I'm going to jump in on this. I started the 4 Hr Body plan a little over a year ago, weighing in at 226.2lbs (5'10") on 1/5/2016. The lowest I got was 183.4 in early November 2016, but since then my weight has been slowly creeping back up. This past Saturday's weigh-in was 190.2. After a year of eating this way, I think I am partly bored and partly complacent. I know about how much I can cheat and not pack on weight. One thing I didn't really do last year was work on my fitness level. So my goal for 2017 is to slowly inch down to the 175-180 pound mark while increasing my fitness level. I need to devise a plan of attack for that. Some form of HIIT training and weight lifting.
So, in the interest of full disclosure here are all my weigh ins for 2017 to date:
Leaving for a 5 day vacation in Florida this Thursday, my goal is not to gain 10 pounds on the trip. Will weigh in Thrs morning before leaving, then the next weigh in will be Saturday after we return, so 3/4/17.
Dont you love 4 hour body. i find it to be very easy to stick to and have found lots of recipes that copy other things.
My 2 favorites
Oven roasted cauliflower mash (like potatoes)
Home made black bean chips 100% black beans 100% guiltless. -
Super easy to make. - make thin pancake batter mixture with Blackbean flour and water recipe calls for equal parts but i like thinner chips so i add extra water to make thinner. add in spices and some oil. - cook them on a flat top griddle like pancakes around 4 minutes each side then pop in the over at 200 to dehydrate. then break into chips. - sometimes i cut them into chips prior to placing in the oven too.
It has been great, yeah. The cheat day is a life saver for me. As long as I know I get some beer & pizza once a week, I don't freak out. Prior to finding this lifestyle, I would diet and work out hard for a few months and then lose my willpower and completely fall off the wagon. I battle the "all or nothing" mindset where I either have to do everything perfectly or nothing at all. The 4 hr body plan has helped me break out of that destructive type of thinking. For example, 10 years ago I weighed about 180 and was the strongest I'd ever been. Just killing it with diet and working out. Went to Vegas with my wife for a few days. While there I fell off the wagon and ate and drank whatever I wanted. And that was it. I was done. Got back home and continued eating and never started working out again. Just ballooned back up to 230. And I think part of it is the psychology of thinking "If I want to be health and in shape I can never eat X again", whatever X is for you. For me it is beer and pizza. If I'd known then what I know now I would have realized that a few days of eating badly is nothing and easily overcome. Oh well, live and learn.
I need to try those recipes. Especially the bean chips. I'd like to eat them with my homemade guac. It's just black bean flour and water?
I tried a mashed cauliflower recipe once that was disastrous. So disastrous I'm not sure my wife would even let me try again. I believe my issue was that I whipped them in a blender. The consistency ended up, ehh, not sure how to even describe it. Frothy? I guess. Awful. Truly heinous. I have done some roasted cauliflower recipes though, with garlic and olive oil, etc. that are quite good.
My go to easy dinner is a ground beef stir fry kinda thing. 1lb ground beef. Brown it up. Add a bag of frozen broccoli and a can of pinto or black beans. Add some soy sauce and crushed red pepper (or asian chili paste sauce) and cook covered for a few minutes. Easy and tasty. Leftovers are good too.