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Women and the 4 Hour Body

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Are women finding success with 4 Hour Body? Over at 4-HBTalk we are discussing this and the women are not seeing very good results. Any feedback you can offer? I read about Laura Cox on this site - way to go. She changed things up - no beans at main meals, no snacks. Look forward to your replies.

Any super-fat people attempting this?

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Does this diet (lifestyle change) work if you're super overweight? For instance, 303 lbs and 5'5" tall female? I see a lot of people who are 200-250 (and the higher end tend to be tall men, not short women) posting in various forums & stuff, but not many who are really, really big and wanting to change their lives. Can any...

Anyone tried kettlebell swings yet?

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I'm looking forward to trying out the kettlebell swings after reading about them in the book. I'm definitely more biased toward the idea of the kettlebell compared to weight lifting at the gym. So far I've lost 2 pounds this week from just slow-carbing and want to kick start it more with the exercises. Anyway, I'm curious to...

30 min breakfast... after waking up or after getting up?

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Ok... I know this is probably a dumb question but anyway... I usually put my alarm clock and it takes me around 30 min to actually get up. The best 30 min of my day by the way. Problem is that normally I'm always late for the 30 min range for breakfast... if you count that after waking up. I have tried to look for the scie...

What are quick, easy and cheap sources of protein?

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I was under the impression, very mistakenly, that 1 whole egg was closer to 10g of protein for some reason, hence my 3 hard boiled eggs breakfast. Just looked it up and it's closer to 6-7g. That means 4-5 eggs, might be more than I can handle. Any suggestions on other quick, easy, cheap sources of protein I can wolf down aft...

Women Please Post Sample Meals

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Dear Ladies, Are you happy with your progress on slow-carb? If you are having great success on the slow-carb diet, please post a day's worth of food (preferably with amounts), along with how long you've been slow-carbing, starting weight/inches and current weight/inches. I know it would be helpful to me (and I suspect oth...

Get Back on Track: Create your Harajuku Moment

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I read a question earlier this week I planned to answer, but I can't find it now so I'll answer it here since I've seen a few similar questions. The question was a statement about after being on vacation or having a cheat day or two they were having trouble stopping the cheating. A big part of this is psychological. Here'...

i'm 500 pounds, day 45 on diet and 0 weight change

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im feeling pretty frustrated on the 4hb right now. im sticking to my no cheat days and enjoying my saturday with whatever i want. this is a (somewhat typical, i may change lunch or dinner around) day during the non cheat days: breakfast: (pretty much stays the same every day, give or take the bacon) 4 eggs (and tbsp or 2 ...

Overeating, Calories, and What Has Worked Best

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This is a post for those of us doing SCD with lots of weight to lose (100+ lbs in my case), who have a long and distinguished history of overeating. In short, if you are someone who is used to overeating, this eating plan will work better if you monitor portions and identify a daily caloric goal below your maintenance calor...

Harajuku Moment

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In The 4-Hour Body Ferriss described the Harajuku moment as "an epiphany that turns a nice-to-have into a must-have." What was your harajuku moment? If you haven't had one, how do you motivate yourself to stay with the diet? I think hearing everyone's different stories would be motivating

SIX PACK: Is this possible?

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Hi, I was wondering if it's possible to see some of my abs or even a 4-6 pack in 1 month if I workout 5 days a week and stay on a strict diet? I'm 18 years old, 5'5, 137.2 lbs and this is my current pictures. I was wondering what my body fat percentage is and if it's possible to get to around 10-12% body fat in 1 month if I...

TIP: Carb Chart!!!

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Follow these links! Its really HELPFUL!!!!

I Was 'Stalling' and Here Is Why...

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Hi! This isn't a question but I figured it might help someone out there so I am going to share honestly about why I was having such a difficult time seeing results. I assure you that this has been a very humbling experience for me and the whole body hacking concept has me COMPLETELY and utterly hooked. I am a workout junkie...

Burn fat before building muscle?

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Is it better to burn fat before building muscle or should I just focus on building muscle and burn the fat after. I'm relatively fit already, just a little excess around the edges. What's the best approach, as I know you can't really do both at the same time.

Cool Blog! Body Fat pics of Men & Women :)

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Hiya! I know that for most of us our goals are either to increase our lean muscle mass, to lose body fat or hopefully at some point achieve both. This takes time and hard work and so for extra motivation I thought I would post a link to this cool blog I found It is similar to Tim's pics in the book about what certain per...

