The simplest version of this diet — and one I love — is the Tim Ferriss Plan. You can find the details here: Tim Ferriss Slow Carb Diet
If you decide that you don’t like Tim’s plan, here are some general guidelines to use as you decide what to eat:
The most important thing to keep in mind is:
No refined carbohydrates
If you wean yourself from these two non-foods, you are off to a really great start.
More detailed Guidelines:
· Stay away from all food that has any sugar in it at all. This means reading labels and looking for words like sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, fructose, honey… any type of sugar is off limits.
· Any food that is white, with the exception of cauliflower, should be avoided. This includes potatoes, pasta, rice, all but truly whole grain bread… For maximum weight loss, it’s a good idea skip bread, but if you do eat bread, then Ezekiel Bread is your best choice.
· Replace potatoes and other starchy foods with beans. Black beans, pinto beans, butter beans, lima beans…and lentils. For maximum weight loss, keep eating beans a rare occasion.
· Eat lots of proteins and fats, nuts and nut butter, avocado, eggs, tuna fish, beef, poultry, pork, tofu, Boca Burgers… Base your diet on protein and fats. Stay away from highly processed meats and meat substitutes. Too many carbs in them! Read labels on meat substitutes and choose those with the least carbohydrates.
· If you are including fruit, keep the total amount low and make certain that the fruit you choose in a low glycemic index fruit — and fresh and whole.
· NO fruit juice, sodas of any type, and sugary flavored drinks. Drink water, tea, coffee. Black or with cream, not milk.
· READ LABELS. Often something like a “Protein Bar” will have a gazillion grams of sugar! As a matter of fact, it’s very hard to find a protein bar that does not include sugar. So be careful…
· Vegetables smothered in butter are great. Stay away from corn and carrots if you’re in serious weight loss mode.
· If you are a Vegetarian, you’ll need to carefully choose your protein sources in order to stay away from the ones with too many added carbs. Read Labels!