How do you go off slow carb??
This post is based on a very simple question. One that I get asked quite often, and one that came to me when I first read the book. If slow carb works so well, then what do you do when you reach your goal? I’ve taken a close look at this, because it’s not at all clear, when you get started, where it’s all heading. That’s something I’d like to help you with.
This isn’t the simplest thing to get figured out, mainly because there’s basically no mention of it in the book.
In fact, what’s mentioned in the book, and what you find if you look elsewhere for more details on how Tim approaches his nutrition on a day to day basis, is that if he’s not actively running an experiment on himself, he’s most likely oscillating between slow carb and low carb. Low carb because he eats out so much, and slow carb when he’s home and has beans on hand.
With this in mind though, the question begs to be asked – How does an average person like you or me figure out what we can eat in the future, that will support a healthy weight, and not lead to future weight gain?
The simple answer is, of course, experimenting. But that doesn’t really help you out too much, and that’s why I don’t like leaving it there.
My concept of a successful future is one where your routine is still quite effortless to follow, so I absolutely rule out counting calories every day, or living by strict standards of meal sizes.
So that leads me to trying to work out what else could be included, without resulting in fat gain in a big way. Some oscillation between a slightly lower fat level and a slightly higher fat level is to be expected in normal day to day life, but the oscillation should only be around 5 pounds (or 2 kgs).
But what’s the best way to approach going for fat loss to weight maintenance? It opens up the options considerably, in my mind. That said, there’s a lot of different approaches you could use.
Some examples you might try include:
- Lower GI foods
- Testing out some low starch vegetables
- Including occasional ‘cheat’ meals instead of slow carb meals
- Using a Wednesday night mini-cheat evening as well as cheat day
- Switching to low carb foods
- Switching to paleo diet
There are other ways, of course, but these are some of the best options, to test what works for you. My recommendation is that you don’t return to old eating habits and expect anything different than last time. If it was those eating habits that got you to the place where you started your fat loss journey, the chances are that those habits, and those foods will get you there again. So try to look at life and lifestyle in a different perspective – and be happy that you’ve had that experience, but are now past it. Focus on more variety in your diet, but being mindful of blood sugar and insulin, and keeping treats and cheats to one or two days per week, to keep things easy.
My suggestion is to pick one option only, and try that out for at least 2 weeks. Continue measuring and weighing, like you have while losing, and you’ll be able to see if there’s any negative effect.
You might be inspired to learn about other healthy eating options, but try not to be lulled by mass media hype or the latest fad diets. The important thing is to take a healthy approach to the future, and depending on your preferences and priorities, you might find one or two things that really work well for you. For me, for example, I like to include some natural yogurt with berries and nuts from time to time, and it doesn’t affect my weight substantially.
Remember too that you can always go to a slow carb week if your experiment sends your weight a little higher than you’d like. If you keep a close eye from week to week, then you’ll never find yourself in a position where it takes 3 months to get to your ideal weight.
There’s an important difference in you, now that you’ve reached your goal – you’ve come through a tough challenge, found what works, and you’re in a new place. That’s important to remember, because sometimes experiments can result in your weight fluctuating more than you’d like. And you need to keep in mind that it’s not slow carb that’s letting you down. It’s easy to forget how many modifications you’ve made to slow carb, and then start to see results drying up, and wonder if it’s a short lived effect. Remember where you are compared to a regular slow carb diet, and you should be able to get a feel for how much you can vary slow carb before it makes your weight go up, rather than stay level.
Always listen to your hunger levels, because the odds are that they can help guide you better than you might imagine. Especially after doing slow carb, your sense of hunger will probably be more attuned to reality, compared to someone who is spiking their insulin with junk food, and is affected by obesogens.
The process of finding a future that works can be a complicated one, and every body is different. So take a careful approach with yourself, and don’t expect perfection, or extraordinary things when you’re doing this at first. This is a topic that many people wonder about, and find challenging, which is why I included a whole module about it in my 6 module video course, Complete Bodyfat Control. That course gives you a complete start to finish lifestyle to follow, from weight loss to healthy weight maintenance, but also gives you a lot more foundational knowledge than I can summarize here. The effect is to give you more power to make great choices, even in the future when you’re not following slow carb every single day. You can learn more about Complete Bodyfat Control and watch the first module free by clicking here.
Let me know how you’ve gone from losing weight to maintaining your weight – do you have any tips and tricks? Share them below in the comments!
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