iDingo: A Diet for the Minimalist
HEALTH, DIET, NUTRITION, FITNESS, WELL-BEING
This is an article I was asked to write for iDingo.
If you’re looking for a proven minimalist diet which accommodates a day off, then look no further than the slow-carb diet.
Created by Timothy Ferriss and popularized by his New York Times, Amazon, and USA Today best-selling book “The 4-Hour Body”, the slow-carb diet prescribes a simple set of guidelines outlined by five underlying rules. The rules are simple:
The diet divides permissible food into five categories: animal protein, vegetables, legumes, spices and fats/oils/nuts. A standard meal of this diet consists of one portion each of the former three categories and tiny amounts of the latter two. The diet stipulates you should eat no more than four meals per day. Although Ferriss suggests supplementing the diet with multivitamins, it isn’t essential. One of the more motivating factors of sticking to this diet is that it allows for one entire cheat day per week.
Ferris further explains why certain foods should be avoided while on the diet:
After years of research and hundreds of interviews with doctors, athletes and drug-salesman, Ferris, a self-proclaimed “human guinea pig”, stands by the regime. He offers some guidance to help abide by the plan long enough to see results.
Ferris urges to eat until you’re full and not to count calories. Although he advises against snacks, if you happen to be hungry between meals, he recommends eating a small protein-only meal. Furthermore, he suggests eating slowly by taking at least half an hour to eat meals as this allows the body to decrease its glycemic response.
Undeniably, the best part of this diet is that you are permitted to eat and drink anything your heart desires on your once a week cheat day without any restriction. Perhaps surprisingly, there is a method to the madness, as evidence suggests a cheat day can help speed metabolism and lower hunger by increasing the hormone leptin.
There you have it then, the slow-carb diet: for the minimalist who wants the odd day off. A no-nonsense eating plan with just the right amount of flexibility.
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