Review of Tim Ferris's Slow Carb Diet

I'm always interested in trying new trends, new healthy brands, new supplements, new "diets" or ways to eat. I'm a health coach so instinctively I'm drawn to that world of what's out there and what could potentially help my clients. 

There is absolutely not, a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss and nutrition. Everybody lives a different life, so why would you subscribe to something that is generic and not specific? I customize almost everything to my demographic of women and offer 1-1 coaching and advice that is specific to THEIR everyday schedule. That, to me, is essential in a persons overall success. 

When I came across Tim Ferris (a giant role model of mine in the entrepreneurial world) a few years back, I of course grabbed up his books an started following him online. His ongoing push to work smarter - not harder and to always live life as an adventure are things I very much relate to.

His book the 4 Hour Body is one of his ways to get things done, physically. I had to read more so here are my pros and cons on what he refers to as the Slow Carb Diet:

Why I like the slow carb diet:

1. Is pulls out all the sugar in your life. Sugar is the devil and is what makes you gain weight. Don't forget sugar resides in white breads, pastas, rices, potatoes and baked treats. And also in fruit. 

2. It gets you away from mindless snacking and encourages clean carbs + veggies!

3. It encourages a high protein intake, which, when you're trying to drop weight, is key. 

4. It keeps things simple. We're busy - we don't have time to create 15-ingredient recipes that take forever to make. 

5. There is some flexibility with the "cheat day." However, this is a touch and go concept that could end up back firing for some people who may have addictive personalities. 

What I don't like the slow carb diet:

1. It's semi-restrictive. I don't think that telling an overweight person that fruit is bad, is necessarily a good thing. But I understand he's trying to get us off sugar and fruit is essentially sugar. For me it's about making healthy choices, different from the bad ones you're making prior to "dieting." You should get yourself to a place that's rooted with self-control so you know when you have to pull back. 

2. As mentioned before, "cheat days" don't teach long-term success. It will yield a spike in insulin which is helpful and essential for a refined diet like this one, but at the end of the day you want to learn how to eat well 365 days a year, not just for 6 days in a row. 

3. You can eat as much as you want on this diet. So if you want you can have all the beans in the world. In my opinion, you have to still track. Your body reads a calorie as a calorie, so if you're blowing through your macros everyday you may not see the scale turn over. I vote yes on tracking no matter what you're doing. 

4. You can get really bored on this small menu which could deter you from continuing. As mentioned before, you want to commit to something that's healthy for the long term. So if you were to deter from the food list, you may get down on yourself and start losing interest in the program. The whole thing could be a domino into one giant binge. So be careful. 

These are just a few of my thoughts on this but please, come to your own conclusions! Research all information before you start changing your wellness routine and pick something that keeps you happy, healthy and confident for the long-term! You got this :)