I first read about the Slow Carb Diet in The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss while in an airplane on my first trip to San Francisco. As soon as I returned from my trip, I immediately followed the diet and was on it for about 3 months. It worked! I went from 230lbs to 199lbs with barely any working out.
I should have known it would work, it’s a low carb diet. In fact, the slow carb diet is nearly identical to the paleo diet (also known as the caveman diet) which is also a low carb diet.
So why do low carb diets work? Because by reducing your simple carbohydrate intake, you also reduce your insulin production in your body. This forces your body to use it’s own fat deposits as the energy store. I knew this was a great way to burn fat before I even read the book. I’ve actually done low-carb diets a few times before but I’ve never been able to stick to it.
Why did the slow carb diet work for me? Three reasons…
- The cheat day. This simple mind trick is all it took for me to stick with it for longer than a week and the main reason most people will love the slow carb diet. The idea that you could stuff yourself with anything you want in that 24-hour period was worth the work for me. Not the healthiest way to go about a cheat day, but as a fat kid at heart I took advantage of it. This cheat day is actually necessary because it gives you something to look forward to but also because it avoids your body from going into starvation mode which actually stunts your fat loss progress.
- Simple rules, such as “Rule #1: Avoid ‘white’ starchy carbohydrates”. All you have to avoid is the “white stuff”, except veggies (ex. cauliflower). Anything fried, pasta, rice, etc. is outlawed. That one rule alone is easy to remember and follow. There are only a few rules and they’re all idiot-proof.
- A basic list of foods to eat. Nothing fancy but nothing too limiting. A great way to know what to eat right off the bat. This has stumped many people that I know because they just want a simple list of what’s “okay” to eat.
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