4 Hour Body

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!


Super Romantic Dinner for Two

….with guacamole too!

We made beef fajitas for dinner. I marinaded the steak overnight and it was more flavorful that way. Flank steak is a good cut for fajitas.

I gave myself another Valentine’s Day gift yesterday (besides loving myself). I ordered another jar of FUDGE!

One for me and one for a friend. I cannot wait to enjoy a little fudge….:)  I ate a little too much of the guacamole last night which prevented me from wanting dessert. I know, travesty!

Michael said some really sweet and romantic things last night. (Hugs!)

I chopped up the black olives, fresh tomato (for the fajitas and the guacamole) and cut the red peppers.

Michael chopped the jalapenos, onions and minced the garlic. Then he cooked the streak and veggies while I munched on guacamole. We listened to the John Coltrane station on Pandora and chatted about our days.

I was feeling pretty good; a tad worn out from the day but alright. As the night progressed I started to feel worse: tired, I was coughing a lot more. I just didn’t feel great by the time I went to bed.

I ate one fajita: one small tortilla with all the fixings. I knew that one was enough because of all the chips and guacamole I was eating. Dinner was good and I was stuffed.

By the time I woke up Tuesday morning my cold was firmly sitting in my chest, I’d been up all night coughing and I had completely lost my voice. Not exactly how I wanted to start my day. I called in sick at work and made an appointment with a doctor. If it’s bronchitis I want to get it taken care of asap. I’m back to having ZERO appetite. I slept in until 11am this morning and still haven’t eaten anything other than a few strawberries. Nothing sounds appealing and my stomach is telling me I don’t want food. This sucks.

Michael finished reading the “4-Hour Body” by Timothy Ferriss and asked me to read it. It claims to be an “uncommon guide to rapid fat-loss, incredible sex and becoming superhuman.” I’m trying to read the book with an open mind but it’s really hard for me because it seems gimmicky. It feels like a “lose weight fast” scam to me. The writer isn’t a doctor or nutritionist. He’s just a writer. I also feel like he clogs the book with a bunch of numbers and science but I don’t feel like I can trust any of those numbers or the science behind it because I don’t know who this guy is….?

He also claims that people should be doing the bare minimum of exercise in order to lose a lot of weight. That also rubs me the wrong way. I feel like I’m living proof that hard work WORKS. Michael claims that the book doesn’t diminish what I did but it really does feel like the book does. Maybe I’m just being defensive and overly sensitive?

There are some things in the book that I do agree with. He says to eat more protein and more fiber (good), to stop eating “white” food (bread, rice, potatoes, etc). But then he turns around and says there’s NO REASON to eat fruit at all. That if I missed eating fruit, I could eat some on my “Binge Day” (another thing I didn’t like, calling a Cheat Day a Binge Day) but that I didn’t need to be eating the fruit. I’m sorry but I love fruit and it’s good for me. Sure there might be a lot of sugar in fruit but I believe it is healthy sugar.

Here’s a few chapter titles: “How I Learned to Swim Effortlessly in 10 Days.” (Haven’t read the chapter yet but it makes me mad considering I’m a good swimmer but it took me a few years to build up my stamina and skill.) “Going from 5k to 50K in 12 Weeks.” That sounds like an injury waiting to happen.

One thing that stuck with me after reading the first few chapters was this statement:

“Even if you are predisposed to being overweight, you’re not predestined to be fat.”

I like that. It’s implying personal responsibility to the idea of being overweight. That is very true in my case. My body type, genes and family history does not mean I should just settle with being overweight or fat. For a long time I “settled” and said that I was just destined to be fat. It was in my genes. I’d “tried” everything (I really hadn’t tried at all). I’m proof that that isn’t true at all.

I’m going to continue reading the book to give it a fair try. Once Michael’s back and head cold get better he plans on trying the book’s diet/exercise program. I’ll support him and if there’s positive results I promised him I’d give it a try. Right now it’s just a wait and see thing.

QUESTION: What did you have for dinner last night? Anything special? And have you read this book?