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202 Responses to Is ____ allowed on the 4 hour body diet?

  1. Susann says:

    Are nuts or yogurt allowed on the 4HB diet? Thanks.

  2. Shawna says:

    Is soy milk allowed?

    • 4hourdiet says:

      @Shawna – you shouldn’t regularly drink soy milk on the 4-hour diet due to high number of calories. This is part of the overall strategy of not drinking calories. However, if you’re substituting it in small quantities into a recipe it shouldn’t be a big issue.

      • Liam says:

        ‘Light’ soya milk is very low carb, almost as low as cream – I prefer it in my coffee, was it has far less fat. That said dairy fat (in small doses) is good and helps you feel fuller for longer. I’ve not noticed any increase or decrease in my rate of weight loss since I swapped cream for soy – but I know which one is tastier!

  3. Shawna says:

    Are no sugar, no flavour protein powders allowed?

    • 4hourdiet says:

      @Shawna – yes – no sugar, no flavour protein powders are fine. Try to avoid powders with lots of artificial sweeteners as Tim mentions you should avoid those in the book.

      • Deb says:

        I can recommend the Jay Robb whey protein shake, pina colada flavor. Zero sugars/carbs and 20-some grams of protein. I didn’t expect to like it without my normal addition of a bag of frozen fruit, a squirt of whipped cream topping with granola on top (and I wonder why I have a weight problem …), but I truly do. I use the liquid nutrition from Global Health Trax so was very happy not to lose the vehicle by which I get that stuff into my system …

    • Liam says:

      Go for egg proteins if you want to feel fuller for longer, whey ones absorb very fast.

  4. Nesya Suwarso says:

    Is pearl barley allowed in the 4HB diet? Thanks!

  5. Anna says:


    Just wondering if black olives or any other olives are allowed on the 4 hour body diet?

    • 4hourdiet says:

      Hi Anna – olives in general are fine as they are pretty low in terms of carbs, but they can have a lot of sodium so it’s best to limit the quantity you’re eating.

  6. Tammie says:

    heavy whipping cream in my coffee…only 2 tbls and liquid stevia.

  7. Tammie says:

    oops! is this allowed on the fhb diet? the heavy whipping cream and liquid stevia?

    • Kory says:

      While I’m not sure about “heavy” whipping cream. 2 tbsp of cream per day in your coffee is fine according to the book. As far as the liquid stevia I think it still falls under the category of artificial sweeteners so you shouldn’t consume more than 16 oz of artificially sweetened beverages per day. That is also according to what the book says. Hope I helped. The exact info is listed in the “slow carb diet I” under “rule #3″ if you wanted to know.

      • AverySays says:

        Stevia by itself is not actually an artificial sweetener.

        I know there is at least one brand of powdered/granulated stevia containing erythritol (3g carbs per serving) and at least one with no additives.

        If the liquid you are considering contains anything other than stevia extract, make sure you research the additional ingredients.

    • Kory says:

      In addition to what I already responded with you could always go with what the 4hourdiet user says and “(go) without it for a few weeks. Then try adding it in and see if it makes a difference in your results.” He/She responded with that answer to the question about GREEK YOGURT and I think it may be applicable to this as well.

  8. Anna says:

    Also wondering if fresh beets are allowed? I usually roast them in the oven and toss lightly with olive oil. Perhaps someone has a list of what vegetables aren’t allowed on the diet as I’ve heard that butternut squash isn’t allowed but not sure if this is true.

    • 4hourdiet says:

      Beets have a lot more sugar (and less dietary fiber) compared to a similar serving of broccoli, for example. If course beets may be better than other unhealthy alternatives though. Butternut squash doesn’t have much fiber and does have some sugars so it’s not ideal. In general your better vegetable bets are broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.

  9. Peter Roy says:

    I have been on the diet for a couple of weeks and gotten good results. I have lost 10lbs. However, I had had diarreha for two weeks. Common? Any suggestions?

    • Liam says:

      I’d say it’s not that common. It could be down to the high increase in fibre in your diet, ‘moving things along’ that have sat in your gut for a period of time – but if you are starting to feel ill or dehydrated contact a doctor asap.

