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Slow Carb Diet FAQs

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Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the slow carb diet. Before you even think about posting a question related to SCD, please read the book, available here. Is Food X ok to eat on SCD? Website with invaluable information: Self magazine nutritional data, contains very detailed nutritional data on a very wide ar...

Tips and Tricks: Slow Carb Style

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I've been browsing the forum and noticed a lot of the same questions being asked. I thought it'd be helpful if a lot of the information that was gathered from several members here on the site was centralized in one place. For simplicity's sake, I will try to speak to a lot of the initial and continuing concerns of SCDers ali...

TIP: Avoid whey protein when burning fat!

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A LOT of people following the slow carb diet to burn fat are getting lazy and using protein powders to meet the '30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking' requirement. Unfortunately, this may derail your fat-loss efforts, not solely because of the sucralose (which is still bad for weight loss), but also because whey prot...

People who are stalling, please read!

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Tomorrow I'm going to have my first 'cheat day' or 'carb loading' day, which apparently are 2 different things. My leptin levels are probably so low that my metabolism has slowed. Plus I've gone god-knows-how-long without bread, alcohol, and caffeine and I think I've earned it. Everything I read does confirm the 'cheat day' ...

Disappointment. Failure. Moving forward.

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I started slow carb in the beginning on the year, and it has certainly put me through a journey. It has changed my views of food forever, in some ways for the better, and in others for the worse. I started out at about 132 pounds (5'3 woman) and was able to get down to 120, something ive only dreamed of for years. I decided ...

Skipped cheat day, any healthy alternative?

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I've been doing the slow-carb diet for 10 days now without a cheat day. I look and feel so good, I just can't bring myself to ruin all my hard work because I know I will regret it. The book is very specific about NOT skipping the cheat day, but I really don't have any cravings for fried food or donuts or whatever. I never th...

i'm 500 pounds, day 45 on diet and 0 weight change

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im feeling pretty frustrated on the 4hb right now. im sticking to my no cheat days and enjoying my saturday with whatever i want. this is a (somewhat typical, i may change lunch or dinner around) day during the non cheat days: breakfast: (pretty much stays the same every day, give or take the bacon) 4 eggs (and tbsp or 2 ...

Overeating, Calories, and What Has Worked Best

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This is a post for those of us doing SCD with lots of weight to lose (100+ lbs in my case), who have a long and distinguished history of overeating. In short, if you are someone who is used to overeating, this eating plan will work better if you monitor portions and identify a daily caloric goal below your maintenance calor...

In praise of Cheat Day

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A million years ago (in my 20s) I did Atkins with great success. It was my first dieting experience, and maybe because of that I found it easy and sustainable - for awhile. After losing 60 lbs in about 8 months, although I had more to go, I felt comfortable, and once I got over an initial "fear" of eating carbs again, I let ...

TIP: Carb Chart!!!

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Follow these links! Its really HELPFUL!!!!

I Was 'Stalling' and Here Is Why...

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Hi! This isn't a question but I figured it might help someone out there so I am going to share honestly about why I was having such a difficult time seeing results. I assure you that this has been a very humbling experience for me and the whole body hacking concept has me COMPLETELY and utterly hooked. I am a workout junkie...

Trigger your Fat loss into hyperdrive

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So...after experimenting on the SCD with and without Occam's Protocol i've found that is most effective if you follow all of Tim's guidelines and one simple rule. That rule being "however much water you are currently drinking is NOT enough" i amplified my water intake to around 2 gallons a day and the fat literally started f...

Whey Protein Shakes for Breakfast- Yay or Nay?

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What is the final consensus on Slow-Carbers having Whey Protein Shakes for breakfast? ( I mean the kind with that you buy in the barrel and mix with water, not the pre-made kind that are loaded with carbs) I have heard - only if you are working out, yes they are fine, avoid them altogether... So which is it? I know they hav...

Willy my body get used to the slow Carb Cycle and then in turn not burn Fat?

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This Still all seems like a lot of Hocus Pocus to me.... but I have been doing it for a week and a half, preparing for my second Cheat/Binge day, and I have already lost over Ten Lbs. But I am afraid that my body will become conditioned to this predictable cycle and I will no Longer benefit from this diet, and Cheat Day wil...

Different Results

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Hello everyone. I have been on and off the SCD since 2008, when my husband and I discovered it on Mr. Ferris's blog. It has always worked wonders for both of us. If I got off, like I usually do around the holidays, I could count on taking weight off again consistently as long as I stuck to the diet and was working out some. ...

Stopping SCD but can I stay here?

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Hi all, I have decided to stop SCD.... It just not for me. In 3 months (on and off) I have only managed to lose and gain 5 pounds and I realise I may not reach my goal in time for my birthday in July 2012 at this rate. I know the scale isnt the best barometer but my pants are still tight so nothing is happening. Even thoug...

