I want to make a disclaimer that I have not done this diet myself. I'm not a fan of any type of restrictive dieting, however, I do think Fasting or Short-term shock to your system is beneficial to your organism.
After a conversation with a taaaag teammate about keto, it got me thinking if there is any easier way to cut weight quickly and I remembered the SLOW CARB DIET from the 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferris.
Tim Ferris is a biohacker and is a bit of a nut. Over the past 15 years, he has done some interesting experiments on himself. Just to see what works and what doesn't. One experiment that worked is this SLOW CARB DIET. Like the ketogenic diet, the slow-carb diet is based on a very low intake of carbohydrates. The major difference with this method is that there you're allowed carbs before a workout. Workouts are highly recommended for cutting maximum weight per week.
The plan is based on five fundamental rules that dictate the basics of the diet. In general, it involves consuming a limited list of foods for six consecutive days, with one cheat day once a week.
Ferris went from 180 to 160 at 20 lbs difference in 6 days. With claims like that its worth a glance, no? Ferris sets out 5 rules that the dieter has to follow. They are pretty simple but can not be broken.
Rule #1: Avoid "White" Carbohydrates
Ferris says "Avoid any carbohydrate that is or can be, white. The following foods are prohibited, except for within 30 minutes of finishing a resistance-training".
Interesting side note Ferris makes is that, chlorine dioxide, one of the chemicals used to bleach flour forms alloxan and researchers use alloxan in lab rats to induce diabetes!!!!! Yikes!!!
Rule #2: Eat the Same Few Meals Over and Over Again
Ferris list out a few dozen foods that you can eat,
The idea is to mix and match these foods from each food group to build meals and repeat these meals every day. It's not a lot of variety, but you're only doing this for 6 days so I'm sure anyone with the smallest amount of disciple could manage.
There is no portion size, so you can eat as much as you want per meal. Ferriss says he picks about 3 items for his meals. 4 Meals per day.
Egg whites with 1–2 whole eggs for flavor (or, if organic, 2–5 whole eggs, including yolks) Chicken breast or thigh
Beef (preferably grass-fed)
Fish Pork Legumes
Mixed vegetables (including broccoli, cauliflower, or any other cruciferous vegetables) Sauerkraut,
Rule #3: Don't Drink Calories
Ferriss recommends drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Other suggested drinks include unsweetened tea, coffee or any other calorie-free beverage. Pretty simple. Keep your fat little fingers from the sodas and Starbucks.
Rule #4: Don't Eat Fruit
Easy to understand, no? You're trying to cut weight, so I get it, but I freaking love apples.
Rule #5: Take One Day off per Week
The diet allows you to choose one day per week when you can eat like a clown, and go nuts.
Personally, if you haven't hit your target why do you think you deserve to it, continue the diet. But that's one of the rules of the diet so I'm just saying,
It's pretty easy to follow and could be a great alternative to the much harder KETO diet, especially if you like working out at the gym and need a bit of fuel to get you through that session.
Results from Tims blog.
The book is selling on Amazon (Amazon is my addiction). There are some more interesting things from this book that I will share.
Timothy Ferriss. The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman (Kindle Locations 1477-1478). Crown Publishing Group.