“The 4-Hour Body”: Thoughts on Week 4

After four weeks, I feel like I've earned a trophy.

I’ve settled into the routine of “The 4-Hour Body,“  just as my 30 day experi-ment finishes.  I’ve decided to go one more week on the plan, but I’m ready this week to make my recommendations.

The Results

I lost only 0.8 pounds this week but I lost 1.775 inches.  (I’ve lost a total of 9.15″ and 10.6 pounds over these 30 days.)  So while this week’s results aren’t bad … there is a caveat:  I got my period again.  No, I’m not psyched that I’ve been sharing this with you, and for those of you who have kept track, yes I do have a 21-day cycle, and yes that sucks.  So I’m continuing on the plan for one more week so you can get a more accurate picture of total weight loss as my weight can swing as much as four pounds during that time of the month.

The inches though are pretty cool.  I bought a pair of skinny jeans and was hoping I’d fit into them by the end of February.  I was wearing them yesterday and they were pretty comfy.  That felt great!

One Surprise

I watched the “Dr. Oz” episode this past week and was floored that he endorsed parts of the diet.  Dr. Oz said that he had given the book to his medical team to vet and they did.  He approved of the thermogenics with the glass of ice cold water first thing in the morning and the ice packs on the back to burn brown adipose tissue.  He approved of the 30 grams of protein in the morning and he approved with some hesitation the binge day including using air squats to stimulate the muscle receptors to divert calories to muscles instead of fat cells.  He didn’t mention anything pro or con about the supplements.  Probably safe to say this means he’d rather his viewers not go there.

I watched the episode and thought, “30 grams of protein for breakfast?”  I missed that part on my initial read through, grabbed my copy, and found the passage Dr. Oz was referring too.  30 grams is a lot; it’s the equivalent of five eggs!  The next morning I added an organic chicken sausage to my two eggs and headed off for the studio.  When I got there, I was sweating as I had been in week one with the cold drinks.  Who knew?  I have to say eating that much protein has caused me a few moments of nausea but nothing I was very concerned about.  A lot of burping though; I had to warn my clients!

How I Appear to the Outside World

I have to say a lot of people know that I’m doing this.  They’re following along on the blog and asking for updates when I see them in real life.  I’m actually pretty happy overall with the diet, but when I explain it to people they just look at me like I’m batty.  ”How can you live like that?” is frequently the question I get.  Here’s my answer …

“I know, I should be hating this diet.  I can’t tell you why it’s working, but it’s working.  I don’t feel deprived, I don’t get hungry, and the weight’s coming off.  I’m not questioning it too much, I’m just going with it.”

They shrug and we go on about our business.

Exercise

I did the usual big three exercises that the book prescribes three times this week.  Instead of doing it daily like I planned, I added in two Pilates sessions, one epic shoveling session (thank you Old Man Winter), and several treks through piles and mounds of snow normally referred to as sidewalks.

I’m so glad I’m back to my usual exercise routines; I really missed Pilates and so did my body!  I did have a shift in the way I teach though because of this book.  I’m throwing in more butt work for my clients, I’m doing more of the rib cage extension work (the myostatic ab exercise), and also focusing on hip flexor stretches a bit more.  Everyone’s happy for the variety so it’s all good.  Tim, if you’re reading this, I am giving you credit when I discuss the changes with my clients.  Even some of my other instructors have picked up on it and are making little adjustments too.

My Recommendations

OK, here are my recommendations.

Do I love this diet to the end of all days?  No.  Does it work?  Yes.

Should you give it a go?  Sure, but do the usual check with the doctor first.  I actually like the idea of getting blood work done so you can see your progress over the course of the diet.

The real question is, “Do I think this diet accelerates weight loss at a significant pace faster than a ‘normal’ diet?”  I think that yes, there is a bit of a kicker to it.  I think personally I am a little further ahead using the 4-Hour Body because of the breakfast switch and because of the cold therapy; it seemed to do something and Dr. Oz backed it up with his own research.