Entrenched beliefs

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It seems to me that much of what Tim suggests goes against the accepted thinking on exercise and nutrition, for example: - less exercise - no fruit - less carbs I guess I have had these topics drummed into me by medical folk, personal trainers, media and so on for years, and have come to believe that the non-Tim ways must ...

Off, On, Off, Back on AGG/PAGG

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For those of you who wonder if the AGG/PAGG has any effect, this is what I experienced in the last 10 weeks. I was just doing SCD without any supplements for the first 3 weeks, and due to beginner's eagerness, I was able to will myself not to cave into cravings. (Still had the urge for munchies though). After the initial 3 ...

Eggs at night, -1lb in the morning?

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On 4 different occasions I have lost 1 lb after having eggs as my last meal usually before bed, so it's like a 4th meal (sometimes with lettuce, sometimes with avocado, sometimes just plain). Just wondering if this is something anyone else has experienced? Next week, I am going to experiment with having eggs as my last mea...

Interesting Article on Cold Therapy

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I stumbled across this article on Cold Therapy and thought I would share. Perhaps full body ice baths could be replaced with just putting our feet into ice water. http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/genetics/4340089

Obesity, Leptin Resistance, and 4HB

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There is a lot being written now about the role of Leptin and Leptin Resistance in obesity (and many other metabolic related conditions) that is well worth knowing something about if you are into re-forming your body. It also has answered for me a lot of the questions about how come the 4HB approach works the way it does. W...

Starvation Mode

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Updated 4/25/2012 To address some points raised in the below comments: While restricting calories will lead to a slow in metabolism, loss of muscle, and many other things. It does not lead to fat gain. If starvation mode were true, when you hit a stall you would simply up your calories. Lose a little bit more weight, stall...

GET OVER THE CHEAT DAY WEIGHT!

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Second week in a row that it takes me 3 full days to get down to my pre-cheat day weight (mon, tues, wednes) This morning finally down to 279 again. I have been pushing water like crazy, 1.5-2 gallons a day. But what I wonder is, how long it takes most of you to get over the cheat day weight? Can we make this faster? Afteral...

Non Cheat Day social drinks?

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What would you recommend as drinks for social occasions on a regular day during the Slow Carb diet? I know I can have a glass of Red Wine, but just water from that point onwards isn't very appealing (and knowing the sanitary conditions of some of the absolute dives in this area, probably not too healthy). Will I be ok with...

Combining slow carb diet with Occam's Protocol

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Hi everyone I am now 16 days into the slow carb diet but I want to speed things up. I am planning on starting Occam's Protocol, however, I have some questions before doing so. I hope someone may be able to shed some light on these and help me out: 1) I have read a lot on this site that people do not recommend protein shake...

New Member: I was doin' it wrong.

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Hello all! This is my first week on the slow carb diet, but I love it! I feel spoiled by the diet since I've been fitness/health conscious for the past 6-7 years, and now realize that I've been doing too much cardio and not enough lifting. I've never been toned and have never had a low bf %, so that's what my main focu...

Can cold air burn fat?

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I know that water burns fats faster because water conducts electricity, but what about cold air? Can just colder air temperatures also help you lose weight even though your skin is not wet? You still shiver from cold air so it must do something, but maybe not that much. I really hope so though, as I was finally starting to s...

Protein/Nutrient Charts

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I found this awesome nutrition chart and thought I would share. This link will load the "Protein" (meat) page, but there are also links at the top for Legumes, Nuts & Seeds, Veggies etc. Personally I was astonished by some of the protein amounts, especially in veggies. Hope this link is helpful for others : ) http://www.he...

Cheat Day vs Dieters Gone Wild Day-preference?

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I told my son that we get a cheat day once per week. He didn't like the sound of that and prefered the DGW thing. Cheating does sound like in the closet where DGW seems more like "I am following orders and doing this right!" On another post, I commented that those of us who have the Feast Beast inner voice that wants us to...

What I learned from all of you about Whey

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So, like I said I started this diet about 3 weeks ago. I was doing fabulously! I was so stoked and excited about how easy it was. I even recommended this book to some friends and all of them are now starting. Anyway, back to my story. After realizing that eating so much food in the morning was rather difficult for me, I deci...

Pre-teen wants to join in on SCD, suggestions?

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My 12 year old daughter has had some weight gain in her stomach and above hip/lower back area over the last couple of years. I had hoped it was hormonal and/or a "phase" but it has not subsided. She is now becoming very insecure about it and is begging me to help her loose weight. Is there a modified version of the SCD th...

what do you guys think about kombucha?

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hey, new to the group, new to four-hour body (started last friday, but started really seriously on monday), and loving it so far. i haven't dropped any weight according to the scale as far as i can tell, but all my pants are fitting better and i think i look leaner, so i'm not worried about the numbers (haven't started measu...

Will P90X Exercise work for me?

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I wonder if P90X is considered an acceptable form of exercise with respect to the 4HB. Any thoughts?

