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The Slow-Carb Diet My New Years Resolution (Day 1)

The #1 resolution people make for new years is to lose weight. Hard to stick to! Fortunately, I have been able to eat much healthier and workout regularly for over a year now, mostly because I have a great support system. It was also not too difficult to stick to because I ate everything I liked, but controlled portions and allowed myself to cheat every once in a while. There was no food that wasnt allowed. If I wanted chocolate, I would have 2 fun-size pieces. If I wanted Ice Cream, I would have a Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich (only 140 calories and you cant tell the difference between a 250 calorie Ice Cream Sandwich).

This new year, I plan on testing out a new diet. I am doing something that is REALLY tough for megiving up refined carbs. The diet is based on Tim Ferriss book, The 4-Hour Body. The only carbs that are allowed are those from vegetables, beans and legumes. I am also giving up dairy and any food with added sugar, or sugar substitutes, including diet coke! The upside of the diet is you get to binge eat one day a week. This is not just a cheat day where you eat a little bit extra here and there, but a full on binge day, where you can consume a whole pizza pie, a liter of ice cream, big macs until you feel sick, cheesecake, chocolate, you name it. In  fact, you actually HAVE to binge on Tims diet. This prevents your body from going into starvation mode. The diet is not really low-calorie. I am still consuming around 1,800 calories a day. I would typically not put my body through any fad diets, but the slow-carb diet isnt really a fad. We all know the refined carbs are bad for us (white bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc). In my Nutrition Certification course, they discuss putting clients on similar low-carb diets for those who need to drop weight fast for a particular event (mostly competitions). Before I recommend anything to a client, I like to test it on myself, so here I am. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, I gained a significant amount of holiday weight (who hasnt), so no harm in trying something new. If it fails, I go back to eating balanced, sensible meals, with no particular food restrictions. I am day 2 into the slow-carb diet and hanging in there. Here is what I ate yesterday, Day 1 of the Slow-carb diet :

 Breakfast at 7 A.M. - Scrambled eggs made with 4 egg whites and 1 whole egg, 1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables, 1/2 cup of refried beans, a ton of sriracha to add flavor. I was overwhelmingly full after, but it was tasty enough for me to be able to eat the whole thing.

Workout Shake at 10 A.M. (sipped during workout) Made with whey and casein protein. Highlight of my day!

Lunch at 12:30 P.M. - 10 ounces of chicken tenderloin stir-fried with 1 tbsp olive oil, onion, parsley, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup of black beans, 1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables and 1/2 an avocado. The food was pretty good, almost tasted like Chipotle (Chipotle is allowed on the diet, without rice or any dairy such as cheese). Unfortunately, I couldnt eat the whole thing. Beans are super-filling. I put the little bit I couldnt finish away to eat later.

Second Lunch at 4:00 P.M. - Leftovers from first lunch.

Dinner at 7:00 P.M. 10 ounces of beef stir-fried with red bell pepper, onion, sriracha, and low-sodium soy sauce, 1/2 cup of broccoli, 1 cup of spinach. (You are supposed to eat legumes or beans at every meal, but I just couldnt for dinner). Dinner was not overwhelming and was tasty.

Post-dinner, I had a glass of wine (Tim says that a red wine on non-binge days is OK ).

Day 2 (today 1.3.2011) has not started out too well:

Breakfast at 7 A.M. 1 can of tuna with 1 tbsp mayo, curry powder, onions salt and pepper, with 1 cup spinach and 1/2 cup of lentils. Probably the worst thing I ever tasted, and could only eat half of it.

Morning Snack 9:15 A.M. 2 hard-boiled eggs (I shouldnt have to eat already, but I barely ate the breakfast so I thought it would be best).

Check out the blog tomorrow for the rest of my Day 2!

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