“The 4-Hour Body”: Thoughts on Week 2

Hi everybody.  Week two has come to a close and it was a bit frustrating.  The scale barely moved from my post “binge day” weight all week until the last day when it finally came off.

The Results

Week Two I lost 2.2 pounds and 2.75 inches.  In total, I’ve lost 8.2 pounds and 6.375 inches.  Not bad.  I have to come clean here; my goal weight is another 10 pounds below what I’ve already lost.  This gets me back to my happy weight that I maintained effortlessly well into my 30s.  It’s also a weight that will go a long way for my chosen career in fitness.  So overall I’m looking to lose close to 20 pounds.

The weight crept up due to a series of life events; they were all big and I turned to knee-jerk snacking for comfort.  I’m happy to report I’ve come through a little bit wiser and I hope with a lot more perspective.  One of my goals for this blog is to help people be kind to themselves.  I think it’s so easy to eat a little chocolate instead of process a feeling, something a lot of us need to work on (yes, me too).

Exercise

Up until this point I have done only the three exercises that he recommends in the book: the bird dog, bridges, and kettlebell swings.  I increased the number of reps at the end of week two; I’m now doing 20 bird dogs, 25 bridges, and I can do 50 kettlebell swings without taking a break, although I’m breathing really hard at the end of the swings.  I’ve become fond of them and definitely want to learn more about kettlebells.  There are so many elements of form that are similar to Pilates, I love the dovetailing effect the two would have with each other.

So I’m going to add Pilates back this week.  I just miss it too much not to.  I’m also going to add back in cardio although I’ll keep it pretty light.  A good sweaty session on my Spin bike goes a long way for stress management for me.  Ferriss does say that it’s fine to do extra exercise above and beyond what he has in his book, but I wanted to be true to the plan for two weeks before I started modifying things, so anyone reading this can get an accurate perspective of his system.

The Scale

I went up two pounds after my week one binge day and it took all week for that weight to come off.  My binge day is Saturday and on Friday morning, six days later, I was down 0.2 pounds.  Yes, just point two.  I then made several trips to the ladies’ room on Friday (liquid) and finally was down another two pounds for Saturday morning.  I was annoyed because I was following the diet to the letter and nothing was moving.  Also losing 2.2 pounds in one week is about the same as every other diet on the planet claims, so big whoop … are the austere eating conditions of “The 4-Hour Body” worth it?  I’m still debating.

Constipation continued to be a problem for me and required two cups of coffee on Wednesday and two more cups of coffee on Saturday to get things moving.

Measurements

I’m down 2.75″ this week.  I lost 0.75″ from my waist, 0.25″ from my hips, 0.25″ and 0.5″ from my thighs, and my arms finally went down a little, 0.375″ and 0.25″ respectively.   This gets into fun with genetics!  My grandmother, who horrified me at 17 by calling my booty the “perfect German birthing hips,” was right.  Another trait of people of Northern European descent (I’ve got Swedish, Norwegian, Irish, English, French and German) is that we tend to carry fat layers under our skin to help keep us warm.  Therefore my arms aren’t changing much (which has always driven me nuts).

There is a general rule of thumb with how we store and lose fat; think LIFO: Last In, First Off.  If the last place you gain weight is your butt then that will be the first place you lose it.  Keep this in mind during your own weight loss efforts.

Eating

I’ve pretty much adjusted to the food regime.  I cook dinner like always for my family and just skip the starch and eat the protein and veggies.  I’m eating a lot of peas and peanuts for my legumes and am trying to stay on top of my hydration.  Breakfast continues to be two eggs with sauteed onions and spinach.  Sometimes I add salsa.  I’m using salsa a lot for flavoring and I’m a fan of my flavored olive oils for a little variety.  They’re pretty awesome; I love the Tuscan and the Basil if you’re thinking of getting some yourself.

The Binge Day

I’d like to start off by saying “binge day” is an eating disorder term.  This bothers me.  I’ve also seen it described in the book as “refeeding day.”  We shouldn’t be in a situation where we’re creating binges, should we?  This seems wrong.  My binge day this week was more of a binge meal.  I had two small pancakes and a slice of bacon for breakfast, a chicken pot pie for lunch (only 420 calories; I get ‘em from Whole Foods), an ounce of Peppermint Bark (the last from Christmas), and dinner was a hamburger, french fries, and an ice cream sundae.  I also had a big glass of milk and a glass of orange juice.

