Four Hour Body Diet – The Beginning

Today is Day One of the new “diet.” I promised Michael I’d give it a shot for 7 days and then decide what I think about it, or whether or not I will continue it with him.

Why Michael is doing this experiment: He says he realized far too late that we have a short period of time before our bike rides this summer and he wants to drop the weight as quickly as possible. He does not intend to maintain this lifestyle beyond how long it takes him to drop the weight. In order to successfully ride the Gorge Ride or the Portland Century without feeling slow and like he’s going to die, he needs to lose a little bit of weight. Even 10 pounds would make a huge difference on the bike.

This is a very valid reason for wanting to lose a little weight. There’s a great article on about the effects of weight loss on cycling performance:

“Many cyclists believe that losing body weight will boost performance because it creates a higher power-to-weight ratio. This is particularly crucial when you are riding uphill. Those seeking to attain the proper power-to-weight ratio often follow this rule of thumb, per the Cycling Performance Tips website: The number of pounds you carry should be no more than twice your height in inches.”

Why Lisa is doing this experiment: I don’t really have much to lose. I’d be happy with losing 6 pounds but if I stay where I’m at, I will be happy. If I followed the above equation for cycling weight, I should weigh 130 pounds (my height in inches doubled 65 +65). But I don’t think that’s attainable for my body type.

I’m doing this experiment to see if I going low-carb/high-protein is something my body will respond to. I also don’t want to cook a separate meal for myself to eat while Michael is doing this diet. That’s a lot of wasted time, money and energy in my opinion.

Today’s post is the initial Weigh-Ins and Measurements for a baseline comparison. Neither of us will be sharing “before and after” photos on the blog but I will keep a detailed account of what we find.


Weight: 197.8

He would like to get down to 170 pounds.



Weight: 144

Waist: 32.5

Hips: 35.5

Thighs: 18.5

Biceps: 11.5

My goal is to get down to 140 and maintain it.


I don’t know why I thought May 1st was Monday but I did. So Sunday morning Michael was ready to start the diet and I wasn’t. I’d purchased strawberries on Friday night with the idea of eating them all weekend before I went no-fruit. I decided that Sunday I would eat the strawberries until they were gone, even though we were starting the diet. That means that my numbers for the first day will be a little off. For example: Michael made what will be our typical breakfast and I ate plain Greek yogurt with strawberries and Kashi puffs cereal. My breakfast was 37 carbs total. 30 is the limit on this diet. I’m not too upset about going 7 grams over the diet on the first day. I’ll just chalk this up to me easing into the experiment slowly instead of jumping in feet first.

I will do this experiment for 7 full days starting tomorrow (Monday) so I can have an accurate range. I will also take photos of all the food we eat during this experiment to accurate give you an idea of what this diet entails. Today Michael and I will sit down and plan out every single meal we’ll eat for this week (including snacks).

It’s a sunny day in Portland today and I hope that Michael and I will get outside for a bike ride! In the meantime, I’m heading to the pool to stretch out my sore muscles from weight lifting.

10 Responses

  1. I think you guys will do great!

    I’m a little confused about the weight equation for men. Chris is 5’11” so he should weigh 142? Or is that for an ultimate athlete cyclist body type?

    30 grams of carbs is really low. Even Belly Fat Cure allows 120 per day, but think of what a luxury that may feel like after this week. Would be interesting to see what your regular baseline carb intake is. That’s my one disappointment in the WW tracker is that it doesn’t break down nutrients. It could if you entered each food individually since you enter the nutrients to figure out the points, but they haven’t broken out that functionality yet. Maybe I’ll try to do it for myself this week just to see.

    Enjoy the sunshine!

    1. Michael is 5’11 too. I think those numbers are for professional cyclists. I think Lance is like 165 pounds? Contador is shorter than me and weighs 135 or something insane like that.

      I do know my baseline for carbs and all that because My Fitness Pal calculates it for me. I’ll be posting the info probably tomorrow in comparison.

  2. That calculation would put me at 124 pounds. Unless I sawed off a thigh, I don’t think I could even come close to that. My ideal would be 135. Don’t know if I will ever see that, though.

    Good luck with this week. You know, something that can help you out if you start having trouble is to just remind yourself it is only for a week. That helps me if I am doing a challenge for myself.

    When I do lower carb days, I try to hit around 100 gram. Of course I have trouble getting below that because I still consume dairy and fruit. I never subtract fiber. If I did it would be around 70 to 75 grams a day.

    Really looking forward to seeing how the week goes!
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    1. And I don’t think I’d ever get to what they recommend my “cycling weight” be. Plus I’m not a professional cyclist who’s all muscle!

      I am doing okay so far. Knowing it’s not forever and after 7 days I can decide to quit makes it easier.

  3. I am SO intrigued to see the results from your experiment!!! Part of me wants to try something like this and the other part of me wants nothing to do with it πŸ˜› So Good luck and I can’t wait to read about this!

  4. My little brother is now super excited that he has the ideal cyclist body (he’s almost dead on the weight for someone who is 6’2″). He’s the next Lance Armstrong!
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  5. I love how “go in and get it done” he is about his physical progress. I bet he will do great! I also love that you know your body so well and are open to trying things out to see how it impacts you, but aren’t dead set on it because you’re happy where you are now too. Which you should be because you look great! But still worth trying out an eating style to see how it works for you too. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Tina! It’s worth a try. 7 days won’t do much to derail me either way, so it will be interesting to see if my body responds to this diet at all.

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