I have been (surprisingly) following the slow carb diet for a while and specifically some things from the 4 hour body (fanboy) lately. Here is what I have gleaned so far…
1. No or slow carbs is probably the best thing you can do for your body… Period. There is so much crap in all kinds of foods and there really is no escaping GMOs and antibiotics because honestly even if you don’t ingest them directly, somewhere in the food chain you will find something genetically modified in your diet. Purists be damned. Just do a little research on vegetables from just 50 or 100 years ago and compare notes with what vegetables today look like. You tell me if I’m crazy. So cutting carbs, refined carbs specifically, can greatly improve your overall health. The body basically has a few million gut bacteria and a couple of them break down certain foods we eat into fuel the body can use. One of the most prominent is the bacteria that breaks down refined carbs (starches like white bread and white rice.. Basically anything white… Sorry Donnald Trump)and turns them into glucose (sugars) that fuel your organs (brain, muscles, liver, etc.). Another breaks down fats and yet another breaks down proteins. If the front runner is the one making glucose the others will be terciarry (secondary or second string players) and will not provide as much because the handshake between the bacteria and the body says the body wants sugars as fuel that is what your body will try to optimize.
Uber vs Taxis:
So the idea is to trick the body into understanding that it can function on other types of fuel from fats and proteins. If you took a running total just today of what you normally eat and figured out all of the nutrients you would see high carbs as well as high sugars and probably lots of empty calories. Cutting these out means the body must adhere to another option. HTC oils (coconut oil), pure fats (butter), lean proteins (eggs, fish) can provide the other bacteria a job and in turn tell the body to use these as fuel rather than glucose normally produced by sugars and refined carbs. This can create a state known as ketosis. So in actuality a slow/low carb diet is actually very similar to a ketogenic diet. A good thing in moderation. Ketosis can stimulate better brain function, focus, and better muscle fuel for synthesis. I’m not a doctor or an expert I just know what I have seen. So what about sugar and the other bugs in the stomach?
Cheat day 101:
I actually started this round on a cheat day. How convenient.. 😬
Cheat day will do a couple things. It will give you something to look forward to. All the crap that you would like to ingest (candy, cake, carbs, crap… All the C’s). It will remind you that you don’t like eating excess of the junk because of how it makes you feel overall. It will confuse the body for a moment so when you go right back after 24 hours to a healthy low carb mostly protein diet production will resume and probably at a better rate.
Does cheat day make you regain what you lost? Probably temporarily. I don’t use scales as a habit. I hate them and I think they do not show you anything useful. I would rather look in the mirror unbiased and see results. I would rather tape my parts or get a good body mass index (BMI) in order to really see what is going on rather than get the FOX news update from a scale. That’s all it really is. A quick snapshot on some antiquated technology. If you use a scale to track your progress you will be disappointed. If you are disappointed you will second guess yourself. If you second guess yourself you will quit.
Do you have to go all out on cheat day? You most certainly can. For me I am going to start my cheat day with the normal 30/30 (30g protein in the first 30min after waking up) and then see where the day goes from there. I guess the main thing about all of this is keeping glycemic index down, keeping insulin levels down and generally not eating crap. Crap is a pretty broad term but I can tell you this. As close to slow carb high vegetable high protein diet as you can get will do amazing things not only for your body but for your health. As a result I have not been to the doctor or even had a slight cold for over 2 years. I have not been completely consistent with working out but I have been mostly consistent with what I eat. To the point of having the same meal most of the time.
This is best maintained by making it simple and not thinking or working more than a few min a day fixing food. Keep it really simple and see if you can get food prep down to 10-15 min max. This will help you not get off track. Don’t forget to use your cheat day as a tool (when you crave something write it down and then on cheat day go get everything on the list). Even if you get off track a little know that you have already programmed a cheat day ahead of time and don’t beat yourself up about it at all. Bottom line is we are all human and we all use lust and desire once in a while. It’s pre programmed into our brains. Look at what you eat (nutritional facts) before you eat it and don’t always trust everything that is on the label.
If you have any suggestions or comments about this topic I would love to hear what you have to say. It’s an open discussion not just my views. Put them below. And remember to have wonderful day above all! Til next time!