I started reading The 4-Hour Body in 2011 and somehow convinced Andrew (who was my fiance at the time), that we should totally try it out. I’ll give you the quick and dirty run down of the “diet.”
You CAN Eat:
-Meat (chicken, fish, pork, beef, lamb, venison)
-Coffee (2 cups a day)
-Wine (2 glasses of red a day)
You CANNOT Eat:
-Grains (Pasta, Bread, Rice, etc)
-Sugar (which means none of the below)
So basically each morning I wake up and have a cup of coffee and a piece of my egg casserole I fix each Sunday. It contains black beans, spinach, eggs, sausage, and bacon. Then for a snack around 10am I’ll have some carrots and hummus. For lunch I’ll either bring left overs from the night before OR I’ll head to Chipotle and have one of their salads (which is like THE PERFECT 4-hour Body meal) or a salad from Cava which is a Mediterranean restaurant down the street from work. I’m usually not hungry before dinner, but if I am I’ll have some lentils before I hit the gym to keep me from starving. For dinner we can pretty much have anything we want that doesn’t contain any of the no-nos. So we eat a lot of lentils/beans to keep us full and a main meat dish (fish, chicken, etc) and a vegetable side. I’ll then have a glass or two of wine (as my treat – I treat it like dessert). I down water all down long, but I’ve always done that (about 60+ ounces of water/day) so its not anything out of the ordinary for me. If I’m craving a dessert during the day I’ll have some hot tea (cranberry or peach flavored). I know it doesn’t sound like much but it really isn’t terrible. Plus it makes you appreciate what I’m about to share with you…
You get one cheat day a week! This means that you can eat whatever your heart desires for a full 24 hours once a week. For instance this past Saturday (which is what I usually use as my cheat day) I had a McDonald’s Bacon, Egg, & Cheese McGriddle + hash brown. Then, I had a huge cheeseburger w/bacon, parmesan fries, 2 cherry Dr. Peppers, and an EggNog Milkshake for lunch. And for dinner I topped it off with 4 pieces of pepperoni pizza. Yea you could say I probably consumed 5,000 calories and I’m super proud of that fact.
Andrew and I did really well on our first round last year with the 4-Hour Body! We both lost several inches and some lb’s. You should know that neither Andrew or I really need to lose weight. I mean Andrew can still wear his clothes from high school (I hate him) and I’m at my body’s happy weight (which means I still love the way I look in my clothes and a bikini), so it was just something to get us back on the right track and slimmed/toned. See, Andrew and I have a serious sweet tooth. Like when I wake up, I think about what I could have for dessert at lunch and then what I can eat for dessert at dinner. Thus the reason I BodyRock and run like a mad woman.
That dessert problem I just mentioned, yea its come back. I had it curbed for a while after the first round of 4-Hour Body but its become a beast recently. I can’t stop myself and neither can Andrew. So we’ve decided to give the 4-Hour Body another whirl. We started last week and I’m really hoping it will get me to be more “mindful” of my sweets AND maybe help to diminish this small bit of muffin top I’m starting to develop.
So anyyywhooo I have some recipes I’ll be sharing that are 4-Hour Body/Slow-carb friendly AND don’t taste like cardboard. That’s exciting right?!?! So stay tuned! What about you, have you ever tried the 4-Hour Body/Slow Carb Diet? If you did, what did you think?