Other Reduced Carb Diets - Slow Carb or 4 Hour Body Diet




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bonbonj24
09-10-2011, 12:06 PM
Hello everyone! I did the 4 Hour Body diet for a couple of months at the begining of 2011 and lost about 15 pounds, 192-175 :D So, now I am starting it again, today is my first 'free day', fruit and bread and cookies, yay! I started on Monday and weighed in in the morning at 174. This morning I weighed in at 170! I know, I know, a couple pounds are water weight, not to mention its my TOM, so the numbers are probably all screwed up, but I felt good for my effort! I am also doing some workouts, the excersizes TF recommends, plus some knee rehab (ACL repair) and a couple of days of running(Prepping for some road races next summer!!) Anyways, if anyone has good recipe or meal ideas, or just wants to chat about how they are doing, I would love to hear it!!


whitelikechalk
09-10-2011, 01:57 PM
What exactly do you do on this diet?

bonbonj24
09-11-2011, 01:58 PM
Rule #1: Avoid “white” carbohydrates. Don’t eat bread, pasta, rice (brown or white), grains, potatoes, breaded fried food or dairy on your slow-carb days.

Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again. Meals should include protein, legumes, and non-starchy vegetables; eat as much as you like, 3-4x/day.

Rule #3: Don’t drink calories. Avoid milk (including soy), sweetened soda (no more than 16oz of diet), and fruit juice. One or two glasses of red wine are permitted.

Rule #4: Don’t eat fruit. Tomatoes and avocados are okay (the latter in moderation).

Rule #5: Take one day off per week. Go nuts and eat lots. Do at least five days of rules 1-4 before following rule 5.

The five rules above make up the bulk of the diet. However, Ferriss provides a list of mistakes people often make with the diet. They are re-written here as tips:

eat within 30-60 minutes of waking
get at least 20g of protein per meal, especially at breakfast
drink sufficient water, especially on your “cheat” day
avoid artificial sweeteners
don’t overdo with exercise


PicklesThePirate
11-04-2011, 11:23 AM
Hai! I'm the 4 hour body as well. I was on it a few months ago, and loved it! I let a stall derail me, though, and gained twenty pounds. So, back to the grind, I suppose. Still, my boyfriend and his roommate are still on the diet after 6 months and loving. it.

Allura Beatu
11-07-2011, 03:43 AM
Hello everyone! I did the 4 Hour Body diet for a couple of months at the begining of 2011 and lost about 15 pounds, 192-175 :D So, now I am starting it again, today is my first 'free day', fruit and bread and cookies, yay! I started on Monday and weighed in in the morning at 174. This morning I weighed in at 170! I know, I know, a couple pounds are water weight, not to mention its my TOM, so the numbers are probably all screwed up, but I felt good for my effort! I am also doing some workouts, the excersizes TF recommends, plus some knee rehab (ACL repair) and a couple of days of running(Prepping for some road races next summer!!) Anyways, if anyone has good recipe or meal ideas, or just wants to chat about how they are doing, I would love to hear it!!

I was about to start on Ideal Protein Diet but i just can't take the fact that I will not be eating whole foods most of the time and that soy plays a big role in this diet. I decided to do what worked for me in the past: ATKINS - The New Way of Doing It . And then I read about the Slow Carb Diet which allows a " cheat day". I am came from a " rice eating culture" and a lot of our foods are best eaten with rice ( I prefer Brown Rice). TF's diet seems more sustainable for me.

bonbonj24
02-13-2012, 12:21 PM
Hai! I'm the 4 hour body as well. I was on it a few months ago, and loved it! I let a stall derail me, though, and gained twenty pounds. So, back to the grind, I suppose. Still, my boyfriend and his roommate are still on the diet after 6 months and loving. it.

