In May I embarked on a low-carb diet. Shortly after choosing to start this, I resumed the “slow carb diet” which was popularized by Tim Ferris when he released his second book, the four hour body. I tried the diet last year after the book first came out, with lackluster results. This time, it worked.
What’s different this time? For starters, I am exercising even more that I was last time. On my last major diet adventure, I doubled my regular exercise from once a week to twice a week. This time, I am exercising anywhere from 6 to 9 times a week, and by exercise, I mean martial arts or yoga for at least one hour a day. Also, instead of a one day a week “binge day,” I instead took one day a week off, but didn’t go crazy with my caloric intake like last time. In other words, lunch does not consist of a slice of carrot cake, a beer, and a slice of cheesecake as a chaser, but I will do a burger and fries, and some other “not the healthiest choices” from time to time. Thanks to all of the hard work my teachers make me do, I can afford a little bit from time to time, and let me tell you, it feels great.
Today, I weighed in at an even 160 pounds, with body fat percentage below 20. This is probably the lowest that I have ever been on either count as an adult.
Over the last month or so, I’ve gradually expanded my one day off to two days a week off, and as of this week, I do slow carb in the morning and afternoons, and do whatever I want in the evenings. I will be monitoring carefully to make sure that I don’t fall off the wagon altogether.
Update, 2012-09-30: 159.8#