Four Hour Body Binge Day

When The Diet Stops Working

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I don’t really diet. Dieting to me feels temporary. Instead, I looked at my weight loss journey as a lifestyle change. And it was–a complete change. The way I was living wasn’t working anymore. My body was rebelling. It was developing diabetes, my blood pressure was so high I’d have dizzy spells and almost blacked out too many times to count. In other ways my body was letting me know that extra 100 pounds on my body was hurting me. Achy joints, back pain, constantly catching every cold/bronchitis/flu that was going around. I wasn’t healthy, period.

If you are new to the blog, check out these two posts I wrote about weight loss plateaus and cheat days: Why Wednesday – Why I’m Not Losing and Why Wednesday – Why I Don’t Have a Cheat Day.

While I didn’t diet to lose 100 pounds, I have tried a few different diets over the years. After maintaining my weight for awhile, I wanted to try something new.

The first “diet” I tried was the Slow-Carb Diet.

The Slow-Carb diet didn’t work for me for a lot of reasons. The biggest challenge was not being able to eat fruit. Fruit is healthy. Eliminating it entirely from my body seemed unhealthy. Also, I didn’t really see any benefits of this diet. While Michael lost a good amount of weight doing this diet, I did not. Clearly my body didn’t like it! Here are some of the posts from that experience:

The Four Hour Body Diet Experiment

Four Hour Body Diet – The Beginning

Slow Carb Food List

My Thoughts on The Four Hour Body Week

Challenges of Day Three

Day Four: Half Way There

Saturday: Binge Day Part One

There are things about the Slow Carb Diet that I agree with. I think it’s beneficial to limit bread and pasta and stuff like that. Those things seem to make my body want to gain weight. I LOVE bread. Love it. I crave it. But if I stop eating it, those cravings go away and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. However, the second I eat some bread after not eating it for awhile, it’s like crack. It becomes the #1 thing I want to eat and I get kind of obsessed. Yikes!

The second “diet” was going gluten and dairy-free.

The reasoning behind this diet actually came from my mom. She was having some different issues and going dairy and gluten free helped resolve those issues. In my reading I found that the diet cleared up acne for many people, as well as sinus issues. It was worth a try and the fact that my mom was successful on this diet (and lost a lot of weight) gave me hope. Once again, I didn’t see any significant change or improvement. The sinus issues didn’t go away. I lost about an inch around my waist–which IS significant but I didn’t lose any weight. It didn’t fix my acne, either.


So it Begins

Dairy-Free Update #1

Dairy-Free Update #2

Dairy-Free Update #3

In the end the diet seemed more of a struggle than anything and since I wasn’t getting the results I wanted, I stopped it. One thing that stuck around is trying to limit the gluten and bread I eat. We found some gluten-free bread at Costco that is actually REALLY tasty and that’s what we buy now.


When The Diet Stops Working

This post is about the moment when the diet stops working. If you’re just hitting a plateau, you need to do something to shake your body out of it’s habit. Check out these posts: P is for PlateausBusting that Plateau and Why Can’t I Lose Weight? They will give you some good ideas on how to bust that plateau and get back to losing.

If it’s NOT a plateau and you just simply aren’t losing weight, then CHANGE IT. There is absolutely no benefit or reason to continue something that doesn’t work. The Slow-Carb diet didn’t work for me, either did the dairy/gluten-free diet. If the diet itself is more of a struggle and misery and you aren’t getting results, TRY SOMETHING ELSE. There is no shame in quitting and trying again. Everyone is different and what works for one person, may not work for you.

To give you another example, I have a friend who has been trying to lose weight and fix her diabetes for a long time. After trying so many different things, high protein diet, dairy-free diet, counting calories, going vegetarian…what ended up working for HER body was going vegan.

Find what works for YOUR body and stick with it!


A Day in the Life…

“Looks like you’re not doing slow carbs anymore? How did it work for you? For a while? Not at all? I’m just considering trying it. It’s an approach to eating I think I could live with – especially if I have the cheat day they recommend in the 4-hour body. I’ve tried lots of things that don’t make much diff to my weight but never gone fructose-free. I thought what the heck maybe that’s worth a try. Love your blog. “

Thanks for the email! No, I’m not really doing the Slow Carb Diet anymore. Honestly it did not work for me. I did it for a few weeks but did not see any weight loss or body changes. In fact, I gained about a pound or two. Michael, on the other hand, dropped a lot of weight doing the diet. He lost about 25 pounds and looked great. He felt great, too. I think this diet can work but it’s an individual thing. It just didn’t work for me.

That being said, we still do a lot of the components from the Slow Carb Diet. For example, we eat the breakfast, we’ve added more beans to our daily diet (which works great) and we’ve reduced our carb intake. Instead of having lots of carby foods with dinner (potatoes, rice, bread, etc) we skip that and have a protein with a salad and a veggie as a side dish for dinner. It’s much more satisfying and I feel healthier eating that way.

Here is a standard day, including foods, now:

6:oo a.m – Alarm goes off. Some days I bounce out of bed, other days I fall back asleep and groan and moan about getting up. I shower, dress, eat breakfast with Michael.

–>Our breakfast is the Slow Carb breakfast because it worked really well. It was fairly low in calories but really filling and kept me satisfied for hours. Our breakfast is scrambled eggs with beans and turkey sausage or bacon. Lots of protein! 

7:10 a.m. – Drive to work. If I’m biking to work the schedule is different.

7:25 a.m – Park car and walk about 1.5 miles to work. If it’s raining I will skip the walk.

8:00 a.m. – At work I make my 1 cup of coffee in a French Press coffeemaker. I store my coffee creamer at work. It’s saved me a ton of time, money and calories making my own coffee.

10:30 a.m. – I eat a snack on my break. This varies day to day and depends greatly on the season or what I am training for.

–>The usual is some kind of fruit: apples, oranges, cherries, grapes, plums, etc. Or I will have some cottage cheese.

1:00 p.m. – I eat lunch and go for a walk during my lunch break.

–>Lunch varies. It could be leftovers, soup, salads, sometimes sandwiches but not often. 

3:30 p.m. – Try to avoid snacking on candy from the Candy Room at work!

4:00 p.m. – I eat a snack if I’m on my way to the gym after work, or biking home. Again, the food I eat for a snack varies on what I have, what I’m craving and what I’m training for.

–>Sometimes it’s cottage cheese, greek yogurt, or hummus and carrots, other times it might be an English Muffin with butter. It all depends.

5:30 p.m. – If it’s a gym or swim day, I work out.

7:00 p.m. – Eat dinner with Michael at home.

–>Our standard dinner now is a protein (pork chop, steak, salmon, shrimp or chicken) with a salad and steamed veggies on the side. 

So in some ways we are still doing some of the Slow Carb Diet but I just could not give up fruit or dairy from my diet. Basically, there are a lot of different programs that you can do to start to lose weight and there are several that will work. You just have to choose which one works for you.

QUESTION: Have you tried the Slow Carb Diet? What were your thoughts? Do you still do it?