Any updates on this? I have been sick and away from this website for a few months, sorry! I am working thru some health issues right now so my current plan is do do some veggie and fruit juices for breakfast and dinner and a very lean and healthy light lunch. Then I plan on going back on Tim Ferris' plan until I get to my goal. :)

magsabags
05-12-2012, 08:18 PM
I'm starting this diet plan tomorrow! TF says not to count calories, but I will be counting anyways - last time I tried this diet I ate too many calories per day to actually lose weight. I also went wayyy overboard with the cheat day - i really took his advice to "go nuts" to heart. I ate 6000 calories in one day. It's really hard to get back on the wagon after a binge cheat day... so I'll either not do it, or if i feel I need to, have one cheat meal under 500 calories. I'm gonna play it by ear and see what works for me. I will also be ignoring his advice about limiting exercise. I am confident that I will not see lasting results unless I put in 5 or more hours of cardio per week. Perhaps dieting without exercise works for some, but not for me, so I'll be running. I am also going to try to take cold showers to boost my metabolism in the morning right when I wake up and at night right before I go to bed.

Have you guys made any progress with this diet? I'm starting to wonder if following it to the letter even works... that's why I am making small changes.

Kayriel
05-14-2012, 12:20 AM
I started with this diet but made changes to accommodate my lifestyle. I don't have near enough protein in the morning as I just have a protein shake and I added a glass of full-cream milk into my diet as it helped me off a 1 week stall.

I haven't done any exercise either and my lifestyle is very sedentary but I lose between 1-1.5 lbs a week on average.

Edit to add: Most cheat days consist of more carb-heavy food (pizza/pasta) and at least 1-2 scoops of ice cream or cake. However I still keep a rough idea of portion sizes as I normally eat out on my cheat days.

Durian
10-17-2013, 10:51 PM
I'm curious if anyone is still doing this. :)

I've started and I'm trying so darn hard not to weigh myself because I just don't want to know right now. I'm going to do it for two weeks and see if I need to make some changes. The hardest part for me is I really need to plan my meals to ensure they include all three food groups. And, I miss dairy.

TwoTots
10-18-2013, 02:00 AM
Hello Durian. I am planning on starting this diet in a weeks time. I am going away for a weeks holiday, I'm bringing the book with me to read. So my first day will be next Saturday 26th. I can't find many people here doing it. We could check in on each others progress. Post your progress here. I wont be online while away. Good luck.

MrsKevin
10-18-2013, 08:26 PM
Hi TwoTots

I'm doing a version of this... I'm gonna PM ya!

I just had my third cheat day today and still losing weight! :carrot:

:hug:MrsKevin/Suzanne

Jacqui_D
10-23-2013, 05:02 PM
Yay to my bud MrsK for having the courage to move from a strict Atkins to a modified Slow Carb and incorporating a cheat day! :D

Durian
10-25-2013, 11:02 PM
Hello Durian. I am planning on starting this diet in a weeks time. I am going away for a weeks holiday, I'm bringing the book with me to read. So my first day will be next Saturday 26th. I can't find many people here doing it. We could check in on each others progress. Post your progress here. I wont be online while away. Good luck.

I've lost 5 pounds in two weeks. I'm not sure if it's the cheat day or what it is, but I'm actually motivated on this diet and I'm sticking to it, something I've really struggled with in the past.

Are you ready to start tomorrow? :)

Hi TwoTots

I'm doing a version of this... I'm gonna PM ya!

I just had my third cheat day today and still losing weight! :carrot:

:hug:MrsKevin/Suzanne

Congrats! Tomorrow is my second cheat day and I cannot wait. You say you're doing a modification; what have you modified? :)

I'm not doing great with the bean eating this week. I'm having them daily, just not with every single meal. I'm going to work on it for next week, but it is a big struggle.

MrsKevin
10-25-2013, 11:57 PM
Hi there Durian-- as far as me modifying the 4 Hour Body deal is that I don't eat within an hour or less when I wake up, and I don't even eat the beans (yet).

But I do follow the idea of no white sugar, pasta, bread, rice, flour ("white" most anything is a no-no,even milk-- accept cauliflower, which I adore). And yes, I do a cheat day once a week (today is my Cheat Day... in fact, every Friday is). I don't lose fast (averaging just 1-2 pounds a week, I estimate) but does great things for my moral. As Jacqui_D says, (and she's is who inspired me to try my low-carb eating to include one cheat day a week---and ONE day only, not two, not 1.5 days) when she thinks about wanting something she shouldn't-- she just puts that idea on the back burner, because if she DOES want it (such as a glazed donut or something), she knows that she can have it on her cheat day.

