So over the Christmas holidays I read "The Four Hour Body" by Tim Ferris and I also consumed more beers and cookies than you can shake a stick at. This left me thinking I could stand to lose a few pounds. For the last 8 months or so I'd call my diet 80-90% paleo. I mostly stayed away from gluten during the week and all, but I ate my share of fruit, put stevia in my coffee, and occasionaly hid a handful of almonds before you could blink. So my goal was to give the slow carb diet a try for 3 weeks after the new year.
Tim Ferris's "slow carb" diet is basically paleo with legumes added in, no fruit, limited nuts, no sugar, limited sweetener (he goes on to point out he believes 16 oz. or less of diet coke a day probably wont hurt you, but more may). He also points out that a glass of wine at night probably won't hurt you, but beer will. Like paleo you eat to satiety, so no limited portions and an aim for lean or grass fed protein most of the time. Then once a week he calls for a serious cheat day, whatever you want, beers included. His reasoning is it will keep you sane but also serve as a carb refeed, good enough for me.
As far as what I did, my breakfast basically was unchanged. I make a 4 egg omelete with plenty of spinach, peppers, and some avocado, just no fruit. For the first two weeks, I cut the cream and sweetener out of my coffee and went with just cinammon. After that I added the cream back in and had no bad effects. As far as the rest of my meals, I just went with veggies and meat, big salads and my new favorite- carrots and peppers sauteed in coconut oil with ginger (this is amazing by the way). I didn't really keep any fruit in the house and really didn't miss it like I thought I would. I added in some black beans and lentils at some meals, he recomends them at evey meal, but I probably had them in 40-50% of my meals. I also took advantage of the glass of wine at night once or twice a week.
As far as my results, you can check them out below. I bought a scale and a measuring tape and recorded everythin once a week usually on the wknd right after waking and before eating or drinking. As far as how I felt, the biggest thing is my appetite definitly went down. When lunch rolled around I wasn't starving like I usually am and I didn't have a lot of cravings. I did look forward to the cheat day on the wknd, but nothing crazy. On top of that, I didn't have any real negative effects with my workouts.
Jan 4, 2011 Jan 9, 2011 Jan 15, 2011 Jan 23, 2011
Waist at Navel 35.25 35 33.75 33.5
Waist below Naval 36 36 35.1 35
Hips 40.5 39.5 39.25 39
Mid Bicep L 13 13 13.25
Mid Bicep R 13 13.25 13
Mid Thigh L 23 22.5 22.75 22.5
Mid Thigh R 23.25 23 22.75 22.5
Weight 193.4 187.8 184.6 182.0