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Slow-carb foods allowed / not allowed

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Can someone please post a comprehensive list of exactly what foods are allowed and not allowed on the slow-carb diet? I keep hearing contradicting things and just want a list that I can print out once and for all.

Slow Carb Diet FAQs

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Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the slow carb diet. Before you even think about posting a question related to SCD, please read the book, available here. Is Food X ok to eat on SCD? Website with invaluable information: Self magazine nutritional data, contains very detailed nutritional data on a very wide ar...

Tips and Tricks: Slow Carb Style

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I've been browsing the forum and noticed a lot of the same questions being asked. I thought it'd be helpful if a lot of the information that was gathered from several members here on the site was centralized in one place. For simplicity's sake, I will try to speak to a lot of the initial and continuing concerns of SCDers ali...

Akane's Before/After Pictures :)

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Hi everyone! Well, I have FINALLY built up the courage to put together a before and IN-PROGRESS photo collage of myself. I HOPE this works!! Please be gentle. This isn't the MOST recent pic, but I'm only truly 2 lbs lower than the pic I put up! My BEFORE and February 2012 In-Progress Pics I apologize for all those...

When I start eating normally again, will the weight come back?

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Hey everyone! I just started on the slow-carb diet this week, and so far so good! I have been sticking to the plan, and feeling really great. I also exercise quite a bit-- going back and forth between hot yoga and cardio/weights. This diet seems very similar to the Adkins diet, just from what I have read about it because I ...

Any super-fat people attempting this?

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Does this diet (lifestyle change) work if you're super overweight? For instance, 303 lbs and 5'5" tall female? I see a lot of people who are 200-250 (and the higher end tend to be tall men, not short women) posting in various forums & stuff, but not many who are really, really big and wanting to change their lives. Can any...

Foods to avoid on Cheat Day?

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I've had very mixed results recovering from Cheat Day based on what I eat. What are some of the foods that other people have found led to unexpectedly high weight gain, water weight retention, etc.? Pizza seems particularly bad.

What slow-carb desserts are allowed?

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What are some slow-carb desserts or treats that I'm allowed to have when I'm having a craving for sweets? I know sugar is not allowed, but after eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner full of meat and vegetables, at the end of the day I really need something to break up the monotony. Any suggestions?

100 lbs in 208 days.

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This is more of a Before/During than Before/After cuz I'm nowhere near finished! Starting Weight 12/15/10 - 429 Todays Weight 07/10/11 - 328.8 I have 4HB to thank for it. Lots of kettlebells, walking and intermittent fasting. I feel *fantastic* and can't wait to see where I end up by the end of the year. Update 8/19/2...

TIP: Avoid whey protein when burning fat!

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A LOT of people following the slow carb diet to burn fat are getting lazy and using protein powders to meet the '30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking' requirement. Unfortunately, this may derail your fat-loss efforts, not solely because of the sucralose (which is still bad for weight loss), but also because whey prot...

Simple Bean Cake Recipe: Feels like cheat day!

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I made these this morning for breakfast, with a side of greens. They taste like potato pancakes and the onion gives them a nice bite. Ingredients: 1 can of beans, drained and rinsed (I used pinto) 1 small cooking onion, diced 1 whole large egg, beaten egg whites added as needed salt and pepper to taste oil to fry (I used ...

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 ...

Do you need to do the "Damage Control" indications on Cheat Day?

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Hello, In the first Chapter, under "Rapid Fat Loss" Tim doesn't tell you to read the "Damage Control" chapter. So I thought that there was no need to follow them on my weekly cheat day. Is it really necessary?

Slow Carb, but legumes and vegetables have carbs

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Hey Been on SCD for a few weeks now, i have other questions where i posted my "stats" (weight loss and blood tests). I do have a question though: this is the slow carb diet, but still we eat a lots of carbs from vegetables and legumes (they do have a lot of carbs in them). What is the math behind it? If we stay and count ca...

People who are stalling, please read!

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Tomorrow I'm going to have my first 'cheat day' or 'carb loading' day, which apparently are 2 different things. My leptin levels are probably so low that my metabolism has slowed. Plus I've gone god-knows-how-long without bread, alcohol, and caffeine and I think I've earned it. Everything I read does confirm the 'cheat day' ...

