Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tim Ferriss' Slow-Carb Diet Test: Day 23


Today is the 23rd day of Tim Ferriss' Slow-Carb Diet, as laid out in The 4-Hour Body.

For the next 7 days, I will continue to 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
Since my last report (day 15), I have continued to eat 3 to 4 meals per day as described in the plan. Unfortunately, the meals are not always 4 hours apart. They typically fall somewhere between 5 to 6 hours.

Below, you will find a list of foods I have consumed.

Meat
  • Chicken breast: I eat Tyson's grilled chicken. This week, I moved from the whole breast to precut cubes. This just makes it easier to eat since I'm at work most of the day.
  • Eggs: I eat between 6-10 scrambled eggs a day. For color and flavor, I leave two egg yolks in the mix.
  • Ground Beef: I cook 93/7 ground beef.
  • Steak: I eat lean cuts of steak. The fat count is around 3.5 grams per serving.
  • Salmon: This past week I started eating more fish. Frozen salmon individually wrapped is wonderful with butter, lemon juice, and herbs. Yummy!
Legumes 
  • Red Beans: I cook from a can.
  • Black Beans: I cook from a can.
Vegetables
  • Broccoli: I'm eating a lot of broccoli.
  • Cauliflower: When I'm not eating broccoli, I'm eating frozen cauliflower. 
  • Spinach: Frozen spinach in my eggs tastes great. If you squint your eyes, it tastes like cheddar cheese.
Beverages
  • Water: I am drinking around a gallon of water per day.
  • Red wine: I'm drinking around 2 glasses per day.
  • Coffee: When available, I'll drink a cup of black coffee in the morning. 
This past Saturday (cheat day), I ate. Unlike in week 2, where I ate conservatively and ended up gaining 2 pounds. This week I just ate whatever I wanted and didn't think twice about it.   
    Physical Activities
    I kept it real light for week three. I went to the gym only once for a quick cardio and weight training session.

    Statistics
    This week is a big week for me. Unlike the first two weeks, where I gained 3 pounds, I finally lost some weight (6 pounds to be exact). In addition, I lost 4.8% body fat, 1 inch from my waist, and 1/2 inch from my chest and hips, total.

    Below is the complete report for my latest measurements:

    • Weight: 257 lbs (-6 lbs)
    • Height: 6' 2"
    • Age: 36 
    • Body Fat: 20.7% (-4.8%)
    • Chest: 45.0" (- 1")
    • Waist: 42.75" (-0.50")
    • Arms: 17.25"
    • Shoulders: 53.5"
    • Forearms: 14"
    • Neck: 16.25"
    • Hips: 45.75" (-0.50")
    • Thighs: 26"
    • Calves: 18"
    Observations
    Overall, I felt great this past week. No major problems or concerns.

    Final Thoughts
    This is a great week for me. After reporting two consecutive weeks with weight gain, I was looking forward to the day that I finally lost weight on the scale. In addition to weight loss, I continued to see inches falling off my body. That is very exciting news!

    As I look toward the next seven days, I anticipate continued weight loss. I'm not sure I can drop 14 pounds in  one week, but it would be pretty amazing if it worked.

    Also, I would like to thank everyone who has stopped by the page to ask questions and share their experiences. You all have truly kept me inspired.

    With 7 days left in this test, let's see what amazing changes we can make.

    Suggested Changes
    • Increase cardio
    Feedback
    For those following along, how do you feel? What could you do better tomorrow? Leave me a comment in the section below and join us on the discussion board (see Community).

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