New diet plans are popping up every day, and swarms of people gather to try each one. Usually, the response is half and half. Half of the people who try it say it doesn’t work and the other half find ways to “scientifically prove” the techniques used to the new diet. One controversial diet currently in the news is the Slow Carb diet, otherwise known as the 4-hour diet.
The purpose of the 4-hour Slow Carb diet is to allow you to eat the things you want without exercising and still lose weight. The techniques utilize the 80/20 rule to make this happen. The 80/20 rule states that a dieter should eat healthy, nutritious foods eighty percent of the time and cheat with unhealthy foods twenty percent of the time. This allows dieters to eat healthy while not cutting everything cold turkey as most extreme diets call for.
Before trying the Slow Carb diet, there are some things you should know. It’s important to do your research before jumping into any diet. Always remember that your body is your own; other people’s diet plans may not work for you. You should study a suggested diet and tailor it to your body while still staying within healthy parameters.
1. The diet will work as long as you follow it.
The most important thing to remember with any diet is that it will only work if you follow it. What’s great about the 4-hour Slow Carb diet is that a cheat day is already part of the program. With that, you won’t have to worry about cheating outside of the program and causing your results to falter. Follow the diet as the rules are laid out, and you will see results.
2. The idea is that you won’t have to exercise, but exercising will help.
The Slow Carb diet has a set of five rules for you to follow. After the rules, the diet provides a set of suggestions the dieter does not necessarily have to follow. It is important to remember in the case of the Slow Carb diet that the suggestions need only be considered. Although exercising is not necessarily a part of the diet’s rules, you should still be active to meet general health standards. Exercising will also help results be visible a lot quicker.
3. Dieting with a friend will make sticking to it a lot easier for you.
Although this has nothing to do with the Slow Carb diet specifically, diets, in general, are often much easier to follow when you have someone holding you accountable. Have your partner or a friend follow the diet with you. By doing this, someone will be there to remind you not to have a bowl of cereal for breakfast.
4. Eat a qualified breakfast filled with protein instead of carbs.
On the topic of breakfast, make sure you eat a healthy, large breakfast full of protein. Be sure to keep it low carb! It is easy to slip up on this rule as most typical breakfast options contain carbs. This means you should refrain from eating toast, cereal, pancakes, waffles, et cetera. Unless you are on your cheat day, those items are off limits. A healthy breakfast will also help fuel your day more efficiently.
5. Do your research, but start now before you psych yourself out.
In the end, the most important thing is not to psych yourself out. Although you should take the time to research the diet properly, you should also start as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get on track.
6. Sign up for a meal delivery service
Healthy meal delivery services like Green Chef, Terra’s Kitchen and Pete’s Paleo, make eating the slow carb diet easier. These kits do all the work of meal planning and grocery shopping for you, making it easier to stick to your diet and drop the pounds.