Supplements

I can’t say they’ve impacted the 30 days at all because I haven’t remotely taken them like I’m supposed to.  I don’t like supplements, I don’t trust supplements, and I don’t want to be in a situation where I’m forking over $100 a month to keep downing these things.  If you want to do the supplement part of this book then I strongly urge you to discuss it with your doctor.  Make sure there are no drug interactions and stop immediately if you feel ill.  Ferriss recommends supplements because he has found them to be helpful to manipulating the metabolism of your body.  This means it’s having a chemical interaction (of some sort) with your body.  Note that he says to take a week off every two months, which means he doesn’t want long term effects to accumulate.  This isn’t a place to be gung ho.  This is the place to be careful!

What I Will Keep Doing From “The 4-Hour Body”

I will keep drinking the glass of cold water first thing in the morning.  I like the hydration and since it has a mild metabolism boost I’ll keep it.  I’m also keeping the protein and veggie combo meals that I’ve been eating.  They’re easy, I can get them in restaurants without any hassles, and I do feel a lot healthier.  I’m also planning to eat more protein during the day.  I like the little boost I get, I stay sated a lot longer, and I’m not snacking as much.

I’m ditching the legumes as fast as I can.  I’m adding back in whole grains but smaller amounts than I had before, and I’m keeping the white starches out of my diet completely.  I don’t miss them and I’m happy without them.

Conclusions

Did I have a 20-pound shift in 30 days?  No, but I had a significant one and, for my body, it was the biggest shift I’ve ever had in one month.  As great as I think Weight Watchers is, I’m not going back to that diet structure.  It doesn’t work as well for me as the 4-Hour plan has.   It’s probably safe to say I lost more than 10.6 pounds and maybe gained a little bit of muscle (I’m already really strong from Pilates; I’m not coming from a sedentary lifestyle like a lot of dieters).   I’ll post an update on Saturday with my final tally.

Please share your thoughts about how you’re doing and what you think about my conclusions.  I’m going to be experimenting a bit on my own with some diet ideas, and I think I’m going to wind up with a hybrid of Paleo / 4HB and a little whole grain for fiber.   :-)

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

  1. Lois Ardito January 31, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Thanks for the recap Lisa. You look great ( you always do ) and I think this info is helpful to me in terms of validating this eating plan. Going to check out your earlier posts on it as well!

  2. Dean Ouellette January 31, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Lisa curious how your last couple of weeks went compared to your first couple. My first couple of weeks were big losses in the 4-6 lb range. The last three have been under 1.5lbs a week. Wondering if others are seeing the same thing as me or not.

    For my cheat day this week instead of a cheat day Saturday I had a cheat meal at dinner time and then two light beers after. When I do I cheat day I have averaged abut 2 pound gain, this cheat meal I actually lost weight this weekend.

    I am going to play with this for a month. I am going to alternate weekends, one weekend cheat meal, next weekend cheat day and do this for a month and see if there is a pattern or if it was just a fluke.

    I must say after just the cheat meal of chicken enchiladas and a huge brownie that was so big it almost made me sick, I was left with no cravings.

    I could honestly see myself doing this diet for a long time. I did Atkins religiously for almost four years, I think I could do this even longer.

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

  3. Lisa Johnson January 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Dan thanks for sharing your experience. The cheat day is really too much for me I was struggling to do it. Glad I don’t have to do any more! I like the idea of having a binge meal, maybe two per week instead.

    Biggest weight drop for me was week one. After that it was about 1.5 too. This makes it no better than any other diet really … But if it works for you, go for it. :-)

  4. Cameron January 31, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Lisa,

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your blogs. I’ve been on for 30 days and I’ve only lost 6 lbs on the scale but I’ve lost a full size in my clothes and my belly fat ring is virtually gone. I can live with this diet. I am one of the lucky ones that actually likes beans and does not have those undesireable side effects because of them. I have ZERO sugar cravings which is my vice but I still have them once or twice on the binge day just to say that I had them but the cravings end there. I feel awesome and like you am never hungry which is the main reason why I quit all the other diets. Feeling full and satisfied is key for me to stay on track. I am using the supplements which may be helping but I’m only remembering to take them 2 times a day. I haven’t tried any of the cold therapy but that’s my next step. I also started the kettlebell workouts and feel incredibly strong. I needed to lose 35 pounds so now it’s 29 lbs. I’m going to stay on for 12 weeks total (8 more to go) and see how close I can get to that goal by Spring time.

