Sunday, March 13, 2011

How I lost over 10 lbs of fat in 15 days

Cathleen and I experimented with Tim Ferriss's "slow-carb" diet over the past few weeks, the results were dramatic. I started off at around 182 lbs on the 21st of February and have managed to get down to 168 lbs today. I am happy to announce that the bulge above my waist that used to resemble a 2-month pregnancy has magically disappeared.

So what is this magical Tim Ferris diet?

Our typical dinner while on the diet.
  • Eat more protein. We had a whole lot more chicken, eggs and beef than usually did. Each meal must consist of at least 20 grams of protein. Skipping a meal is not really an option.
  • Make sure you have breakfast within an hour of waking up. Even better if you can hit the 30 grams of protein mark. Cathleen relied on boiled eggs while I usually made an omelette with spinach and artichoke hearts. And an addition to that we often had a protein shake in between breakfast and lunch.
  • We ate a lot of green vegetables. Most white food like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes were strictly avoided. No dairy either, I had my coffee black, no cream or sugar. Cottage cheese is one of the exceptions to the rule.
  • No juice or sodas. No sugar. 16 oz of diet soda was the only thing allowed.
  • Beans and lentils (daal) were a good addition to the diet. If you're not a big fan of beans, try them with some salsa. 
  • This is a 6 day ritual, the 7th day must be a binge day. Eat your heart out on the binge day but try to not start off the day with sugar. Also, drink a lot of water.
It's also important to note that you keep track of your fat loss. Measure your weight religiously every morning. Measurement = motivation. I noticed that the readings were a little more pleasing after the morning urinary displacement. The average man urinates 600 ml, which adds up to a lb of water weight.

This was a two week experiment, you can see a slight gain of weight after some carb in-take the past week. However, I've tried to keep this to a minimum (except for the two day cookie binge at the in-laws).

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