Minimum requirements - forgotten veggies

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I've seen a lot of posts on here asking what the minimum amount of protein should be - and the max. And how much fat we should have. And the minimum and max for beans, and the minimum amount of water. When people are asking about those ratios, I almost never see questions about the minimum amount of vegetables we should ...

Before and After - Week 4

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Hey Everyone, Checking in after my first month on SCD. I am really shocked at the difference in 4 short weeks. Starting Stats(Aug 9 2011): Weight: 143Lbs L Upper Arm: 12 1/4" R Upper Arm: 12 1/2" Waist (at belly button): 34 1/4" Hips: 39 3/4" L Thigh: 24 1/4" R Thigh: 24" TI: 147" Current Stats (Sept 9 2011): Weight: 134Lb...

Get Back on Track: Create your Harajuku Moment

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I read a question earlier this week I planned to answer, but I can't find it now so I'll answer it here since I've seen a few similar questions. The question was a statement about after being on vacation or having a cheat day or two they were having trouble stopping the cheating. A big part of this is psychological. Here'...

Monkey's Cheat Day Reminder...

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Some little monkeys wanted to give you some Cheat day reminders (Only applicable to full Dieters Gone Wild Day) After you wake up... and brush your teeth: take a cold shower: Dry off and get dressed: scramble some eggs (with in 30 minutes of waking): just a little bit later, remember your grapefruit juice: and if y...

Disappointment. Failure. Moving forward.

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I started slow carb in the beginning on the year, and it has certainly put me through a journey. It has changed my views of food forever, in some ways for the better, and in others for the worse. I started out at about 132 pounds (5'3 woman) and was able to get down to 120, something ive only dreamed of for years. I decided ...

Skipped cheat day, any healthy alternative?

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I've been doing the slow-carb diet for 10 days now without a cheat day. I look and feel so good, I just can't bring myself to ruin all my hard work because I know I will regret it. The book is very specific about NOT skipping the cheat day, but I really don't have any cravings for fried food or donuts or whatever. I never th...

WOW! Cauliflower Pizza Crust !! Yum!

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Easy and delicious! I used pesto on the crust and then loaded it up with vegies. I used a little cheese in the crust to make sure it came out crispy, but I didn't put cheese on top. To make cauliflower rice: boil cut up cauliflower, drain, put in food processor till it looks like rice! I use pesto with no nuts, or use low ca...

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 ...

In praise of Cheat Day

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A million years ago (in my 20s) I did Atkins with great success. It was my first dieting experience, and maybe because of that I found it easy and sustainable - for awhile. After losing 60 lbs in about 8 months, although I had more to go, I felt comfortable, and once I got over an initial "fear" of eating carbs again, I let ...

How to fit Chipotle in this diet?

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I could be missing something, but it seems like there's a contradiction between the slow carb diet and the Chipotle diet. All the mentions of the Chipotle diet have cheese and sour cream - supposed no-no's on slow carb. Can anyone offer some insights? thanks.

Cottage Cheese?

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

You know you're losing weight when...

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...the food that drops off your fork discovers a previously non-existent gap to fall BETWEEN your boobs and further down inside your top!!! It's a silly milestone, I know, but I feel like it's a major triumph. I no longer have a 'shelf' on my chest to catch everything!!!! Anyone else got a personal milestone story?

Re: Quick Breakfast Ideas?

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Any ideas for breakfast that are quick? I can cook 3 eggs, but hard to eat in the car when Im driving, It hard enough to get up, shower, dry hair, make up, etc , and feed myself, I usually always drank my breakfast or ate a bar of some sort

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...

Surviving a Rough Patch

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Greetings 4 Hour Peeps, I had a rough couple days this week. I ended up in a couple situations, mostly at work (I'm a barista at Starbucks. Yeah, I get to stare at pastries 8hrs-a-day, 5 days-a-week, gnarly.) where I found myself VERY hungry and with no slow carb food in sight (I dare you to find ONE thing to eat at Starbuck...

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??

No Bread at all?

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In the book, for slow carb diet 1, it says, no white bread at all, is wheat bread ok?? I LOVE bread! NO bread is very tough!