  5. Lisa Johnson January 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Cameron that’s awesome! Glad it’s working for you and good luck on your journey. Thanks for sharing your story with us. :-) L–

  6. Courtney Reimer February 1, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    Hi Lisa! I just found your blog and am enjoying reading your posts. I am in week 6 of the diet and for the most part have been enjoying it – more energy, feeling full & satisfied, I actually like the beans!, my skin is clearing up – but I have not lost a single pound. I’ve have actually gained 5 pounds! Muscle maybe? But I am looking to loose those last 10 pounds! I’ve lost 6 inches – just feeling a bit “tighter” everywhere – but I feel stuck otherwise. I don’t know what I am doing wrong – eating too much, not eating enough, is the “free” day messing me up. I continued working out pretty heavily (5-6 days/week) and I am wondering if that has been sabotaging me. I enjoy it so much I wasn’t prepared to give it up but now I am wondering. I feel so frustrated and after all this I wonder if it’s worth it to be this strict without any substantial change. I just feel like another woman’s perspective could help. Any ideas of what I could try for different results? Thanks in advance for any advice you may have!

  7. Lisa Johnson February 1, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Losing 6″ is impressive! It sounds like you are at your goal weight or very close to it. If you’re coming up on your period I would wait until it passes and then see where you are weight wise. I think dress size is more important than the number on the scale anyway. I’d try nourishing your food, figuring out your calorie intake and compare that to your workout schedule and calorie burn. My guess is you need either more calories or less workouts.

    Good luck! Keep me posted. L–

  8. Sonia Simone February 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Argh, just lost a long response because I forgot to enter the Captcha.

    Going to cry for awhile & then I’ll be back.

  9. Lisa Johnson February 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Sorry Sonia! You should see all the spam I delete … if you know a better way … L–

  10. elizabeth February 2, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Great results Lisa! Thanks for sharing! I did not get results from the SCD (I think the bean starches are the culprits). I’d be up, then down, then up and up and up then no movement at all. I ended up switching to the Last Mile method Tim mentions in the book (more protein and green vegs, more frequent meals, no beans. BUT peanut butter. Go figure). I’m down 3 pounds and my cheat day bloat vanished almost instantly.

    I think I just have a body that really, really likes to hold on to fat.

  11. Lisa Johnson February 2, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Elizabeth, I would consider maybe changing diets … perhaps a different approach would be better for you and your DNA. Do you want to do the Last Mile Method indefinitely? As Tim lifehacked his body you are doing a version of it yourself and it takes a while to figure out what works best for everyone. I’m glad you’re down three pounds though. Just be open minded as you discover new things about yourself. L–

  12. Lisa February 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    My boyfriend wanted to read this book so I ordered it from the library first. I’m skeptical. Even after reading your posts and reviews about it. I’m even more skeptical because of the clips my boyfriends reads to me. I will have to read it myself to see what I really think but right now I feel reserved. I agree with like 25% of the stuff the bf has read me the rest of it makes me think…”What?!” Who knows. Shaking things up in a routine ALWAYS show up on the scale!

  13. Clark February 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Thanks for sharing, Lisa. I loved reading the 4-Hour Body. It helped me lose over 15 lbs., but then I had trouble losing more than that. I picked up Full: A Life Without Dieting by Michael Snyder, M.D. and I was able to lose 10 more pounds. It is not a diet book, but rather a book about changing your eating habits, psyche, and simple exercises in order to lose weight in a non-restrictive way and live a healthier lifestyle.

  14. Lisa Johnson February 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Lisa, feel free to just go with the 25% and leave the rest behind … it’s your body. Do what feels right for it and if you try something and it doesn’t feel right then just let it go and try something else.

    Clark, I had not heard of that book, thanks for the referral I’ll check it out.

    Lisa

  15. Sonia Simone February 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    Also, though, I think it’s useful to keep an open mind. I thought the ice stuff had to be total crap, I was surprised with Dr. Oz’s research team verified it.

