The style is the same but the content is quite different. It is also in my opinion controversial. Nevertheless both books are very interesting to read and stimulate the reader to take action in their life.
My First Four Days On The Four Hour Body Diet
One of the sections in the new book is the four hour body diet. I have put on a few pounds and decided to try it out for a month and lose the 20lbs that the book claims I will lose. After 4 days I have lost 6 pounds in weight. So that’s a good start. I am on my cheat day today. Then I will go back to six more days on the slow carb part of the diet.
The diet is a slow carb diet. This means you have to cut out all bread, rice, pasta and other starchy food. You also can’t eat any dairy foods or fruit. What you can eat is meat, vegetables, legumes and pulses. This is more limiting than it sounds but is quite workable. I had a bacon and spinach omelette for breakfasts, a salad and meat portion for lunch time and a stir fry meal for dinner.
The Mystery Of The Four Hour Body Diet And Quinoa
Being a Quinoa devotee I obviously turned my mind to including quinoa in this weeks menu. It turns out that quinoa is NOT allowed on the diet. You can only eat it on the cheat day. There is a post on Tim Ferris’s blog that tells you that certain foods are not allowed.
This is a mystery to me as I would say that quinoa is a slow carb food. I thought it would be ideal as part of the 4 hour body diet.
There is no explanation of exact why quinoa is not allowed. This is the mystery I am talking about. Why not eat quinoa?
Quinoa As A Slow Carbohydrate Food.
Most cooks think of quinoa as a substitute for rice or cous cous. In terms of cooking you can do this. In terms of nutrition quinoa is worlds apart from other seeds and grains. There are also 2 distinct types of carbohydrate. Rice and cous cous are soluble carbohydrates which can make you gain weight due to the way your body processes this type of carbohydrate.
Quinoa is an insoluble carbohydrate. This type of carbohydrate take a long time to break down in your body. Hence the name slow carbohydrates. There is little chance of your blood sugar going up. You will also not get hungry again when you eat quinoa and other slow carbohydrate food items.
Many experts consider quinoa to be a vegetable protein source, not a carbohydrate. Which again brings me round to ask the question – Why can’t you eat quinoa on the four hour diet? I might even join the Tim Ferris Forum to find out, we will see.
What I Am Going To Do?
I have decided to follow the example of Tim Ferris and use my own body as an experimenting medium. For next week I will not add quinoa to the diet and then check my weight next Saturday. Then I will add quinoa to one meal per day in the following week. I know its not very scientific but I want to see if quinoa really will have such a negative affect on my weight loss. Watch this space.