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Slow-carb foods allowed / not allowed

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Can someone please post a comprehensive list of exactly what foods are allowed and not allowed on the slow-carb diet? I keep hearing contradicting things and just want a list that I can print out once and for all.

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...

Slow Carb, but legumes and vegetables have carbs

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Hey Been on SCD for a few weeks now, i have other questions where i posted my "stats" (weight loss and blood tests). I do have a question though: this is the slow carb diet, but still we eat a lots of carbs from vegetables and legumes (they do have a lot of carbs in them). What is the math behind it? If we stay and count ca...

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' ...

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...

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 ...

Does sugar make you shaky, anxious, or increase your heart rate?

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A couple of the people in my support group who are doing slow carb or low carb have told me that when they do have something very sugary or carby, as on cheat days, that they get some pretty icky things going on. They've reported feeling shaky or anxious after eating something sugary. One told me that her heart would race ...

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...

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...

Cheat Day Misgivings...

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I'm nervous and feeling a little bamboozled. Just finished a cheat day that I honestly looked forward to all week, but then I woke up this morning feeling like I didn't really need it and was enjoying the diet so far...but I felt like it was part of the plan so I should stick with it. I'm not doing supplements and only got...

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 ...

If Cheat day is 24 hours.... can I start at 8pm on Fri?

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And then continue through 8pm on Saturday? So like you cheat on Friday night by going out, etc. and then cheat on Saturday DAY and then after dinner on Saturday night around 7pm or so you go back to clean? Could be a bad idea throwing sleep in the middle of it all but what do you think?

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...

Depression affecting weightloss/gain

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So this is kind of a stupid question but id figure I would ask since everyone on this site is probably a lot smarter than me when it comes to the science of the body. Any ways, to make a long story short My girlfriend of quite some time and I have recently broken up because she is moving to california and she sees no point i...

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...

SCD anti-social?

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Hey everyone! I managed to stick to SCD without any cheating on non-cheat days for 4 weeks. Then I just became so annoyed by the fact that I can't have dinner at my friends/family because it's almost never SCD-friendly; it feels pretty ungrateful not being able to take a single bite of what they cooked up for you. Add to t...

Avoid too much protein?

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I read Gary Taubes' book 'Why we get fat" which Tim said he agrees with most of what he says. In it, Taubes warns about having too much protein saying that it can cause light headedness, diarrhea etc. and not to restrict the amount of fat you get. I've also heard that fat is a much cleaner fuel compared to protein since it d...

So close...yet so far!

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Good morning 4hourpips. I have 8 more pounds to go to hit my desire weight, I would like to be at 125 by the 4th of July, yet this seams like it might not happen as I was up .3 this sat. Morning before cheat day. Any advise? I don't want to do the last mile...I have two months, hopefully I will get there. Thanks to those who...

Slow carb bean cakes! Make beans yummy :)

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This is my first post, so I figured I would try to make it useful: Hey everyone, in an effort to make eating beans on this diet easier, I came up with a delicious and easy way to eat them. I have been perfecting this recipe for a few months now, making a new batch once/week. (note: this recipe makes approximately 12-15 be...

TOP TIPS for getting to sub-10% body fat?

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Hey guys, What are people's top tips or methods for getting from 12-13% BF down to 10% or below? I don't want to give too much info on my personal situation because I'd like to see people's generalised advice on the matter. Cheers! Hit me up! PD

Gaining muscle+ Reactive eating.

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I have not been active on the site as much in the past few weeks, but I have been spying a lot. I have been eating a LOT more recently, I've been coming up to anywhere between 2000 and 2700 calories a day, and still having occasional cheat days (from which I don't gain as much anymore, and it comes off within 48 hours pr...

ArcticHacker: GOAL!

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I’ve been on the Last Mile for the couple of weeks to see if I could get from 16.4% to 15%BF. I gave myself a deadline of 3 weeks to do it because I know from past experience that I’m not very good on low carb diets. Luckily it took half the time I expected when I reached 15.2% BF. I’m calling it a success!!! To celeb...

Week 3 no change in scale, did any of this cause it?

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I'm still at 132 this week as was last week, i also took a measurement last week on thursday morning, and it was also 132..I'm about 5'5 male [Note Even though i'm 132 i still have body fat which my goal was to get rid of], no i don't have calipers and stuff i don't know any other measurements Total change has been about 12...

Is unsweetened almond milk allowed?

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Is unsweetened almond milk allowed? I know regular milk and soy milk are a no go.

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...

Are mushrooms okay?