  16. Lena February 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Hi Lisa,
    I was wondering and thanks also for having a place for me to go to ask my questions on the 4H diet. I have been eating the way he mentioned in the book and have not cheated except for one day when I had 3T of my friend’s yummy rice. Anyway, I have been eating this way since Monday (and today is Sat) and so far I have gained 2-2 1/2 lbs (fluctuating between 1/2 lbs lose and then gain) since I started eating this week. I also just came off of a 10 day detox (where I lost my initial 7 1/2 lbs and wanted to lose 20 lbs total by March 1st). I have been eating more beans than meat or veges the last couple of days (as I read a comment on Tim’s page telling the person to eat more legumes for more weight loss). I just read about the supplements (which I still need to get) and try to exercise every other day and finally was able to get and use a 20lb kettleball yesterday. What am I doing wrong? Tomorrow is my cheat day so I need to buy grapefruit juice, yerba mate, and the supplements today. I also have been taking 2-3 min cold showers. Is it because I haven’t started the supplements and just started the kettlebells? Please help, thanks (note: reposting my comments from week 3 as I didn’t notice that you were already on week 4, sorry)

  17. Lisa Johnson February 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Hi Lena, I’ve been on vacation and trying to do this from my iPhone! Not going all that well …

    I can’t really give you specific advice without seeing exactly what you ate. It sounds like you had a big weight loss and your body is rebounding a little bit. That’s ok, just keep focusing on the steps and the weight will come off. Are you eating too many nuts maybe? Those are high in calories … are you on the verge of your period? That can swing your weight a few pounds … just adjusting to the diet can cause your body to shift and maybe hold onto water. If you gained 2 1/2 pounds it’s not true “weight gain” but more likely water weight of some sort.

    All that being said if you don’t like the diet, drop it. You can go back to what you were doing before or pick something else. You don’t have to commit to something that doesn’t seem to be working for you.

    Good luck with it, let me know how you’re doing.

    Lisa

  18. Lisa Johnson February 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Sonia, I was really surprised too! It was interesting to see it vetted.

  19. kelly smith February 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    i weigh under 150 should i be doing the slow-carb diet or the last mile diet…i was thinking the last mile menu were for the men???

  20. Lisa Johnson February 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Kelly it can be for anyone. I would try the slow carb diet first and see how that works. You shouldn’t assume you’ll have to resort to drastic measure right from the start. You can always switch it up later. :-)

  21. Stacey February 11, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Lisa-
    Are you still planning on giving a final report? I’ve been obsessively checking back for one. Also, I have had at least 4 “Day 1″ of this diet and I cave every time to afternoon sugar cravings- did you experience this? Advice?

  22. Lisa Johnson February 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    Stacey,

    I couldn’t take it anymore. I got halfway through Day 31 and I was looking at a pile of beans and I just couldn’t do it. Shoved back the plate and that was it! I’ve added in whole grains and fruits and kept the portions small. I’ve kept more protein on my plate that I used to and that has helped with my cravings a lot.

    Then I went on vacation for a week with my extended family and pretty much ate nothing but crap. I managed to workout every day and I did get a good amount of salad in but my family just eats horribly and I was stuck with it. I haven’t gotten on the scale to see what the damage is, but it’s definitely a few pounds. Hopefully it’ll come right back off again.

    I have to say I didn’t cave to afternoon sugar cravings at all. I would suggest maybe a little more protein? If that doesn’t work try more legumes? That should do the trick … also wondering if it’s a habit you’re in and your body just expects it that time of day. You might have to wean yourself off of it.

    Good luck! Hope it starts to work for you.

    Lisa

  23. Sonia Simone February 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    @Stacey, I hear you, the sugar munchies can be really hard.

    I’d try the “protein in first half hour of waking thing.” Because of family logistics (getting little dude ready for school) I can’t get 30 g. of protein into my body that fast, but I eat one hard-boiled egg immediately when I wake up, and that seems to help a lot. If you eat almost pure protein first thing, it hits a reset button on those sugar cravings.

    My old fave, I-Diet, worked brilliantly for curbing sugar cravings (and you still get to have a few sweets) and helped me kick that “need” for sugar every day, so you might try a few months of that instead. I was always a person who just didn’t feel I could “just say no” for the few days it takes to detox from sweet stuff. Unfortunately, I hit pre-menopause and I-Diet just plain old quit working for me for weight loss, dang it.

