Today I wanted to share with you a way that you can lose weight without doing exercise. This post goes against what I normally preach: Weight Loss = healthy diet + Exercise, but I wanted to share this method with you because I want to be completely sincerely when I say ‘what works for me, might not work for you’. This method worked for me for a while and then I realised it did not suit my lifestyle. It did however help me get over a weight loss plateau and for that reason I know it works.
So why share something you don’t believe in?
I certainly understand that Summer is here and some of us are still struggling with weight loss or getting rid of those final kilos.
Not to mention that it is getting really hot and working out in this heat is sometime impossible.
Everyone is different! As much as I preach about the scale being the enemy many of my readers are still very obsessed with the number on a scale, so I want to share these alternatives with you.
Source – Tim Ferriss – http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2013/06/20/how-to-lose-belly-fat/
How do you achieve weight loss without doing exercise?
May I introduce you to Tim Ferris’s ‘Slow carb diet’ which comes from his book: The four hour body
The book is pretty detailed, but it dedicates two chapters to simple methods to follow for successful weight loss. The great news is that the formula for no workouts for weight loss is pretty simple and I can provide these tips to you in a short list:
No white carbs/starches (if you follow clean eating habits this should be easy)
Stick to the same meals and repeat them over the week
Do not drink calories (no soft drinks. juices, smoothies etc)
Do not eat fruit
Do not eat dairy
Having breakfast in the first 30 minutes of getting up - (Why you need to eat within 30 minutes of waking: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/four-hours-your-perfect-body-pt-2)
Eat beans with every meal
Eat 30g of protein per meal ( YES 30g!)
Eat four to five meals a day
Enjoy a cheat day (eat everything you want for 24 hours, but start with a high protein breakfast and a glass of grapefruit juice) - (Why you can cheat once a week – http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/four-hours-your-perfect-body-pt-3)
The rules are pretty straight forward, but for most of us following these points require quite dramatic changes to our lifestyle and diet. This diet is almost like the Paleo Diet (Paleo restricts you more).
I had used this method when I was struggling with my metabolic plateau but I no longer follow this method because the after 3 weeks I plateaued again.
You will lose weight but you will not gain muscle – Personally being skinny fat is not sexy to me, but that is just my opinion.
Over a year ago I lost 2 kilos following this diet in 3 weeks. When I was following this diet, 2 kilos was something I would get REALLY excited about, nowadays I would prefer to weigh 2 kilos more and have nice firm muscles, (the more muscle you have the more fat you will burn and I believe in long term goals not short quick fixes).
Apart from that I was feeling tired and the diet did not work well for me with my training schedule.
I do not think a binge day is healthy – I think cheat meals give the same effect and are a healthy and more sensible way of doing it.
How does this compare to eating clean?
As many of my frequent followers know, nowadays I follow a clean diet, which means that I can enjoy all foods as long as they are real food and I find that this is much more balanced, works better for and gives me less cravings and supports my lifestyle.Believe it or not it is very similar to my current diet. I eat 4-5 meals a day. I do not eat white carbs and starches, I don’t drink soft drinks, or eat dairy and most meals include 30 grams of protein. I eat within 30 minutes of waking up and I enjoy a cheat meal once a week (not a whole day!!!). I do however enjoy fruit but I eat it before midday, sometimes I cut it out completely. I do not eat beans with every meal because I get my protein and carbs (what beans give you) from other sources on my plate.
So do I recommend the Slow Carb Diet for weight loss?
Yes. for weight loss I do recommend it, for fat loss I don’t. You have to be really strict with yourself and it is not easy but it does give results. You will not however build muscle so you will have to keep at this diet otherwise the weight will come back! You can join a forum/community of people who are following this diet and can help you along.