Slow carb warning – stalled fat loss
We work with many people each week who have challenges with stalled fat loss, and many of them have a common problem with the slow carb diet that is the cause of their weight loss slowing, stopping or even reversing.
Of course, it’s an uncomfortable situation to be in, and we do our absolute best to help people figure out some possible causes, and what they can do to experiment with possible solutions.
It comes in a few different forms, but there is one key ingredient that is common across different people, with different lifestyles. It’s not exercise though, as many people might guess, but it’s part of everyone’s daily routine.
To understand it a little better, let’s take a quick look at the slow carb diet regime in it’s most basic parts:
- Drinking lots of water
- 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking up
- Avoid ‘white’ carbohydrates
- No dairy
- 1 Cheat day per week
- Don’t drink calories
- Leave fruit for cheat day
- Don’t get hungry
There’s quite a few rules involved, and it’s easy to see what people get a little lost when it comes to how to make this work.
But, from this list, what could possibly be common to so many people, that could be responsible for slowing their fat loss?
Where’s that on this list? Nowhere.
That’s why it’s a common problem.
While we’re following all the rules of how to make this work, it’s the unwritten ones, or the ones that aren’t so obvious, that make a difference. The devil truly is in the detail: the 5 rules in the book only get us started, and then it’s all the ‘tips’ that come afterwards that are overwhelming.
We could say that the tip of getting 20g of protein at every meal helps avoid undereating, we could say that the morning protein rule does too. So to could avoiding being hungry help.. but it still doesn’t hit the nail on the head.
Many people we have worked with report that their breakfasts are focussed in on getting 30g of protein. That’s a good start, but here’s where we’re missing something.
The slow carb diet relies on your metabolism to be fuelled, all day long, to continually have enough food to give you energy, concentration and a good mood. So, if we start the day with eggs and a protein shake (ignoring any insulin changes due to the shake), we do get our 30 grams of protein, but we miss a critical part of the slow carb diet – the carbs!
Slow carb is most definitely not ‘low carb’ or ‘no carb’. That’s why it’s so practical, and workable as a lifestyle. It doesn’t give us lethargy that we have to fight with caffeine, it doesn’t leave us confused or malnourished.
The key is to have ample amounts of food.
So how do we fix this problem?
Simple. Beans, or lentils, in the morning. We get more protein from them, and potentially can drop out that shake that probably includes some artificial chemical, and we get some carbs to start our day. We also get more calories, which is good news for energy, concentration and general wellbeing.
If you can’t stand the idea of black beans, or white beans, or any other bean, try red split lentils. High in protein, they do not need to be soaked over night, nor do they need to be cooked for hours.
Red split lentils cook in around 10 minutes. And they taste great.
Try them with a dash of tomato salsa and be pleasantly surprised. Plus, cooking in water means you’re getting more hydration with your food, which is great news.
For a complete slow carb breakfast, add some spinach and you’ll be set to go until lunchtime. If you don’t have time to cook in the morning, cook it all the night before and microwave the whole plate.. it’ll take 5 minutes, and 5 minutes to eat it. Everyone’s got 10 minutes for breakfast.
Do you have a great slow carb breakfast that gets you set for a busy day? Let us know! We’d love to try your recipe.
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