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I would assume they're fine, but haven't seen them in the "good" column anywhere either so I thought I'd throw it out there. Thanks!

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?

Best foods for cheat day (to re-stimulate Leptin production) ?

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There is a list here (http://4hourpeople.com/question/379/skipped-cheat-day-any-healthy-alternative) but in seems to me like non-binge food, so simply wondering what would be the best 'crap/binge' food to eat on Cheat day in order to maximize Leptin production. All this of course while still having a first non-binge meal, ...

to much sugar

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I kinda of blew it last night had a few big bites of some really rich choclate cake. got rael sick to my stomache and a little shakey. was that to much sugar to fast. also it wasnt my cheat day. today is my cheat day. but im going to wait till next saturday. then start over again with my cheat day. also dont have agg or pa...

I can't stop peeing!

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Yesterday, I only drank a liter of water and peed most of the day. I was up until almost 1 am peeing non stop! I did have some coffee around 6:30 pm, but coffee really doesn't make me pee this much! This is getting silly! When, if ever does this stop? Please tell me there is some benefit to this?

ArcticHacker: Now to get stronger

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Last week, I got re-assessed by my physio team. For those that don't know, I am recovering from a car accident almost 3 years ago. At the clinic, I walked right past that surgeon that told me that I would be stuck in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. He was patronizing as usual and made some remark about being grateful f...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

Peanut Butter Binge

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Last night I couldn't resist and ate at least 3 servings of peanut butter (6 tablespoons). That's 600+ calories and has tons of carbs. I know PB is allowed (in small quantities) on SCD...but I went way too far and finished the jar. How much damage do you think I did?

How to approach maintenance?

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I am literally 1/4lb from my goal, and honestly I really don't think I need or want to continue, if I lost anymore I would start to look sick.. And my BMI is 19.5 so I really don't think getting down to 130lbs would be a very good idea at all, even though I was 124lbs in July, I am older and still growing, so my current weig...

Can I build muscle with SCD?

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I've reached my goal weight now, minus the 5lbs of water retention I still have from cheat day (I initially gained 13lbs, so I can expect to be pre-cheat by Monday at the latest), and I'm happy with my 'skinniness'.. But I think I look bordering on anorectic because I have barely any muscle bulk , especially not on my arms a...

What's the skinny on Cheat Day?

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So I am fast approaching my first cheat day and was hoping to get some guidance. I have read 4HB and I've also read through previous posts on this site, and can't tell whether its best to just go to town and do damage control (as it seems that will really get the leptin pumping) or do just one cheat meal or to try fasting b...

Best protein shake brand

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What's the best post-workout protein shake you've ever used and why is it your favorite? Mine is the chocolate SYNTHA-6 shake (not the mix). The shake has 40g of lean protein and only 2g of sugar, but the best part is that it actually tastes like a real chocolate milkshake (unlike stuff like Muscle Milk which tastes like chem...

Incredible Thirst

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Hi, I've been incredibly thirsty from about 23 days in to the slow carb diet. Has anybody else felt the same? Are there any known reasons for this? Cheers, Iain

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. ...

HELP! Analyze & Shoot Holes 'Cuz I am STUCK!!

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Hi All, I have been doing this for quite sometime now and admittedly in the beginning I had some struggles because I was cheating and cutting corners everywhere (see this post) but stopped the madness and finally started to see some results BUT for the last 4-6 weeks I have been completely stuck. My goal is 135lbs and I ...

What to use as a thickener?

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Hello - Does anyone have any suggestion for a thickener for soups and sauces? In the past, before SCD, I use flour in roux and cornstarch in a pinch. Would tapioca or arrowroot be suitable replacements?

So I'm gonna post my typical meals since my results are so good!

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Breakfast A: 2 slices bacon, 2 eggs, fried in a tbsp olive oil, 75g spinach (no sugar added- I get organic bacon now) Breakfast B: 30grams chorizo ( no sugar or hidden carbs except paprika), sliced , with 3 eggs, scrambled with the slices, sometimes add a tbsp butter, and a few dashes of Tabasco. Always drink green tea+ cin...

When do you see results

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This may sound impatient, I started the diet properly yesterday and semi began the day before that as I was reading the book. When would you think I would see results? I haven't lost any weight since yesterday.

How much fat can I eat?

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Will I still lose weight if I eat foods that have a lot of fat? How much is allowed on the slow-carb diet?

Speed up recovery time

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I want to work out more frequently so I can get bigger faster, but I'm always waiting for my muscles to recover. How can I speed up my muscle recovery time? There must be some supplements designed for this.