I don’t really miss the starches at all, but I do miss fruit and dairy!   I probably wound up with another 2,500 calorie binge day although most of it was during dinner and dessert.  My weight went back up two pounds when I got on the scale this morning  and I’m wondering how long that’ll take to get off again.

My Nutritionist

The funniest moment of this whole week was the reaction from my nutritionist.  On our phone call she just kept asking me “Why are you doing this again?” and “You’re a smart girl, Lisa. Do the research.”  I asked her about the supplements and she reiterated what I’ve been saying: “The only supplement you need is Vitamin D and maybe a multivitamin. You don’t need anything else.”  My nutritionist is a registered dietician with over 30 years of experience.  She is remarkably up to date on the latest research and works with researchers at Mass General, one of the best hospitals in the country with a progressive nutrition department.  I’d be happy to say who she is but she is preferring to go incognito for now.  She doesn’t need any more clients.

Accountability

Okay, so I started working with my nutritionist not because I don’t know what to do but because I needed accountability.  It doesn’t work anymore. I really like her, she really likes me, we share perspectives about weight loss (me from the fitness angle, she from the nutrition side), and we both consider each other to be highly qualified colleagues.  I love her to death.  I’ve been working on and off with her for 11 years and she doesn’t work well for me anymore as far as accountability goes.

BUT, this blog and these posts have been working like a charm.  I am accountable to you.  I want to be true to the diet so you guys know what happens.  I want to make sure I’m “getting it right for you.”  So you can read about my experiences and decide for yourself if you’d like to try it.  This has kept me from cheating.  Not one crumb of bread has passed my lips; I even turned down free gourmet chocolate because I didn’t want to add a “variable.”  So thanks!

I’m seriously considering finishing the 30 days of “The 4-Hour Body” and launching right into “The Paleo Diet just to stay accountable to myself and this blog and finish out my weight loss.

To see where I’ve been, check out my first post on the 4-Hour Body and my review of Week 1, and Week 3.  Let me know what you think and I know a lot of you are doing the diet along with me.  How is it working for you?  Constipation definitely seems to be a running problem (er, no pun intended).

Cheers,

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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36 Responses to “The 4-Hour Body”: Thoughts on Week 2

  1. Joe Williams January 17, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Nice job, Lisa. Keep it going!

    There is something to be said about self-accountability and “being out there” with posting your progress on your blog. In my opinion, doing so can work as well as a “buddy system.” I’ve been sharing my half marathon training progress through social media, and that is enough for me to be self-accountable and keep with the training schedule. Hope it continues to work for you. Know that I’m reading each of your posts and cheering for you… even when I don’t comment.

    Best,
    -Joe

  2. Aidan January 17, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Hi Lisa,
    Really interesting update. I couldn’t keep eating the eggs in the morning so my days of the protein rich breakfast are gone. Instead I have moved on to porridge which might be full of grain but sits like a block in your stomach. The goal of more protein was to have a more satiated feeling which is great but if you are used to bread and cereals for breakfast omelettes are pretty hard to stomach (at least for me).
    I am amazed that you are not missing the starches, did you eat much bread/potatoes/polenta/pasta before?
    Aidan

  3. Alex January 17, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    I can barely stick to a well-detailed routine for longer than a couple months without changing it up due to boredom, so I wonder how well I could stick to doing only the three exercises you mentioned.

    I was also wondering, is there a detailed nutrition plan included in the book or just general tips? I’m interested in how the weekly nutrition helps to offset the binge day.

  4. Lisa Johnson January 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Alex, there is not a detailed breakdown of the nutrition although it’s a decent overview. I did find myself having to reread it a few times to make sure I was doing it right.

    Aidan, I ate a lot of the starches before, I’m a BIG fan of whole grains, usually shredded wheat & milk for breakfast, frequently a sandwich with a whole grain and often a loaf of french bread for dinner. (We live right near an amazing bakery!). I probably averaged 2 to 4 servings of whole grains/grains per day. I’m also surprised that I don’t miss it all that much. It’s weird, it’s just really no big deal. (shrugs) I will be adding back whole grains again after the 30 days but I’ll be limiting their quantity and I think doing as you’re doing with a grain in the morning is a good strategy. Hope you’re doing well on your adventures.

    Joe, thanks for stopping by and checking in :-) I appreciate it and it’s good to know you’re around.

    Cheers!

