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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...

5 Tips for doing the 4 Hour Body

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I posted this on my website, but wanted to share it here. On June 14, 2011 I started the slow carb diet, a weight loss plan prescribed by Tim Ferriss in his book, the 4 Hour Body. In just a few months I went from 187 to 160 lbs, going from a large to a medium in shirts and from 36-34 waist in jean size to 30. It’s an ...

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'...

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 ...

Results After 6 Weeks of Tweaking Diet

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So it's the end of week 6 on Slow Carb Diet, and I FINALLY got the thing kicked into high gear. The first few weeks, I may or may not have lost around 5 pounds; I don't know what was fluid and what wasn't. I once lost 70 pounds dieting the traditional way and exercising my ass off (and kept most of it off), and lessons from...

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...

Protein Advice for Fat Loss

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I've been thinking of writing a little article for awhile about this but, I'm lazy so here are the first 15 tips of about 30 I have to ramp up your fat loss from your protein choices. Protein Tips: 1: Grass-Fed Beef is Magical. I only eat this about 3 times a week. the tougher the better. but I always have significantly h...

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...

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...

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...

Why am I doubting myself?

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I'm 7 weeks in and have lost 2 inches on my waist, 7 lbs on the scale and the results are noticeable. They're not drastic changes but noticeable. So why am I doubting that this SCD along with the Building the Perfect Posterior is working? I look at my 'before picture and it's not that different' but clothes fit better, peopl...

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...

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...

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...

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...

180 Days Later -Forget The Scale

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120 Days Update 75 Days Update Hey All, Just wanted to post my latest after pictures, and most recent thoughts about SCD. I have been doing SCD for 180 days now. Wow where to begin? My most dramatic weight loss on the scale happened int he first ninety days. After I crunched the numbers I realized that was because I...

Can I eat?

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Almond milk pumpkin seeds butternut squash? it says no dairy in the book but it seems like butter and cottage cheese are ok, what gives?

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...

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...

Why is grapefruit used as damage control on cheat days to keep blood sugar low, and not allowed on regular days to do the same??

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I don't understand why. Love the SCD; the only thing I miss is (grape)fruit. What are your thoughts fellow slowcarbers??

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...

Sugar-free Dark Chocolate, an absolute no?

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Do you think having a few squares (maybe one post lunch and dinner) of sugar free dark chocolate would be an absolute no? I really crave sweets on this diet and would love to have this lower cal treat as opposed to nuts or a spoonful of peanut butter. Nuts tend to be a disaster for my dieting...once I pop I just can't stop. ...

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

How much exercise is too much?

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As I sit here re-reading 4HB, I start to wonder, " Did i just do 3 miles on the treadmill for nothing!?" In 4HB Tim talks about how doing to much exercise is actually a bad thing. I'm curious has to how much exercise everyone else does. As of right now I haven't had a chance to pick up a Kettlebell so the gym has been my out...

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?

Running / how much and when?

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Hey guys, I'm trying to keep a reasonable amount of lean muscle mass on my fairly slim frame. Been doing primarily CrossFit training and Wing Chun to keep fit/sane. However, I love to run and where possible, compete in shorter races (5k, 10k) - how much should I be running and what time of day is best?

How much are you losing so far?

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Hi Everyone, I'm a female 5'7'' and my starting weight was 194.8 . Today is my 17 th day on the diet and I have lost 5 pounds so far. I'm just wondering how much each one of you have lost so far and which way do you use to measure fat loss percentage?

weight fluctuations normal?

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folks, i apologize if this has been answered before - in my searches, the questions seemed to be centered around women (which i am not) 36 years old guy, 198 lbs from canada been on the SCD for just over 2 weeks now. started it at the same time as i started working out. also doing the PAGG thing (not the stack capsules, b...

The great yogurt debate

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After I read the book I thought no on yogurt. But here on this forum, it seems people are saying ok. I'd love to add it, but am concerned its a not so good thing to add. Please help clarify this so far internal debate.

Identifying The Culprit

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What is the best way to identify what it is you're doing to prevent fat loss on the slow carb diet? I feel like it must be right under my nose. I have been at it almost 2 weeks with very minimal results on the scale and my measurements are exactly the same. I've reread the diet chapters in the book about 5 times because peop...

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 ...

Intermittent Fasting Schedule

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From this thread I have read some of the posts on Martin's site http://www.leangains.com/ and also Eat Stop Eat. Most of the things that I have found are explanations as to why IF works and the details of it. Does anyone know of a reliable source with more of a summary and a schedule that could be used to take advantage...

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...

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 ...

Almost at my set goal! Some notes.

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I'm almost reaching my set weight loss goal with the SCD diet - I estimate I'll be there by the end of this week. Definitely will post before / after photos when I get there. Started with 99.5 kg (220 pounds), I'm on 92 kg right now (202 pounds). I wanted to get to 90kg (198+ pounds) and lose roughly 10 kg, but as I'm seein...

Protein bars on a busy day?

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I've been struggling to make time to eat breakfast on certain days when I have to get started early. I have checked out several different all natural protein bars as options to substitute in and get a protein fix before heading out the door. I'm gluten intolerant so that helps me eliminate a lot of the bars out of the runnin...

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

Results of 1st Round - Before is just GROSS!

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I completed what I consider to be Round 1 of my 4HB journey. The goal was to drop fat and tone muscle without converting into anything I couldn't maintain long-term. Overall, I was pleased with the results -- and have started Round 2 this week. Stats from Round 1: * Weight: 235.0 lbs. to 201.8 lbs. * BMI: 33.72 to 28.96...

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...

Nut Butter consumption?

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I am wondering if anyone has had any problems with consuming more than the recommended 1 tbsp of almond or peanut butter per day? I have been using it for in between meal snack. I am also only on day 4 of Slow carb and I have lost 2 lbs. I only have 10lbs to lose and I work out 4 days a week with 2 of those days being weight...

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?

Intermittent Fasting vs High-Protein Breakfast??

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So, after reading 4HB, there seems to be this consistent theme of fewer, smaller high-protein meals helping boost your metabolism. Not only is this a part of the last mile protocol, but it is also recommended to start eating a high-protein breakfast if you are accustomed to skipping it. However, lately, I've been reading so...

The difference between 100% vs 99% Compliance

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...is 7.3 lbs. After 3 months of Occam's and One month of Travel I found my actual weight back to where I was at the beginning of the year. This week I began back on a cutting phase. Which resulted in my highest weight loss and fat loss in a single week. The first week of January I weighed 198. That week I switched it up an...