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!

Here’s breakfast:

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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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 andSausage and Sauerkraut 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 very best way to acquaint yourself with all the details of Tim’s Slow Carb Diet is to read his book, The 4-Hour Body, and also, to check out all the information on his website.

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!"

“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:

                          Slow Carb Foodie        AND       Finding My Fitness.

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Any good Low Carb cookbook will be helpful, too.  Here are two that I like:

1001 Low-Carb Recipes: Hundreds of Delicious Recipes from Dinner to Dessert That Let You Live Your Low-Carb Lifestyle and Never Look Back

15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes: Instant Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, and More

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Sweet Fat News!


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!


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  1. garry says:

    Very nice site. Great information. Nice to see this site near the front page.

  2. Ce Eshelman says:

    I really enjoyed reading your site. Just had a chance to get through the dense material. I like your style girl. Keep writing. I like reading your wit and wisdom.

    • Meredith says:

      Hey, thanks, Ce… I’ve looked at your site, too — just too much physical stuff in the last few weeks to follow through and comment! But your writing style is VERY engaging…

  3. Nice post, Meredith! I just saw your “My 4 Hour Body” post too, and I agree…thinking out of the box is what makes TF so edgy.

    Why do you list cheese here? Is there a non-4HB slow-carb diet that allows cheese? Both the 4HB version and paleo advise to stay away from cheese (except cheat day, of course).

    I’ve got a few slow-carb recipes myself, if I may be so bold to add my link to the comments. :)


    • Meredith says:

      Jason… I use a little cheese for a snack now and then and it seems OK for me. But you’re right — it’s NOT on Tim’s list. He also said in the book that his Mom used cottage cheese and I’m doing a little of that, too. I’m a grazer and am not willing to change that, so a small piece of cheese or a tablespoonful of cottage cheese between meals keeps me happy and losing weight. I’ll check out your site. Thanks for the comment! Meredith

  4. Erica says:

    Ive gained weight following strictly to the Ferriss diet. Im exercising as well. Im discouraged and irritated.

    • Meredith says:

      Hi Erica… I bet you’re discouraged and irritated. I would be, too… How long have you been on the diet? Are you doing the Cheat Day?


  5. Cara says:

    I’ve been on Tim’s plan for a month, lost about 10 lbs and 11 inches :) I was just getting bored, and found your site! So happy to have some new recipe ideas. :)

    • Meredith says:

      Hey, thanks… Tim’s plan is amazing… And I, too, get bored. I remember reading in his 4-Hour Body book that this diet isn’t supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to be effective. Still…If you love food…you want some excitement now and then. At least I do… Meredith

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