Talking About Food… Food and Numbers (Day 50)

I realized earlier today that I’ve blogged about food for 51 days straight. That’s close to 15% of a year, or 39.8% of how long I’ve committed to do this diet. That’s pretty crazy to me… who on earth has that much to say about FOOD??

I decided when I started 4HB that I was going to keep to it until the end of the semester. I am still keeping to it, but I am starting to wonder what I am going to do after that goal. If I keep my current rate, I will lose an additional 8.47% body fat and 15lbs before the end of the semester (though the chance of that prediction being spot on, given plateaus etc, is imperfect). After that, I don’t want to continue losing much more weight (final goal is 18%-20% body fat). Ferriss doesn’t give examples of how to get off four-hour body and neither do his followers. I can’t imagine eating like this for the rest of my life. However, I could see taking a number of Ferriss’s concepts and switching to paleo. I see that as entirely doable.

Just some food for thought.

Real food:

Eggs, great northern beans, bacon, and veggies (Breakfast).

Lentils and veggies (Lunch).

Lean beef stir fry with lentils (Dinner).

Totals Day 51

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15 responses

  1. I’ve been having some of the same ponderances. I LOVE eating paleo, but there are other things — like bread and cheese — that I love too. I would highly recommend switching to paleo and then possibly gradually re-engaging with breads and dairy, if you don’t feel like you can do without them for the rest of your life.

    Like I said, I am still pondering what I want to do after my weight goal is attained.

      • I worry about that, at least to the point where I am right now. I don’t feel like I could incorporate something like that without completely slipping up again. Maybe in two and a half more months (wow!) I’ll feel differently, but atm I am honest enough with myself to know that I can’t handle that.

  2. I’ve had that same discussion, but I still have a way to go before coming off slow carb. It was a long time ago, but what actually worked for me as a maintenance diet was weight watchers. You can eat just about anything you want, but smaller portions. That’s what I’m going back to when I hit my goal.

    • Yeah I’ve done the WW thing. The nice thing about 4HB/paleo is that you don’t have to worry about controlling your portions so much. I would worry that switching to WW would shock your body with so much gluten and carbs… right? I don’t know. Have you ever tried SparkPeople? It’s like free WW!

  3. I just found your blog. Thank you for posting. I’m only on day nine and I need you. LOL We are about the same size but I’m 50 years old and have Lupus so I don’t work out like you but your numbers are encouraging.

    • Haha glad to hear! Are you keeping a blog? I hear that women older than 40 lose weight very slowly on this diet, so please don’t get discouraged; stick to it long enough and you’ll see the results! 🙂

  4. It will get exponentially harder to lose the fat lbs. I would estimate for gal’s this diet will hit its limits around 16-18% bodyfat. At that point, continuing the diet would just allow you to maintain. The last few pounds and percent can be tough and take much longer though. (not to sound demotivating – your losing at a good rate, so it probably won’t be terrible) You eventually approach and equilibrium point. Many people end up switching to a Paleo diet for health and longevity – as well as to maintain results.

  5. I’ve been doing some experimenting with extra cheat meals last week and this week and the results look promising. I was actually able to lose a pound last week. Still too early this week to see what will happen since I’m up a couple of pounds already.

      • Looks like I’ve been averaging about 2 pounds per week. I cheated on dinners Sun-Wed this week since my Mom was visiting and also had dessert each of those days. This mornings weigh-in showed that I’ve already recovered from all of that and am a half pound below last week with 2 days to go. 🙂 Time to get strict for the next 9 days (no cheating) to finish out 8 weeks!

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