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Week 3, Haven't Lost a Pound

I was going to give it another week, but this is driving me crazy; I cannot understand why I'm not losing any weight or inches. Everything I put into my mouth this week follows. Each meal was nearly identical each day. I always eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking, and eat every 4 hours after that.

All meats and most vegetables and spices are organic, and all beef is grass-fed. I know I'm lacking a bit in vegetables, which I am going to rectify next week (following the 3:1:1 ratio from one of Tim's talks). As far as the hot sauce goes, I've gone through about 3 ounces this week.

I have barely exercised this week in an effort to see exactly how much SCD does alone. Somebody PLEASE tell me what is wrong with my diet.

Suppliments and Medications

    Fish Oil, 1000 mg twice daily

    TheralithXR twice daily (Vitamin B6 7.5 mg, Magnesium citrate 90 mg, Magnesium oxide 90 mg, Potassium citrate 99 mg)

    Advair 250mg twice daily

    Biotin 1000mcg once daily


    5 cubed pieces New York strip, sauteed in marinade, medium rare, marinated 3 hours in hot sauce, soy sauce, and macadamia oil

    1 whole egg, 1 egg white cooked in ghee

    1 cup (approx) black beans or lentils cooked in chicken broth

Lunch 1

    Slow Carb shepherd's pie: cauliflower mash [1 head fresh cauliflower, ghee, fennel seeds, celery salt, parsley], 1.5 lbs 96% lean ground beef [for whole recipe], lentils, 4 strips of bacon, 2 eggs, 1 cup vegetable broth

    1 cup (approx) red kidney beans and white kidney beans (2:1 ratio) or lentils

    Crystal brand hot sauce [Aged red cayenne peppers, distilled vinegar, water, salt, natural flavorings, xanthan gum]

Lunch 2

    Spinach salad [100g spinach, half a red bell pepper, quarter of a red onion]

    Balsamic vinaigrette [Water, organic expeller pressed soybean oil, organic red wine vinegar, organic balsamic vinegar, organic tapioca syrup, organic extra virgin olive oil, salt, organic garlic, organic black pepper, xanthan gum, organic spices, organic spice extract]

    1 cup (approx) red kidney beans and white kidney beans (2:1 ratio)


    1 chicken breast, par boiled then sauteed in macadamia oil

    Half cup (approx) asparagus, sauteed in macadamia oil

    3/4 cup (approx) red kidney beans and white kidney beans (2:1 ratio) or lentils


    Water (2 to 2.5 gallons per day)

    Coffee (8 oz cup with cinnamon and mint leaves, no sweeteners or cream)

    Tea (16 oz cup green tea flavored with acai, no sweeteners, and the tea by itself is not sweet in the least)

  • 42Wired commented Sep 22nd 2011:

    UPDATE: The two days after I posted this, I lost 2 pounds, but my diet was totally different that day (ran out of food). I think it was a combination of too many legumes, and not enough protein (especially during Lunch 2, which was just veggies and legumes).

    I've been having fewer legumes this week, but the lack of protein with salad just dawned on me, so I'll update again with results of correcting that behavior.

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Hi@42Wired. If you have very little weight to lose you might want to try the Last Mile protocol, but in truth your diet looks great, and you may just have to be patient a while longer. For some reason, some older women have to be on the diet for 4-6 weeks before they see results, and I suspect this is true of some guys as well. If you want to try to change things up, consider changing your ratio of protein to legumes. If I'm reading correctly, right now you are a little heavier on legumes. Try shifting the balance to heavier on protein for a week and see if it kicks you into fat burning mode. Also, ice packs really do help. Oh - one more thing. You didn't mention what you're eating on your day off. You are adding a cheat day, right? You need to keep cycling those carb/caloric levels to keep your metabolism revved up. Best of luck. E

  • 42Wired commented Sep 17th 2011:

    I posted a photo of one of my cheat days (which was great).


    But I'm 25, and 34.6% BF according to my DEXA a week ago, so I know I'm not ready for The Last Mile.

    I just bought my groceries for the next week, and I've adjusted the ratio accordingly.


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What was your diet like before the SCD? If you ate pretty clean to begin with and was fairly fit to begin with, I don't think you're going to be seeing any radical results.

I was pretty thin to begin with but I lost 10 pounds because I had been eating a really carb heavy diet before the SCD (I'm Asian so a lot of rice and noodles. And a lot of white bread and pastries. Hardly any proteins. No beans ever.)

Since the SCD foods were so different from what I was eating before I think that affected my weight loss. But after the initial 5 pounds (most likely water weight from the increased protein) I had to cut my portion sizes and track calories because the scale and measurements weren't budging at all from that point on. I think that was my 5th week into SCD.

