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My Thoughts on The Four Hour Body Week

My Thoughts on The Four Hour Body Week

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  1. The Boyfriend

    I’m actually finding it easier to do this diet as time goes on. I would have expected the opposite at this point but so far, so good!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s great! I’m glad it works for you.

  2. Carbzilla

    Good reflection. This diet is not actually that different from other low-carb diets so it’s definitely something I’ve done before with mixed success.

    I haven’t done Costco shopping in forever because it usually ends up being too much food for us, and, frankly, I can get better prices elsewhere. Today I got eggs for 99 cents a dozen and another grocery store will have that same special this weekend. Ground turkey has been Buy One Get One somewhere at least almost every week. And I totally agree with you about fruit. I have to be careful as to when I eat it, but I will eat it as part of a healthy diet.

    I agree about the “Binge” day. That sounds like a recipe for trouble. It’s funny – some weeks when I lose weight it makes me more committed and some weeks it makes me feel like slacking off a little. But it’s always my choice, and I’m totally aware of how food will affect my weight.

    Good for you for experimenting.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I think for SOME things Costco is a good bet. But a lot of times if I clip coupons (not like your crazy tv show!) and do the Fred Meyer deals I can get stuff cheaper.

      What hated most (besides missing fruit) was that I was pining for the Binge Day. I was thinking about it days in advance, fantasizing about all the food. That’s not healthy!

      1. The Boyfriend

        I forgot to mention that we bought some high dollar items at Costco. Like tuna and enough chicken for two months. I don’t think this diet is expensive at all. We’re just choosing to buy high quality proteins which I think is smart since we’re eating them more often.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          That’s a good point. And the steaks and lamb we got at Trader Joe’s this weekend were way more expensive than what we’d buy at Fred Meyer.

          1. The Boyfriend

            True. I don’t think it’s truly expensive in reality.

  3. Lesley Lifting Life

    I think as long as we’re eating enough, our bodies will get used to about any diet after enough time. But I think one of the hardest parts of this diet would be eating no fruit, it’s a quick go-to snack, and especially like you said, it’s hard to resist in the summer when everything’s ripe and fresh, and it is healthy!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s one of the reasons I am going “back to normal” soon! Berry season! YAY!

  4. Lori

    That binge day really scares me. I can do one of those easily just on my own without the encouragement LOL!

    It just seems weird to be so restrictive and then pig out. That can work for some people, but now that I have a healthy attitude towards food, I think it would set me back.

    It certainly is good healthy eating, though.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree Lori…still not a fan of the “Binge Day.”

    2. The Boyfriend

      In the book, an example of a binge day is given where someone consumed 6000 calories and 48 hours, weighed less than they did on their binge day morning weigh-in.

      We’re not exactly going crazy on our binge days (heck, we don’t even like that term, we prefer cheat day) but we have plans to go a little further than we did last weekend this weekend. Well, I do since I too weighed less 48 hours after my cheat day weigh in. I don’t think Lisa will go nuts at all.

      1. Lisa Eirene

        I am definitely not going crazy on Binge Days.

  5. cindylu

    I get grumpy if I can’t have bananas. I can do without other fruit, but not bananas. And living without tortillas sucks. So, I likely would hate this diet.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m with you Cindylu!

  6. Diane Fit to the Finish

    This would definitely not be the diet for me for a variety of reasons. I’m with Lori – no planned binge days. Even now, I can see that being dangerous for me!

  7. Julie

    No, I would not ever consider trying this. It took until my 40s to realize that elimination of certain foods always backfires on me.
    I will certainly still stand behind his 4 hour work week book, though! THAT is some good stuff!

  8. jaki

    i had my first slow carb meal at lunch today. im thinking of doing the diet without the cheat day. i really agree with you.. cheat day scares me. im a vegetarian that only dabbles in eating fish when im craving it. so i dont think this diets gona work for me in the long run. but i really like the flexibility of this diet compared to atkins. i really liked your week long trial of the diet. i esp liked the wrap up post. i think you should try other ones!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks Jaki! I’m glad you enjoyed the experiment. You’ll have to let me know how you do on the diet.

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