Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tim Ferriss' Slow-Carb Diet Test: Day 2


Good morning! Today is the second day testing Tim Ferriss' Slow-Carb Diet, as laid out in The 4-Hour Body.

For the next 28 days, I will execute the plan, document my progress, and share any relevant observations along the way. Does it work? Is it worth doing? Do I have enough will power to stick it out? I invite you to join me on this 30 day adventure and find out.

Meals
  • Meal 1: Grilled chicken (8 oz), lentils, green beans, and water
  • Meal 2: Grilled chicken (8 oz), lentils, green beans, and water
  • Meal 3: Grilled chicken (8 oz), lentils, green beans, and water
  • Meal 4: 1/2 pound ground beef (93/7 lean), lentils, kimchi, water, and two glasses of red wine
Physical Activities
Today was leg and cardio day.

  • Barbell Squats: 95x12, 135x10, 185x8, 205x6, 225x4
  • Leg Press: 450x12, 500x10, 525x8, 550x6, 575x4
  • Elliptical: 12 minutes
Note: I'm working my way back up to five exercises for a total of 25 sets and 30 minutes of cardio. Over the coming weeks, I will slowly increase the amount of work I'm doing.

Statistics

  • Weight: 260 lbs
  • Height: 6' 2"
  • Age: 35
  • Body Fat: 25.5% 
Note: I misplaced my measuring tape, so I'll finish the rest of my stats Wednesday night.  

Observations
From the very first awakening moment, I was exhausted. I slept 7.5 hours and it felt like I needed another 8 to feel normal. As a result, I felt moody, cranky, and short tempered. I had little energy and wondered how I was going to finish a leg workout. Even with caffeine in my system, I couldn't get over that dragging feeling.

As far as hunger pains, I felt none. I ate religiously, although I'm quickly growing tired of chicken. Secretly, I'm worried about eating all of these legumes (a.k.a. fiber). Thankfully, I don't feel bloated.

My extreme taste for starch was not an issue today. In fact, I walked by tons of bread without giving it a second thought. That's a very good thing.

Final Thoughts
I was pleased to have finished a workout, despite the lack of energy. Although, I could have pushed myself a little harder and added the deadlift and 18 minute cardio session. There was plenty of time.

Based on my meals today, I'm eating around 160 - 180 grams of protein. I need to increase this number to at least 240 grams, which can happen if I add a few protein drinks for good measure.

Drink more H20!

Feedback  
For those following along, how do you feel? What could you do better tomorrow? Leave me a comment in the section below.


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