Think thin bar OK?
Just came across 4HB book, very excited to try changing my eating habits to this lifestyle (I am close but indulge in a lot of fruit and gluten free grains ie. quinoa) I am wondering if the food bar, 'think thin' (8 g fat, 23 g carb, 20 g protein, 0 g sugar!) is allowed on this diet? I eat this and cottage cheese for breakfast.
Also, does anyone count calories on this diet? I know I definitely don't need more than 1500 cals or so a day (used a caloric counter online based on height/weight) but I'm wondering if this diet works so well in a way you really don't need to count?
Any advice/suggestion would be much appreciated!
The Best Answer
First off, I think it's great you are interested in this lifestyle...and I agree that it is a lifestyle...not a diet (even though we call it a Slow Carb Diet
I'd suggest that if you have the book, that you read the book...it's a fun read and answers all questions and he makes it pretty easy to get started quickly...and it's a fun read.
However, since you asked:
For the most part though, you need not count calories...I HATE counting calories. I have no clue how many calories I take in but I am losing weight/inches regularly and I feel better all of the time. The closest thing I did to counting calories was to decrease my portion size...meaning...a little less of "this and that" on my plate.
As for bars...you shouldn't really be eating bars even if they are sugar free. It would seem that "something" is making them have 23 grams of carb...what is that "something"? Is it a slowly digestible carb?
Plus, if you read the book (hint-hint) you will see that you need more than 20 grams of protein in your breakfast.
Breakfast should typically be loaded with healthy slow carbs (aka beans-lentils...legumes), protein (typically eggs and/or egg whites in the AM) and veggies. I always put a small amount of cottage cheese in my eggs by the way.
If you...read the book, you will see that by following the basics of the Slow Carb Diet you won't even need to be snacking on much of anything since your meals are so full of healthy slow carbs
But don't take my word for it...read the book.
So, yep...read the book - it may possibly change your life
All bars are not bad. Those think thin bars are really bad. Read the rest of the story:
Total Carbs: 24 g
Dietary Fiber: 2g (these are fine)
Sugar Alcohol: 12g this is just sugar. They call it sugar alcohol to make you think it isn't sugar, but it is. Not good on SCD
Other Carbs: 9g Not sure what "Other Carbs" are. Might be ok.
So run away from these.
I regularly eat Quest protein bars. They have 24g of carbs. 19g are dietary fiber which is fine. 1g is sugar. They do have sucralose which some say avoid like sugar but I will tell you I have lost 54 lbs eating quest bars and drinking protein shakes every day. With my constant travel, this saves me.
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