That's my thinking too. I might think something sounds good one day (as I said, a donut, and why that example? Because I had some this morning! WITH Hot chocolate!) but I just write it down to remember to have it on my Friday/Cheat Day. You know-- sometimes what sounds good on Tues doesn't even sound like the treat that I want by Friday.

All I can say is it's working for ME. (YMMV)
:D MrsKevin

Durian
10-26-2013, 11:13 AM
Hi there Durian-- as far as me modifying the 4 Hour Body deal is that I don't eat within an hour or less when I wake up, and I don't even eat the beans (yet).

But I do follow the idea of no white sugar, pasta, bread, rice, flour ("white" most anything is a no-no,even milk-- accept cauliflower, which I adore). And yes, I do a cheat day once a week (today is my Cheat Day... in fact, every Friday is). I don't lose fast (averaging just 1-2 pounds a week, I estimate) but does great things for my moral. As Jacqui_D says, (and she's is who inspired me to try my low-carb eating to include one cheat day a week---and ONE day only, not two, not 1.5 days) when she thinks about wanting something she shouldn't-- she just puts that idea on the back burner, because if she DOES want it (such as a glazed donut or something), she knows that she can have it on her cheat day.

That's my thinking too. I might think something sounds good one day (as I said, a donut, and why that example? Because I had some this morning! WITH Hot chocolate!) but I just write it down to remember to have it on my Friday/Cheat Day. You know-- sometimes what sounds good on Tues doesn't even sound like the treat that I want by Friday.

All I can say is it's working for ME. (YMMV)
:D MrsKevin

I hope you enjoyed your cheat day. :carrot:

It isn't always practical for me to eat within an hour of waking, either. It depends on how things are with my (young) kids. :) And, as much as I want to consume the 30 grams of protein, I just can't imagine doing it without a protein shake, which I won't do until I hit maintenance mode.

Like you, I do write down my cravings. :) I read that in the book - he said a reader found success writing down cravings, knowing they could have every single one on the cheat day. That has helped me because I don't really feel like I can't have it, I just can't have it yet. For my personality, that really works. And, like you, I find that some of the things I wanted don't even sound appealing by cheat day.

I'm glad it's working for you. I feel like it's working for me, too. :)

TwoTots
10-27-2013, 06:35 PM
Hello Durian and Mrs K. Thank you for your PM. I am going to start tomorrow, I'm not completely sure of the program. I've read the weight loss chapters once but I need to go over them again, it's a bit confusing. I was hoping to use a protein shake with added spinach some mornings for breakfast some thing I learned to love from the IP diet. I want to check out if chia seeds are allowed and maybe add these to the shake. My holiday was not too relaxing (I have 4 yr old twins) and my husband didn't travel with me. But I had a fantastic time. I am ready to begin eating well. Did either of you measure your bodies. I think I will try and take before pics and measurements tomorrow. Good luck.

TwoTots
10-27-2013, 06:46 PM
Do you work out? or take the cold showers? or PAGG stack supplements? We could start posting some meal recipe ideas??

Bosgurl
11-04-2013, 05:04 PM
Hey people!
I have been reading about this program, and I think I can do this. I am a bit nervous, but I am going to go for it. I am going to get my beans together and hope to have a great meal. I look forward to seeing the pounds drop off. I am already excited about my cheat day. I brought some cheesecake, and its been in my freezer just waiting to be eaten. I guess I will take care of that on Saturday :smug:

Bosgurl
11-04-2013, 05:07 PM
I'm curious if anyone is still doing this. :)

I've started and I'm trying so darn hard not to weigh myself because I just don't want to know right now. I'm going to do it for two weeks and see if I need to make some changes. The hardest part for me is I really need to plan my meals to ensure they include all three food groups. And, I miss dairy.

