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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.

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...

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.

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...

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: Reclaim your Palette from the Food Industry

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Have you ever had a Rosemary/Olive Oil Triscuit? =.) I have a friend, Jill, who brought a box of those to my place to share with a group of us girls during a class. Jill said, "Once I open the box, it is hard to stop eating these, they taste soooo GOOD!!!!" Her eyes glaxed over in a semi-food orgasm stare which personally...

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 ...

TIP: your "fermented" foods aren't

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I don't know if you guys already know this but I figure I'd share anyways since there seems to be a wealth of misinformation making people waste their money. I'm a weird hippy so constantly have a weird variety of weird bubbly jars of stuff fermenting on my kitchen counter, so I have good sources of the stuff. However, if y...

Looks like I've reached my goal

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Looks like I've reached my weigh loss goal, and some! My goal was to go from 125lbs at 22% to 105 and 18%... I've fallen off track a few times, jumped back on, and 2 months later I'm at 103 lbs and I'm guessing (I'm going to finish off this week and take an average of the body fat %) that I'm at 15% body fat now. I'll po...

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?? ...

Do people start the lcd without reading the book?

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Why are there so many questions asked that are clearly answered in the book? I always see people asking if wheat bread is okay or if sweet potatos are okay? I understand there are areas that are not covered in the book, but some questions make me laugh / cry sometime.

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 ...

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...

New weight loss trick: Eating almonds with meals?

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I stumbled across a great little clinical study on almonds that suggests that eating almonds together with your meals reduces the severity of your post-meal insulin/blood sugar spikes, and thus help prevent fat gain. Since the whole point of the slow carb diet is to prevent insulin spikes, according to these findings, eating...

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...

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...

Need to lose 175 pounds

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So I ready to begin the SCD. 175 pounds seems overwhelming but I'm hopeful and excited and scared. Where do I start?

So here I am

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I hate my body. I'm 16 and I've reached over 300 pounds. 314 to be exact. I hate myself for not being able to show the bit of self control needed to say no to that extra piece of cake. I've come to envy the world and everybody around me because all of them are thin; something I don't even know if I'll ever experience anymore...

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, ...

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...

Member intro: I can't help cheating

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I was doing amazingly well and three weeks into the SCD. And then I went to the cottage. My cheat day turned into a weekend.. and then week... and then week and a day. I need my resolve back!

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...

Is there a middle?

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Is there a way of being half on/ half off the diet? I want to remain at the weight I am, not lose anymore, and definetely not gain anything. Is there a way of doing this ?

Week 2 disappointment :(

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I am at the end of week 2 and I just did pre weigh in before my cheat day. I'm so sad! I have plateaued after losing 1.9kg in my first week, I would be ok if I saw inch loss instead but absolutely nothing. I'm really disappointed, not because the diet is hard, actually it is not far from what I was already eating but simpl...

What do you look like now? Show off your results!

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What does your body look like after living and breathing the Four Hour Body? Post your best before & after photos and measurements here. Here's my results after just 3 weeks: Before: 125lbs 30% body fat After: 106lbs 20% body fat Update: A few have been asking about my diet and exercises, so here you go: I didn't want t...

UPDATE- Finally 26 Pounds lost!! took me 11 weeks though

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Just had to post this, this morning, i finally tipped the scales 20 pounds and 34.25" less then when i started Aug. 9, 2012! whew, although the past 2 months have went by pretty fast, i couldn't wait to get to the 20 pound mark, now for the next 20!! I have to say though with this first 20, I can wear almost everything in ...

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...

Ever fell off???

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Good news to start off with : I fell off but I´m back on track What happened to me is really interresting and so I decided to share this experience with you, guys, as this whole community feels more like some sort of family!! After 5 weeks when I´d been really strict with the diet I started to retain enormous amounts o...

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...

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?

Interested in this diet! Just looking for info.

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Hello, I saw an interview Tim did on the Dr. Oz show and looked him up online and I am VERY interested in starting this diet. It seems to emphasize the low/slow carb point of view, which I nice. I already started cutting white carbs out of my diet and felt a definite reduction in bloating. I'm interested in all the tips the ...

actually it is 255 grams of beans...

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Hello, I was wondering, is it 400 grams of beans per meal too much? Thank you! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear 4hourpeople! I made a mistake! I checked again on the can, and the 400 grams is the total weight of the can (with liquid), the weight of beans is 255 grams... I am sorry about this... Wel...

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...

so can someone break down the 100% compliance?

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i've got the foods down I can and can't eat..it's all the other stuff.. ice water on first waking, pills before meals, air squats,presses before meals and after cold thearpy drinking grapefruit juce before 2nd meal of day on cheat day is there a simple this is what you do page because reading all this in the book seems to ge...

People Joking about Health

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I've been a health nut for a while now, and this is something that's bothered me consistently. When people see what I eat (even pre-SCD), they congratulate me or chastise me for spending too much money on food, then joke about how much they love fast food and pizza and sugar and grease and salt and processed foods, and say ...

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 ...

What's one hint to lose fat weight quickly?

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One easy trick, one cognitive tool.

Binge Day !!

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Have been on SCD for over a month with good results, have found binge days to be more of a burden. My wife does alot of my cooking she is a legend. All the effort we both put in to applying the SCD rules on top of the exercises seems some what wasted after the Binge day. Enjoying the SCD food and recipes all you guys hav...

Cardio - mixed opinions while on SCD

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I've only been on SCD for two weeks but already down 6 pounds and almost an inch around my waist. Very happy with that result. I have slowed down my gym routine fairly dramatically too - doing only the A/B workouts the book suggests which consist of 1 set of 2-3 exercises. I have only been doing this workouts as Tim sugge...

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...

Loving the 4HB!!!

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Hi everyone, it's my 16th day on the SCD and I am so excited! A little about me: I'm a 50 year old woman (yikes!) but most people think I'm about 40. Lol. I've always been thin (115-120 lbs) and some people may think I still am. About 3 years ago, due to my hormones changing and my thyroid taking a major dump, I gained abou...

Ramadan (Fasting) and the 4HB

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Since Ramadan starts after tomorrow, i need advice from anyone that would know/recommend a training/diet regiment that could work in order to maintain my current program. Ramadan is a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset. No water, no food all day. So i need to fit all meals and workouts from sunset to sunrise. Check my p...

How much beans do you eat with a meal?

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So, people - how much beans do you eat for a meal? I ask this because I saw a carb-chart somewhere on this site, and it says that maintaining your daily carb intake below 100g / day is best for weight loss. My 800g bean can lasts 2 days. That means I’m averaging 400g of beans per day. Because I eat them with each of my ...

trace forbidden ingredients- killer or ok?

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I ask as Tim talks about Thai food which almost always contain fish sauce, which in turn almost always contains sugar and if you are making Thai basil chicken (which he mentions in the book) most recipes call for palm sugar(I omit when making at home). Then this morning I was reading the ingredients on my green Tabasco and i...