Slow Carb Diet by Tim Ferriss

About a month ago I started a new diet.  New to me at least. The club where I workout is holding a weight loss survivor contest.  Basically you need to loose a pound a week for the first 6 weeks and after that 1.4 pounds per week.  If you don't loose the required weight, your out.  Whoever is left at the end of 12 weeks gets some sort prize.  Whoopi!
So I weighed in the first Monday.  197.  Crap!  I weighed more than that on a regular basis.  I just happened to pick the wrong time to weigh in.  At 5:00pm after a work out.  So much for strategy and having a higher weight to start out with.
After about three days I realized that what I was doing wasn't going to work. I started P90X again.  I had done this about three years ago with good success.  Its just too much work and to time consuming.  
Then I found "The four hour body" written by Tim Ferriss.  The guy is a complete nut job.  He will do anything.  He has no scruples.  Within this glorious book is the "Slow-Carb Diet".  Im guessing he had to name it something catchy.  Who wants to say "Cyclical Ketogenic Diet"?
There is a list of food to eat.  Mostly no carbs, high proteins and cruciferous vegetables.  Choose from the list and eat as much as you want.  I thought "Heck, I can do that!"  Its kind of hard to screw up!

The Rules:
Rule #1: Avoid “white” carbohydrates (or anything that can be white).
Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again.
Rule #3: Don’t drink calories.
Rule #4: Don’t eat fruit.
Rule #5: Take one day off per week and go nuts.

The Food List:

Egg whites with one whole egg for flavor
Chicken breast or thigh
Grass-fed organic beef

Black beans
Pinto beans
Red Beans

Mixed vegetables 
(Cruciferous vegetables)

Choosing Food: Three things to keep in Mind
1. Choose food that you like, but not necessarily enjoy
2. Choose food that is easy to prepare
3. In a family setting, other members of the family will rebel

Here is what I did/do
3/4 Eggs scrambled or hard boiled (I do both depending on mood)
Cliff Bar (Body Builders, has 20g protein)
Coffee w/ milk added.
8oz.  Drained Tuna - plain
16-24 oz of coleslaw w/random dressing found in refridgerator
1 Whole Chicken Breast
1 can green beans
Food Preparation:
Breakfast is mildly easy.  Hard boil some eggs when you are in the mood.  I peeled mine right away and they went into a reusable ball container
Open the container, consume at your leisure
I bought this huge can of tuna at sams club and divied it up 6 ways into 8oz reusable ball
Coleslaw purchased at sams club as well
For Dinner I have 1 whole chicken breast and 1 whole can of green beans
The chicken comes in packs of 6 whole chicken breasts.  I take all of these and throw the in the crock pot with some random spices and 2 cups of chicken broth  Cook on low for 24hrs.  This might be a little to long but its hard to screw up cooking in a crock pot.
Put the green beans in a tupperware and heat in the microwave for approximately 3 minutes.  Make sure all the beans are covered in water otherwise they will come out looking nasty

Binge day

Binge day is an art.  The goal is to eat anything you want.  It is advisable to go out to eat on binge day to avoid having crappy leftovers in the fridge.  I usually make myself sick on binge because I eat to many cookies.  If you are on this diet for any length of time you will begin to notice how much sugar is in everything.  Typically the sugar goes straight to my head.


Exercise as you please specific to your goals.  If you are going to exercise it is advisable to have a specific goal in mind.  I learned the new swimming technique outline in the book.  Total Immersion Swimming is great for those of you who are ill disposed to swim on a regular basis.

Weight Log

I kept a daily weight log to track my progress.  You can view the log here:
Weight Log