Recently, my best friends in the blogging world (The Chilli Geeks) sent me their favourite book, The 4 Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss. I read it, I loved it, and I couldn’t wait to dive deeper into the wonderful world of Ferriss – so I was pretty psyched when a friend at work lent me his copy of The 4 Hour Body. I’d mentioned I wanted to read it because in 4HC, Tim Ferriss’s diet invention, “slow carbing”, is referenced several times but not fully divulged. In 4HB there are two whole chapters on it, so last week I read them as fast as my little eyes could muster and decidedly pledged allegiance to the slow carb diet.
Why I’m slow carbing
Eating well is my goal and has been for some time, but binge eating has always been my biggest vice. I take midnight snacking to a whole new level, which is why I’m not quite in the healthy weight zone. The slow carb diet allows you to give in to your bingeing instinct once a week on your cheat day – this isn’t going to be the answer to all of life’s problems, but it’ll allow me to acknowledge my food cravings and tell myself I can totally have a chocolate brownie, but not until Saturday (or fat-urday as it’s fondly called by Ferriss fans). In addition to the cheat day bonus, the slow carb diet pretty much cuts out all sugar. We should all know by now that sugar is basically the devil, so if this diet is going to help me get it out of my life six days a week then I’m sold.
So what is slow carbing?
If you want to learn more about the slow carb diet, I really recommend reading the 4 Hour Body. Tim’s a great writer and something of a genius and he has some great stuff to say. But a really basic summary is:
- Eat 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking up
- No white carbs (rice, pasta, bread, you get the picture)
- No fruit or sugar
- Don’t drink your calories (no milk in coffee or tea)
- Eat a basic diet of repeated meals that consist of lean meats, vegetables and legumes (beans and lentils and stuff)
- Take one day off a week
I think that pretty much covers it.
Plan of action
I’ve planned out my meals for the week (any excuse to make a spreadsheet) and prepared everything it’s possible to prepare over the weekend. I’ll boil my eggs for breakfast in the evening to make life easier (and more importantly, quicker) in the morning, and make sure my lunch is waiting for me in the fridge ready to throw in my work bag. I’ve weighed and measured myself so that I can keep track of progress (I’ll see how I feel about posting those when the numbers have improved..) and I’ve told everyone I know that I’m doing it so that it’ll be totes embarrassing if I don’t stick to it. I’ve even buddied up with The Chilli Geeks who will also be posting about all things slow carb for the foreseeable future, make sure you check in on them and see what they get up to!
My first slow carb recipe
1 salmon fillet – cooked for 20 minutes at gas mark 5 and smeared with wholegrain mustard
beluga and regular lentils
thinly sliced fennel tossed in fresh mint and parsley
1/2 an avocado
Now all I have to do is remember to take it to work with me.. wish me luck!