  10. Laura C says:

    Are mushrooms and olive oil allowed?

  11. Jim White says:

    Is GREEK YOGURT allowed on the 4 Hour Diet?

    • 4hourdiet says:

      Jim – I would lean towards no since it’s still a dairy product, but since the whey is filtered out of Greek yogurt I’m not sure if that makes a difference. First, check the nutrition facts to make sure it doesn’t have sugar or carbs as sweetener. Even if it doesn’t, I’d recommend going without it for a few weeks. Then try adding it in and see if it makes a difference in your results.

  12. Christina says:

    Is pesto allowed?

    • 4hourdiet says:

      Using a bit of pesto should be fine (no pasta, of course). Since it usually has some small amount of cheese in it I wouldn’t recommend eating large volumes frequently, but as a way to add some flavor to a dish it should be fine.

  13. dj says:

    Are pork rinds allowed? Can the blanket statement – “aside from Dairy products, if it was little to no carbs it us allowed?”

    • 4hourdiet says:

      Hi dj – that’s a good general rule of thumb, but I don’t know if I’d say it’s a good ‘blanket statement’. Things like bacon would be allowed in the sense that they fall into the low carb, non-dairy category but you still wouldn’t want to eat too much of it. Another example would be soy products, in the book Tim recommends limiting consumption of those.

  14. carol says:

    How about olives occazionally?

  15. Kory says:

    Are the calorie, carb, gluten and soy free noodles offered on this website allowed? I don’t know what to think of them to be honest.

    • 4hourdiet says:

      I’m not sure about this…do you know what it’s actually made of?

      • Kory says:

        All I know is what is represented on their website. Here’s the basics
        * made of naturally water soluble fiber with no fat, sugar, or starch.
        * contain zero net carbohydrates and zero calories, no gluten -made of a healthy natural fiber called Glucomannan.
        * wheat & gluten free and kosher.
        * Easily absorbs the flavors of any soup, dish, or sauce.
        * are instant and come in a variety of styles
        * have shown beneficial effects backed by medical studies for Type II Diabetes, Constipation, Obesity, and Cholesterol!

        • chas says:

          They are made of the fiber from sweet potatoes

          • Deb says:

            These are pretty dreadful but since I have a fridge full of them, I’d also appreciate a call on this. I’m thinking no, based on the “if it can be white …” Still, for something to hold the wonderful spaghetti sauce recipes on this site, they’re a lot faster than fussing with a spaghetti squash.

          • Kory says:

            So does that mean they’re ok? i’ve never eaten them so I have no idea.

      • Nadine says:

        they are made from Glucomannan which comes from Konjac Root. I think that the Shirataki Yam noodles are the ones from sweet potato but i’m not 100% sure

        • Shannon says:

          They are absolutely disgusting regardless. I don’t see why they wouldn’t be allowed because they have no carbs, no artificial sweetner.. they are essentially like eating rubbery paper. I wouldn’t bother.

  16. chas says:

    Is pork breakfast sausage allowed?

  17. Neil says:

    I don’t eat meat but I do eat fush, Is TVP (Textured vegetable protein) and/or Quorn allowed?

  18. Tim Nerdahl says:

    Are Tomatoes allowed? How about Mung Beans and adzuki Beans? Quinoa?

  19. Six says:

    Are bell peppers allowed? Green, red, and gold? Thanks!

  20. terena says:

    is chocolate allowed??? i find during “that time of the month” i crave chocolate soooooo badly… is it ok to have a little? just to stop the cravings?

  21. Neil says:

    Opps I meant Fish!

  22. Tim says:

    Can we eat tomatoes?

  23. Sara says:

    Is sugar free jello or light jello allowed?

    • Tim says:

      I think the sugar free jello is allowed in limited quantities as aspartame and artificial sweeteners can slow down weight loss. In the book it says to limit yourself to 16 oz of diet soda a day, so if you don’t drink too much diet soda in a day go for it, it’s a good way to cut cravings.

  24. Mike says:

    Is Chuck Eye steak allowed? I’m assuming a certain amount is fine, but it’s fairly high fat so I’m wondering how much I should limit my portions.

