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
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]
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)
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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
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.
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?
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!