Hello world! The slow carb diet BHAG begins!

by kath on April 25, 2011

Today I’m going out on a limb.  Going public with a really, really, really hard personal undertaking: I want to lose weight.  We’re not talking a paltry 10 or 2o pounds here. Hell, no.  That’s for skinny people.   I’m going for a real Jim Colins worthy BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal if you haven’t read Good to Great yet).  The goal: 100 pounds!

So what’s the plan?  Well, after trying (and failing) just about every diet there is, I’ve decided to give it one more go with Tim Ferriss‘ version of the Slow Carb diet as outlined in his book, The 4-Hour Body

The basic slow carb diet rules

The rules for this variation on the low carb diet are pretty simple:

  1. Avoid “white” carbohydrates
  2. Eat the same few meals over and over again
  3. Don’t drink calories
  4. Take one day off per week – cheat day!

Tracking and metrics

Throughout the book, Tim emphasizes the importance of metrics and tracking.  Every body is different so it’s important to track metrics to learn what works best for you.  He also notes that due to the increased protein, it is not uncommon for people on the diet to lose fat and gain muscle.  If you’re just measuring weight, it’s tough to stay motivated when you think you’re not progressing.

Also, he cites a study comparing the weight-loss results of a group of dieters versus a control group that merely took photos of each meal.  Both groups lost noticeable amounts of weight – and the photographers weren’t even dieting!

My slow carb diet plan

I’ve halfheartedly tried this diet last year for a couple of weeks with OK results.  This time I’m diving in full force, tracking the heck out of everything I can, taking photos of my meals and making the diet my own.  Also, I’ll be testing a few adjustments based on what I know about my body from previous weight loss attempts and looking at the data to evaluate the results.

Losing weight is really tough so I’m asking my friends (and the world) to share the journey.  Let the wild rumpus/ BHAG begin!


Today’s Metrics

For a full set of metrics over time, go to the metrics page.

Weight – 241 pounds
Arm – 18″
Bust – 45″
Chest – 41.5″
Waist – 44″
Hip – 55″
Thigh -

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