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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...

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.

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?

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' ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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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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?

How have your cheat days changed?

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Hello All. I have just started this way of eating recently and i have at least 50 lbs of fat to lose. My first Cheat day was yesterday, and well, I'm waking up feeling like crapola. I ate all the stuff I wanted during the week on yesterday, and the 'carby' stuff I have in the house I just tossed. As expected, I'm bloated...

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...

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...

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...

Week 9: Arctichacker -pics of progress

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Nothing as dramatic as the lovely Akane but I finally got my butt into my skivvies and figure out how to work the timer in my camera. Tomorrow is my Week 9 Cheat Day! Week 6 was my last progress blog. I decided to start having cheat days every week and half instead of weekly. So far I've done 2 cycles. The first 10 day c...

Guilt-Free Cheat Day

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Like many people on here, I am sure after seeing such progress over a week without diet flaws it is hard to bring myself to eat foods that I know are not to protocol. However, this week I made sure to be very strict with what I ate so that I could enjoy myself on my cheat day and let me say, it was marvelous. To be honest, ...

My Cheat Day Protocol

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I've gotten really curious about cheat day and the way it effects my body. I've decided that DGW (dieters gone wild) every week is not the best choice for me. It makes me feel sick and seems to deposit fat back on my belly, not much, but enough to be demoralizing. I decided to start experimenting and tracking my data, so I c...

Are we designed for cheat days?

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My daughter visited me at Christmas and it was the first time since I'd started SCD. When I picked her up at the bus station she was staring at me funny, and finally blurted out accusingly "you look hip." (Oops, 47 year old moms are supposed to be wearing our momjeans uniform in public, not skinny jeans.) That was funny, b...

Wall Pushups Vs Real Pushups

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The one thing that really confused me about the Glut-4 Exercises is why Tim recommends wall pushups as opposed to real pushup -- he doesn't explain why! I imagine, if possible, real pushups would be best. Though, I could see why he'd recommend wall ones if you're on the - like in a bathroom - and it wouldn't necessarily be...

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...

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...

'Gastric Emptying' on Cheat Day

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I know that we're supposed to be 'emptying' more than normal on cheat day, due to the damage control supplements and other factors - but I'm going once at the most. And I know this is key, since it indicated how much is being absorbed. I haven't included Yerba Mate, Citrus Kombucha, or Athletic Greens yet - but I definitel...

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...

Cheat Day Hangover?

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I've been trying slow carb for a few weeks. Generally feel great. I've noticed that the day after cheat day I have what feels like a hangover. Lingering GI upset effects. I feel great the rest of the week. Does anyone else get this? Thanks. update: None of my other questions have got so many answers. I thought I ...

two cheat days in a row...

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So this past weekend I went to a game lodge in Limpopo, South Africa; it was incredible but not very conducive to sticking to a slow carb diet. So the diet kinda went out the window and although it did fall over cheat day, the cheat day became two days as opposed to one. So today I have started over. Hoping the damage from...

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 ...

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...

Yerba Mate Tablets - How much to take on Cheat Day?

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Hi Folks! I was wondering if someone could help me with the amount of Yerba Mate tablets to take on Cheat Day. I can barely stomach the tea(hate tea), so, I looked into getting the tablets. They are 450mg tablets. It says to take up to 4 total/2 tablets 2 times a day with food/water. Should I take that much only or wou...

I want birthday cake!!

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My day off is Saturday. Usually you guys call it Cheat Day, but I figure if it's in the rules then it's not cheating. I call it Dorito Day instead. Well, my birthday comes before next Saturday. I want to be able to enjoy some cake! But I don't want to blow my fat burning. Any suggestions? (Other than saving the cake a...

Any tips or hints for my first cheat day?

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From what I've read/been told, cheat days should be all out caloric MAYHEM. I am SO up for that challenge. My husband and I chose Sunday as our cheat day because we're taking his mother out to brunch and it just makes sense. So here is the plan: Regular SCD breakfast upon waking Brunch at an Inn----sausage, pancakes, coff...

What's the scoop(s) on the cheat day ?

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Hi, So that I feel better, as I just consumed an entire bag of choc. chip cookies, organic,,( had to throw that in there; i do have standards lol),would someone please explain why the cheat day is so important? I'm a bit analytical. and although I have combed through the interenet gathering up as much info as I could on t...

Is it okay to eat any cheese??

