For the past a week and a half, I've been performing an experiment on myself. The result? My body has transformed significantly. I've lost 10 pounds of fat, my clothes are looser, and I have more energy than I’ve had in months. All in just 10 days. Here’s how I did it, (and here's EXACTLY how you can do it too).
COMPONENT 1: NUTRITION
(Cliff Notes Version: Slow Carb Diet + Water + Supplements + Tracking = AWESOME)
For the last 10 days, I have been following Tim Ferriss’ Slow-Carb diet. Here it is in a nutshell:
RULE 1: AVOID "WHITE” CARBOHYDRATES.
RULE 2: EAT THE SAME FEW MEALS OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
8:00AM - English Breakfast Tea
12:00PM - Veggie Stir Fry ( 3 whole eggs, and about 2 cups of normandy style veggies, plus teriyaki sauce)
3:00PM - Turkey Burger (plus hot sauce, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic salt)
5:00PM - One handful of Cashews
8:00PM - One can of Black Beans (plus hot sauce, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic salt)
RULE 3: DON'T DRINK CALORIES.
Sadly, this also includes any alcohol :(
...except for my cheat day, of course :)
RULE 4: DON'T EAT FRUIT.
RULE 5: TAKE ONE DAY OFF PER WEEK.
Oh yes, this is the best part… the day when you literally eat ANYTHING you want! For my first cheat day, I ate an entire (yes, an entire) Little Caesar’s Hot-N-Ready Pizza, plus an ice cream cookie sandwich. Oh, and a few more slices of pizza + beer later that night. (I’m a madman.)
***For a complete reading on the Slow Carb Diet from Tim Ferriss’ book (The 4-Hour Body), visit: http://gizmodo.com/5709913/4-hour-body---the-slow-carb-diet
Drink 1 Gallon Of Water Per Day. This may seem like a lot to some people, but I’ve been doing this for almost a year now and can confirm its positive benefits. Water is to the body as oil is to a car. With proper hydration, you’ll feel amazing. Go to Vons and buy a 99 cent gallon water jug. Make sure you drink it all before the end of the day. Rinse and repeat. Easy peasy.
1 Tablet - Kirkland Premium Performance Multivitamin
10 Tablets - Kirkland Signature Vitamin C 1000 Mg with Rose Hips 500 Tablets - (Yes, you read that right... 10 x 1000mg pills per day = 10,000MG. There’s a lot of research about the benefits of high doses of C in your diet. Here’s a good starting point: http://fatburningman.com/dr-andrew-saul-the-megavitamin-man-high-dose-vitamin-c-diy-health/)
I track my diet using MyFitnessPal (http://www.myfitnesspal.com). Download the APP, it works like a charm. As long as you don’t go over your calorie intake for the day, you WILL lose weight. Period.
COMPONENT 2: EXERCISE
Here’s exactly what I did over the past 10 days. Notice that the amount of time spent working out is completely reasonable. As with most things, it’s about quality (how hard you push yourself), not quantity (time).
MON 1/4: CrossFit (1 hour)
TUE 1/5: Off
WED1/6: CrossFit (1 hour)
THU 1/7: Off
FRI 1/8: CrossFit (1 hour)
SAT 1/9: Off
SUN 1/10: Yoga Class (1hour)
MON 1/11: CrossFit + Yoga Class (2 hours)
TUE 1/12: Run (30 minutes)
WED 1/13: CrossFit (1 hour)
Total Training Time in 10 days: (7.5 hours)
In all honesty, even though I’ve already seen differences in how my body looks, the biggest difference I’ve noticed is how sharp I feel MENTALLY. I’m completely convinced that 95%+ of this shift is due to one thing… DIET. When I eat like crap, I get “Grain Brain"... I feel depressed, weak, and unmotivated. However, by following the slow-carb diet, I’ve had more energy in the last 10 days than I’ve had in months. I feel more alert, more positive, more creative, more productive, and simply put... I feel happier!
Well folks, that’s exactly how I lost 10 pounds in 10 days. If you follow the advice above, I’m almost certain you’ll see a positive effect in both body and mind. I’m NOT saying that this formula will work long-term for everyone, but if you’re someone out there who’s not satisfied with your current lifestyle and want to make a change, it's definitely worth a week of your life to try this out as an experiement. If you do, please mention your results in the comments below!
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