There is no such thing as a miracle diet.
But, if there was, it would be the slow carb diet.
I’ve tried this diet plan before with great success but this is the longest I have ever stuck with the diet for and the most consistent results I have ever attained.
Losing 3.8lbs might not seem like a lot, but it all makes a difference.
So, what is the slow carb diet?
The Slow Carb Diet Rules
Developed by Tim Ferriss in the 4-Hour Body, the slow carb diet has quite a few rules, but here are the most important ones.
Rule 1) Eat at least 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking up – full disclosure, I usually did this between 30 minutes and one hour.
Rule 2) You can eat as much as you like, as long as you only eat from the following food groups:
- Protein – e.g. meat, fish, eggs – the leaner the meat, the better.
- Vegetables – e.g. green beans, spinach, peas – the greener the better
- Legumes – black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans – the more the better
Rule 3) After five or six days have a cheat day where you eat anything that you want whilst acting to ensure that this influx of mostly carbs goes towards the right areas.
My Weight Loss Journey (in 200 words or less)
The first three days of my diet were hugely disappointing.
Starting at 216.4lbs, I did not lose a shred of body weight until the fourth day of the diet when I dropped 0.4lbs. I thought I had overcome the first hurdle on day 5 when I weighed in at 215.2lbs. This feeling was quickly snatched away the next day when I found I had shot back up to 218.2lbs – 1.8lbs over my starting weight.
I assumed that this was just a glitch in my progress and pressed on. Sure enough, on day 7 (my first cheat day) I went down to 214.2lbs.
In one week, I had lost 2.2lbs!
It wasn’t over yet.
The next few days went like this:
Day 8 – 217lbs – cheat day weight gain, so I mainly just ate green vegetables to reorient
Day 9 – 213.4lbs – the mini-fast worked quickly
On day 10 I reached 212.8lbs a total weight loss of 3.6lbs
Day 11 – for some reason I didn’t take a weight measurement
Day 12 to 14 – I travelled to see friends, so it was pretty hard to continue (or maybe I was just too lazy)
After my mini-holiday, I was full of regret. I was sure I had ruined my progress. Sure enough, I was 220lbs on Day 15 and 216lbs on Day 16. So, after another mini vegetable fast, I quickly dropped back down to 212.6lbs for the next two days.
After 16 days, I had a lost a grand total of 3.8lbs.
In Ferriss’ book, he says that you can lose massive amounts of weight on this diet. Furthermore, you don’t even have to work out.
That being said, I love working out. So I did.
Full Disclosure: I worked out 3 times a week using the Stronglifts 5×5 weightlifting programme.
If you’re interested in the slow carb diet, go and read The 4-Hour Body. However, be prepared to have your assumptions and beliefs challenged.
This was just the first of many experiments that I will be conducting into nutrition, fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.
In future posts, I will be adding before and after photos, more precise measurements and more details as to the methods I use. After all, if something isn’t clearly measured then it can’t be replicated.
I am certain that if I had continued with the slow carb diet, I would still be losing even more weight. However, it remains to be seen whether this diet will cycle back through into my life sooner rather than later.