I am on a quest to lose weight. I know that many people are in the same boat as me. As I was going through my day today, I realized something: Most people want to lose weight fast. They want the body they had back when. I think that most people think, well, if I could just get back down to a size 10, or 8, or 2, then I would never let my weight creep again. I would be better…..
The truth is that losing weight fast and then keeping it off long term does not happen for very many. Why? Because habits have to change for you to lose weight and keep it off.
Repeat: Bad habits have to be replaced with good habits for you to not only lose weight, but to also keep it off.
That is why many people will claim that diets do not work. I will agree with many of these people, but I can also see the beauty in some eating plans that assist in weight loss. One thing that many hold in common is teaching a person how to eat right. That is why I chose the slow carb diet for me.
What is the Slow Carb Diet?
Everything I know about this diet comes from Tim Ferriss and his 4 Hour Body book. There is a lot of controversy around the guy, and I am pretty convinced that people either love him or hate him, but one thing is for sure: he is pretty convincing. I say this because I was basically following the slow carb diet without even knowing for a few months. I thought I was just maintaining, but I was actually losing weight, just slowly (I wasn’t sticking to it the way he has it laid out).
Anyway, the basics of the diet are very simple:
1. You cannot eat any type of fruit, dairy, sugar, flour, breads, cereals, rice, potatoes, basically the “white” foods of the world for 6 days out of the week.
2. You mainly eat eggs, meat, fish, vegetables, beans, and lentils. You can see the similarity here with a low carb diet, yet beans are encouraged to for a few of reasons. First, they add needed calories that are lost once you stop eating starchy foods, they are a good source of fiber, and they are a low glycemic food that will not spike your blood sugar levels like other carbohydrates.
3. Eat within a half hour of waking. This is important to kick start your metabolism.
4. You can have a “free” day one day a week and eat everything and anything you want. The reasoning behind this is that it helps keep your metabolism on its toes, but it also help YOU with life. How many times do you have an event on the weekend that you need to go to where there is food that you know want to eat? Well, now you can plan for it. You really can have your cake and eat it too, at least one day of the week.
I became convinced that I was carb sensitive, so I started following a type of low to slow carb diet plan. I was eating carbs, but I would make sure they healthy ones that came from fruits and beans, not breads and sugar. Now that this diet seems to jive with my thoughts, I really do think it can work for me. I am at day 4 right now and am officially down 7 pounds. Awesome? Yes! Will I keep going? I want to, and I am hoping that my blog will help motivate me because I am answering to all of you!
There is more reasoning and rationale behind this diet that I will go into detail about more. For instance, you are allowed wine in moderatin on the diet, but only reds like Merlot. There are certain healthy foods that Ferriss encourages such as cinnimon and spinach. He also has an interesting take on exercise.
What are your questions and thoughts about this diet? Does it have the sustainability to work long term?