Be aware: this is only the goal of this diet, not necessarily its outcome. Results vary from person to person. Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any other) diet.
The slow carb diet was created by Timothy Ferris, author of the book 4-hour body plan. The diet uses the glycemic index (GI), just like the GI diet and the Montignac diet. This index indicates how much a product makes your blood sugar rise. When on this diet, you eat products with a low GI value and avoid foods with a high GI value. The aim is to avoid 'spikes' in your blood sugar level.
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The index consists of products containing carbohydrates and gives them a value between 0-100. This value indicates how much the product makes your blood sugar rise. Glucose, for example, has the highest value: 100. Eating glucose will therefore cause your blood sugar to rise the most. It is important to note here that the GI value cannot predict the effect on an individual, as the differences between people are too great. This is partly because your digestion also influences the effect on a product's level.
According to the authors of the index, there are 'good' and 'bad' carbohydrates. Good carbs have a low GI value and bad carbs have a high GI. Carbohydrates with a GI value above 50 are often seen as 'bad' carbohydrates. Such carbohydrates are, for example, found in white bread, white rice and different types of sweets.
The 4-hour body plan is a book written by Timothy Ferris based on this diet. In the book Timothy describes 5 main rules, in which he tells you what you should and should not eat. He also recommends fasting large parts of the day. Read more about Timothy Ferris' diet here.
Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any) diet, especially if you have diabetes.
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Besides 4-hour body plan book, there is a book to keep track of carbohydrates and there is a simplified version of the diet.
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Four hours per month or as needed
In itself, it is good to be critical about the carbohydrates you consume. It's important to look at portion size as well as the amount can influence the peaks and dips. It is also not advisable to fast large parts of the day because the metabolism can get out of balance. In addition, the portion size can easily be on the high side.