    Also, there are trace amounts of wheat in the chili beans I’ve been eating – is this a problem?

    • Liam says:

      The steak is fine. I wouldn’t worry about the trace wheat, but all the better to make you own.

      Portion wise eat until you are full – just make sure there are plenty of vegetables and pulses on your plate too.

  25. Deb Potts says:

    Are the cheese substitute “Veggie Shreds” permitted in small amounts? Zero sugars, one carb per serving but basically a soy isolate. I’m thinking that it, plus a tablespoon or so of organic sour cream, make it onto the top of my chili under the increasingly popular 80/20 rule?

  26. Tammie says:

    i use heavy whipping cream in my coffee everyday (2 tbls) along with liquid stevia… the cream allowed?

    • Kory says:

      I’m not sure if you’re the same Tammie as farther up in this list of questions but refer to that Tammie’s answers. Long story short is the cream is allowed but only tbsp per day in your coffee as suggested by Tim.

  27. britt young says:

    is peanut butter allowed???

    • Tim N says:

      Yes, one level tablespoon at a time, not the whole jar balanced on a spoon. He also recommends the natural peanut butter, a lot of store bought brands have added salt and or sugar.

  28. Leeann says:

    What soft drinks are permitted on the diet apart from the 450ml allowance of diet fizzy drinks? I just can’t stand drinking plain water but not sure if I can add anything to it or substitute with something else!

    • Liam says:

      That’s it sadly.
      I have a lot of sparkling water, with a 1/4 of lemon squeezed every now and then. You can start the day with a /small/ glass of grapefruit juice, but don’t overdo it.

      Tea (any kind) coffee (black, with cream, with light soya milk). Red wine at night.

      Hope that helps, but believe me, once you have stopped drinking sweet drinks, you just won’t want them any more!

  29. Scott Brown says:

    Can I eat organic blue corn chips?

  30. christina petti says:

    Are myoplex bars allowed? I know Tim says that his father uses the myoplex meal replacement shakes…

  31. Leeann says:

    Is soy allowed in this diet? Tofu, soy milk, etc. Also, what cream specifically is allowed for the 2 tbs a day (heavy, light, etc.) I can’t stand black coffee?

    • Liam says:

      The heavier the cream, the lower the carb – Tim says 2 tbsp in his book, which sounds like a lot to me, but the point of slowcarb is teaching your body to digest and use the protein and fats in food, so I guess it makes sense.

      When I started slowcarb I had cream in my coffee everyday, and def lost weight still. I’ve stopped now and use light soy milk, and am still losing weight. Try it and see how it works out for you.

  32. Lucy Pink says:

    Is kumara or pumpkin allowed?

  33. Lina says:

    I know that soy milk is not allowed, but if soya beans are allowed, what about homemade soy milk? I’m assuming that commercially made soy bean milk is to be avoided, but what of homemade soy milk?

  34. Ken says:

    Are sugarfree popsicles allowed?

    • Kory says:

      yes in moderation. artificial sweeteners can also cause a gain in weight similar to normal sugars. Treat this like you do diet soday. No more than 16 oz a day and you should be fine.

  35. Sami says:

    is suger free gum allowed?

    • Kory says:

      Yes but keep in mind that artificial sweeteners still can cause a gain in weight similar to normal sugars. It has something to do with tricking the body it’s taking in real sugar or something along those lines. I’m not sure how it works. Treat this the way you treat diet soda. It’s fine in moderation.

  36. Mary says:

    Just started today, had 2 hardboiled eggs and made a huge pot of lentil soup. But how much soup is allowed for a serving size?

  37. Marie says:

    Are breads/pancakes made with coconut flour allowed?

    • Liam says:

      They aren’t a ‘banned’ food, but you wouldn’t want to eat them daily, or even more than a couple of times a week due to high fats and carlories.

  38. Red says:

    Is seaweed salad, ok?

  39. Dave says:

    Is Quinoa allowed?

