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The Deal Breaker : No Fruit (and Why)
on April 2, 2011
I was excited mid-winter to pick up a copy of Tim Ferris's 4-Hour Body. I was hoping to boost my weight loss over the 10lb-a-month mark. Unfortunately, the book's `slow carb' plan was a contributing factor in my de-railment / stalling in my progress in the last few months.
Some may find the `slow carb' plan helpful, mainly guys who don't like to cook and are willing to eat the same thing day in and day out (a key component to the plan), but it was not for me. In addition, Ferris' free binge day really tested me and opened up a realm of temptation that I was better off without. The eating plan goes like this:
*Avoid "white" foods.
*Eat mostly proteins, vegatables and legumes.
*Don't drink your calories.
*Take one day off each week.
The big deal breaker, for me, was the `no fruit' stipulation. By the time I got to the `free' day each week I was so starved for something sweet that I really overdid it. I would spend the entire week losing what I'd gained on the weekend. It was a torturous routine.
There is a lot more to this book than his `slow carb' plan, but my experience with that part of the book gives me pause to put stock in his other kooky ideas - like taking ice baths for weight loss.
The book is based on his own self-experimentation, which is interesting and at times laudible. There are many interesting tips . . . anyway, I'd definitely suggest thumbing through a copy before purchasing, sight unseen.