The other day I reviewed Tim Ferriss’ new book, The 4-Hour Body. Going forward, I’ll log what I eat and what my results are.
I’m 6 feet tall and 46 years old. When I started this I weighed 201 with roughly 17% body fat. This is the worst of my life. I’d never really needed to diet in my life, I’m naturally pretty thin. My only other diet experiences were Body For Life, roughly when I was 40, which had me at 175 and 9% body fat. That was in preparation for a triathalon, which an injury prevented me from doing.
I had another injury when I was 43 that dramatically affected my life. It killed my pituitary gland and now I live on a cocktail of drugs that keep my endocrine system roughly in balance. After that injury, with neck and back surgeries, and long term injuries, resistance training I’d done most of my life was not feasible. And I gained the weight above, capping at 201 recently.
Last year, I did the HcG diet, lost 20 pounds in a week, passed out and passed on any further HcG diets… but I knew I needed to lose a few pounds, and also come up with something I could do long term without serious amounts of excercise.
Hence Mr. Ferriss’ book.
Dec 17 – 201 lbs, 17% body fat
Dec 24 – 195 lbs, 15% body fat
Dec 27 – 197 lbs ( I went off it for Christmas Eve and Day)
Dec 28 – 195 lbs
Breakfast, today, consisted of egg whites, with a splash of egg beaters, shrimp stirred in, spinach, and refried beans. PLus 3 brazil nuts.
The 4 Hour Body has you eat without calorie counting but with a simpler, slow carbohydrate, menu. Eat what you want, if you are hungry between meals, eat bigger meals.
So I’m not suffering, and the food can be quite tasty. I had Salsa out to throw on the above, but forgot to put it on, and it tasted just fine without it.
Last night we ate out at a Mexican place, eating a mix of carne asada, carnitas, pollo asada, refried beans and a spicy salsa. And for lunch, I had a 12 ounce steak at Chilis + broccoli. I’m not suffering on this diet.
I’ll continue to log meals, results, and other information on my blog. And, tomorrow, 40 and 60 pound kettlebells arrive from the blessed Amazon Prime, and we can start to introduce the KettleBell and other modest exercises that the diet recommends.