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Cheat day Sat, fasting Sun -- first time new hack

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I'm trying a new thing this weekend because of this article: http://www.fourhourbodycouple.com/2012/02/06/new-slow-carb-hack-for... I'm just interested in seeing what it will feel like and if my post-cheat gain will be smaller this time. I usually go up 3-5 lbs from Friday morning to Monday morning. I only weigh myself at ...

Damage Control tip: Bathroom issues

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(Warning: TMI bowel discussion ahead) I know that in the book, Tim Feriss goes to the bathroom like 4 times on a big cheat day but for many of us that doesn't seem to happen. (I eek by a measly one time no matter the amount of yerba mate or coffee I drink. Prunes don't seem to work and I don't like the cloying sweetness eit...

Check In/Progress to Date: Day 14 of 4HB

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Started 4HB on Monday April 2nd because for as long as I can remember, Mondays have been my "start of a new week" aka "weigh-in day". But after 2 cheat days and 2 Mondays of feeling disappointment at the dreaded scale, I have come to a conclusion. Everything else about my lifestyle has changed, my weight in day should too. ...

cheat day question

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is it acceptable to have two cheat meals over the week instead of a whole cheat day? just curious because sometimes my schedule requires work dinners. it would be easier to just have the two dinners of choice rather than a full cheat day... but wasn't sure that would work with the diet?

Has anyone else gotten sick on cheat day? (possible TMI)

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I don't know if the food I'm eating on my cheat days is just that much richer than I eat during the week or what? I've had two cheat days so far. The first one gave me diarrhea and the second one had me vomiting. I don't feel like I'm overeating. I eat less volume on cheat days than on SC days. Here's what I ate. 1st Cheat ...

1st binge day - I seem irritable and lethargic

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So, halfway into binge day 1...I seem to be snapping at the kids ...but I am also feeling kinda lazy. Is this normal? *also noticed that I'm not as into crappy food as I thought I would be ...oh and I had "a non binge breakfast"

How crazy can I go on cheat day?

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Tomorrows cheat day! I've lasted 10 days without one. I'm also not eating beans because I want faster results. Started at 165lb, I'm now 152! I won't delude myself though, I'm sure about 5-8 of that is water weight but it's still very motivational! I know I will expect massive fluctuations after cheat day so I'm prepared as ...

Can I eat this? Organic Brownie Bar?

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I've been asking a ton of questions lately. So thank you all for the help. I saw this at the store today and was wondering if I could eat it? It's called "Pure Organic Choclate Brownie Bar' Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic agave nectar, Organic rice protein concentrated, Organic Cashew butter( Organic Sunflower oil + org...

Grapefruit Juice and SCD

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Tiny point of confusion here. So I have read in the 4HB fat burning section, and I am starting the SCD tomorrow. I read that grapefruit juice will extend the effects of caffeine. What I am trying to understand is when is the optimal time to drink these? I should drink the coffee, then the gf juice correct? Before or afte...

Newbie with a Question

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Hi everyone! I'm so thrilled to be here. I started SCD about 9 days ago. I had lost 7 lbs by the 7th day, then I took a cheat day and have been too scared to weigh since. Anyway, i'm sorry if this question has been asked before. (I tried to look to see if someone else has asked it, but I couldn't come up with the right words...

Cheat day carbs making me sick?

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So it is my first cheat day today, I was so excited but that was instantly killed when I had a biscuit with my breakfast. I felt like I was on a sugar buzz so extreme it made me sick and want to lay down. I let a couple hours pass and felt back to normal and decided well maybe it was just my body getting used to it again. So...

10 WEEKS IN, FEELING THIN

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So... I missed my week 9 weigh in due to some early cheating (night before Cheat Day). Summary and update: start: 263.4 pounds day 8: 258.4 5 pound week, 5 overall day 15: 253.4 5 pound week, 10 overall day 22: 250.0 3.4 pound week, 13.4 overall day 29: 248.4 1.6 pound week, 15.0 overall day 36: 244.8 3.6 pound week, 18.6 ...

Cheat day- is it about calories, carbs, sugars, cravings, what exactly?

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I'm doing great on the SCD but feel like I may be cheating myself on cheat days- so what are peoples thoughts? what is the physical requirement/guideline for cheat days? is it strictly a calorie spike? loading up on simple carbs and sugars? Is the physical requirement/guideline separate from the psychological side? I'm...

Should i skip cheat day this tomorrow?

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my first cheat day was last week and I went completely wild. I am about one pound under my precheat weight and the end of this week. should i just skip tomorrow? or maybe just cheat meal? I'm 126 pounds right now, looking to loose 10 more pounds.