Helpful health-bits

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Here are some nifty health-bits that are worth knowing! Information courtesy of menshealth.com. -Why 30g of protein within 30-60 minutes of waking? Every time you eat at least 10 to 15 grams of protein, you trigger a burst of protein synthesis. And when you eat at least 30 grams, that period of synthesis lasts about 3 hour...

What happens physiologically if you workout to gain mass, but don't eat and/or sleep enough?

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Something I've been curious about for a while, is how the body recovers after an intense workout geared toward hypertrophy, not given enough food or sleep afterward. If the muscles are sore and recovering/healing, would this mean it would just take longer for total recovery? Physiologically, what happens? Do the muscles reve...

Everyone on Occam's: Do NOT do a cheat day!?

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Holy $@%*, I just found out some very disturbing information, apparently you don't get a cheat day on Occam's: http://4hourpeople.com/answer/1908/do-i-get-a-cheat-day-on-occams-answer-by-shawngmarincas You're actually supposed to do a 'reverse' cheat day, where you eat only 50% of your calories. Thankfully I only made this ...

Cheating on Non-Cheat Days

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Just curious: has anyone given in to their cravings for things during the week and had an occasional cookie or sweet or whatever here or there? If so, has it effected your fat loss? A friend of mine has been doing the SCD for a few months now. He's had great results. And he claims that there have only been 2 weeks where he f...

Ice bath conundrum. Thermal dynamics experts help!

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How can I quantify and measure approximately the amount of calories burned from thermal kinetics (ice baths, ice packs etc)? I currently use the ice baths method and I am interested to know how much tim's process burns roughly on average. Anyone?

Is there such a thing as too much protein?

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So, simple question....is having like 30g of protein for 3 meals "too much" protein and could stall weight loss? I am just wondering cause recently my weight loss has slowed and I have not changed my diet nor deviated from it. I've lowered the amount of lentils I was having cause apparently it was too much before. I am ...

Is it possible to have a 24 hour period cheat day instead of a real day? What about splitting it in 2 or 3 meals during the week?

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Can I have a 24h (consecutive) cheat period instead of a cheat day? lets say instead of having my cheat day on saturday I'll have it from friday 4pm till saturday 4pm. Also can I have 3 cheat meals spread evenly during the week instead of a cheat day? lets say I like dinner better so I make 3 cheat dinners. Please give me ...

Gravy -- suggestions?

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Being able to put gravy over the beans, especially red and pinto beans, would really spice things up for me. Hell, think how easy it would be -- just stir fry some hamburger and mix in a bunch of beans. Pour gravy over it. Has anyone seen gravy mixes that are SCD compliant? I've got a box of gravy mix packets from when ...

Am I doing this right?

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I started the SCD 10 days ago, because after many years of neglect I need to get my body in order. I'm 30, 192 cm, and at the beginning of this diet I weighted 101.9 kg. After 10 days my weight is 101 kg (still haven't lost all the weight I gained on my cheat day, even though it was 2 days ago). As for my measurements, the...

Stomach Fat

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I've been on the SCD now for just over a year and have lost nearly 115 lbs! My original weight was 370 and I'm 6'4'', so you can imagine the gut I had (have still). I'm wondering if anyone out there has any suggestions as to how to burn the tummy off? I've not added exercise to the diet as of yet simply due to access to fa...

Is my fat intake too high?

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I've been slow-carbing for 5 weeks with very insignificant change, so I decided to up the anti and start on the Laura Cox plan, using edamame as my only beans, and committing to tracking everything on DailyBurn. I'm concerned because in order to lose weight, DailyBurn suggests that I take in between 37 to 63 grams of fat. ...

Protein...what to believe??

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I just came from a class on protein and some of the myths around it. It is warping my brain, after 6 months on SCD and making sure to get at least 30g protein at breakfast, and 20g min at lunch and at dinner. On SCD, I've come to believe that protein is practically king, but according to this information, I have been gettin...

Nuts to increase calories?

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Yesterday was my first day on the SCD but I feel as if I'm not consuming enough calories. I hear your not supposed to eat less than 1200 calories and I think my total for yesterday was only around 900 some. I was just wondering if this was ok considering that I wasn't hungry after each meal but if i needed to up my calorie i...

Scientific Proof re the Cold and Fat Loss

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Staying in a chilled state activates brown fat, which attacks white fat and raises RMR: Your text to link here... A new paper in The Journal of Clinical Investigation by Dr. Carpentier and his colleagues answers that question and more. By doing a different type of scan, which shows the metabolism of fat itself, the group r...

Sucralose / Splenda stalls fat loss?

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I know that all artificial sweeteners are supposed to stall fat loss, but to what extent? A lot of the protein bars and shakes out there contain sucralose / Splenda. I'm curious to know if I there's a specific limit on how much I can have per day?

Protein shake has 975 calories!

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Is there's a special recipe adapted to women for the protein shake? As soon as I started taking it I got fatter the next morning. Then I found out it had 975 calories, which is 450 calories for breakfast alone, plus my breakfast, no wonder! Anyway, should I be skipping breakfast altogether and just having the protein shake? ...