When it comes to hacking the human body, Tim Ferriss is the modern-day equivalent of Jack the Ripper. (In a good way) For years he’s researched ways to improve the human body, perhaps in more aspects than most would think. When it comes to weight loss, his team designed the Slow Carb Diet from the results of their research. We’ve compiled a few tips from the diet below worth checking out if you’re looking for ways to improve your current diet routine.
1. Ditch the Fruits, Opt for Veggies
Fruits are delicious and mouth-wateringly sweet, especially when compared to vegetables. Even though many diet programs put the green light on fruits, the slow carb regimen says you’re better opting for vegetables. The main reason for this are the sugars within fruit that metabolize into fats and stored in our body. Salad, anyone?
2. Water, Wine, Unsweetened Tea, and Coffee
During any weight loss plan, your body needs additional water to help flush those fats out. So many liquids today are chocked full of sweeteners, concentrates, and artificial everything, even if it seems healthy. Not good when you’re trying to lose weight. Just this step alone can offer a change for most people, as many of us are unaware of how many calories we drink on a daily basis. Unsweetened coffee and tea are good as well. Add a bit of cream to your java if you desire, but only a bit. Best of all, you don’t have to skip the happy hour on this diet either. Dry red wines like merlot or pinot noir can be consumed in moderation, so bust out your favorite wine glass!
3. Non-processed Proteins and Legumes are Your Friends.
This is the foundation of the Slow-Carb diet. Protein can come in a variety of forms, from eggs, fish, red meats, chicken, even soy and black beans if you’re interested in vegan options. Just about any animal or source is acceptable, but avoid processed or fatty types like sausages, or hot dog meats. Legumes (A.K.A. beans) are crucial to adding fiber and caloric density to your meal and will help you feel fuller. Examples include lentils, pinto beans, black beans, garbanzo, kidney, the list goes on. Plenty of tasty bean recipes exist out there, so try getting creative!
4. Take the Dairy Out to Pasture.
While milk might be fine in some diets, the slow carb diet advises against it. Milk and cheese are ultimately converted into fat when consumed by the body. Add a bit to your coffee if it helps, but otherwise, steer clear of it.
5. Start Small, Plan Ahead.
Make no mistake, this diet can be tough to follow at first. Start small and work your way up. Change one meal a day to slow-carb and go from there. Making gradual changes instead of going cold turkey can help build up the good habits you need succeed.
If you’re interested, you can get his book here or see some of the results others have had here to see if this diet is best for you. As with any weight loss program, we suggest consulting a physician, especially if you have dietary concerns.