Day 335 (R, 111201) — Still Looking For Help

Creating My Comparisons.  I’m still working on my chart comparing the Atkins, 4HB Slow Carb, Paleo, and Primal programs.

If you have experience with these programs, I would appreciate any information you could give me to help me validate each program across the categories below.


[Repeated from yesterday with an updated categories list.]

Taxonomy. he categories across which I am comparing the diets (so far) include:

  • Focus
  • Calorie Counting
  • Carbs (in general)
  • Fiber
  • Grains
  • Flour subs (flax, almond, etc.)
  • Gluten
  • Sugar
  • HCFS
  • Sugar Substitutes
  • Meat / Protein
  • Processed Meat
  • Fats
  • Saturated Fat
  • Seed and Vegetable oils
  • Coconut or Olive oil
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Beans and Legumes
  • Roots / Tubers
  • Potatoes / Sweet Potatoes
  • Dairy / Milk / Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Alcohol
  • Wine
  • Beer (fermented grains)
  • Processed Foods
  • Free Meal or Day
  • Meal Frequency
  • Supplements
  • Exercise
  • Cardio
  • Strength Training
  • Intermittent Fasting

Feel free to suggest more.

System.  I’m trying to keep it simple and list each category as emphasizedencouraged, allowed, discouraged , and off limits for each program.

However, since these are complex programs that intelligent authors have taken hundreds of pages to explain completely, I know I won’t be able to reduce every cell to a simple label.

  • Some cells will be modified — e.g. Paleo > Meat will probably say something like “Emphasized (lean, grass fed)
  • Some cells will have notes — e.g. 4HB Slow Carb > Supplements will probably say something like “PAGG, Athletic Greens

Publishing My Results.  Once I’m happy with my chart (hopefully tomorrow!), I’ll turn it into a blog post, complete with a downloadable PDF for easy reference.

One of the consistently “most visited” parts of this blog is my 4HB Cheat Day Cheat Sheet page.   The companion PDF is the most accessed file on the site.

Given that I’ve found some good comparison sites for various combinations of these diet names, but that I’m having a hard time finding one resource which covers ALL of them together, I expect this post / PDF will be another popular spot on NJ4NY and that it will rank pretty well in searches for different combinations of these terms.

If I use your information, or even just find it particularly helpful in creating my list, I’ll give you credit and include a link to your site in both the post and the PDF.

So what are you waiting for? 

Hit me with your best tidbits for Paleo and Primal and let’s get crackin’! 😉


Plan for Week 47. Focus on the basics, John. Make it happen.

Day Fast? SCD? Run/Exer?
Sunday No No No
Monday Yes Yes Yes
Tuesday Yes Yes No
Wednesday Yes Yes Yes
Thursday Yes Yes No
Friday Yes Yes Yes
Saturday No No TBD
Red = a negative deviation | Green = a positive deviation | Blue = a note



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