If you don’t know me, one thing that you should know about me is that I’m not someone who likes to quit anything, ever! For me to quit something, it has to be a circumstances that is beyond my control to not want to continue.
I have officially given up on The 4-Hour Body diet. It’s not for me.
I’ve read the book, I get the science, I respect the tests and the results that have come from it and I have nothing bad at all to say about the diet except for the fact that I hate beans (especially with breakfast) and most green veggies (when they’re cooked or without some sort of sauce). After trying to force feed myself for a week and a half, I’ve decided that I’m not willing to give up my enjoyment of food to lose a few extra pounds.
I’m absolutely miserable on this diet! I miss my carbs, I miss sandwiches, I miss cheese, I miss fruit, I miss milk and sugar in my coffee and have I mentioned I fucking hate beans??!!! The other major factor for me is that I’m hypoglocemic and not eating every 2 hours is really affecting me and my brain power. I’m actually scared to talk to people sometimes because I can’t think straight.
The thing that has pushed me this far is that I’m seeing results already! I’ve lost 10lbs in a week in a half. I think a lot of that is the weight that I put on during my Video Diary of a Fast Food Fool that I made the 4 days prior to starting the diet, but regardless, it’s gone now.
I know I can lose the weight that I want/need to lose with a great diet and exercise on my own and not have to include beans and cut out fruit or any other healthy foods that I love. It may take a bit longer, but I don’t need this diet at all to be successful. I love food and a large variety of food WAY too much to give it up like I’ve had to on this plan. Tim talks a lot about trying to keep your insulin levels level and this will be the toughest part for me, but I think I can do it.
Even though I’m giving up the diet, I am going to stick with a few things from the book like a cold shower here and there, a binge or cheat day (which I use to do anyway), a few of the weight training ideas, the running training that he outlines, putting on 10lbs of muscle in 4 weeks and of course I want to try the 15 minute orgasm (although it scares the hell out of me) but as for the diet, I’m finished with it.
I know a lot of people are sceptical of the book and the methods used ( I heard a lot of “that’s bull shit” from people while I was on it) but he did 10 years of tests and studying and brought in some of the best medical people around to help him prove what he discovered. A lot of it is contravertial and I think that’s why I liked it! Even if you don’t want to do this plan, I DO suggest you read the book as it’s a good read and an easy read and he makes it entertaining.
I was writing a top 5 tips list for the diet before deciding to give it up so here is the abbreviated version if you are going to try and be successful doing the plan.
Top 5 tips for 4-Hour Body.
- Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. Have a lot of prepped meals ready and research a lot of recipes.
- To prevent gas, use canned beans
- Spices are your best friends
- Drink lots of water
- Take the recommended Magnesium and Calcium supplements, with so much water, they help!
So that’s that. I’m done. I quit. Say what you want, I don’t care. I’m going to enjoy my food and that’s that.
Good luck to those of you who are trying it and I praise those of you who stick with it!