I don't know how large a guy you are but 1.5lb ground beef seems a tad excessive. Maybe you're eating too much beef and not enough vegetables? I know Tim Feriss says not to count calories but I did notice that when I did keep my calories in check, the weight began to fall off. Sad reality.

  • 42Wired commented Sep 17th 2011:

    lol Sorry; I didn't mean 1.5 lbs of ground beef per meal; that was the total recipe.

    Before SCD, my diet consisted of very little meat, almost no legumes, no bread, no pasta, little rice, and mainly fruits and vegetables; I had a great diet by conventional standards.

    If the ratio thing fails to yield results, I guess I'll have no choice but to track calories.

    Thanks for the reply!

  • yarnphreak commented Sep 17th 2011:

    Ah, ok. that makes sense. Haha. I thought you were eating 1.5 lb beef in one sitting (I've done that before so I just assumed you were eating too much beef. Silly me) May I ask how your previous diet was working for you? It sounds really clean (and if I'd been eating so well I'd be a twig! LOL) Try cutting out all beans/carbs from your dinner. That worked well for me and you'll see many people doing that currently. (cuts down on the bloat for the morning and when you're asleep I don't think the beans get digested properly just lying in your stomach like that)

  • 42Wired commented Sep 21st 2011:

    My previous diet was working great for me for maintaining weight. I stuck to it very strictly during the week, and weekends, I would have whatever I wanted in limited quantities, but still try to make semi-reasonable choices.


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I agree with what people have said. Cut down on your legumes, up your veggies and protein. Feel free to omit legumes from dinner since you don't need the carbs then.

I think having 1/2 cup of legumes at breakfast and lunch should be sufficient. Good Luck!

  • 42Wired commented Sep 21st 2011:

    Wow, I'm still overestimating how many beans I need. I'll limit it to 1 cup per day. Thanks!

  • Nadia Papineau commented Sep 21st 2011:

    Try half a cup a meal.


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This seems like an awfully large quantity of beans. I just checked a can of ortega black beans (ingredients: beans, water, salt). It's 220 calories for 1 cup. If you are eating 3 3/4 cups of beans a day, that's 735 calories just from the beans alone.

I would cut the bean servings in half, and replace the missing bulk with veggies. 1/5 lb of spinach and a half cup of asparagus - and two meals a day with no veggies at all really isn't following the plan. Can you add a green veggie (cooked spinach or zucchini or something) into the lentils and into the shephard's pie?

  • 42Wired commented Sep 17th 2011:

    Wow, I thought I was still light on beans. There seems to be a lot of emphasis on beans in the book and on the forums. I'm adding a lot more aspaaragus for next week, so that shouldpush some beans out of the picture. Thanks.


  • Nadia Papineau commented Sep 21st 2011:

    I agree, the beans is where your problem is laying. Like Jake said, I'd half your beans to 1/2 cup per meal, and include lots of veggies per meal.

    One tip I find really helpful is to chop up broccoli stem (with all the tough skin removed) to salads. It's really filling and helps curb any hunger.

    Go easy on the ghee in your cauliflower shepards pie, and measure the lentils in the dish to be going towards your 1/2 cup of beans.

  • 42Wired commented Sep 21st 2011:

    For the whole recipe, I used only 1 head of cauliflower, used maybe 1.5 tsp ghee, and 2 cups of lentils. I haven't been having any additional legumes with the shepherd's pie this week; only asparagus.


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Hey, Maybe try a week of really basic 'whole' foods- just adding spices and lemon juice for flavour.

My typical day:

x2 glasses of ice water, 1 egg, 3 egg whites, half can red kidney beans, half bag of spinach (withinin an hour of waking)

Cooked chicken breast, half a broccoli (steamed), half can red kidney beans

Lean steak, half a broccolli with a few green beans, half can of red kidney beans

Up to 10 almonds a day, unlimited lettuce, cucumber and a few baby tomatoes, a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Good luck, let me know if anything here helps!


  • alex commented Sep 21st 2011:

    I agree - I find that when you make the meals extremely simple it helps. I tend to eat the same thing nearly every day and it works great.

    Breakfast - 1 egg w/pourable egg whites & beans

    Lunch - 1 grilled chicken breast w/beans & veg

    Dinner - 1 grilled chicken breast or some type of lean beef w/beans & veg

    Super boring but very effective. Stick to salt & pepper for seasoning, occasionally adding paprika or thyme, etc - cook with olive oil or butter.

  • 42Wired commented Sep 21st 2011:

    The most complicated thing I make is the slow carb shepherd's pie, from which I have removed the bacon.

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