I’ve been bouncing around a lot of ideas lately in regards to 4HB.
One that keeps circling around my head is the differences between 4HB/Slow Card and Paleo eating. Apparently I’m not the only one thinking like this, as Carsten wrote a post about this earlier this week. While he didn’t specifically outline the differences he did point out why our ancestors probably would not have had the luxury of eating Slow Carb style (the whole processing of beans issue).
Well, I felt it would be helpful to actually point out the differences (only a few) that I see between the two diets.
|No “White” Carbs – refined or unrefined||No starches or cereals – refined or unrefined||Basically the two diets are in agreement here.|
|No Fruit||Fruit acceptable – in moderation||4HB doesn’t allow fruit due to it’s simple sugar load and effect on insulin, whereas Paleo allows them in moderation because they would have been accessible to primitive man depending on the season.|
|Unlimited Vegetables||Unlimited Vegetables||Complete agreement|
|Meats – preferably lean, as much as you like||Lean Meats – as much as you like||For the most part in agreement – but Paleo stresses only lean meats for your protein source. 4HB recommends but doesn’t necessarily require the leanest cuts.|
|Cheat Day||No set Cheat Day||4HB Cheating is for psychological benefits and resetting certain hormones. Paleo doesn’t specifically allow cheating but does recognize modern life and allows a set of “free” meals per week. Essentially allowing but not condoning cheats.|
|Lots of Beans/Legumes||No Beans/Legumes||BIG DIFFERENCE HERE. Beans/Legumes would have been utterly worthless to primitive man. The preparation methods alone make them not valuable to easy digestion and energy production. Used as fiber and extra protein in 4HB, but totally not allowed on Paleo.|
The more I’ve read the more I feel that the natural progression from 4HB/Slow Carb is to a more Paleo-style diet. What has been happening lately, is making me feel that I need to change over sooner rather than later.
My original plan was to make the switch once I got to my goal weight of 175 lbs – but the last few weeks I’ve stagnated right around 179 – 180. This has not been discouraging to me though, but I do think I have some ideas as to why I’ve had this plateau – I’ve been eating/snacking on peanuts a lot more than originally. In the book TF even describes how snacking on nuts and peanuts stopped progression 3 times.
But the bigger issue is the gas…yes, the gas. I notice lately that everytime I eat beans, my stomach becomes upset. I am a person who has eaten beans my entire life – just not anywhere near to the extent these past two months. I’m starting to see the need to cut this item out of my diet. Not completely, but pretty extensively.
Here’s my thing – I see 4HB/Slow Carb and Paleo as basically fraternal twins. Very closely related, born of the same ideas – but with slight differences that make them obviously different. My plan is to make a hybrid 4HB/Paleo diet.
How will I do that? 1) I will add in fruit but no more than once a day (and most days, will still look 4HB in that regards). 2) beans will be reduced, not sure by how much, but they will be reduced. 3) Cheat meals, no more than 3/week, instead of one big cheat day. 4) Intermittent fasting – no more than 24 hours and more likely only about 18 hours – I’ve been doing this already and while I haven’t noticed weight loss, I’ve felt good doing this, especially after a cheat meal/day. 5) Experimenting with different meats and recipes.
This last one will hopefully benefit you as much as it benefits me – as I will track my “experiments” in eating new things and share them with you.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Paleo lifestyle/dieting I would recommend the following sources:
The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
What do you think – are you planning on sticking with 4HB/Slow Carb for a long time or switching to something else? If you are switching – what will you be switching to? Please share with us in the comments!