It’s been just around two months since I started the Four Hour Body lifestyle, more precisely the slow carb diet portion of Tim Ferriss’s Four Hour Body book. First thing every morning that I am here in San Francisco, I weigh in to see my progress. Some days my weight is up, most times it is down.
I do this in the morning, religiously and on the same scale, so that I can get a consistent measure of my progress. During my trips, which happen far more often than not, I have tried weighing myself on other’s scales with mixed results. Seems my friends and family’s scales are either really nice (I’ve been up to ten pounds lighter on theirs!) or mine is really mean.
Nevertheless, I present to you, my chart of weight loss.
As you can see, there has been a pretty dramatic loss in weight. Twenty-two pounds to be exact. The first week on the diet I had a sharp drop in weight. Most diets work this way as your body is shocked into a new regimen. The first two spikes upwards are from the “cheat days” where you get to eat whatever you like. The much slower drop in weight later on the graph represents my two weeks traveling.
Traveling and staying slow carb isn’t as easy as some would like you to think. Especially when your travels bring you to some of the most obese states in the country (Georgia, Florida and Texas). But at least I managed to trim a little bit more even during that.
And while I can definitely see progress, I still have a long way to go. To get to my goal weight, I need to lose another thirty pounds. That’s a lot and would bring my total weight loss down to 52 pounds which seems almost silly.
I had 52 lbs to lose? My goal weight is really an arbitrary number pulled from history. It was my weight when I was a freshman in college. While most freshmen gain fifteen pounds, I lost around twenty.
Luckily I am back in San Francisco where I can better control my diet and get back into my gym. Starting August 1 we should be back in our apartment full time which means I have my gym just one block away and a proper bedroom and all that comes with it. I expect to see a much stronger decrease in weight once normality comes back into my life.
*I know that “diets” aren’t the solution, that a change in lifestyle is. I am doing this because I already live a healthy lifestyle. I exercise regularly, watch what I eat, have an almost zero cholesterol, vegetarian diet and rarely drink more than a few glasses of wine. This diet for me is a kick start.
I started personal training in February and within a month had doubled my weight lifted and cut my mile down to five minutes. But I didn’t lose a single pound after muscle gain. This has helped me cut faster so results are more fulfilling and progress sped up.
- First Week with a Four Hour Body (itsjustjustin.com)
- 4-Hour Diet Slow Carb Breakfast Bowl (itsjustjustin.com)
- The Four Hour Charlie #4hb
- Tim Ferriss on self-experimentation and “The Four Hour Body”