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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.

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

Cottage Cheese?

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Why can I eat cottage cheese? How about Greek Yogurt (plain) which also has high protein concentrate?

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...

How much beans should I eat?

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I was just wondering if eating too much beans can halt your weight loss because it makes me feel sooo heavy after eating them. I eat them because they do help make me feel full, but how much is too much, and how many times a day should i eat them??

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...

Cooking for the week in advance for SCD and Last Mile

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TIP/Challenge –Prepare ALL your meals in advance! Here is a tip (could maybe be a challenge) for anyone on SCD, but especially for those who struggle to find the time to prepare their meals. In particular for those who struggle to get their 30g within 30min of waking or for those doing the last mile (where I think advanc...

SCD Success Story: roberdingo

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I started the SCD just over 3 months ago and have reached my goal. I have had amazing success - I have lost 7kg and ~4%BF. I now weigh a healthy 60kg (bodyfat down from ~ 14% to 10% - caliper 4 point method). I look and feel fantastic. I am never hungry and have more energy than ever. I am in the best shape of my life. And i...

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...

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. ...

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?

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...

Getting great results? What's on your plate?

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I had great results following the slow carb diet and a lot of people wanted to know exactly what I ate and how I exercised. So I'm going to post my detailed meal plan here and encourage you to do the same. I certainly did NOT follow all of the rules! My diet was more protein heavy because I really hate beans (Tim said to jus...

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...

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...

Slow-Carb Cookbook

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Hi Everyone, have you been using this cookbook? I just downloaded it and wanted to share with. The recipes look yummy! This is a free ebook by Tim Ferriss. I was not aware of it and found it googling... http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/The-Slow-Carb-Cookbook.pdf best F.

What are your favorite modifications to plan?

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Everyone's body, needs, working hours, preferences are different and I know many of you have made some modifications to original plan from the book. Especially those rebels amongst you. What are some modifications that worked for you and some that did not? Everybody, please use comments and votes for best answers (a.k.a. th...

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...

My Slow Carb Flickr

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Is anyone else taking photos of their meals? I have been on slow carb for about 8 weeks and I've captured pretty much everything I've eaten (minus cheat days) on flickr. Check it out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/63893660@N04/sets/72157626804768657/

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!

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

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 ?

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...

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...

The Numbers Are In...

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This is my first day starting the SCD, so I got all of my measurements and weight this morning. I must say, I was shocked! Weight: 238 Left Arm: 17" Thigh: 28" Waist: 43" Hips: 46" Chest: 50" I am no 36 - 24- 36, that's for sure! Mooooo! Being a 31 year old female, I absolutely despise these numbers. I am 101 lbs higher...

Fun fact - Pepper increases the effects of EGCG

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Here is an article I found that discusses the effects of combined black pepper & EGCG consumption in mice and rats. Although this does not directly correlate to humans, mice are genetically similar to us (hence all of our testing with them). Basically, Piperine, a component of black pepper, inhibits the glucuronidation (...

Help Please

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I just finished my 21st week of the slow carb diet. I have gone from 201 lbs to 146 lbs. I have lost consistently every week, even if it was only a pound some weeks. This is my first week not losing anything and I am devestated. I work so hard and don't understand why this happened. I am going to post my meals and see if the...

Anybody gone Paleo?

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I've been doing the SCD for 5 weeks now and have been having stomach problems after eating the beans. It doesn't seem to matter what type - I cook them myself and make black, white, and lentils. They make me feel bloated and gassy - my stomach was best on my Saturday cheat day this week when I had yoghurt, fruit, and every...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

How are you getting your cinnamon?

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I've come up with the perfect recipe for tapioca pudding that's slow carb, gets you your daily deliverance of cinnamon, gives you 30 g of protein, has no sugar, tastes delicious, and is pure amazing! Not sure if anyone else is using them, but the secret is chia seeds! I friend told me about them a month ago, and since then...

Eating intervals

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Hi" I know book says should at eat about 4 hour intervals, I have breakfast about 6.30 but won't have lunch til 12 o'clock. As I have a big 4hb breakfast, I'm not too hungry before that. Afraid can't have lunch at work any earlier. Even though don't need, should I have a snack or 5 and half hours between meals going to have...

job issues

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I work in an ER and therefore cannot always rely on getting a break to eat my meals while I am there. Even though I do take almonds and boiled eggs with me to have in those situations, so I do not start eating the junk food laying around, I wondered if anyone else has a similar situation and has any advice/tips. I do not l...

Feeling sick on slow carb diet

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I've been following the slow carb diet for 2 weeks now and I start to feel sick every time I have to eat. It's the kind of sick you feel when you're about to eat something you dont want to, and the queasy feeling in my stomach persists even after I'm done. I'm not used to eating this much protein and I was just wondering i...

Should I intermittent fast or do slow carb?

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I've been intermittent fasting for about 4 days now, on a 21/3 schedule (fasting 21 hours, eating 3). I feel like skipping breakfast is bad! I can't find much information on IF, and I was wondering if anyone has experimented with IF and if they have gotten better results with it than slow carb. I feel loyal to slow carb beca...

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.

Is it okay to eat any cheese??

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Clarification on Food Ratios

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I am a bit confused and could use some assistance. I know that I am supposed to eat until full. What are the recommendation though, as to ratio of meat to beans to vegies? And...should I try to maintain these ratios at each meal? Thanks again everyone. I always appreciate your assistance. Mike

Beginner questions

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how long should each meal last? is it true that it can only last one hour? does the four hour begin when I eat my first bite or finish the meal? can I have as much legumes, protein and veggies at each meal

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...

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 ...