I'm not motivated to following the 4 Hour Body

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I've been carrying around the book and I've been reading it here and there. However I haven't started anything. I don't need to loose weight but I need to get the belly fat down. How did you start? What Motivated you all to begin? It seem very overwhelming. I have told other's about the book and its a good read.

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...

Tip: Reclaim your Palette from the Food Industry

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Have you ever had a Rosemary/Olive Oil Triscuit? =.) I have a friend, Jill, who brought a box of those to my place to share with a group of us girls during a class. Jill said, "Once I open the box, it is hard to stop eating these, they taste soooo GOOD!!!!" Her eyes glaxed over in a semi-food orgasm stare which personally...

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...

Does sugar make you shaky, anxious, or increase your heart rate?

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A couple of the people in my support group who are doing slow carb or low carb have told me that when they do have something very sugary or carby, as on cheat days, that they get some pretty icky things going on. They've reported feeling shaky or anxious after eating something sugary. One told me that her heart would race ...

Fruit, How bad is it really?

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Yesterday was my cheat day, and the only cheat foods that I had was a smoked baked potato, cantelope and some popcorn in the evening. (I decided to have a rather tame cheat day because my wife isn't feel well and we really couldn't enjoy it anyway. I also wanted to see if a tame cheat day will help me break thru a stall.) ...

Women, it's true: wait 4-5 weeks

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I arrived at day 30 today and I feel amazing. I have lost 8 lbs. (5 being the past week, finally) and 6.75 inches: 1 off both thighs, 1/4 off both arms, 2.75 off waist, and 1.5 off hips. I have adjusted the diet to fit me a little better over the past 30 days. I cut way back on the beans, and I only eat them at one mea...

Burn fat before building muscle?

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Is it better to burn fat before building muscle or should I just focus on building muscle and burn the fat after. I'm relatively fit already, just a little excess around the edges. What's the best approach, as I know you can't really do both at the same time.

Protein Advice for Fat Loss

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I've been thinking of writing a little article for awhile about this but, I'm lazy so here are the first 15 tips of about 30 I have to ramp up your fat loss from your protein choices. Protein Tips: 1: Grass-Fed Beef is Magical. I only eat this about 3 times a week. the tougher the better. but I always have significantly h...

Bummer...this diet for women?

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Well, I am one week into following this diet exactly (and exercising burning 500-750 calories a day) and I have only lost a measly 4 pounds. Really bummed out as I read about men dropping 10+ pounds in one week. I have 25 pounds to lose. Is this diet not for women? I lost more weight on Atkins....

TIP: your "fermented" foods aren't

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I don't know if you guys already know this but I figure I'd share anyways since there seems to be a wealth of misinformation making people waste their money. I'm a weird hippy so constantly have a weird variety of weird bubbly jars of stuff fermenting on my kitchen counter, so I have good sources of the stuff. However, if y...

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...

Minimize binge day damage with prunes

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i discovered that I feel 100% better the day after binge day if I eat 100-200gr prunes (depending on body size) as my last snack on binge day. Tim suggest using caffeine as a mild laxative, but that doesn't work for me. I hate feeling bloated and sluggish post binge day and prunes have seemed to fix that problem. They elimi...

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...

Breakfast before or after workout?

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I workout first thing in the AM, or it doesn't happen. Can I wait until my workout (usually 30-45 min) is over to eat, or should I eat first? It would litterally be eat, put dishes in dishwasher, workout, so I don't know if that's too soon. I expect most days I'll be eating 2 scrambelled eggs w/ veggies.

Whey Protein Shakes for Breakfast- Yay or Nay?

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What is the final consensus on Slow-Carbers having Whey Protein Shakes for breakfast? ( I mean the kind with that you buy in the barrel and mix with water, not the pre-made kind that are loaded with carbs) I have heard - only if you are working out, yes they are fine, avoid them altogether... So which is it? I know they hav...

Looks like I've reached my goal

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Looks like I've reached my weigh loss goal, and some! My goal was to go from 125lbs at 22% to 105 and 18%... I've fallen off track a few times, jumped back on, and 2 months later I'm at 103 lbs and I'm guessing (I'm going to finish off this week and take an average of the body fat %) that I'm at 15% body fat now. I'll po...