  40. whitney says:

    What about wheat free and gluten free breads? Does have 2g of sugar, but i’d b ok with that from time to time

  41. Shelley says:

    Are soya sauce (carbs 1g and sugars 1g) and packaged stir fry seasoning (carbs 4g and sugars 2g) all right to use? I am new at this and being ultra careful. Also, I always have a hard time figuring out what spices to use for a stir fry, so until now I have always used the packaged variety. I`m avoiding them now, but my cooking is suffering!!! Thanks for your help.

  42. Paul Bustin says:

    Is it OK to drink Scotch or other liquor on the diet?

  43. Olde Geek says:

    Are dill pickles allowed? I’m thinking cucumbers are, as are vinegars so even the most basic pickles would be. I’d think that the naturally fermented brands would be good due to the affinity for fermented foods like sauer kraut and kimchee are in the SCD. I’m not talking about tons here. I just enjoy them diced onto my salads.

  44. Olde Geek says:

    What about turkey? I’m assuming yes given that chicken is one of the preferred proteins and Tim does mention turkey bacon favorably in the SCD chapters. I’m a big fan of Shelton’s Turkey Italian Sausage and Shelton’s ground turkey. A good quality product and the sausage is basically turkey meat, fat and spices (no fillers) and the casings are beef-based.

  45. Olde Geek says:

    Coconut milk? Sometimes some very interesting (and great tasting) recipes require cream or something to make the dish creamy. How does coconut milk jive with SCD. I guess strickly speaking coconut is a fruit and I imagine it is rather high in glucose (certainly high in fat, but that in itself isn’t SCD-forbidden). Just wondering. I know … when in doubt leave it out.

    While you’re at it what about shredded coconut (in moderation, of course)?

  46. Lauren says:

    I was looking for bread recipes, and I found a site that sells gluten free rice free corn free bread mixes. However it has tapioca flour and manioc (cassava) four. Are those allowed?

  47. tash says:

    Im on my third day and have been eating pumpkin and kumara as part of my veg intake, is this allowed?

  48. Olde Geek says:

    Winter Squash (e.g., butternut, acorn, pumpkin). I’ve found nothing in 4HB about them. I’ve seen some tangential comments on some SCD discussion forums that seem to imply that the carbs in them tend not to be “slow” relative to our bodies use of them — that they can contribute to blood sugar spiking. Insights?

  49. JayEsBee says:

    Are sweet potatoes allowed? I don’t see those addressed anywhere. On many low carb diets, regular potatoes aren’t allowed, but sweet potatoes are.

  50. Ewa says:

    Is tomato paste allowed? Should tomatoes be eaten in moderation? Somehow I get the impression they tend to be avoided or limmited in the recipies I have seen here. Can’t I have a regular chilli con carne with ground meat, beans and lots of tomatoes instead of the white chilli?

    • Czarina says:

      In the book, Tim says you can eat all the tomatoes you want to… something about them having less sugar than all other fruit.

  51. Caitlin says:

    Hey guys. I have found the best way to stay on track is to stop trying to make jedi-mind-trick versions of food you miss. Ex: stop trying to make breads out of grainless flours. I drove myself crazy and found the variety let me slip in too many little cheats throughout the week. Stick to straight, whole foods. Lean protein, legume, vegetable. He’s not messing around when he says to rotate the same few meals. It works! Just eat the real bread you miss on your free day! It’s more satisfying anyway :-)

  52. Caitlin says:

    JayEsBee and OldeGeek: High-starch vegetables like pumpkin/winter squashes and sweet potatoes are going to have similar effects as regular potatoes in your blood stream. Best to avoid them :-)

  53. Jessica says:

    Is Stevia allowed?

  54. DKM says:

    Is unsweetened, plain white yohgurt allowed. It is very dairy and very white, but Tim’s book seems to advocate it on page 111 under the topic ‘going fermented’

  55. Mike says:

    I’ve been doing the 4-hour slow diet successfully. Now I’m ready to enter the “real” world of food, but cannot find in Tim’s book any help or guidance to “what do I do now that I’ve lost the weight I wanted to?”



    • Liam says:

      Just keep doing the diet!

      Believe me, if you go back to what you were eating the weight will come back (it did for me in the past!).

      You can try adding foods in one at a time, and monitoring your weight/body fat – but really this isn’t a ‘diet’ – it’s a way of eating.