  24. Lisa Johnson February 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Sonia I still have to get that book, it’s not in bookstores at the moment, I keep looking, for some reason I’m always resistant to ordering on line. I should just do it! L–

  25. BrainSpins March 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Thanks for keeping the blog going the whole 4 weeks. I actually just checked it out today for the first time, but it gives me some motivation to try this out. I’ll even blog on it like you to check results.

    I will definitely change one thing though. I’m going to stick to my old school 45-60 minutes in the gym. Odd, but I enjoy the workouts.

  26. Lisa Johnson March 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Brain, definitely keep what you like about your current lifestyle. :-)

  27. Pam April 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Thank you for blogging 4 weeks on the 4 Hour Body……..I’ve picked up the book today and will start tomorrow. I’m hoping this will give me the kick start I need….at 50yrs + and a partial hysterectomy last year, my old ‘diet tricks’ just aren’t working.

  28. Lisa Johnson April 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    Pam good luck! Hope it helps you. :-)

  29. Toni April 12, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    Hi Lisa, I just started on Monday 4/11. I’ve been relying on different web sites and excerpts from a magazine for information on this diet. I glanced over the book at Barnes and Noble and found it a bit intimidating. I’m going on 65 and have lost the same 25 lbs at least 6 times in my adult life. Last year, between a serious operation and loss of my sister, caused me to eat and drink way to much. My question. Do you think I can succeed without following the book to a “T”. I now go to cycling classes 3 times a week and will start on weight training 3 times with walking once a week. Thank you

  30. Lisa Johnson April 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Hi Toni, I think doing a hybrid of the diet is fine. I’m not a true advocate of the diet anyway. Anything that is that restrictive I don’t think is viable long term. Yes, I lost weight on it and I’m happy sashaying around in smaller jeans. But there are lots of ways to get the weight off. The most important thing, no matter what you do, is your mindset. :-) Good luck with your journey and I’m very sorry about your sister. Peace … Lisa

  31. Sinéad June 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks so much for doing the full 30 days, I know a man who did it for 10 weeks and his rsults are amazing but I wanted to know if it works as well for women. This is day 1 for me…. i just cooked a load of veg and lentils to keep me going this week and bought a load of diffrent cans of beans. i don’t mind the lentils and beans but i find them quite bland, any flavouring suggestions?
    Also, how many times a day should I eat? I was thinking 3 meals with protein,veg and legumes and then maybe one snack of veg and beans or something, is that ok? or do you have any snack suggestions?
    Thanks :)

  32. Lisa Johnson June 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Hi Sinead, your plan sounds good, you can do the every three hour thing too. The important thing is to listen to your body while you’re adjusting to the new “regime.”

    Spices for the beans, I’m a big fan of a little bit of olive oil and lots of herbs like basil & oregano. I splurged and went for fresh herbs since the rest of the menu items are pretty cheap. Hope that helps. :-)

  33. Sinéad July 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Thanks for the tips Lisa!!
    First week is finished, can’t believe how easy it is!! Binge day was today and I’m going to bed a very sick lady!!I ate a hell of a lot of cookies…not nessacarily coz I wanted them but more because if I didn’t splurge then I’d be mad at myself later in the week if I get a massive craving,,,, crazy I know!! next week i’m going to splurge on fruit, i kind of regret not doing that today instead!! oh well….
    7 lbs down after only 5 days on the diet, incredible!! 30 days will be a piece of cake :)

  34. Lisa Johnson July 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Glad you’ve got a lot of energy Sinead … you might find it a grind as you continue but it sounds like you’re off to a great start. Congrats! and yes, I really missed fruit and would binge on that usually first thing when I woke up (cuz it’s kinda breakfast food-ish). Have a good 4th.

  35. Dina August 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    I just started this diet today and I already feel better, just simply staying away from junk. It was my son’s birthday and I just cut my piece of cake and put it in the freezer for my cheat day on Sunday. Knowing that it’s not all or nothing I think makes me feel better. I am hoping to drop 20 pounds, I have about 35 to loose, but the initial 20 will make me significantly healthier. I did have blood work done and I am looking forward to see if there is any change in 3 to 6 months of this life style change.

