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Do I get a cheat day on Occam's?

The meal rules on Occam's are the same as the slow-carb except you add rice and a protein shake and/or bar each day. So my question is: Do I get to have a slow-carb 'cheat day' while on Occam's or not? I really really hope so...


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That summary of the protocol actually says:

"Eat enormous quantities of protein (much like my current fat-loss diet) with low-glycemic index carbohydrates like quinoa, but drop calories by 50% one day per week to prevent protein uptake down-regulation."

Which sounds like in Occams you would do the opposite and REDUCE your caloric intake one day a week. Am I misinterpreting this?

  • LauraCox commented Feb 8th 2011:
    Whoa, whoa, WHOA! I definitely overlooked that, miss those 14 little words and you're screwed. I need to tell people on Occam's this info FAST! Luckily I only had 1 cheat day the whole month...Thanks so much!
  • ernieayres commented Jun 15th 2011:

    Where in the book does it state to drop calories by 50%. I've read through every word and even searched the ebook version and do not see it anywhere. Looks to me like the author of the referenced article put his own two cents in.

    I'd love to see some direct quote from Tim Ferriss on this.

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Yes, I believe you can. The point of the binge is to jack up your calories at least once per week to kick off fat-burning hormones. If you're on Occam's you should be already consuming a lot of calories, but it's still a diet and dieting 24/7 constantly is simply not sustainable. You should definitely not hold back on treating yourself once a week.

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