  56. stephanie lavender says:

    hi there,

    i just started the 4hourbodydiet.

    i am vege and wondered if homemade seitan is allowed on the diet?

    also, homemade popcorn.

    thanks so much,

    • Liam says:

      Nope to popcorn – it’s a grain (and is white) – not sure what the other thing you are refering to is?

      • Stell says:

        Seitan is coagulated wheat protein. I can see why this would confuse people used to using it, because while it *is* derived from wheat, it is pretty much pure gluten (protein) and wouldn’t carry the same carb threat that other grain products would. It is not a super-processed food – anyone could make it in their own kitchen by super-kneading dough until it is extremely rubbery and the starch and bran can be washed out. The texture is about like cheese curds, and it absorbs flavored readily.

      • Jill Z says:

        Seitan is all gluten, so it shouldn’t be allowed. i’m vegetarian also and doing the diet – i’d recommend tofu or tempeh for extra protein sources, but if you’re eating enough beans you shouldn’t crave additional protein.

  57. Jane K says:

    Is Quinoa allowed?

  58. Kathy Treichelt says:

    Is canned SPAM allowed on this diet?

    • Liam says:

      It’s not as bad as eating a bread rool, but not as good as eating some real ham – it does include added carbs, so pne to avoid if possible, but at only 4g of carbs per 100g of spam, it’s not that bad once in a while.

  59. Chuck says:

    When you recommend 30 gms of protein for breakfast and at least 20 gms of protein at other meals should I count the protein in the beans plus the protein from the items on the “protein” list in the book, e.g., eggs, meat, fish, etc? Or, just the protein in the items on the “protein” list?

  60. Chris O says:

    I have lost 18 lbs (from 206 to 188lbs for a 5’11″ male) in 5 months and kept it off for 2 months so far.
    During this time, I have eaten some “cheat foods” during the 6 day week by applying glycemic index principles to the food choices, per the mechanism that Tim identified is all about blood sugar triggers.
    See The Glucose Revolution by Brand or is a huge resource to be able to continue this lifestyle.
    Cheat foods during the 6 day week:
    1 grapefruit per day (low glycemic fruit)
    1 pasta meal (al dente) per week with vegis and meat and beans (pasta is a rare low glycemic carb, not too much)
    a few ounces of cheese on morning eggs/beans
    greek yogurt (protein > carb on label) sweetened with 1 Splenda packet
    1/3 oz piece of chocolate per night (any more is an issue) fat content is good to slow glycemic response
    I would love to hear other ideas from people for what foods work for them. I am most interested in someone with their own data on Quinoa, which I had 1 meal last week and did not seem to have impact, due to the high protein content and low glycemic.
    The best part is the transformation of my belly into ABS!!

  61. Kar says:

    Are fava beans allowed?

    • Liam says:

      Yes – and I love them! They aren’t the lowest carb bean, but since you are ‘replacing’ meal bulk that would normally be grain based, it’s not such an issue.

  62. Deb says:

    What salad dressings can you use?

    • Liam says:

      The best are those you make yourself – 1/2 red wine vinegar, 1/2 virgin olive oil – add in a bit of salt, and pepper, some whole garlic cloves and some dijon mustard – perfect!

  63. Czarina says:

    I’m pretty sure they are, but are turnips allowed on the diet? They’re kinda like giant radishes, but they’re also kinda like a potato, so I’m not sure. Help!

  64. Henrik DK says:

    Not sure you know of this product, but we danish have a traditional type of bread we eat during lunch.
    it is translated in to rye bread (rugbrød)

    per 100 grams it contains:

    200 kcal
    6 g protein
    38 g carbohydrates
    - Off these 2 is sugar
    1g fat
    9.5 g dietary fiber
    0.48 Natruim

    is this still allowed to eat?

    [basically looks like this

  65. Hales says:

    Hi! I was wondering if popsicles are allowed on this diet on non cheat days?

  66. Jane says:

    Just starting this diet and finding it hard to have handful/snacks around. Are any seeds allowed on this diet, in particular sunflower seeds?


    • Liam says:

      Any are fine if you don’t have something better to hand, just keep the portions small.

      Better yet have some chopped veg (carrots etc) ready instead.

