I'm about to start the 4-hour body diet (slow carb diet) to lose about 14 pounds. I'm excited and curious to see how well it works. It's the first I'm trying a real diet!

Here is one thing I'm confused about in the book. Tim writes that I can eat as much as I want of the "Allowed Foods" but then later writes about how eating "domino foods" is not advisable.

My questions:

  1. Am I really allowed to eat as much lentils (for example) as I want, or should I stick to the generally recommended 2300 kcal for my age? Tim hammers on about making sure I eat enough, eating as much as I want, etc. and it sends a confusing message. Should I be counting calories or not?
  2. As one of the common mistake he lists people eating too much almonds, peanuts, etc. But none of these "domino foods" are in the list of allowed foods. So I should not be eating them anyway, no!?

Much appreciate any comments!

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    Not having read this book, I have no idea what the "4-hour body diet" is, what domino foods are, whether you should be counting calories, or why eating all the lentils you want is okay. I doubt that many other people know these things either. Not a good recipe for getting good answers.
    – Carey Gregory
    Oct 12, 2016 at 2:00

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http://examine.com says it best:

What should I eat for weight loss?

Eat less. Different diets can make this easier, so pick whichever one best fits your lifestyle. Ultimately, you need to reduce your caloric intake

What's the deal with low carb diets?

Low-carb dieting is a "trick" that allows people to stop eating so much sugar and carbohydrates (flours and starches and pastas) which greatly reduces caloric intake without jeopardizing vitamin, protein or essential oils (fats) losses. Most processed carbohydrate sources are not nutrient-dense foods and are not ideal, unless you are trying to store more energy for more significant periods of exertion (e.g. marathon, distance bicycling or days of long hiking).

Carbohydrates are not what makes people fat.

Calories matter most. However, low-carb diets have been shown to improve fasting plasma glucose and insulin levels, cholesterol levels, blood triglycerides, preserve muscle mass during weight loss, and other health markers.

Low-carb dieting has side benefits for ultra-endurance athletes (increase in intramuscular triglycerides), but can negatively impact high intensity strength training by reducing muscle glycogen and forcing the body to convert protein into glucose, rather than use it for muscle building.

There is no best diet plan. There are many paths to maintaining a good diet and losing weight. The important thing to understand is that people are different in their tastes and lifestyles but not in their body metabolisms by any large degree. Resting body metabolism between extreme athletes and unfit people vary by less than 5% which means it has virtually no impact on how much you can eat or burn in daily decisions. You should be prepared to experiment and find what works for you so that you can maintain a diet that avoids an excess of calories over your lifetime however actively you choose to live.

In the end, the "best diet" is the one that you will stick to.

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