With summer quickly approaching I have been attempting to loose about 10-15 pounds without much success. At first I was exercising, but also drinking wine every night. Then I dropped the wine and started eating too many carbs. Then I decided to try to drop the wine and the carbs, which was successful, but I also stopped working out. About two weeks ago I was reading a diet and fitness page on Reddit when I “discovered” something called “The 4-Hour Body“. It sounded very similar to what I was already doing so I thought I would buy the book and see what it had to say.
It turns out it was written by the same guy who wrote the book The 4-Hour Work Week, a very popular business book I never read. The guy is kinda a kook, but I like his energy and passion. So I have decided to give the diet a try. Here are the five main rules:
- Avoid “white”carbohydrates. This includes bread, crackers, pasta, rice, corn chips, pita, bagels, donuts, cake, cookies, potatoes, breading etc.
- Eat the same few meals over and over again.
- Don’t drink your calories.
- Don’t eat fruit
- Take one day off per week
That’s it! Of course it is a little more complicated than that. Basically you give up all carbs including fruit for six out of seven days a week. You eat lots of protein including any animals, fish, and eggs, lots of beans and legumes (but not soy) and lots of veggies. Dairy is not allowed except for small amounts to help flavor foods like a tablespoon of Parmesan or feta. Then on the day off you can gorge to your hearts content!
This was very close to how I normally eat, with the exception of dairy. I tend to enjoy cheese a little bit too much. I also eat too many corn chips with salsa. But other than that the diet is very similar to what I eat anyway. I also was already doing a cheat day so that wasn’t going to be a problem. The diet says you can have up to two glasses of red wine but I know from experience that wine makes me fat when I drink it more than once a week. There is no calorie counting, no weighing of portions, and no starving yourself. Here is what a typical day looks like for me:
- 6:30 am: Huge cup of tea with a splash of soymilk. No sugar (You aren’t supposed to drink soy milk but we always have it in the house so I am going to continue to use it)
- 9:00 am : Breakfast: two eggs sunny side up on top of lentils and steamed spinach with pico de gallo.
- 12:00 pm: Lunch: A chopped house salad with chicken from Trader Joes. I buy three of them at a time and eat them every day.
- 1:30 pm: Another huge cup of tea with a splash of soymilk and no sugar.
- 3:00pm: A snack of last night’s leftovers which is a protein and veggies or carrots with a little hummus.
- 5:00 pm: Dinner: Usually chicken and veggies. Sometimes turkey tacos and I use lettuce as the taco shell. Last night was turkey meatloaf with veggies.
- 7:00 pm: 1-2 deviled eggs that I make myself with mustard, a little bit of mayo and some paprika. Sometimes I also have a cup of mint tea.
The hardest part of the day for me is after dinner. I want something sweet so bad it hurts sometimes. That’s when I try to just have a cup of mint tea. Yesterday I broke down and had some coconut chips which are sweetened with sugar (from Trader Joes) and a handful of nuts. I am still working on getting over the after dinner sugar craving but it does seem to be getting better.
I will update in a month and let you know if I loose any weight. At the moment I am still not exercising, but I ‘plan’ to start. Tomorrow. Lol! That should also boost the weight loss.
So what do you think about this diet? Is it something you might try?
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