There are four basic rules to this diet:
- Do not eat any "white" carbs such as potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, etc.
- Eat the same meals over and over.
- Do not drink calories.
- Take one cheat day a week.
Overall, I have to say this diet has been really easy. I still eat most of the foods that I like: jerk chicken and pork, hamburger steak, sausage, lots of salads, vegetables, beans and lentils. I has been very easy to stock my kitchen with the right foods; my freezer and fridge are exploding with food.
There are some wrinkles to this diet that shock many people. First, I do not eat fruit except for on my cheat day which is on Saturday. Second, I do not eat many foods that I used to consider "healthy." For example, I used to eat a lot of oatmeal, brown rice and brown pasta...those days are done! I now refer to my previous gut as my "oatmeal-brown-rice gut." Many people assumed that I drank a lot of beer to develop such a stomach, but the truth is that I was not a big beer drinker. (I do confess that I do love the taste of beer! Unfortunately, it makes me feel bloated, so I probably drank about 4-6 beers a month.) Third, I eat more meat and fat than most people consider healthy. Fourth, I do not eat or drink any dairy products at all. My daily meals look something like this:
- Breakfast: 2 fried eggs fried in butter, lentils, and spinach.
- Lunch: grilled pork or chicken, black beans and vegetables or salad.
- Dinner: salad with grilled pork or chicken with a substantial dollop of hummus.
- Snacks: ham rolls, peanuts or almonds
There have a number of surprising results from my dietary changes:
- I seldom feel hungry between meals; consequently, I eat few snacks.
- I no longer have the strong urge to take a nap after lunch.
- My running has improved dramatically due to my lower weight and better nutrition. I can easily run distances of 5 to 8 miles at my slow but steady pace.
- My time in the kitchen has been reduced dramatically. I usually grill lots of meats on Sunday evening and use it all week long. I use the grilled chicken to make great salads, grilled pork and beef with beans are very common at lunch and dinner, and I usually make a batch of split pea soup and fresh hummus. By batching my cooking, I really minimize my time in the kitchen.
- The costs of the foods I eat are also minimal. Foods like beans, lentils, pork steaks, vegetables and salad fixings are more than reasonably priced.
I hope you find this post useful. Feel free to ask me questions about my experience with this diet.