    Lisa

  5. Kris @Krazy_kris January 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    You’re doing great! Love basing the meals around protein & veggies – we all need more veggies, right? I don’t know the ins & outs of this program, but I’m guessing fruits come back in, right? I’m curious how your energy is? I’ve got to get back on the bandwagon – I “maintained” comfortably over a couple of months, but I’m sensing that I’m creeping up again. I have to admit, it was nice not working “so hard” for a couple of months, but my habits are slowly getting me out of maintenance mode. Love the kettlebell swings – you know me – I love my compound moves engaging big muscles – they’re so dang efficient! Love peeking in on your journey Lisa!

  6. Susan@Home Workouts January 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Hey Lisa, I feel that the majority of weight gained after binge days is water weight- you know the weight you took off after going low carb for a few days. You know the game….glycogen holds water in the muscles. Low glycogen stores = water loss = “weight loss”. But it sounds like not all you have lost is water, so that is cool.

    I didn’t have much luck on Tim’s diet. I eat ok to begin with and I know based on experience that the minimalist amount of exercise Tim recommends just isn’t enough for me to lose….maybe to maintain my weight.

    You probably have a plan, but I think you are on the right track for continuing. Keep adding in exercise until you hit your sweet spot.

    And let us keep holding you accountable. Hey – life happens to us fitness folks too :-)

  7. Lisa Johnson January 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    Susan, yes, life does happen sometimes doesn’t it? I know what you mean about the water weight, but I do think people gain a little bit of fat with the water weight. By mid-January they’re up a total of a pound or too. At least I think a good percentage of people are …

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts,

    Lisa

  8. Brian January 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Hi Lisa,

    I’m just starting week two of the Slow Carb Diet as outlined in 4HB. I found your posts regarding your experience with it extremely helpful and enlightening. I’d be happy to share my experience, but unfortunately don’t have time at the moment. Perhaps I can stop by later and post it. In a word, it was good.

    Again, thank you for the wonderful posts.

    -Brian

  9. Lisa Johnson January 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Sure, Brian, would love to hear how others are doing :-) Thanks for stopping by L–

  10. Coco January 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Hey, Lisa. I’m just watching from the sidelines. I have no intentions of trying this at home. ;-)

    Your nutritionist may be right that most people only need Vitamin D, but that probably assumes that you are eating a well-balanced diet that includes fruit and dairy. Where are you getting Vitamin C? Calcium? Other nutrients? I hate taking supplements too, so I prefer to stick to a varied diet.

    As for the exercise, I need my endorphins to get through the day. ;-)

    On legumes, I love this black bean soup recipe from Real Simple magazine:

    http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/black-bean-soup-10000000671406/index.html

    You puree the soup, so hopefully the texture will be OK for you.

    Good luck!

  11. Lisa Johnson January 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Coco thanks for sharing your thoughts, very entertaining! :-) and I’ll give the soup a go.

  12. sarah January 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I’m not trying to be difficult so I hope it doesnt come off that way but 8 lbs in 2 weeks is a LOT, especially when someone is working to lose 20. Do you think that people are going to get frustrated if they dont have results like you have had or try for a quick fix? I was always told that you should lose 1-2 lbs/ week in order to keep it off… does your loss seem sustainable? What would you say to those who are working their butts off to lose a max 3 lbs/month (I’m one of those)? Then to launch right into another “diet” – how will your readers know what works for sustainable weight loss & which one potentially does not?

  13. Kerri O January 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    My post tomorrow is my farewell to 4 hour body. For me it is no better than any other plan as far as results go. Too strict to stick to for a couple of pounds in 3 weeks. woo hooo! Freedom ;)

  14. Lisa Johnson January 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    I’ll be sure to read it. I’m gonna stick to the 30 days. I’m on day 17, I’ve rounded 2nd base and I’m heading for home. L–

  15. Lisa Johnson January 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Hi Sarah, I agree with you 8 lbs in 2 weeks is a lot and I took pains to point out that I was having my period in week 1 and that my weight can swing as much as 4 lbs. during that week, so the week 2 number of 2.2 pounds is a much more accurate number. I’m hoping my experience shows some of the difficulties and some of the limitations of this diet. It is clearly NOT for everyone and I am still, at this point, NOT endorsing it. I’ve had several people say they’re buying the book after reading my account and I’ve said NO! Wait ’til the end of 30 days.