  67. Fran says:

    Sure would like some help -
    I’ve been following the low carb diet for 3 weeks now. I’ ve been following it like a religion but haven’t lost any weight but also I haven’t gained any weight either. I really enjoy not being hungry and thinking about food. I don ‘t know if it makes a difference but I was following Nutrisystem and lost 15 pounds and then went to the low carbs. This week I thought that I would not have beef just fish and chicken to lower the calorie count. Does anyone have any help for me?

    • Liam says:

      It’s normal, especially if you have already lost some weight – it can take up to 5 week for the weight to start coming off, so stick with it.

  68. Sarah says:

    My question isn’t really about what is allowed, my question is regarding the amount of meals are to be eaten. The book the example given says breakfast, light lunch, second lunch, and then dinner… Is that the suggested amount of meals to eat or is three okay? Just curious

    • Liam says:

      Eating smaller portions, but more often help get your metabolism working faster, and will help you lose more weight.

      I (currently) eat 3 meals a day and am still losing body fat, but when i take up exercise (one day!) I’ll move to 4, or even 5.

  69. ayla says:

    Are cooked pumpkin and cooked carrots allowed? They both have a really low GI.

  70. stacie says:

    Just wondering if unsweetened almond milk is acceptable?

  71. lainie says:

    are all vegetables allowed. onions cucumbers tomatoes celery

  72. Eric says:

    No bread?!?
    I have found a “lavash’ bread :10 grams Carbs, 8 grams fiber, 0 grams sugar 88 calories flour is present in ingredients. Almond Flour, Soy Flour, Bran Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Oat Flour, Sesame Seed, Unbleached Flour, Vital Wheat, Sunflower Seeds, Salt, Olive Oil, Flax Seed, Dry Yeast Soy Protein, Wheat Germ,Wheat fiber,Cultured Organic Unbleached Wheat Flour.

    lavash spinach wraps: CArbs 11g Fiber 6g sugar 0g 52calories

    Ezekiel Bread uses SPOUTED wheat, barley, millet is this OK?

    Does it have to do with NO WHITEs or Carb /Fiber/ Sugar ?

    • Liam says:

      Careful trying to workout ‘net carbs’ for foods such as this. The fibre from say the Wheat Germ does not cancel out some of the carbs from the normal wheat. This sounds better than normal bread, but you will find the diet much easier if you just eat beans, meats and veg.

  73. Helen says:

    Are butter beans (lima beans in the US I think) allowed?

    Is gin or vodka allowed? Obviously with a light tonic mixer, not Coke or juice! Tim doesn’t mention it – he only talks about wine and beer, but the carbohydrate levels in these spirits are negligible.

    I am also confused about squash. There are recipes for spaghetti squash on this site, but pumpkin and butternut squash are not allowed according to these comments. Don’t know if this is a UK/US difference, but what are summer and winter squash? How about courgette (zucchini)? Really want to make sure I’m not eating the wrong things!


    • Stell says:

      Tonic water has sugar in it, so the “light” (what we would call diet, I assume) tonic would be subject to the diet soda rule.

  74. Bob says:

    I know to avaoid the breads and stuff, but what about wheatGRASS? I like it in drinks.

  75. Shannon says:

    Are hearts of palm allowed? They’re a veggie, but they’re white.

  76. kristin says:

    My husband & I have just started the program and I have a couple of questions. The book allows for up tp 2 tbsp of cream for coffee… But I’d much rather have 1 tbsp of feta on my dinner salad (the feta has 0 sugar). Would this be acceptable? My other question is about salad dressings. I make my own but also enjoy some of the olive oil based ones at the store. I noticed many have a tiny amount of sugar – 1g per serving and yes, I would only be using the suggested serving size. Is 1g of sugar acceptable? I guess what I’m really asking or confirming is that the weight loss from this diet isn’t based on something crazy strict like atkins where you cant have ANY sugar. I’m hoping this is the case since we are allowed to have vegetables such as peas and carrots moderation which contain carbs and sugars.

    • 4hourdiet says:

      For best results the idea is to avoid sugar as much as possible. However, if a tiny amount of sugar in your salad dressing can help you avoid eating something much worse instead it should not be a big problem.

