So I have been looking for something new to get back down to my “fighting weight” and get ripped just in time for winter.  I recently discovered a new diet plan from Tim Ferriss called the Slow Carb Diet that takes the Lo Carb diet and adds back in beans.  Alright there is a touch more to it but that’s the gist.  Tim makes a good case for it in his book The 4-Hour Body.  20 lbs in 30 days didn’t sound too bad, so I thought I’d give it a whirl for 30 days and see how it stacked up.

Here’s the full Slow Carb plan:

  • Unprocessed Proteins:  Fish, Beef, Pork, Chicken… and Eggs (whites are best)
  • Beans: Black, Red, Kidney, Pinto, Soy… and Lentils
  • Veggies: All (go easy on corn)
  • No “white” carbs: bread, sugar, pasta, potatoes, anything fried, etc.
  • No Fruit.  Exception: small amounts of citrus juice in water or tea is encouraged.
  • No Dairy. Exception: low fat cottage cheese.
  • No Booze. Exception: up to two glasses of dry, red wine per night.

The twist: One day a week is your cheat day.  Anything in any amount is far game!

Sounds a little crazy but so far I have lost 3 pounds in the first week.  Which alone isn’t too impressive as it could be largely “water weight”, but that includes taking a 3 day road trip where I was only was “on plan” for breakfast (ie eggs & bacon).  So that is pretty good.  However the real test will be to see where I am at after week two.  The book has some other tricks with cinnamon and food photos but I don’t want to spoil it all.