    From reading other people’s accounts it appears that the 2 lb. per week weight loss is about what people are getting from this diet and yes, it is very, very restrictive. By all means, if it feels wrong don’t do it. I’m hoping by showing my experience you can make a more informed decision. :-)

    As for switching to the Paleo diet after this, frankly the stuff I don’t like about this diet are not in the Paleo diet so I’m curious to switch to that next and see what my body does. For instance, I’m assuming by eating whole grains again I’ll have better success in the bathroom! (I know it’s TMI, but I’m taking one for the team).

    Ultimately at best, by the end of this experience I’ll do a qualified recommendation of the diet and that’s it. My nutritionist certainly doesn’t recommend it and since she has 30 years experience and an RD I would go with her before my not nearly as qualified opinion. lol.

    Hope this helps and thanks for asking the question, the whole point of these posts is to air out the issues and let people make more informed decisions, so thank you!

    Lisa

  16. Sonia Simone January 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    I think it would be really, really hard to do this diet/WOE if you didn’t eat legumes.

    I did try it out for a few weeks, and because I like a bunch of different kinds of beans & lentils it was fine, but I prefer the greater variety of I-Diet (as well as being able to enjoy some nice sweet things), and as others have said, it seems to be 2 pounds a week (at most) no matter what route you go. I didn’t find the weight falling off of me on Tim’s version of slow-carb, alas. :)

    One thing I loved about it was the eggs/beans/spinach breakfast, though. I’m bored with the taste, but it gives me really excellent energy for workouts.

  17. Aidan January 19, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    To be honest I don’t think that 2 pounds a week is a lot to lose at the start of a new regime. Depending on where one is starting from I can imagine losing a lot more than that in the first weeks.
    I am not overweight by any stretch of the imagination but I still tend to lose most of the excess weight very quickly after going from binge (Christmas) to good living (January). I am about 5’11” and I weighed 83 kg (183 pounds) on January 1 and today I weigh 78 kg (172 pounds).
    All I have done is switch to porridge breakfasts (omelettes first week), muesli for lunch in the week (sandwiches weekend) and a normal dinner. I walk 30 minutes to and from work and 20 minutes at lunch. I go to the gym every second day for 40 minutes of cardio and I do >200 press-ups every other day.
    The biggest factor for me seems to be cutting out alcohol and related snack food. I don’t think that losing a lot of weight quickly when you live clean is surprising or unhealthy. Your body is just (happily) returning to its norm. The challenge is making clean living normal living which is the big missing link in the Four Hour Body.

  18. Lisa Johnson January 19, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    Sonia, I’m becoming fond of the egg/spinach/legume breakfast too, I sautee onions first and throw those in too. It’s tasty. :-)

  19. Lisa Johnson January 19, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    Aidan, very well put. I agree with your strategy totally, all things in moderation no? Probably the “All Things in Moderation Diet” wouldn’t sell well.

  20. elizabeth January 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    I didn’t realize your studio is in Boston! I’m going to have to come try your classes!

  21. Sonia Simone January 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    I think a lot depends on how good your fitness habits were in the first place.

    I eat a nutritious diet that’s controlled for calories and I get about an hour of exercise every day. Losing weight is really tough for me because I don’t have a lot of bad habits to trim. (Not that I’m so gigantic, but I’ve got a little over 10 pounds that I want to say good-bye to.)

    I did a fair bit of indulging over the holidays and my weight went up. That weight isn’t hard to take off, I’ve got 4 taken care of and 4 left to go. But once the easy pounds re gone, those last few are a bear. For me, anyway.

  22. Lisa Johnson January 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    We all have to work with our DNA and yes the last 10 lbs are always the hardest to get off. For a lot of people the drive wanes because you “almost” look good enough. If you only have a few pounds to lose you most likely do have a healthy diet (Sonia I’m sure you do, speaking generally here). Also the lighter you are the less calories you need to maintain your weight (always thought that was unfair, lol).

    For me the important aspect is to make sure that I’m including lots of cardio. Of course, with the 4HB I’m not and I’m still losing weight. Keep wondering how much I’d love if I actually was doing cardio too. Only 12 more days to go, then I get back to normal. :-)

    Lisa

  23. Aidan January 20, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    Lisa,
    I really admire your perseverance, I can imagine that dropping the cardio for somebody so into fitness is a real sacrifice, talk about suffering for the art of blogging ;-)

  24. Mike January 20, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    I’m about 2.5 weeks into the 4 HR body and am down 13 pounds. Im loving it though. The eating doesn’t feel restrictive once you learn how to work with it. Beans, veggie, protein with EVERY meal. Mix and match to keep things interesting.

