Let’s get this weight loss ball rolling!! I started the Slow Carb Diet by Tim Ferris last March and have managed to lose about 50 pounds. Amazing! It’s shockingly easy to do, it’s tons of fun, and it can definitely help you reach your next goal in weight loss.
Our Next Uncomfortable Truth:
You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
In order to start really losing weight, you need to get really honest with yourself. What is your diet really like? Just for fun, all next week write down everything you eat. From one cashew you took out of a bowl to the glass of water you had before bed, take note. By week’s end, you will have lost weight.
Because when you start paying attention and writing it down, you’re forcing yourself to really focus on what goes into your mouth and stop the mindless eating and munching.
If you really want to lose weight, you need to put the cake down, and pick the salad up. You need to get serious. You can talk about wanting to lose weight until the cows come home, but unless you actually make some fundamental changes you’ll never see results.
The thing that really jump started my weight loss was starting The Slow Carb Diet. So I’m going to sum it up here for you! Hopefully you can have the same success I did. I’m going to do my best to explain it as quickly and easily as possible, for more information you should really buy the book The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferris. It’s a great read and has a lot of wonderful information.
The General Idea: We still live in caveman bodies. We have less hair, our foreheads are less awkward looking, and most of us have figured out this whole “hygiene” thing. But deep down, our bodies still think we’re foraging for food, living off of the few berries we find here and there, the salmon we manage to catch, and on those very, very special occaisons… We find an apple.
This is why it is so difficult to lose weight and so easy to gain it. We needed it to be that way so we wouldn’t starve to death over the winter. But now… It’s just a giant pain in our giant butts.
The Slow Carb diet works by never letting your body go into “starvation” mode. That is why most diets fail. You limit your caloric intake which tricks your caveman body into thinking you won’t be eating for the next 3 months, so it starts storing every last bit of food as fat. Then after starving yourself for weeks and finally starting to lose weight, you binge… And gain it all back threefold.
Enter: The Slow Carb Diet.
The science behind The Slow Carb Diet, in particular the cheat day, is that by binging one day a week, your body never goes into starvation mode. You get to lose weight all week, then keep your metabolism high by gorging your face off one day a week. You’re tricking your caveman body into thinking you’re still surrounded by plenty of good food so it won’t pack it all on as fat. Science for the win!
The Schedule: Six day a week, no carbs. None whatsoever. No “oh but it’s gluten free bread!” or “but it’s organic whole grain rice!” The way he puts it in the book “if it can be white in some form, don’t eat it” That means: No potatos, even sweet potatos. Any and all bread, wraps and tortillas included. No rice. No noodles. No nothing! Cut all carbs from your diet.
Same goes for dairy. This is a really hard one for most people, I get it. I used to need a huge glass of milk with every supper, cheese on everything; I was a dairy freak. Then I stopped eating it and my crippling daily stomach cramps that I wrote off as “normal” suddenly went away. Go figure.
When it comes to beverages, don’t drink your calories. Stick with water, tea, or black coffee (or just a small amount of cream if you have to). Black coffee will super boost your metabolism, so learn to love it! I can’t stand cream in my coffee any more. If you must have a drink after work, stick to one glass of red wine. White wine is very sugary, same with liquor, and beer. And really, avoid all juice. Look at an apple. Look at apple juice. I rest my case. But if you still don’t believe me, buy some cranberry juice from the organic section, the expensive bottle, not “cranberry cocktail” or “cranberry drink.” Get the real, honest to goodness juice. Now take a shot. Please notice all the saliva instantly dissapear from your mouth. These 3 dollar bottles of “juice” are basically pop. Avoid at all costs!
Focus on protein and vegetables. Ensure that you get lots of protein in you within the first half hour you’re awake. This helps cut sugar cravings, and also boosts your metabolism. Since I typically have a crazy morning, I make a chocolate flavored protein shake, all natural, no artificial sweeteners, with a dash of unsweetened almond milk, and a scoop of inulin fiber (Metamucil) since protein can be hard to digest. Delish! And I don’t feel hungry for hours afterwards.
Now as hard as this may seem, you only have to last six days at a time. One day a week, you get to go banana times and eat anything and everything you want. During the week, when you have a wicked bad craving, write it down. Then on the morning of your cheat day, go grocery shopping like an 8 year old. Pop Tarts, Eggo Waffles, ten thousand chocolate bars, buy the entire candy section! So long as before you go to bed that night, you throw it all out. And not conveniently at the top of the grocery bag where it doesn’t get tainted, throw dirty kitty litter on top of it. In order for this to work, you can only eat like this one day a week. No morning after roll over.
For the first little while, you’re going to binge so hard on your cheat day you’ll have to sleep at an incline to stop yourself from throwing up. Don’t fight it! The binging, not the vomit. Overdosing on sugar is good. It will start to set up a negative association with really bad food, and lessen your cravings during the week. Now I don’t get excited for pie, or cake. I get excited for roasted cauliflower, steaks with carmelized onion and sauteed mushrooms… I get excited for delicious food that’s good for me. And it feels fantastic! I can be proud of myself again.
So that in a very large nutshell is the Slow Carb Diet! It has worked wonders for me, and I really hope it will do the same for you. What diets/lifestyle changes have worked for you, reader? Sound off below!