4 Hour Body Diet

posted by : Jon Kroupa on 04/08/2012

The Diet:

The 4 Hour Diet is a low-carb diet, in which you eat 4 times a day with each meal being 4 hours apart.

Key points of the diet (from everydiet.org):

  • Avoid “white” carbohydrates. The following foods are to be avoided with the exception of up to 30 minutes after a strength workout: bread, rice (including brown), cereal, potatoes, pasta, tortillas, and fried food with breading.

  • Eat the same meals over and over again. According to Tim Ferriss the most successful dieters, regardless of whether their goal is muscle gain or fat-loss, have limited variety in their meals. You can eat as much as you like but you should restrict yourself to three or four meals and repeat them.

  • Don’t drink calories. Milk, soft drinks and fruit juice should be avoided. With the exception of red wine, alcohol consumption is not permitted.

  • Don’t eat fruit.

The Experience:

This week my younger brother also did the diet with me. Since one of the key points of the diet is to eat the same meals over and over I bought some steak and chicken for protein, and some frozen brocolli and frozen vegetable mix to go along with it. We had this a majority of the time. I also bought some canned black beans to go with vegetables later in the evening.

In order to avoid the debacle from last time I did have carbs Thursday night and Friday morning so I didn't turn into an ogre during my class (recently a curse was put upon me that when I am without carbs for 48 hours I turn in a grey ogre and have to live in a swamp).

The meals were boring. I was amused that my younger brother said he was full, but would continue to eat, because he was not satisfied. I eventually told him the thing he was looking for was never going to appear, carbs.

The Result:

I ended up only being .5 of a pound less after this diet. I monitored my weight every day and it was always in the same place. My younger brother also did not lose any weight.