If you’ve read my blogs/newsletters/etc. for any length of time, you probably know the story of how I got started in the fitness industry …
And without going over the entire thing here (if you’re interested, it’s on the home page of my personal website), what originally spurred me to action was losing a bunch of weight in a very short amount of time.
I did learn how to optimize my workouts for fat loss, no doubt about that … but a huge part of my results also came from changing my diet. And the diet I followed was essentially “slow carb”. Here’s an article for you about the slow carb diet complete with some recipes to get you started.
The popularity of the low carb diet has diminished over the last few years, with a new and more balanced way of eating talking its place …
The slow carb diet is the low carb diet’s latest evolution.
In this article, I’ll briefly cover exactly what the slow carb diet is, and then give you a few slow carb recipes to try for yourself.
The Slow Carb Diet
The slow-carb diet, at it’s core, is not really a diet at all … it’s more of a balanced way of eating. It revolves around the concept of the glycemic index (GI).
The GI classifies a food based on how fast it can raise blood glucose levels. Foods that break down quickly during digestion and raise blood sugar levels fast have a high GI, and foods that break down more slowly have a low GI.
Raising blood sugar fast is bad for a whole host of reasons … a few big ones being fluctuating energy levels in the short term and obesity/type two diabetes in the long term.
Examples of foods that are high GI are refined carbs – white bread, refined breakfast cererals, pastries, etc. Low GI food examples are things like vegetables and legumes.
Now that you understand the concept behind slow carb eating, here are a few slow carb recipes/meal ideas:
Slow Carb Recipes
Chicken Kebabs: Always a great addition to the grill, chicken kebabs are easy to make. Add cubes of chicken and any vegetables you want to your skewer. Brush with seasonings and olive oil.
Cobb Salad: A hearty and delicious salad, all you need is your favorite lettuce mix, chicken breast pieces, crisp turkey bacon, sliced boiled egg, avocado and low-fat cheese cheese. Serve with a red wine vinaigrette.
Veggie Omelet: A delicious classic. Fold in all the veggies of your choice near the end. Place a lid on your pan and allow the cheese to melt or place under a broiler, in an oven-safe dish, for a minute or two.
Lentil Soup: Hearty and full of dietary fiber and folate, this soup is a healthy addition to a meal. You can make lentil soup in a variety of ways, but you can’t go wrong with carrots, onions, tomatoes and garlic.
Vegetarian Chili: Skip the ground beef and double up on the beans for a delicious and hearty chili. Serve with salad to complete your slow carb meal.
Now you know the basics of what the slow carb diet is. And you have a few slow carb recipes to get you started. If fast fat loss – and optimum health – is what you’re after, this new diet approach could be just the ticket for you.
Keep training hard and good luck!
P.S. Click the links below for some additional resources to help you with your slow carb dieting efforts:
The Four Hour Body – Author Tim Ferriss popularized the slow carb diet in his recent book.
The Paleo Cookbook – Paleo (slow carb concepts/slight variations) cookbook with over 370 recipes … current top seller.
Forest’s Easy Fat Loss Meal Plan – My very own complete fat loss meal planning guide.