Slow Carb Cooking

Written by fourhourbody.org. Posted in Articles

Our Body generates most of its energy from sugar. All the food you eat throughout the day are essentially turned into sugar. That’s really a good thing and nothing to worry about, as long as the amount of food and the amount of sugar that the body can generate from it doesn’t exceed what the body needs in the time that it takes the body to process the food. This is the most important thing to understand!

Slow Carb Cooking
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Everything you eat is eventually turned into sugar. If you take more in than you body needs to operate it will store it for better times. That’s when you get bigger. On the other hand, when you eat foods that take longer for the body to process, you can eat more, because it will leave the body before it is processed entirely. When that happens your body will use fat and protein for fuel. And that’s when you loose weight.

The whole point of (s)low carb cooking is to prepare meals from ingredients that will give you enough energy to get through the day, but take long enough to process, that you can eat until you’re full, without putting on weight.

There are a bunch of low carb diets out there, like Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, The New High Protein Diet, The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet or if you want to know what the Stars do to their bodies, have a read in The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets. Really effective but extremely hard to follow, since you need a lot of focus is The Ketogenic Diet. All those diets are bad for your body if you do them for too long. Since you cut carbs, vitamins and essentially nutrients from you diet, these diets put a strain on your kidneys.

The good thing about a Slow Carb Diet is that you still consume foods that take a long time to process in the body, but with much healthier options. On top of that, you get to have one cheat day per week, where you can eat whatever you want, including carbs. Therefore the program suggested by Tim Ferriss is the much healthier option for permanent weight loss.

So if you decide to tackle your belly and try something new and healthy, there are a couple of things to bear in mind for every meal: avoid white carbohydrates like bread, rice and pasta, eat high protein foods, like eggs, meat and fish.

It makes it a lot easier if you keep your meals simple and eat the same dishes over and over again. Consume only small meals but more frequently:

Breakfast (8am)
Lunch (11am)
2nd Lunch (2pm)
Dinner (5pm)
2nd Dinner (8pm)

This leads us to the second most important issue with dieting: Insulin.

Whenever you eat food, your body releases a hormon called insulin. This hormon takes care of storing energy in your cells so that you have it available when you need it. But there are foods that trigger a bigger amount of insulin to be released and there are those, that keep the insulin levels minor. If there’s not a lot of insulin, the amount of food doesn’t matter too much, since only so much energy can be stored. This means, if you eat right, you can eat a lot more than you could otherwise, without getting bigger.

A big problem is availability – or so it seems. Plan you meals one day ahead and know when slow carb food will not be accessible to you and plan for those occasions by preparing food in advance. Don’t get yourself in a situation, where you’re hungry and don’t know what to eat when, as you’re more likely to make mistakes that way.
Also, since you’re dieting, water and tea are your drinks of choice. If it has to be coffee, use two spoons of cream – no milk and sugar.

We offer a whole range of recipes for you check out. Give Slow Carb Cooking a try.

If you want to read more about the subject consider buying The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.

Here are a few of our Slow Carb Recipies:

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