Low Carb

What in the world is the difference between the SLOW Carb Diet and a LOW Carb Diet?     And how important is it?


Slow Carb - Protein

We’ve been hearing about low carb for a while now. That means eating a diet that is low in carbohydrates — those being bread, pasta, baked goods, beans, and things of that nature.

Slow carbohydrates and those that do not digest quickly in our stomach and spike our insulin — that being one of the major causes of obesity and fat gain. There are many carbohydrates that are good to eat in a weight loss program — those ranking lower on the glycemic index, which digest slowly in our system. These do not spike insulin response and so don’t tell our body to store food as fat — which is what happens when we eat refined carbohydrates.

These concepts, and the science behind them, can be found in Gary Taubes books, Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage)
and Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Borzoi Books)

Slow Carb -- Beans!

And for an actual Slow Carb Diet, I love what Tim Ferriss has to say in his book, The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

I tried his diet, exactly as written, for two weeks recently — two weeks during which I was confined to my small home and walking on a cane, prior to hip-replacement surgery. In other words, getting next to no exercise. I lost 5 pounds in those two weeks! And was not hungry. And ate steak and eggs and pork chops and…..vegetables and beans. It was great.

Slow Carb - Vegetables!



  1. Dee says:

    I am a gastric bypass surgery patient, 11 months post-op, so I have learned the difference between LOW carbs and SLOW carbs. An intake of the wrong carbs can cause “dumping syndrome” in gastric bypass patients. Not a good feeling! Your site has much useful information. Keep up the good work!

    • Meredith says:

      One of my sister’s had that surgery 10 years ago now — and she is doing REALLY well. But I know about the restrictions and things to be careful of. She is now 66 and SO happy she did it. Was extremely heavy her whole adult life and now has met the man of her dreams and life is good. So for some people — that is the perfect option. Good luck to you!

  2. Mark says:

    Thanks for the great website. I have been eating on the slow carb diet now for 2 months. The slow carb veggies and legumes are essential to the diet. I have made large salads with beans a staple in my diet, amazed by how much better I feel. I also like eating mexican food, where beans run rampant. Yum.

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