There are tons of diets that claim to be the best: the Atkins, the South Beath, the Mediterranean, the Ornish.
But lesser-known diet, the Slow-Carb Diet, borrows from the ideas of all of the above. The slow-carb diet offers simple rules for busy people who don’t have the time to measure servings or count calories. I like it because it’s easy to remember: there are only 4 basic principals.
The Slow-Carb diet prescribes:
- #1: Don’t Eat Anything That CAN Be White.
That means no bread, flour, rice, pasta, cereal, breading on fried foods. Even the whole-grain varieties CAN be white. On this diet, anything that COULD in theory be white should be avoided. The exception is eating it within an hour of a muscle workout.
- #2: Don’t Drink Calories.
Juices, milk, coffee creamer. Avoid it all. It’s fine to drink calorie-free beverages like diet sodas, unsweetened tea and, of course, water. The creator of the slow-carb diet, Tim Ferriss, also admits he drinks one glass of extra-dry red wine per day, for the resveratrol benefits.
- #3: Eat The Same Things Repeatedly.
Pinto and black beans. Organic, grass-fed beef and chicken. Veggies. Guacamole. Salsa. Egg whites. Recombine your favorite foods again and again. Eat only a few, basic staples. Eating a healthy version of Thai or Mexican food will help you recombine the same protein-and-veggie ingredients in flavorful ways.
- #4: Take One Day Off Per Week.
One day a week, eat and drink anything you want, in any quantity you want, with no guilt. This is your Wild Card day.
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