I first read The 4 Hour Body about a year and a half ago. It completely changed the way that I think about dieting. First of all, no diet is ever successful in the long-term. You need to find a plan (notice how I didn’t call it a diet at the title?).
This plan needs to work all the time. It needs to allow you to still eat your favorite foods. But most importantly, you need to not feel hungry. Feeling hungry is bad. It causes you to back slide, but it also makes your body go into starvation mode. This can make your body stop losing weight all together, because your body thinks that it needs to store everything. It doesn’t know when you’ll eat again.
I followed The Slow Carb Diet for about a year, and dropped about 30 pounds. Since then, I’ve gained weight (muscle), but my waist continues to be the smallest it ever has (I now practice something similar, intermittent fasting). The Slow Carb Diet is the easiest lifestyle program I’ve found that works. Here are the four rules from the Slow Carb Diet (with my tips):
Rule #1: Avoid “white” starchy carbohydrates (or those that can be white). This means all bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and grains. If you have to ask, don’t eat it. It also means things like Quinoa
Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again, especially for breakfast and lunch. You already do this; you’re just picking new default meals. Make these easy. I ate a ton of taco meat and beans the first couple of months.
Rule #3: Don’t drink calories. Exception: 1-2 glasses of dry red wine per night is allowed. Starbucks = calories. Enough said.
Rule #4: Don’t eat fruit. (Fructose –> glycerol phosphate –> more body fat, more or less.) Avocado and tomatoes are excepted. This means no smoothies, either.
Rule #5: Take one day off per week and go nuts. I choose and recommend Saturday. Do it!!! You’ll go crazy at first, but then realize that you don’t really care for the cheat day food anymore. I promise.
I recommend that you go look at Tim Ferriss’s blog for before and after photos. Pretty amazing. Here’s one before and after from his site:
Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help in any way.