If this is your first look at anything “Slow Carb,” you’re in for a treat. Nowhere in Slow Carb Dieting will you find a skinless chicken breast or be told to squeeze a little lemon juice on your salad! You get full fat dressing and full fat meats and other proteins. You’re thinking — there must be a catch! And there is.
The two things that have made us get fat in the first place have to be nearly removed from our diet. Sugar and refined carbohydrates. There’s no way around this. But quick! Imagine a big steak smothered in mushrooms, vegetables covered in butter… Yes. THIS is diet food, and it will cause fat loss.
Pork chops fried in oil, whole eggs and ham and bacon and sausage — all you want. A handful of nuts between meals. I’m not toying with you…
Look at the picture in the header above this — that is slow carb dieting!
Not bad, huh? And there’s more…
Aaahhhhhhhh…….. Avocados…… Mmmmmmmm………
Remember all the diet literature that instructs us to stay away from avocados because they have a high fat content? Well, since low fat eating does not cause fat loss for most of us, we can forget that. Avocados are a great addition to a Slow Carb Diet and a source of very healthy fats.
So bring on the Guacamole!
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THE SLOW CARB DIET — More…
There are many ways to approach this. For a really SIMPLE one, I like Tim Ferris’ plan. He recommends choosing a handful of meals and repeating them over and over. And he takes protein and vegetables and adds beans — a slow carb food that fills us up.
I have a Tim Ferriss Breakfast almost every morning — 2 eggs, black beans and spinach or kale. Voila, as they say! To get more specific, I usually saute some chopped onions in the pan and then add the beans, to warm them up. I then cook the eggs over easy, and cover them with the onion/beans mixture, pull the leafy green out of the microwave and I have a meal.
For the rest of the day, I have a protein, some beans and a vegetable for each meal — with protein snacks in-between. A great snack is cooked bacon (I keep cooked bacon in the freezer) with Almond Butter on it. Mmmmmmmmm……
Pork chops or bratwurst with sauerkraut and a vegetable… A steak smothered in sauteed mushrooms and a salad… Organic hot dogs and beans… Ham and cooked cabbage… The possibilities are really a lot more varied than you might think.
Tim has recently come out with 2 Slow Carb Cookbooks, which should be on sale soon. I’ll keep you posted.
And the finishing touch on his plan is that one day a week you can literally eat anything you want — his pig-out day. He likes Saturday. This keeps your metabolism from slowing down — something that happens when we diet.
I tried this diet several weeks ago for 2 weeks when I was pretty much confined to my house, walking on a cane, prior to hip replacement surgery — so next to no exercise. I ate a bunch of stuff not on the diet on Saturday and lost 5 pounds in two weeks!
The book is incredibly good with all kinds of tips and tricks. I highly recommend it.
It’s also possible to use the Glycemic Index/Load to pick foods that will digest slowly and not raise our insulin levels. I’ve looked at those tables and selected the foods I love that are low GI and GL and stock up on them. You can then make meal plans that promote weight (fat) loss. It’s a win/win.
You can look at some sample GI and GL numbers here and there are whole books with this information, too.
The trick is to pick the best plan for you and prepare to stick with it.
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And read this Slow Carb Article for more good information.
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“These are a few of my favorite things!”
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So though we can’t have Cheeseburgers on white buns with fries every day, we can have these on occasion.
And we can have a big fat burger with cheese anytime! It’s the white flour bun and the french fries that we need to limit to “now and then.”
Saute some sweet onions, and add pinto beans and a little rich Trader Joe’s Ketchup and you have a great slow carb side of “baked beans” without the sugar. Try it. You’ll be amazed…
Add protein and a great vegetable and it’s a MEAL! A filling, satisfying, slow carb meal…
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For good Slow Carb Recipes online, see:
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Any good Low Carb cookbook will be helpful, too. Here are two that I like:
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Sweet Fat News!
BUTTER – REAL BUTTER Slow Carb Includes REAL BUTTER.
Sweet SWEETS News!
I’ve always found that when I’m on a high protein, fat and slow carb diet, I don’t crave sweets, but if you do have that problem, Tim Ferriss has just come out with a list of ways to cope. So here is his 7-tips for dealing with sweet cravings on the slow carb diet. Enjoy!