What happens when you do slow carb for 12 months?
Are you thinking about slow carb, and wondering where it leads? Get a preview into the future, and see where you might be if you follow it for 12 months. The results might surprise you!
It seems like a short time ago that I opened a can of beans for the first time, and wondered what it would be like to eat a very non-standard meal for the first time. A few weeks later, and a lot of meals later, I was enjoying the experience, though explaining it to other people seemed to be taking up half of my social time.
Fast forward a few months, and the results came, I was feeling great and noticing a lot of changes in my body – I was hooked! From there, the time flew by, and life got busy. But my habits didn’t change, and by this point, slow carb meals were such a habit that I didn’t even need to think about what I was doing. As long as I had some tuna, or some eggs, some beans and some veges nearby, I knew I was set my day. It turned out to be an absolute life-saver when it came time to do a lot of moving around, and travelling, as it was a constant that I knew I could depend on.
Between moving house, moving country, and moving again, the common element was slow carb. And the common result was the same, the whole way through – my weight was not changing, my energy levels were good, and I was able to keep up a somewhat regular gym schedule (at most twice a week), quite easily.
With more than 12 months of this lifestyle behind me, I thought for a second, the other day, about what has really changed, and I want to share some of the more interesting observations I’ve made.
1/ I notice the difference much more between eating slow carb, and eating a standard western type diet with more grains (even whole grains), cereals and other food. Whenever I’ve taken a few days off slow carb, I have a noticeable hunger that isn’t cured by eating more of this kind of food. It gets solved when I have a decent meal with protein and beans.
2/ In the times that I have had to not follow slow carb 100%, due to travel, unavailability of ingredients or inability to prepare food myself, the ‘damage’ that used to see my weight fluctuate quite a bit, hasn’t had the same impact.
3/ I seem to be more tolerant now to a bit of extra ‘grey’ foods during the week, and indeed I’ve had weeks upon weeks of eating natural yogurt, as an example, along with slow carb food, with a net result of no fat gain.
4/ Slow carb is such an easy base to experiment from that I’ve been able to effectively test intermittent fasting, carb loading in the evenings, full day fasts, rapid fat loss techniques and carb loading techniques, and then return to my regular routine with little fuss.
5/ Any issues that used to exist with digestive discomfort are a thing of the past.
6/ If I travel for a week or two, the net result is usually weight loss, not weight gain – indicating that I am feeding myself very well when at home, in my routine
7/ My body feels different – I recover quicker from workouts, my energy is simply dependable
8/ My focus and concentration are unlike anything I used to experience
9/ My body is in better condition, despite barely ever doing ‘cardio’ and only training twice per week. On a friend’s suggestion, 30 minutes before it started I joined a community 5k run that had a few steep hills and having not been for a run for over 3 months, I placed in the top 3.
10/ I feel much more relaxed about food, eating and weight. The days of thinking, and worrying over food choices are long gone. I know that if things change a little, the corrective action is so simple that my weight and managing a steady bodyweight will never be an issue again, and that’s a huge relief.
So there you have it – my experience of following slow carb for over a year. You’ll notice that I’ve mentioned times that I’ve had weeks of travel, or experimenting with other things, and most of these came after I was on slow carb for the first 12 months. Since that point, I’ve pushed the limits to learn more about how the body responds to nutrition, and exercise, and found that pairing the two together can really amplify results.
Two examples of pairing nutrition and exercise together, for different results:
1/ Pairing intermittent fasting and interval training for a week saw me drop 1% bodyfat, in 1 week.
2/ Pairing evening carb loading and full body, time-under-tension workouts (with very heavy weights) to failure resulted in a 1kg gain in bodyweight, and an average of 20% strength increase in 2 weeks.
Though it seems like a long time, think back to where you were at this time last year – does it feel like a year? 12 months? Really? Or does it seem like it was some day last month, or even just a few weeks ago? Time tends to pass more rapidly than we anticipate, so even though the idea of following something like this for a year seems incredible at first, in fact when it’s so reliable, and so dependable, the time flies by and the results flow in. It’s a very enjoyable experience.
Have you followed a lifestyle for an extended period of time? Or have you adopted a new lifestyle that you feel is now your ‘norm’ going into the future? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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