So yesterday was my second monthiversary on the four hour body diet, so I’ve begun to feel comfortable with the routine. Take pills, take picture, eat, wait four hours, eat again, binge on Saturdays.
There are a few things that I wished that I had been better prepared for, or that had been better addressed in The 4-Hour Body‘s chapters on The Slow Carb Diet:
- There is very little 4-hour anything about this diet.
- I would love some explanations to exception foods. Why is sour cream okay? Isn’t it white and a milk product?
- I really don’t like Tim’s attitude about “if you have to ask, don’t eat it.” It’s dismissive and doesn’t allow any expansion within the diet. For example, one tweet asked about organic ketchup (no HFCS or sugar). Because ketchup wasn’t explicitly listed in the book, organic ketchup is out of the question. There are many other examples like this. Can you think of any other foods that you found questionable?
- Most people are not going to lose 20lbs in 30 days. Allow me to explain. It’s unhealthy to lose more than 1%-2% of your pure weight per week. If you lose 20lbs in 30 days, that’s a loss of 4.67 lbs per week; you would have to be 457—462 lbs to start with in order to lose weight that quickly and safely. It’s entirely possible to lose the weight, but your body will not be able to starve itself at such a rate for long.
- It’s easier to be strict about the diet; cheating on off-binge days is almost a guaranteed spiral off the diet.
- Women will have different reactions to the diet as men. First of all, as Ferriss mentions in his book, the period and period bloat will negatively affect weight loss numbers. This is insanely discouraging, so women should be VERY ready for it. I disagree that women shouldn’t weigh themselves during this time (because we’re going to secretly sneak a peek anyways), but should always actively recognize that period bloat isn’t fat bloat. Furthermore, I’ve found that all women lose slower than men (most likely due to their lower start body weights), but that women who are older tend to lose less than younger women. That doesn’t mean that the diet isn’t working, however, these individuals need to be encouraged!
- Exercise is still necessary. I’m not saying that people should be doing Occam’s Protocol while on Slow Carb–good God no–but relying solely on Slow Carb to lose weight will not get the results that you desire. When I added climbing 2x a week to my schedule, I started losing weight much quicker.
- Writing a blog and taking pictures is essential. It’s a matter of loyalty and honesty–to yourself and to others. A warning though: reading other Slow Carb blogs can occasionally be depressing. I feel like I lose a friend when a fellow blogger gives up on 4HB. #4HB is the hashtag to talk about The 4-Hour Body on Twitter.
- Though you are encouraged to choose a few meals that you like, you will get sick of them. Tim, I would love explicit suggestions for what to order at Thai, Indian, and Mexican (and any other) restaurants! Please don’t just say, “Stir-fry is ideal for this diet, as are most cuisines (like Thai) that depend on it” (92). What, explicitly, should I be ordering?
- Tim is serious when he says drink lots of water. A recommendation that I have heard is to take your weight in pounds, divide it by 2, and then drink that number in fluid oz every day (for example, if someone weighs 150 pounds, divide by 2 for 75 oz, which is 9.375 cups per day). If you do not, your bowels will hate you, you will get headaches, and you will feel thirsty all the time.
Okay, this post has been extremely down on The 4-Hour Body. Let’s get real for a second: I’ve been doing it for two months, and I’m still seeing real results. However, there were a few things that I wished that I had been warned about.
Today was good. Spring break started at 3:00, so I promptly came home, wrote a brief article for work, and then took a three hour nap. I think I haven’t been getting enough sleep. I then went climbing and got what seemed to be a private lesson from a seasoned climber who I know pretty well. Despite the facts that my arms are filled with floppiness and I will definitely be blistered, calloused, bruised, sore, and scraped tomorrow, today’s climbs were excellent.
Until tomorrow (ROAD TRIP!),