    The biggest change versus every other diet I’ve ever done is that I’m not hungry, and my MASSIVE appetite is what got me into this mess. Some days I force myself to eat lunch when I don’t even feel hungry. And I’ve never been one to skip a meal.

    I’m also following the book to the letter. I’m taking the supplements, doing the cold therapy(ice packs and cold showers) and well as following the insane process of the “binge”. There’s an entire chapter on the binge day with a whole host of tweaks that prevent the 6000 calories I just ate to stick to my body. Binge day is probably my most stressful day because they are so many things you have to do throughout the day, besides eating. Yes, I was the weirdo doing squats in the bathroom stall of a high class restaurant, right before I tore into a 24oz prime ribeye.

    The book has a lot of information to follow, and its never summarized up concisely, so I took have had to go back and reread chapters and write it all down. But this is new and the expertimental nature makes it fun for me.

    The only negative I’ve had with the diet is I’m always sleepy. Not lethargic and no energy, but sleepy. And I’m getting almost 8 hours every night when I used to be fine on 6-7 hours. I don’t know what thats all about.

    Lisa,
    You don’t go into much detail on the foods that you eat but just mention peas/peanuts as your legume. I wouldn’t make either of those a staple. Peas have more sugar than they do fiber and are a bit higher on the glycemic index. 1/3 to 1/2 of my meals are made up from beans/lentils and I’ve had no bathroom issues on either side of the spectrum.

    I’m a larger male so weight will come off easier for me, but 8 pounds in 2 weeks is great progress. Especially for someone who only has 20 to lose. Good luck, keep trucking!

    FYI Grains are forbidden on the Paleo diet too though. The main difference between the two diets is that your trading beans for fruit.

  25. Lisa Johnson January 20, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Mike, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your story. It’s great to hear your input. I know what you mean about the legumes and I have been struggling with that. For that reason alone I won’t continue this diet past the 30 days. But the weight that is coming off has been pretty nice :-)

    I also was doing wall pushups and squats in bathroom stalls the first week. I didn’t do it the 2nd week and my weight has been higher this week so perhaps there really is something to it? I’lll try it again this week (the air squats, etc.). I’m still iffy on the supplements but maybe I’ll give them a go next week. :-)

    Thanks again for your insight. Appreciate it.

    Lisa

  26. Sonia Simone January 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    Neat, Mike, good to hear your details! Sounds like you are making awesome progress. I’m with you, I have to do a program where I don’t get hungry. I really, really hate being hungry. It makes me dizzy and cranky and generally wanting to stab someone. :)

    @Lisa, that’s definitely been true for me, on the drive to stick with the program reducing as I started to look pretty good. I kept eating well — just not *quite* as well as I want to.

  27. Lisa Johnson January 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    You should definitely never be on a program where you feel hungry, all the time. Although Jackie Warner (I interviewed her a few months ago) said that people seem to have forgotten that the idea is you get hungry, and then you eat. That struck me as true … hunger is good, means your body is cycling appropriately through it’s cycles. But only a little bit hungry, not “ready to stab someone” hungry.

    Also have you guys heard the term “Hangry” That’s hungry and angry, I soooo do that.

  28. Sonia Simone January 22, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    Ha ha ha! I hadn’t heard “hangry,” but yeah, that sounds familiar.

  29. Jenna January 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    So after reading all your posts and comments along with many other blogs and reviews about 4HB – I’m so intrigued! I have to try it for myself. I think I may have convinced my dad to give it a shot also. My concerns….

    Do I really have to follow the exercise routine? I don’t think I can give up Pilates 3x/week and Bar Method 3x/week. Honestly, I would gladly decrease cardio! I currently force myself to do cardio 3x week. Love spinning, but the class times are only convenient for me once a week.

    And Breakfast… I know that it is unrealistic for me to cook myself eggs in the morning at still arrive at work by 7:15am. Especially since I often go to work straight from the gym. My go to breakfasts are usually Fage yogurt with Pomegranate Seeds or Oatmeal, but based on what I’ve read online these are not part of the diet?

