However, I have never really hit my goals and with a World Record Attempt coming up (more on that soon) I have been doing some research.

Some of you may have read that I am a big fan of the book “The Four Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss. It inspired me to reduce my time spent on work, still afford travel Asia and focus my goals.

Just last month Tim released another book, The Four Hour Body, which is essentially a series of techniques based on research for losing body fat, increasing muscle, optimising sleep etc.

It is from this book I found this diet, which can be summarised as follows:

1) No “white” carbs (sugar, bread, rice, pasta, cous cous etc. etc.)
2) No fruit, fruit juice etc.
3) No milk, cheese or dairy
4) Meals consist of Protein (eggs, beef or chicken), Vegetables and Legumes (lentils, kidney beans etc.)
5) Must eat within 1 hour of waking
6) 1 day per week is a cheat day, where you eat anything you want (this is required to kick start metabolism)

Note that there is a bit more to it (it is essential to get the book if you want to follow it) and this diet differs vastly from other Slow Carb diets.

So today I started this diet as an experiment, with a view to starting properly on Monday (so my cheat day can fall on the weekend…). I have actually enjoyed my meals today, had plenty of energy for Football this evening and don’t feel hungry now. I ate three meals plus a snack after football:

1) Breakfast – 2 eggs, lentils and peas
2) Dinner – Stir Fried Beef (Chilli, Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce, Paprika), Lentils, Baby Carrots

3) Tea – Stir Fried Beef (Chilli, Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce, Garlic, Paprika), Mixed Beans, Spinach, Saurkraut

4) Post Exercise – 2 eggs, Saurkraut

My big problem today however has been coffee. I love coffee with milk and I have tried to find a substitute in whey protein, coconut milk, black with vanilla, black with cinnamon… none of them cut it. It has meant that I have drank less coffee which can only be a good thing.

The big test will be after a few days, but so far the signs are good.

Another big point made in the Four Hour Body is about measuring success. As such I will be doing body measurements, body fat percentage and weight on a weekly basis.

Stay tuned and I will update my progress.

Written by Carey

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