Hey!
I am new to this site, so I am not sure when you posted this, but I am planning to begin tomorrow. How are things going?

TwoTots
11-06-2013, 05:22 AM
Hello All. My start last week was a non starter. But I started on Monday and so far so good. I am eating a protein shake with spinach and chia seeds for breakfast with an egg. Then I have meat and veg for lunch and dinner with some beans. Lots of food! I hope I'm not overdoing it. today I have some avocado, cottage cheese, chicken and veg for lunch. I have been eating a couple of walnuts or almonds too. I will let you know on Saturday morning pre cheat day how my weight is going. Looking forward to cheat day. I am having cravings but am able to say no. I'm also taking the supplements that are suggested in the book. Keep posting. Good luck.

Brooklynn
11-06-2013, 05:37 PM
Hi ladies... I jumped on here to see if there were any posts about carb cycling and found this. This sounds very interesting as a previous atkins success. I did atkins for about a year and lost a significant amount of weight. 213 down to 140 and maintained there for a while. However, I started nursing school and the stress just got to me and I gained it all back in the last year or so. I think I will try this on Monday and eat an Atkins like diet for the 6 days and enjoy a cheat day because honestly that is what has stopped me from starting Atkins again. Always feeling so horrible after I cheated and basically having to start all over again. So I read here you count no carbs, are you supposed to stay with in a certain number or just eat the foods from the list and not worry about it. I cant imagine you would get to many on the non cheat days with the foods you have listed but that will be a hard habit for me to break lol. Even when I am not doing Atkins I find my self looking at the carb count in everything. I look forward to reading more about your successes!

TwoTots
11-08-2013, 05:00 AM
I've been following the slow carb diet without doing any exercise. I am eating the suggested supplements. It's going well as of this morning I'm down 5 lbs. tomorrow is my cheat day which I'm excited about and nervous about. Reigning it back in on Sunday will be the real challenge. I think I will use the morning of my cheat day as my regular weigh in day. I had a breakfast of eggs and beans today, took too long to prepare and felt heavy to eat. i'd rather stick with a protein shake for breakfast. Let me know how any one else is doing.

TwoTots
11-09-2013, 02:01 AM
Today is the morning of my cheat day. i'm starting with a protein/spinach/chia seed shake.I weighed in at 219.4 lbs. Down 7 lbs since Monday. Great. Anyone else out there want to get this thread active?

TwoTots
11-14-2013, 11:29 AM
Tomorrow is weigh in day for my second week. Cheat day was enjoyable but Sunday was a challenge to pull back from eating carbs, I did eat some carbs in the evening which I know slowed my weightless for this week. Still hanging in there. I will post my second week weight loss tomorrow.

miatutu
11-22-2013, 05:05 PM
I have been thinking of switching to this plan for the holidays. I am currently doing Atkins, so it would just be adding in legumes, and having a cheat day. Is it really that important to have the beans. I think my protein is good, and I will have to give up cheese, but that wont be hard. I am still averaging a 2 to 4 lb. Loss a week on Atkins. What is everyone else averaging.

TwoTots
12-06-2013, 09:55 AM
Check out the other thread.... The slow carb diet.... there is some information there.

Missy123
12-16-2013, 05:03 PM
Hi, I just joined this site for some support to start the slow carb diet. I'm at the highest weight I've been in I don't know how long. I have tried Atkins a couple of months ago, but I felt so low in energy and couldn't get rid of the headaches even when I made sure I added additional salt (too much water loss resulted in headaches). But need a bit more of a lifestyle change and I really love beans, so fingers crossed. Today I had a decadent work holiday lunch, so tomorrow will need to be my first day. Plan to make some bean dishes and precook some chicken to make things a little simpler when there isn't time to cook. Also aiming to wait and not have my cheat day until Xmas even, which is a little over a week from now.

TwoTots
12-17-2013, 01:57 PM
Hello Missy123. This thread is not active. We are on The Slow Carb Diet thread. There is a few of us over there. Good luck.

dtretv100
01-04-2014, 12:11 AM
I want to start but modify it to fit me accordingly, because by the book always make me want to quit. Just my two.