Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 35: Beginning Another 30 Days of Tim Ferriss' Slow-Carb Diet

Damond Nollan
This past Monday, I began another 30 days of Tim Ferriss' Slow-Carb Diet. For those following along, you may recall that I finished my first 30 days last Wednesday.

Overall, I was pleased with my progress. The most notable changes were reported with the tape measure and body fat calipers where I lost over 6% body fat and an inch around my hips. On the scale, I recorded a loss of 4 pounds. However you slice it, I made changes.

Plan Modifications
Armed with a month of experience and positive changes, I am going to shoot for even larger numbers this month. How will I accomplish this? you ask. Here are a few modifications I plan to implement this time around.

Purchase a personal scale
For the past 30 days, I have consistently used the scale at the gym. Not that I have a problem with it, I'm sure it works fine (when calibrated), but I need something at home that I can use. As of this post, I am the proud owner of a new digital scale.

Return to the gym
For most of the month, I did not visit the gym. I was torn between working out and testing Tim's claim of losing weight without exercising. You can see the results.

For the next month, I would like to add my weight training and cardio back into the mix and report on the results. I'm confident that I will make even greater gains than without any physical activities.

Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking
I cannot think of a morning that I did not eat breakfast within the first hour of waking. In the book, Tim explains that I can see even better returns if I eat within the first 30 minutes. I think I'll make a go of it. So far, so good.

Eat every 4 hours
This is probably the most challenging thing to do, because I'm not usually hungry. If it's about keeping my metabolism going then I'm willing to try it. As of this post, I have regulated my meals to the 4:00, 8:00, 12:00, 3:30, and 7:30 hours.

Starting Measurements
To manage my progress, I recorded my starting measurements. See below:

  • Weight: 257.6 lbs 
  • Height: 6' 2"
  • Age: 36 
  • Body Fat: 19.2%
  • Chest: 45.0"
  • Waist: 42.50"
  • Arms: 17.25"
  • Shoulders: 53"
  • Forearms: 14"
  • Neck: 16.25"
  • Hips: 45"
  • Thighs: 26"
  • Calves: 17.75"

Closing Thoughts
I am really excited about the progress we all are making right now. Personally, I see things are happening, but I'm also enthused about the changes you are making as well.

Thank you for reading my updates, participating in the comment section, and encouraging one another. Let's make this month even better than the last.

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