The Slow-Carb Diet: Weeks 2-4

*Results not typical.

The middle and end of this month-long experiment went well, though definitely not as expected.  I spent weeks two and three getting past the “acclimation stage” of the first week.  The bloating I experienced from switching from a mostly plant-based diet to one with WAY more protein subsided for the most part.

During the last week I finally got over my fear of the binge day.  I ate a little lighter during the week to prepare.  On the last day of the month I ate the following.  Activities for the day included a 1.5 hour karate class (with a 4-hour commute) and my little cousin’s birthday party.

Breakfast: 1 bowl of Kashi, 2 bananas with 1/2 jar of Nutella, 1 cup of yerba matte
Snack One: 1 Met-rx bar, 1 Starbuck Double-Shot energy drink
Post Karate class snack: 1 16-once bag of trailmix (with M&Ms)
Lunch: 1 six-inch tuna sub from Subway, 1 Vitamin water, 1 chocolate milkshake
Snack Two: 1 brownie, 1 cup almond milk
Party Food: lost count of chips, crackers, and cheese/veggie/meat platter
Party Dinner: Pesto linguine and salad, 1 glass of red wine
Dessert: birthday cake, magic cookie bars, 1 cup coffee

Believe it or not, I’m not pregnant, though I did sort of feel like it afterward.  I have no idea how many calories I ate.  I’d venture to say a lot.  Surprisingly, I didn’t feel that sick after, and I didn’t have a food hangover the next day.

My Findings

Writing this list out makes me feel embarrassed!  Despite the promises of the diet and the proof Ferriss includes in his book, I really don’t think it’s natural or sustainable to eat this way over the long term.  However, I was impressed by the stats he posts about the weight loss enjoyed by his devotees.  It’s hard to deny the effectiveness of The Slow-Carb Diet.

My goals differed from the norm, so my personal results differed as well:  I actually gained weight on the diet.  I weighed about 188 on day one, with what I can estimate was 11-12% body fat.  After the first week I quickly dropped what I had gained over the holidays to about 180.

I now weigh in around 191 with an estimate 9-10% bodyfat. When I look in the mirror, I think I’ve lost fat and gained some muscle–not like the pics of Casey Viator in Ferriss’s book, though!

The shots above were taken during the Colorado Experiment, and Ferriss explains that through short, intense resistance workouts, bodybuilder Casey Viator experienced the following results:

Increase in bodyweight……..45.28 pounds
Loss of bodyfat…………..17.93 pounds
Muscular gain……………..63.21 pounds

I don’t think I could afford to buy all new clothes were I to gain over 45 lbs, and that was never my intention.  I have been lifting more weight and performing better at bodyweight exercises since introducing more protein in my diet.  My muscles “feel harder” and can contract with more force.  With no way of proving this at present, you’ll have to take my word on this one.

Just as people often experience dramatic weight loss when dropping processed sugars and starches from their diet, I gained weight and strength by eating more protein.  I have a suspicion I should have done this a long time ago.  Eating lots of whole grains provided me with more available energy, but they are somewhat inefficient in promoting growth and recovery.


My new goal is to maintain my gains while transitioning back to eating less animal protein.  I’d like to get as plant-based as possible while keeping the benefits I’ve experienced.  Check back for one more post regarding The Slow-Carb Diet and how it compares to other ways of eating.  I’ll include some of the changes and compromises I’ve made and how they worked out.

About moaimartialarts

Lucky enough to grow up with the martial arts, I have felt their positive influence throughout my life and am especially interested in sharing these experiences with others. I enjoy working with youth and adults to give back some of what I've received. If you would like to learn more about Uechi-Ryu/Shohei-Ryu Karate, or if you want to find people to train with, please contact me. I am the head karate instructor for the Meriden Martial Arts Club.
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2 Responses to The Slow-Carb Diet: Weeks 2-4

  1. Alan says:

    I enjoyed reading your daily food log, especially at lunch where you had 1 chocolate milkshake. Me loves the chocolate milkshakes. Is there such a thing as the chocolate milkshake diet? Perhaps I should pioneer it.

    Either way a vegan diet is worth a try. It may take extra discipline to maintain that lifestyle at the beginning but it’s worth a shot. I’m interested in your diet / lifestyle journey. Keep the posts coming.

    • Yeah . . . I should probably change “vegan” to “plant-based diet”.

      In my next post I want to compare Slow Carb with some of the longevity diets featured in The Blue Zones book.

      Some of the longest-lived people in the world eat meat once or twice a week. Whole foods–excluding processed grains–seem to be the key.

      So is moderation. So I probably won’t do the weekly binge day too often anymore.

      More to come.

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