The Slow Carb Diet developed by best selling author, Tim Ferriss, is basically a low-carb diet with a few additions.
Here is a basic outline of the diet.
Additions to the diet include:
Eat Beans with every meal
Start your day with Protein, 30 minutes after you get up.
If you are already familiar with low-carb diets, you pretty well know most everything on these lists. What you might NOT know is:
1. NO fruit
2. NO dairy products except for cottage cheese
A good rule of thumb is to stay away from white stuff including potatoes If it comes in a box, it is probably excluded. If it comes in a bag it is probably excluded. White veggies such as cauliflower, onions, garlic are allowed as are “bagged” veggies.
Here’s what you CAN eat:
You can eat as much as you want of the top three groups (protein, legumes, vegetables). Eat till you are almost full, then stop.
Eat small quantities of fats and spices.
- One or two whole eggs plus additional egg whites as desired
- Chicken breast or thighs
- Beef, preferably grass-fed
- Whey protein powder (lactose free)
- Black beans
- Pinto beans
- Red beans
- Brussels sprouts
- Sauerkraut and kimchi
- Green beans
- Greens such as Bok Choi and any combination salad greens
- Olive oil (low-heat cooking)
- Grapeseed or macadamia oil (high-heat cooking)
- Nuts such as almonds, pistachios, walnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds
- Dairy Free Creamer — limited to 2 teaspoons per day
Here are the foods you should avoid while on the diet
- Fruit juices
- Dried fruits (eg. raisins or cranberries)
The two exceptions are tomatoes and avocados.
Potatoes in any form. Chips, baked, fried. NO potatoes.
- cheeses of any kind
You CAN eat cottage cheese.
- flour of any kind
- sugars including “natural” sugars such as maple syrup, honey, agave,
- cereals including oats
- pretty well anything that comes in a box or bag
NOTE #1: You can eat any of the excluded foods on cheat days … flour, potatoes, fruit, sugar. Anything.
NOTE #2: The lists Ferriss provides in his book and in his articles are quite limited. He says that’s so you don’t have too much choice. But the bottom line is a vegetable is a vegetable … go ahead and eat it unless it is specifically listed as a no-no. One of the most asked questions in any of the Slow-Carb forums is “can I eat this, this, or that vegetable. Ferriss doesn’t LIST radishes or cabbage or turnips or zucchini … go ahead and eat them anyway!