  77. Ana says:

    Are cured meats allowed (chorizo, parma ham, salami, etc.)?

  78. Jessica says:

    Is beef jerky allowed?

  79. Frank Lauciello says:

    Is Kombuchia allowed? in the book it says it is, in other publications i noticed that it was not

  80. Rachel says:

    Is tomato sauce, eg. heinz allowed?

  81. Stephanie says:

    Am I allowed to eat an Atkins bar? The specific name is Atkins Advantage Snack Bar. There is only 1 gram of sugar but I’m not sure if it would still be allowable. Thanks!

  82. Rhonda says:

    Is mayonnaise allowed? I was suck with canned tuna and onions as an option for lunch. So I used a little mayonnaise and onions and some mustard and mixed it up and ate it right out of the bowl. How bad was that to do?

  83. Kim says:

    Looks like breaksfast is always eggs on this diet. I can’t stand eggs in any way, shape, or form (except carefully hidden in a cake which I strongly suspect is a totally NO LOL.) It’s not an allergy thing or such, they just gag me. What are alternatives for permitted breakfasts?

    • Liam says:

      Meats and beans are great for breakfast. I wouldn’t want to eat bacon every day due to the fat and oils, but there are plenty of bean based breakfasts.

  84. Max says:

    Is chickpea flour allowed, I have seen half a dozen recipes that call for it but the nutrition data on Chickpea flour is that it has 53g of Carbs for 92 grams of chickpea flour or one cup.

    • Liam says:

      Totally agree Max! I think actual Chickpeas seem to be fine, but all the flours IU find have very high carb, and are not something I would consider to be part of a slow carb diet.

  85. Michelle Corsi says:

    What about sesame oil? Is it allowed? I have been using it on my bean salad (white beans, tuna, cucumber and 3 grape tomatoes sliced) you only need a very little bit (1/2 tsp) on a salad for a real delicious flavor. It is a good salad so I hope I can keep using the sesame oil.


  86. Michelle Aileen says:

    What types of beef are allowed? In the book he says preferrably grass-fed (but kobe beef) is not reasonably priced.

  87. Michelle Aileen says:

    Is carrots allowed?

  88. Madeline Sells says:

    I was wondering if quinoa is allowed to eat? Thanks

  89. Debi says:

    I’m confused about the comment that white carbs are allowed within 1.5 hours of exercise. “The following foods are thus prohibited, except for within 1.5 hours of finishing a resistance-training workout of at least 20 minutes in length”
    Does this mean any amount of white carbs are allowed in this time frame or just enough to balance out the calories burned?

    • 4hourdiet says:

      @Debi -

      Couple of points – first keep in mind the white carb after exercise are not needed for anyone who is way above their target weight. Anyone well above their target weight should be able to burn fat to cover their exercise instead of adding carbs.

      For those who are already closer to their target, sticking close to the amount of calories burned is a good strategy.

  90. Paul e says:

    Are eggplant or cucumbers allowed on the 4HB? Both technically fruits but many consider them vegetables.

    • 4hourdiet says:


      Yes – eggplant is allowed.

      For cucumber, eating some is OK, but they are mostly water so they don’t have as much nutritional value as the preferred vegetables listed in the book.

  91. chastity says:

    Is shellfish allowed? I wasn’t sure because it isn’t listed in the book but I noticed some recipes on this site with shrimp, crab and mussels. Also is almond milk allowed in limited quantities (in coffee)? Thanks

  92. Victor says:

    thank you for all this good info.
    is whey protein isolate mixed with water ok as a ‘within 30 minutes of waking up’?
    new zealand whey vanilla bean flavoured – 31 g of protein and 200-300 cals total (very low carb / low sugar)

  93. Ciaran says:

    I was glancing through to blog and couldnt find a yes or no answer on qourn, can someone please let me know if its okay to eat it?? Its not a big loss but would be nice all the same if it can be used??

    Thanking you :-)

  94. Tara C says:

    Are frozen artichokes or canned allowed?

  95. David Guerra says:

    is sushi allowed in the diet?

  96. J says:

    What about Blue Cheese?

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