Latest Gastronomic Adventures

I have family (my mom) in town right now which means eating food I typically wouldn’t. Since starting the Four Hour Body lifestyle, I have been eating really well and drinking very little. However, this all came to a pause when my mom came in town. It’s quite hard to stick to a diet when someone with great taste is in town, ready to try it all.

So here’s what I have been enjoying on my cheat week, well a few of the things.

From Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar in Healdsburg:

Lobster Roll and Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini
Sweet and Spicy Calamari with Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini
Washington and California Oysters with Dirty Martini and Sidecar cocktails

From Absinthe Brassier and Bar in San Francisco (forgot to shoot the amazing onion soup):

Roasted Strawberry Panna Cotta with Baby Basil Meringue

Wish you were here, bet you do too!

Two Months with a Four Hour Body

It’s been just around two months since I started the Four Hour Body lifestyle, more precisely the slow carb diet portion of Tim Ferriss’s Four Hour Body book. First thing every morning that I am here in San Francisco, I weigh in to see my progress. Some days my weight is up, most times it is down.

I do this in the morning, religiously and on the same scale, so that I can get a consistent measure of my progress. During my trips, which happen far more often than not, I have tried weighing myself on other’s scales with mixed results. Seems my friends and family’s scales are either really nice (I’ve been up to ten pounds lighter on theirs!) or mine is really mean.

Nevertheless, I present to you, my chart of weight loss.

As you can see, there has been a pretty dramatic loss in weight. Twenty-two pounds to be exact. The first week on the diet I had a sharp drop in weight. Most diets work this way as your body is shocked into a new regimen. The first two spikes upwards are from the “cheat days” where you get to eat whatever you like. The much slower drop in weight later on the graph represents my two weeks traveling.

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4-Hour Diet Slow Carb Breakfast Bowl

My blog post yesterday about the benefits I’ve seen on the 4-Hour Body, Slow Carb Diet was one of the most talked about blog posts I’ve done in a while. I know from it I’ve sold a few copies of Tim Ferriss‘s book, The 4-Hour Body, and peeked the interest of many of my friends.

Something people have been asking from me was the recipe for my breakfast. Being the data-obsessed guy that I am, I didn’t want to put out a recipe without all the nutritional information. Especially since this recipe is directly connected to a diet plan.

I put the necessary information into NutritionData.com and got my results. YIKES! Even though I’ve shown some great results, the nutrition of this scramble isn’t nearly as good as I had hoped. I then compared it with the recipe Tim uses on his blog as a comparison.

His is faster and healthier than the “luxury” version of my recipe. The “healthy” alternative version I provide is actually a better tasting and arguably more nutrient-dense recipe than Tim’s, problem is it takes a lot more work (ten minutes vs three minutes).

4-Hour Diet Slow Carb Breakfast Scrambles

Perhaps look at my recipe for the person not totally committed to the Slow Carb Diet. Also worth noting, I typically use 100% egg whites but to make the scramble richer, I did 2 part egg white, 1 part full egg which is why there is so much more cholesterol and a little more fat.

Skip that full egg and you’ve got a much healthier meal, even healthier than Tim’s! The version with all egg whites (no whole egg) is in the middle and as you can see, outside of a little more carbohydrates and less protein.  Continue reading

First Week with a Four Hour Body

I made a silly decision to start my slow carb diet the week of Pride. But I was tired of putting it off for this reason or that. Family in town, traveling, still having to live in hotels, etc etc.

I knew that this wasn’t going to end any time soon and that putting off this experiment would do me no good. Even if it meant I couldn’t enjoy the food and drinks of Sunday’s Pride Parade here in San Francisco.

This morning I woke up, went downstairs and did my weigh-in. Down twelve pound! Almost too good to be true so I did a scale reset and tried again. Twelve pounds, right there. Wow. Here’s how I did it.

Last week, I went to the grocery store and purchased a weeks worth of food, slow carb food. If you don’t know, here is how the diet works.

There are three things you have to eat at every meal. You can mix this up a bit with spices and different ingredients here and there. I recommend you buy the book. You do this for every meal, six days a week. On your seventh day, your cheat day, you eat whatever you want and as much of it as you want (don’t go too crazy). Continue reading