A lot of my friends, relatives, even some of my family members have been suffering from weight issues for a long time. Excess weight seems to have become part of their identity. Instead of saying “I have 10lbs of excess weight on me”, they say “I’m fat!” And most of them had started believing that it was impossible to lose any weight, and they were doomed to live over-weight forever!
Problem is not with the weight but with the way it affects their day to day life. Their self-esteem suffers and they don’t feel attractive anymore. Instead of buying the clothes that they like, they’re buying the ones that “don’t make them look fat!” They don’t even like being photographed anymore. And these are really attractive and beautiful people!
It’s not their fault entirely! They had tried at various points in their lives to incorporate so called healthy eating and exercising but either did not lose any weight or their diets were too unsustainable and exercise programs too demanding that they eventually gave up. Also, if people don’t notice a difference right away it’s hard to maintain the motivation to continue.
My weight had been quite stable for the past few years. I didn’t really need to lose weight. But for the sake of experimenting, and perhaps come up with some answers on how to lose weight quickly without so much exercise and fad diets, I decided to give it a shot.
Slow Carb diet
I’ve heard about slow carb diet, popularized by Tim Ferriss. A lot of people were raving about it and even more were saying how it could never work.
So, I decided to find out for myself.
Within the first 3 days I had lost 5 lbs already. Since I was losing weight quite fast, I started eating my regular foods for dinner for the next few days (and just kept breakfast and lunch as slow carb meals) but I still ended up losing another 2 lbs.
All of this with zero exercise, not even walking!
I took notes of my energy levels and of everything I ate or drank during that time and even for the few weeks following the initial time.
I noticed my energy was quite consistent throughout the day. I did not have ups or downs in my energy level like I normally would. That was the best part of this diet.
I used to wear medium clothes and now even the small sizes were fitting quite comfortably and nicely on me. Even the last hole on my belt seemed to be quite comfortable.
All my clothes got looser on me!
But, my family was quite upset with me for losing weight so they insisted that I immediately put a stop to my experiment and start gaining the weight back, as it was quite noticeable!
That was almost a month and a half ago and I still haven’t been able to gain any weight back. I think it’s probably due to the fact that I kept my breakfast and lunch slow carb.
I found the slow carb breakfast and lunch meals very convenient to make and quite delicious. That’s why I just made them part of my regular diet.
I still eat whatever I feel like for dinner. Candies, chips, fast food, any other junk food and so on but my weight has remained the same. Weird!
Anyways here’s basically what it’s all about
1. Avoid the following:
- Pasta, white or whole wheat, regular or organic
- Bread, white or whole wheat, regular or organic
- Milk (though small amounts of cream is ok for tea/coffee)
- Rice, white or whole wheat, regular or organic
- Fried foods with breading
2. Eat as much as possible from the following:
- Chicken (organic preferable)
- Beef (organic preferable)
- Egg whites
- Mixed vegetables
- Mixed greens
3. Just rotate few meals over and over. It’s just easier to maintain like that.
4. Drink lots of water!
5. Within the first hour of waking up have at least 30g of protein.
6. At least 1 day a week take a day off. That means go nuts and eat as much junk as you can. Whatever you crave during the week, write it down and have it on your off day. Point is to spike up your calories on that day otherwise, body gets used to low calories and weight loss slow down or stops. This step is very important!
8. You should not feel a need for snacks in between meals. If you do it means you are not eating enough. If you must have a snack, then have a few carrot sticks, almonds, peanut butter (organic) or have another slow carb meal.
I’ll write some more about my meals in a later post but thought I’d quickly share this experience and experiment with everyone. Obviously it’ll be different for different people but my results were quite startling and it’s not quite as tough as low-carb diets!