Ever since I was a teenager, losing weight has always been something that’s been heavy on my mind.
I was a skinny kid up until around 10 or 11, when I started to put on 5-10 pounds a year, until I tipped the scales at 250 lbs. @ 5’8’’ and the ripe young age of 24.
Did I mention horrible cholesterol test results?
I tried a lot of different things to reverse the plague – from the Subway Diet (*cough* bullshit *cough*) to P90X. I tried cutting out fat completely, with a typical dinner being chicken breast and enough white rice to feed a small family. I even tried Alli, which was a terrible experience (if you don’t know what Alli is, look it up). Nothing really seemed to give me lasting results, if it gave me any in the first place.
Enter: The Slow Carb Diet
After reading “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss in 2010, I became a fan. Shortly after, I learned that he had a new book coming out called “The 4-Hour Body”, which made some crazy claims such as how to accelerate fat loss with 3 bags of ice, and how to give a woman a 15 minute orgasm. What drug is this guy on?
I was intrigued, but skeptical. I thought, hey, at the very least it will be an interesting read like his last book. Most likely the tips won’t work, but for $15, why not?
Boy, was I wrong.
I read the title of the chapter again – “How to lose 20 lbs. of fat in 30 days – without exercise”. Is that possible? Is that even safe?
This particular chapter outlined the Slow Carb Diet (SCD), a simple way of eating that is both effective and sustainable. Many diets fail simply because adherence to the protocol is a problem, and SCD does a great job at tackling that hurdle.
In short, the diet simply consists of 5 rules:
- Avoid white carbohydrates such as rice, bread, and potatoes.
- Eat the same few meals over and over again, each consisting of protein, vegetables, and legumes. Also, eat your first meal within 30 min of waking up.
- No dairy products.
- No fruit.
- Lastly, the best rule – take a day off from the diet every week and eat whatever you want, a so-called “Cheat day”.
That’s it. There are more details, but that’s the gist of it. Mexican food fits pretty closely to this model when you ditch the tortilla and the rice (makes it easy when traveling!).
I decided to give it a shot because the diet seemed easy and, I figured, I had nothing to lose.
What was the result?
In the first month, I lost close to 15 lbs. and ate more donuts than I probably did in the previous year. The diet wasn’t too bad to stick to and I was losing a lot of weight.
It was actually working!
I had been on some variant of this diet for several years and lost over 55 lbs. Over those few years, I probably would have lost more if I stuck to it 100%, but no one’s perfect and my results made me happy.
What about my horrible cholesterol?
This diet completely changed my lipid panel. Here are my results from just before starting the diet (unhealthy) compared to a lipid panel I did while being on the SCD for a couple of years.
- Total Cholesterol: 189 mg/dL
- LDL: 104 mg/dL
- Triglycerides: 233 mg/dL (horrific)
- HDL: 38 mg/dL (terrible)
- Total Cholesterol: 223 mg/dL
- LDL: 149 mg/dL
- Triglycerides: 92 mg/dL (Fantastic)
- HDL: 56 mg/dL (just dandy)
I lost weight and my doctor said I was healthy. What more could I ask for?
I’ll be talking about SCD and other tips/diets/techniques on this blog. Feel free to ask me any questions.
For more info on SCD and dozens of other minimalist recipes for everything in the physical realm, check out “The 4-Hour Body”: