4 Hour Body – First 5 Days

Down 5 lbs in the first week!  I haven’t been able to update my readers on the last several days of progress with The 4 hour Body.  This post will serve as an update for the last few days.  I’ve been eating pretty much the same stuff I was eating the first day.  Of course my breakfasts have been the same since I made a weeks’ worth on Sunday night.  My lunches have been my pork loin.  I’ll create a post this weekend of the recipe so others can enjoy.  It has been my favorite meal so far.

A few night I have had steak.  I had NY Strip on Wednesday night and Filet last night.  I usually pair my steak with Broccoli and beans.  Wednesday was pinto beans (low sodium and organic) and last night was refried.  I was at a restaurant last night so the selection was limited.  The great thing about the “slow-carb diet” is you can pretty much always find something on the menu that will work, so you’re usually always able to go out to eat.

Before bed I take my supplements and consume 30 grams of miscellar casein proteins.  I pair it with a few celery sticks for fiber and I’m off to bed.

I’ve had my supplements now for only a full 2 days but they seem to be working well.   I’m completely off the EC stack, it’s a good thing too.  That stuff can be bad for your health and is dangerous.

I’ll be putting up an amazon store and will link the supplements there so you can easily navigate to them and make a purchase if you need to get them.  It’ll take me a little while to get it set up so please be patient for a week or so.

The hardest thing to do has been the cold showers.  I’ve taken 3 this week.  Kicking back in my easy chair with an ice pack on my shoulders and neck isn’t hard at all.  I’ll read or watch tv with my wife for 30 -45 minutes.  It’s no big deal and I think it’s helping.  I’ll work on the showers and let you guys know what I can figure out to make them not so painful.

 

My workouts this week have been:

Kettlebells and abs on Monday

Incline DB Press, Yates Rows, Drag Curls, and abs on Wednesday

Kettlebells and abs again on Friday

 

I must add that I am extreamely skeptical of this work load and feel like I could lose more if I were hitting the stair-master hard.  But I’ve got the gusto to stick to Tim’s plan and do exactly as the book instructs.

My biggest mess up…. I have a Twix candy bar waiting in the pantry for Sunday.  Never buy your treats early.  It just makes it harder to avoid falling off the wagon.  If the temptation wasn’t even there it would probably be easier to keep it out of my mind.

On the flip side, Sugar Free Jello is a life saver.  When you get that insatiable urge to snack on something sweet, here is your fix.  My personal favorite is orange flavor.

The 4 Hour Body – My Experience

January 2009, at a Barnes and Noble in Midland, Texas, I was searching for a book by a blogger I had come across.  I read a ton of his posts and his approach to life was much like my own.  Turns out he had a book that was on the best sellers list for some time so I figure I should check it out.  I meandered down the aisles repeating in my head “Ferriss, Ferriss, Ferriss” until I found it!  Timothy Ferriss.  The book was “The 4 Hour Workweek.”

The book is an incredible read and my go to gift for any new graduate.  The ideas shared in the book, paired with the resources in the end of each chapter, creates a roadmap for anyone setting out to design their life.  Anyone who is at a major, life altering, position should read it before heading forward.

A small part of the book discusses Tim’s “slow-carb diet.”  My body type is not inclined to build muscle, so after years of self-trial, I have found that the best way for me to add muscle is to lift heavy and eat like a horse, of and don’t forget to take your multi, as my misc buddies would say (reference to bodybuilding.com’s misc crew).  This inevitably creates a little unwanted fat.  At my worst, I end my “bulk” at 15% body fat.  It’s around this time of year (late winter) that I start my “cut.” I begin trying to lose the fat I gained, but keep as much of the new muscle as I can.

Tim had been right about so many other things in his book, I thought, why not give his “slow-carb diet” a try.  Much to my surprise, it proved to show amazing results.  I was down to my ideal 7% bodyfat in just a couple of months, with minimum muscle loss.  It took me maybe 8 weeks, and I’ll admit, I didn’t know exactly what to do other than what to eat.  For instance I didn’t know what type of workout I should be doing, what other foods were off limits, ect.  Enter “The 4 Hour Body.”

Come to find out Tim and I share more than just interest in hacking business and lifestyle, we share a deep desire to figure out how the human body works to maximize our results.  We both try this through extensive self-trial, he, mores o than I.  According to him, he has spent more than $250,000 trying all these new ideas out.  But he’s gotten it down to the good stuff, and that’s what he’s put in his book.

This section of my blog will be almost like a diary that gives you a day by day how to, so you can also lose the fat!  I’m not going to tell you what to do, I’m just going to tell you to buy the book.  Instead of spelling out every detail of the book as I post, I’ll assume you have the book and that you have or are reading it.  This section of my blog will simply be a log of what I’m doing and how my results are.  I’ll add in some tips and tricks that I find helpful.

Make sure to follow me on twitter as well, @JaysonFeltner, so you can get my updates.  I post pictures of what I’m eating, my feelings, thoughts, and of course, my progress.

Why am I doing this?  Reading the book, Tim must have lost 1000 pounds!  I know that he did like I do, and would test something and lose fat, then try something else and gain fat, back and forth.  So all together over the years he’s lost a lot of fat.  But what does it all look like when you combine everything in the book into one fat loss crusade and try to drop the pounds?  Can someone really lose 20 pound of fat in 30 days while still gaining 10 pounds of muscle?  Heck, we’re going to find out!

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4 Hour Body – Day 1

4 Hour Body Day 1

Date:  Monday  January 30, 2012

Weight: 180.4 lbs

BF%:  15.1

Fat:  27.24 lbs

 

Breakfast: 300 cals

12 oz Cold Water

Egg Whites, Black Beans, Spinach

EC Stack (waiting for sups from Amazon)

2 Cups of coffee

 

Lunch: 500 Cals

Chicken, Black Beans with Salsa

12 oz cold water

EC Stack

12oz cold Yerba Matte

 

Snack: 150 Cals

Peanuts

 

Workout:

3 sets of Russian Kettlebells (25 reps per set) 50 lbs

10 Mystatic Crunches

10 Cat Vomit Crunches

 

Dinner: 600 Cals

Pork Loin, Black Beans with Salsa, Salad with balsamic vinagarette

12 oz cold water

 

Ice Therepy at 8:00 PM

Cold Shower at 9:00 PM

Pre Bed Meal: 200 Cals

Miscellar Casein in 8oz cold water.

 

Total water intake for day: 1.5 Gallons (includes sipping)

Supps:  Animal pack, ZMA, Aminos

 

Day went well.  Never felt hungry.  Still reading the rest of the 4 hour body but it’s going well.  I pre-made all my breakfasts so I could eat within 30 minutes of waking.