  36. Lisa Johnson August 2, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Dina, good luck, and great idea to freeze the cake and save it for your cheat day. I didn’t get that clever until week 2 or 3 … :-)

  37. g August 13, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    both me and my boyfriend started the 4 hour life change(i like to call it) 4-5 weeks ago… firstly we have both nearly lost a stone….I know!!!! pretty cool… its not as if we were really overweight it was just Christmas weight that was hard to shift…. but it has been an overall change.. and we have compared its effect on a woman and man.. for him its was fantastic straight away, as he did pick on cakes a lot and his need for them virtually disappeared straight away… and he sooooo looked forward to the treat day… me on the other hand generally ate well my treat was always sweets and chocolate.. dropping that in the first week…was ok, but the change of routine, especially the big breakfast and beans and pulses was hard.. i also felt very spaced out, found it hard to concentrate .. not the need to sleep but generally not with it… week 2-3 amazing changes weight , body shape for both of us changed, we looked much better, skin glowing, energy just came from no.where…. one thing i must stress we are both vegetarian, no fish no meat..for this life change eating habit i feel this can really succeed more with a veggie diet… the meat and fish would be, too difficult to digest, my concerns would be for the body… eating freshly steamed /boiled vegetables as well as roasted veg/ beans cooked in red sauce or curried ..is really tasty, and as time goes on you can vary what you have, especially as a woman pre menstrual, have a little nutella/peanut butter is great.. try to keep using healthy oils/ olive oil…. im Italian, so i have incorporated the Mediterranean.. foods… think of it as a change to eating habits mire than a diet.. this is my life now. i dont see me resuming back to how it was.. beans /pulses/vegetable/ loads of fruit on treat day… lemon drink in morning/ wine/ great life great feeling…..

  38. Lisa Johnson August 13, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    G, I like your vegetarian variation. Tim does talk in the book about how it’s possible but a bit more difficult, but I thought he was saying that more from the perspective of a meat eater contemplating vegetarian. If you’re already there, then the choices are a lot easier to make it, you’ve got the routine down already. :)

    Glad the changes are working for you and I like the Mediterranean twist too. Have you tried any of the cold therapy stuff? or the supplements? Do you think it’s something you’ll stick to indefinitely?

  39. Lisa Johnson September 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    Jerome, I’m not a believer in supplements. I currently don’t take anything … I’ve been weighing taking B12 lately but that’s about it … :-)

  40. Mary June 7, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    I did the 4 hour body 2 years ago. It was just before my wedding and I need to lose a bit of weight and tone up. Because of the upcoming wedding I was obsessive and followed most of it to the letter. I ended up losing a LOT of weight in 5 weeks (probably about 10 kilos) and firmed up tremendously. Any flab i had mostly disappeared. My body looked the most toned it ever has (the skin shrank and the muscles seemed to bulge!). I walked every day for 30 mins plus 2-3 cardio sessions as well as the weight program. I too am wary of supplements so didn’t take any of the recommended. I did take vital greens and fish oil tablets.

    I am a fish eating (no egg) vegetarian and probably didn’t consume as much protein as was required, but ate beans religiously. My energy was incredible. I felt much better physically and mentally. I wonder if it works better for some blood types? I am A bloody type, and I’m supposed to eat beans and fish and vegetables. I wonder if this is why it worked so well for me?

    I am now revisiting this diet (in week one) as ive put on a few kilos and want to experience the energy and quick results I saw last time. Hopefully it works just as well!!

  41. Lisa Johnson June 7, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Go get ‘em Mary and thanks for your comments … as you might have noticed I struggle with beans, lol. But other than that I thought the diet was OK. I did have a nutritionist say to me once, the fundamental question is always can you stay on a particularly eating regimine indefinitely … otherwise you’re setting yourself up for yo-yo dieting which will drive yourself nuts and possible effect your health. (Something I’m still working on by the way!) :-) L–

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  1. Jerome - September 3, 2011

    supplements to go…

    Awesome :) Somewhere within the paragraphs you managed to make me a believer unfortunately just very short while….

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