Hello blog readers!! Today I want to share something new I am trying–the 4 Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss.
It has certainly been a few days since I last posted. Right before the Flying Pig Marathon, I started to feel unwell. I went to one of the local little clinics we have (since seeing the doctor meant taking time off of work), and I stated that I felt that I was developing bronchitis. She checked me out and said that she didn’t hear any wheezing and thought I just had allergies. Well, the only thing with that is that I don’t generally suffer from allergies, but since we were running a combined total of 38 miles in just a matter of days, I was happy to NOT take any antibiotics. Because, well, antibiotics do a number on my digestive system…
We ran. I did okay (actually, that marathon was my second best in time on the same course and overall), but I was getting sicker each day, and it is amazing that I even finished the marathon feeling feverish and sick. (More on the marathon in another post!)
By Tuesday, I was coughing up green junks (and by coughing I mean NON STOP), so I went back for a follow-up: bronchitis. It’s been tough going to work every day and doing all the mom duties and NOT sleeping. The coughing has been almost unbearable. Today, I went to my primary care physician (I caved with the work thing), and I have a new course of meds to try. Hopefully…HOPEFULLY…I will experience some relief from this incessant, sometimes violent, coughing and hacking I have going on.
I have to admit that I have been feeling very bummed out about this getting sick thing. I mean, I have been working SO HARD since December to take better care of myself in an attempt to be a healthier human being. And…I still get sick??? It’s probably a good thing I continued going to work because otherwise I think I would have just been a mopey mess.
I was listening to Jen Sincero’s new book You Are A Badass At Making Money the other day when she said, “We were all born confident.” She goes on to explain that we get lost along the way and that’s how we lose our confidence. I was like, “That makes sense,” and I began to think of ways to bring my confidence back.
My weight loss attempts have been stuck these past months. I neither gain it nor do I lose it. And I really just want to shed these 10 pounds I have gained from struggling with my thyroid this fall/winter. So I thought, “Well, I can just keep beating my head up against the wall (which doesn’t make me feel very confident), or I can try something new.” I recently listened to most of Timothy Ferriss’s 4 Hour Body (also known as the Slow Carb Diet) and decided to just give that program a try. I don’t really know all the ins and outs yet as I am just learning, but the premise is similar to Body for Life and a little Whole30–2 programs I am VERY familiar with–so it’s been easy for me to just jump in. I will share more as I learn more, but here are the 5 rules to follow (from: findingmyfitness.com) <<—- GREAT blog and resource, by the way!
The 5 Rules for the 4 Hour Body diet:
There are only 5 rules in the slow-carb (4 Hour Body) diet:
- Avoid “white” carbohydrates – This means anything made from grains, including corn, rice (brown and white), and quinoa, white potatoes, and breaded things (like fried chicken). White carbs that are not part of this include things like white beans and cauliflower. If it’s white and not a legume or (legit) vegetable, avoid it when fat loss is your goal.
- Eat the same few meals over and over again – It’s easier to plan, and planning always makes success more likely. It also helps you spend less time thinking about food, which for many of us is the reason we can’t stand “diets” in the first place.
- Don’t drink calories – There are plenty of reasons for this, but the most important one is that a ton of your calories have previously come through beverages, and they provide little to no nutritional value. You want your calories to be nutritious, so you want to keep the fluff out.Tim does make an exception for a glass red wine and one 16oz diet soda per day. Personally, I’d skip the diet soda because those fake sugars are doing more damage than they’re worth. As for wine, I prefer a nice Argentinian Malbec.
- Don’t eat fruit – If you’re like me, you might balk at that statement. Fruit is healthy, right? Yes, in a healthy person it’s great for you. For an overweight person looking to lose fat, it’s only going to make it more difficult. Same thing for super healthy foods like sweet potatoes. The carb content is high and easily digested, so it raises blood sugars and makes it harder to tell your body to get rid of fat. For now, just say now. You’ll get some later.
- Take one day off per week – Also known as “cheat day” or “faturday” or whatever name you want to give it. Take one day a week and throw the other 4 rules out the window. Do what you want without fear of gaining all the weight back. There’s good reason for it. When you have a craving during the week, save it for your cheat day.
- Bonus optional rule: Track and Tweak – following the above 5 rules will get you pretty far, but one of the things Tim always stressed in the book it was to test things out yourself. You’ll see provisions for things like Parmesan and cottage cheese. He even said once at a creativeLive event that sweet potatoes are a slowly-digested carbohydrate, but previously in his “extras and errata” blog postafter the book launch, he said sweet potatoes are not allowed.
The point is if you want to try cottage cheese, try it for a week and see what happens. If you get results, keep going. If you go backwards, stop eating cottage cheese. Embrace the experimental nature of this whole thing to figure out what your body needs.
So far, I am on day #3 and the scale has moved a little–by like 2-3 pounds…but it’s really too early to tell at this point.
Struggles I am having with the 4 Hour Body so far:
1) eating the same meals over and over…I do have to take care of my family and they would prefer variety…and so would I. On Sunday, I made this breakfast casserole and just finished it up today and I made this 5 bean salad (that I used for lunch) which I will finish up tomorrow. I think what I will do is vary the dinners each night and just kind of have a couple of options for breakfast and lunch for the week.
2) giving up fruit…it’s a REAL food group and I LOVE it especially in my smoothies. I guess part of my “faturday” will include fruit! And baked potatoes!
3) the “faturday”…Body for Life had a cheat day worked in too and during the 12 weeks Ray and I did this program (back when we were in our 20’s before we had kids), I lost 20 pounds, and I enjoyed the heck out of that cheat day! So, I don’t doubt the premise behind the cheat day. It’s just, I have been working on my mindset toward the food I put into my body…I’m not sure if I am ready to deviate just yet.
The workouts for this program are simple and quick, and it is proposed that you can lose weight without working out, but the workouts are important to me for so many reasons, so I will be sticking with (or going back to) Master’s Hammer and Chisel.
So, I plan to use this 4 Hour Body program as a way to bust through my current plateau. Nothing changes unless we change something we do daily. We eat daily. And I have been eating the same way now for about a year. I feel like it’s time to shake things up a bit.
If you are interested in giving the 4 Hour Body program a try too, I HIGLY recommend checking out findingmyfitness.com. It has been an invaluable resource for me so far.