When I was calorie counting or doing Weight Watchers, I’d have to pay such close attention to what I was eating that eating itself stopped being fun. So far, with the 4 Hour Body Diet, I haven’t found this to be the case. The biggest thing I have working against me— and probably everybody else who starts a diet—is my ability to stick with it. This time around, I’ve got a few things that I’ve put together that I am using as a method to stay on track and be true to it— because at the end of the day, I really WANT to succeed at this.
My Plan For Sticking With It
One of the first things I started doing was logging all the things that I’m eating in an app called My Fitness Pal. What’s nice about it is that it’s really easy to log everything I’m doing. It does technically count calories, though I’m not necessarily paying attention to that: the app is. What I’m paying attention to is what types of food I’m eating, and what is the level of protein that I’m getting in most of my meals. It certainly will report on carbs, sugars, and such, but as a result of the high focus on protein, and the natural elimination of a lot of those carbs, a lot of the other stats are in line which is also a motivating factor to see.
The second thing that I’m doing is telling my friends and family about my dieting. A lot of people going through substance abuse treatment will do the same thing because it helps them stay accountable. I’m fortunate because my wife is very supportive of my dieting, although she was reasonably skeptical. When I explained the diet to her, one of the things she asked me was: “Is this something that you could actually stick with beyond this initial 30 days? Is this something that becomes a lifestyle change as opposed to a fad diet?” I didn’t know what to tell her because to tell you the truth, I wasn’t totally sure yet. But so far, it seems to be attainable because I’m getting to eat the stuff that I like, and not necessarily having to limit quantity. I’m getting to eat meat: chicken, beef, and fish. I’m able to eat veggies, and luckily, I love veggies. The most difficult things I had to cut out were sugar, and carbs. However, I find that if I eat enough protein, those cravings for sugar, and the cravings for carbs are less drastic and, even in a lot of cases, totally gone.
I read that one of the key elements of the diet is to have at least 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. Doing that has really staved off the cravings and the hunger that I have before lunchtime for things that are just not good for me, and I’m not finding myself snacking more than I should. If I end up feeling hungry, I’ve learned to solve it in one or two ways. First, by having some nuts. The second is I found that having some coffee, some caffeine, will knock out that desire, that hunger, and keep my mind off it for long enough to get to when it’s time to eat my next meal.
Better Coaching Through Technology
The third thing that I’m doing to remain accountable is using an app called Coach.me. It’s like a community of self improvement. If there’s anything you want to do, there’s a group on this app of people that are aiming to remain accountable to that activity. I’m serious: there are groups about learning to play guitar, losing weight, drinking more water: the topics are endless. Naturally, there is one for the 4-Hour Body, or Slow-Carb Diet. There’s a lot of people on there that are checking in every day saying that they’re holding themselves accountable. There’s a lot of people asking questions about the program and getting clarification, which leads me to the coolest component of this app (which happens to also be the way that this app makes its money.) The component is that people who have been active enough in this app can qualify to become a coach. For a weekly rate, you can hire a coach on this app, and you basically get a text-message buddy that’s going to keep you accountable, or at least talk to you through the process.
I said, “You know what? I’m going try it”, and so for the last few days, I’ve had a coach. She’s a woman from Austin, Texas, who originally lost 60 pounds on the 4 Hour Body Diet, and then after that, she has moved on to some other weight loss methods. She’s lost a total of 120 pounds. I like her approach because it’s not strictly Slow Carb, although that’s how she got her start. Her emphasis is on developing a versatile long-term program, and that’s where I want my focus to be right now: on developing a longer-term program for myself.
One or two times a day, we’ll exchange a message through the app. She’s asked me some really good questions in terms of what kind of goals I want to see for myself, as well as questions I should be asking myself but haven’t been. A good example of that is, I told her that one of the things I’d like to see as a quick win is a drop in three pounds in this first week on the diet, and she immediately told me that it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility. I was glowing with encouragement, but she instantly shook me out of it by asking me “But what if it doesn’t happen? What are you going to be thinking?”
How I Get My Mind Right to Win At Dieting
It’s helpful for me to place the spotlight on that question. What am I going to do if this doesn’t actually work out? Am I going to quit? Am I going to go back to my old eating habits? What it comes down to for me, is that I have a choice to make. I can either continue working at it, or I can give up. If you’re like a lot of people, or like me in the past, you’ll give up. I don’t want to give up. I’d rather have the high fitness level, the healthy weight, the ability to feel good in my clothes and not feel lethargic or tired or embarrassed to take my shirt off. I want those things. When I look at it from that perspective, the question really becomes “is one week really enough to get that?” Obviously, it’s not. So why would I want to give up?
Having that coach and having someone to talk to about that has been helpful in a surprising way in that’s it’s helping me think about the questions that I truthfully already know but not asking myself. There was a really low-barrier of entry to start that program and get matched with a coach. It’s not cheap when you think about other things we pay for– it’s about 15 to 20 dollars per week, which equates to sixty to eighty dollars a month. That’s not cheap, but then again, if that’s the difference between me succeeding and failing, it’s totally worth it.
So those are the things that I’m doing to remain accountable to the diet and most importantly, to myself. Actually, there’s one more thing I’m doing: talking to all of you about my progress, so wish me luck! I’m feeling motivated about what I’ve got going on here, so I’ll definitely talk to you again soon.