    I’m off to buy the book (and a food processor to make legumes more versatile!). I figure at the very least, it will be an interesting read and force me to think about how foods/supplements effect the body.
    -Jenna

  30. Lisa Johnson January 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    Hi Jenna,

    I’m offering my body “to science” lol. So I’m following everything as close as possible to the letter so that people can see the effects the diet is having on me. You are not sharing your diet with a large audience so by all means futz with it as you see fit. That being said, it takes me 6 minutes to make the eggs in the morning. I just dice some onions up ahead of time (a big batch for a few days) and sautee them in a little olive oil, then throw in the spinach leaves and eggs, takes just a couple of minutes to cook the eggs, throw ‘em in a bowl, sometimes I add salsa and I’m done. I eat a Tbsp of peanuts separately for a little bit of legumes. That’s it.

    I would say to continue to exercise as you’d like to. I just didn’t want people saying, well yeah, but you workout so that’s why the weight’s coming off. I’m doing it almost completely by the book. I added one quickie Pilates session this week and I did a ton of walking (I don’t drive much, I’m mostly a pedestrian). I’m only kinda doing the supplements. (I’m taking them today on binge day) but mostly I don’t take them. I hate the burping garlic pill thing, ick.
    So good luck, let me know how it goes!

    Thanks,

    Lisa

  31. Alex P January 24, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    me, period; I shouldn’t eat so many carbs anyway; I should (and now really will) eat more veggies than anything else; and I already exercise regularly, cardio & strength. Adding the 3 Ferries exercises I believe will work for me, though. I know them all and like them all a lot and plan to add them to my regular routine). This regimen (eating & exercise), I feel, is sustainable for me. Yes, we should all “eat better,” and that definitely means more veggies than anything else, but we’ve known that for a while. Ferris isn’t saying anything new.

    As for the supplements, I’m 100% against them. I don’t need to try them. You wrote “nauseous” and that was enough for me. Life’s too short. Eat less and exercise a little more and you’ll lose the weight.

    Based on your results I would say that Ferris’ diet is good for someone who wants to lose unwanted pounds quickly without working too hard. It can be a nice motivator, but in that case, especially if they’re new to being conscious about nutrition as a way of life, then they’ll have to be careful and have a plan for after the 30 days are up. I want to read THOZE blog posts: several people who do the diet and then where they are 1 year after the 30 days are over.

    Thanks very much for your blog!

  32. Lisa Johnson January 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Alex, very well put. Perhaps I should do a follow up post or two about how I transition out of this diet. That would be eye opening wouldn’t it? What will I change? Will I gain, etc. The whole premise of the diet part of the book is to lose weight with as little effort as possible. Has he devised an effective system? It appears so, is that how I want to live for the rest of my life? no … thanks for adding your voice to the discussion. L–

  33. Erin D. January 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    In the first 3 days I lost 6 lbs and 8 inches total im 44bust 36waist 44hips. my goal is to loose 30 lbs… …I don’t eat more than 1,200 calories of the slow Carb foods mon-sat. when I shock my system on the free food day it really is quite a shock because i can easily eay 5,000 plus calories … on sunday.then when i eat the 1,200 calories the next day my body gets re shocked and i loose even more weight:)

  34. Lisa Johnson January 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    glad it’s working for you Erin. :-)

  35. Alex October 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    Hi Lisa-
    Don’t know if anyone else has said this, but peas and peanuts are not the first recommended source of legumes/veg; I’m only mentioning this as you are talking a fair bit about being disappointed with the weightloss so far.
    Peanuts are very high calorie- I see them as an “emergency” food- ie will have a small handful, or a spoon or two of raw peanut butter, if I feel “cravey” and unsatisfied, and like I might want carbs -which is rare, actually. (Works like a charm, btw). I don’t have them at any other time.
    Peas likewise have relatively high sugar content, and my understanding is that they are more for very moderate use, and not all the time.

    Also, despite what your nutritionist says, I think Tim is spot on when he advises to supplement with Calc, Mag, and Potassium. We all know high protein causes us to drop water, which takes minerals with it. (Several studies have shown that high meat consumption causes Calcium loss, at the least). I had heart palpitations in the first week, until I started supplementing with these three minerals.
    Just for what it’s worth.
    Alex

    PS I am 40, female, and losing about 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg) per week on this diet so far. I’m also not hungry at all as a rule, enjoy the food, and best of all, my mood and energy have improved out of sight.

  36. Alex October 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    PPS That’s with NO exercise, to speak of, btw (Long story- have been unable to get to the gym for this past few weeks)- and also with a lot of cream form the first week and a bit (I thought the two tablespoon limit with coffee meant per CUP, not per day, lol)

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