It’s tough work, but…

So I’ve been experimenting with the Tim Ferris 4-hour Body diet. I’m not a ‘diet’ person, by and large, but a lack of regular running, while continuing to eat like I was training for a marathon, means I put on 6 kilos since March.

Not good. Not good at all.

The what?

So the “slow carb” diet consists of minimal carbs, no processed food and no sugar. There are lots of other rules and a lot of science behind it, but to be honest I dont have the time to explain it all here. Oh, also no dairy. Or fruit.

I’ve been doing it for a week (almost religiously) and all I have to show for it is a 1% drop in body fat and a kilo of weight loss.

That said, I feel a lot better for the lack of carbs, but my system has been crying out for the citrus fruits the diet forbids. Except for ‘cheat day’, which I’m on today. It means I can abandon the rules for 24 hours.

First thing I had? A bacon sandwich, with orange juice. Then a frapuccino at Starbucks. A Venti. (It was free, paid for with Starbucks points). Tonight is homemade burgers (In buns! The luxury!) and a slice of carrot cake. Oh, and a metric ton of fresh berries of various kinds afterwards.

Then tomorrow, it’s back on the wagon and as much meat and veg as I can get into me. This is supposed to “shock” my body into continued fat burning. I have been exercising throughout, just not as much resistance training as Ferris recommends. So maybe I’d have lost more if I’d pumped more iron,

The good?

Getting into the healthy habit of having breakfast every day. Some scrambled eggs (no dairy, literally just scrambled and nuked in the microwave) with pinto beans or spinach, a black coffee or green tea and I’m all set until lunch. After some practice, I can have this ready to go in minutes.

Which is just as well, as I’m less than bright and coordinated in the morning…

I actually feel fuller for longer and don’t feel the need to snack or graze when I’m working from home. In fact, a couple of days, I had lunch even when I wasn’t particularly ravenous, but wanted to follow the instructions. All I have between meals is pints of iced water and some unsweetened green tea.

The bad?

I miss fruit. I eat a lot of it usually. I don’t think I’m missing out on vitamins, as I’m eating lots of fresh veg every day. It’s more the taste, the sweetness I’m missing. And Ferris is pretty anti-frustose.

I’m also getting bored of meat and for a couple of meals have just had a veg-heavy salad instead.  Probably broke the rules right there.

What next?

I’m going to give it another couple of weeks and see how it goes. Either way, I’ll press pause then as I’m off to Japan for a couple of weeks. All dietary rules go out of the window as soon as I get on the plane. There’s no way I’m doing without in the land of amazeballs food!!

 

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