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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...

When I start eating normally again, will the weight come back?

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Hey everyone! I just started on the slow-carb diet this week, and so far so good! I have been sticking to the plan, and feeling really great. I also exercise quite a bit-- going back and forth between hot yoga and cardio/weights. This diet seems very similar to the Adkins diet, just from what I have read about it because I ...

Women and the 4 Hour Body

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Are women finding success with 4 Hour Body? Over at 4-HBTalk we are discussing this and the women are not seeing very good results. Any feedback you can offer? I read about Laura Cox on this site - way to go. She changed things up - no beans at main meals, no snacks. Look forward to your replies.

Foods to avoid on Cheat Day?

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I've had very mixed results recovering from Cheat Day based on what I eat. What are some of the foods that other people have found led to unexpectedly high weight gain, water weight retention, etc.? Pizza seems particularly bad.

Simple Bean Cake Recipe: Feels like cheat day!

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I made these this morning for breakfast, with a side of greens. They taste like potato pancakes and the onion gives them a nice bite. Ingredients: 1 can of beans, drained and rinsed (I used pinto) 1 small cooking onion, diced 1 whole large egg, beaten egg whites added as needed salt and pepper to taste oil to fry (I used ...

Do you need to do the "Damage Control" indications on Cheat Day?

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Hello, In the first Chapter, under "Rapid Fat Loss" Tim doesn't tell you to read the "Damage Control" chapter. So I thought that there was no need to follow them on my weekly cheat day. Is it really necessary?

Women Please Post Sample Meals

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Dear Ladies, Are you happy with your progress on slow-carb? If you are having great success on the slow-carb diet, please post a day's worth of food (preferably with amounts), along with how long you've been slow-carbing, starting weight/inches and current weight/inches. I know it would be helpful to me (and I suspect oth...

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' ...

Before and After - Week 4

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Hey Everyone, Checking in after my first month on SCD. I am really shocked at the difference in 4 short weeks. Starting Stats(Aug 9 2011): Weight: 143Lbs L Upper Arm: 12 1/4" R Upper Arm: 12 1/2" Waist (at belly button): 34 1/4" Hips: 39 3/4" L Thigh: 24 1/4" R Thigh: 24" TI: 147" Current Stats (Sept 9 2011): Weight: 134Lb...

Get Back on Track: Create your Harajuku Moment

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I read a question earlier this week I planned to answer, but I can't find it now so I'll answer it here since I've seen a few similar questions. The question was a statement about after being on vacation or having a cheat day or two they were having trouble stopping the cheating. A big part of this is psychological. Here'...

Monkey's Cheat Day Reminder...

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Some little monkeys wanted to give you some Cheat day reminders (Only applicable to full Dieters Gone Wild Day) After you wake up... and brush your teeth: take a cold shower: Dry off and get dressed: scramble some eggs (with in 30 minutes of waking): just a little bit later, remember your grapefruit juice: and if y...

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 ...

Surviving a Rough Patch

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Greetings 4 Hour Peeps, I had a rough couple days this week. I ended up in a couple situations, mostly at work (I'm a barista at Starbucks. Yeah, I get to stare at pastries 8hrs-a-day, 5 days-a-week, gnarly.) where I found myself VERY hungry and with no slow carb food in sight (I dare you to find ONE thing to eat at Starbuck...

No Bread at all?

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In the book, for slow carb diet 1, it says, no white bread at all, is wheat bread ok?? I LOVE bread! NO bread is very tough!

Cutting out beans to speed up fat loss?

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I go to them when I need a "filler" food... ya know, something to plump up a meal and make it more hearty while still being "paleo/slow carb". But I have a sneaking suspicion that if I was to cut beans out (i.e my beloved kidney and black beans, etc), I would be losing fat faster. Could they be the tipping point to me losing...

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 ...

Women, it's true: wait 4-5 weeks

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I arrived at day 30 today and I feel amazing. I have lost 8 lbs. (5 being the past week, finally) and 6.75 inches: 1 off both thighs, 1/4 off both arms, 2.75 off waist, and 1.5 off hips. I have adjusted the diet to fit me a little better over the past 30 days. I cut way back on the beans, and I only eat them at one mea...

Minimize binge day damage with prunes

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i discovered that I feel 100% better the day after binge day if I eat 100-200gr prunes (depending on body size) as my last snack on binge day. Tim suggest using caffeine as a mild laxative, but that doesn't work for me. I hate feeling bloated and sluggish post binge day and prunes have seemed to fix that problem. They elimi...

Slow-carb dieting at work

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For all the 9-5ers out there, it's extremely challenging to eat the perfectly balanced meals outlined in the book. To make things worse, our office is stocked with all kinds of snacks: chips, candy, soda, you name it. It's driving me mad teasing me every moment. Also, every time I go out for lunch with coworkers I have to e...

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...

What is your favorite cheat meal?

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Having a rough time sticking to the SCD?

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This is my second time around, the first time seemed like cake compared to this time. I have tried over and over and can't seem to stick to it for very long. It's very discouraging, I know it's ultimately up to ME to make the change....but for people who have struggled then eventually stuck to it, what made the difference?? ...

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. ...

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...

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?

Kanisu! (Riceless Sushi!)

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So I went to a sushi restaurant today (my favorite) and was able to indulge in all the yummy goodness by only asking them to wrap my roll in cucumber instead of rice. That's right! Apparently it's called Kanisu and as long as they're willing to make it you are able to order ANY roll kanisu style. I'm so happy now that I h...

167 pounds to 120 pounds in 28 days. Possible?

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I was on the 4 hour body quest but I suppose I wasnt too consistent or committed. I saw the weight loss but but I plateau after cheat day. This time around I'm heading for a weekend trip with a couple of my boyfriend's friends. I want to feel good about myself around them cos I don't want them to think that my boyfriend is a...

Water Retention and Whooshes

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Water retention can be a major problem for some when on SCD. With our cheat days, we can retain a LOT of water weight as our glycogen levels are replenished- each gram of carbohydrate holds onto 4 grams of water and each gram of salt can hold onto a pound of water. So it's no wonder that we end up looking and feeling bloat...

One year, four months in. September Update!

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Hello Fellow Slowcarbers! My last check-in was back right after cheat week! Lots of things have happened since then! took a while to drop back the cheat week weight but boy I've had lots of positive things happen since then so let us get to the nitty gritty first! Numbers! Total Changes since starting 6/4/2012 Total Lbs lo...

Psychological Benefits of "Free Day"

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This is not a question, but a report: First, I like to call it "FREE DAY" because it's not "cheating" if it's specifically prescribed by the slow carb program. Second, knowing that I only have to eat in a restricted way for six days at a time, and on the seventh day that an escape from the restriction is coming has a HUGE...

Not losing enought weight

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Dear everyone, but especially LauraCox, PLEASE help! I did this for 90 days April-June but only lost about 8 lbs, some body fat, but I need to lost more weight. I've had 3 kids and have been doing boot camp/weight training for 1 hour 3 x per week for a year, plus some jogging (maybe 30 min 3 times a week also). I really n...

Does it work for woman?

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So I started today and then went online researched even more and a lot of woman mostly on youtube concluded that 4 hour body losing weight didnt work. well alot of them were over 30 which i guess i dont have to worry but just wondering does it work for woman too? any sucess stories?

Apology, Shame & A Soft Good-bye

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Ever since reading Martin's blog post last week here: f**karounditis, I've had to restrain myself quite a bit from answering some questions---out of fear of being---'too harsh'. (Even in every day life unrelated to health) I know a few of my answers in the past may have been harsh, so I apologize. But more so I apologize fo...

Plateau - after 11 days

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I've been on SCD for a few of weeks now. I was feeling rather tired and drained at the beginning - so tried a couple of days on 4 meals per day instead of 3 - this just pushed my weight up so I went back to 3 - but I did manage to go from 88kg to 85kg in the first 11 days! However I have stayed at that weight for over a wee...

ArcticHacker: The Final Push

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I'm at Week 10.5 (I'm doing 10 day cycles between Cheat Days now). I weighed and measured myself this morning. I am at 131.4 lbs and 16.4% BF. Apparently compared to Week 9, I am up 1.2 lbs but down about an inch in tape measurements and down 1.3% in BF. And I am also dealing with my TOM so I'm bloated. No matter how buff I...

Women wait until week 5!

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Today I officially made the 30 day mark on the plan. As I am finishing up my fifth week, I wanted to reply and add some encouragement, because the last two weeks I have been discouraged, but now am excited again. I understand that Tim says the program kicks in for women between week 4 and 5. I am a 52 year old women, 5'1"....

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...

Four month update, what I've learned etc...

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Two days from now will be my four-month anniversary since I started the SCD. I have lost 45 pounds. None of my old clothes fit and at a recent work function one of my bosses (who I do not see regularly) made a joke about me living at the gym. I have not gone to the gym a single time since I started the diet. My weight lo...

Accountability

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What has everyone found to be the most effective way of holding yourself accountable to you goals?

Before and after: 3 months 32 pounds

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Hello my fellow SCD teammates, Long story short, I started at 215lbs and I am now 183lbs. I followed the diet pretty strictly and went nuts on my cheat day. 7:00am wake up 7:10 am- protein shake in the shower, standard process SP complete diary free shake, and morning vitamins 12:00pm: 2 chicken breasts, 2 cups of...

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...

My story's on Wheat Belly site today!

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Check it out! Dr Davis, author of Wheat Belly, was asking for stories of healing from women over 50, so I sent mine, and he has it featured on the Wheat Belly blog site today. Way cool!! http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2011/12/gretchens-cheat-day/

How Slow Carb makes your friends smile

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Ok, today I'd like to share a very little story with you. My friend and me love gum. Especially 5 gum. So, in 5 gum is no sugar contained and I always felt free to take one or two a day. Recently, I really did often read that the "fake-sugar" is far more worse than the real one and that it can cause no further weight loss....

Recommending Intermittent Fasting! (Before and after pics included)

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Hey guys! I am Doug, from Finland! First of all let me tell you that I love this forum! I have been on the SCD for a month and it has been awesome! Let me also tell you a bit about my journey to being fit for the first time in my life: I started getting back in shape around march! I had no idea about the SCD back then. I h...

Visual Food Diary

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Just thought it would be cool to have the ability to have a public or private visual food diary feature on this site. Idea from: http://4hourpeople.com/question/673

cravings? this might help you get by...

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so i've been on the scd for a couple months; i've lost 10 pounds so far. besides looking forward to cheat day, one of the things that helps me get through weeks where i have particularly strong cravings is writing about all the foods i wish i could have ... and then telling them off! the blog is called: don't let me eat t...