Trigger your Fat loss into hyperdrive

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So...after experimenting on the SCD with and without Occam's Protocol i've found that is most effective if you follow all of Tim's guidelines and one simple rule. That rule being "however much water you are currently drinking is NOT enough" i amplified my water intake to around 2 gallons a day and the fat literally started f...

Willy my body get used to the slow Carb Cycle and then in turn not burn Fat?

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This Still all seems like a lot of Hocus Pocus to me.... but I have been doing it for a week and a half, preparing for my second Cheat/Binge day, and I have already lost over Ten Lbs. But I am afraid that my body will become conditioned to this predictable cycle and I will no Longer benefit from this diet, and Cheat Day wil...

Bathroom Problems!

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I've ran into a problem! I go to the bathroom like 2 twice a week, since I've started the diet. This is my 3rd week and it's awful going twice a week. I workout every Mon., Wed., and Fri.(small cardio in the morning and a jog on the treadmill at night). I don't know what to do!! These are my 3 meals: Breakfast: 3 whole eggs...

How much water should I drink per day?

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I know I'm supposed to drink extra water to prevent fat-loss plateaus, but how much? The usual 8 glasses or more like 2 gallons?

Different Results

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Hello everyone. I have been on and off the SCD since 2008, when my husband and I discovered it on Mr. Ferris's blog. It has always worked wonders for both of us. If I got off, like I usually do around the holidays, I could count on taking weight off again consistently as long as I stuck to the diet and was working out some. ...

Ice Baths - Methods and Results

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Hey everyone, This is my first post -- I have seen Tim talk about Ice Baths in 4HB and he said he had two bags of ice from the gas station, and was in it for 10-20 mins. So what exactly does the ice bath accomplish and what would be the best method of going about doing one? Just jump in? Has anyone tried it before? Just c...

Interesting Article on Cold Therapy

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I stumbled across this article on Cold Therapy and thought I would share. Perhaps full body ice baths could be replaced with just putting our feet into ice water. http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/genetics/4340089

Does it work for woman?

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So I started today and then went online researched even more and a lot of woman mostly on youtube concluded that 4 hour body losing weight didnt work. well alot of them were over 30 which i guess i dont have to worry but just wondering does it work for woman too? any sucess stories?

Obesity, Leptin Resistance, and 4HB

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There is a lot being written now about the role of Leptin and Leptin Resistance in obesity (and many other metabolic related conditions) that is well worth knowing something about if you are into re-forming your body. It also has answered for me a lot of the questions about how come the 4HB approach works the way it does. W...

Starvation Mode

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Updated 4/25/2012 To address some points raised in the below comments: While restricting calories will lead to a slow in metabolism, loss of muscle, and many other things. It does not lead to fat gain. If starvation mode were true, when you hit a stall you would simply up your calories. Lose a little bit more weight, stall...

How much weight should one expect to lose if she's in a healthy range of body weight already?

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when i started the SCD 5 days ago, I weighed 129 pounds, know I weigh 126.4 pounds, which is 2.6 pounds of weight loss per 5 days. I'm female, 5"3 inches. is this normal, or should i be pulling bigger numbers?

GET OVER THE CHEAT DAY WEIGHT!

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Second week in a row that it takes me 3 full days to get down to my pre-cheat day weight (mon, tues, wednes) This morning finally down to 279 again. I have been pushing water like crazy, 1.5-2 gallons a day. But what I wonder is, how long it takes most of you to get over the cheat day weight? Can we make this faster? Afteral...

Couldn't handle cold shower

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I tried the cold shower thing this morning and nearly died. I didn't last more than say...30 seconds tops. I'm might have gone into shock if I stayed any longer, as it's winter here and the cold water that comes out of my pipes is literally almost 0 degrees. I don't want to give up though. Is there a way to 'ease' into the c...

Accountability

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What has everyone found to be the most effective way of holding yourself accountable to you goals?

Anyone with body issues...you need to read this

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Weight Fixation-Waist of Time I've struggled all my life with image issues and self-hatred and reading this brought me to tears. It just hit so close to home. I read almost all the posts here and I see many of you deeply unhappy due to how you feel about your bodies. I'm one of those people and am still working on it. Excus...

Can cold air burn fat?

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I know that water burns fats faster because water conducts electricity, but what about cold air? Can just colder air temperatures also help you lose weight even though your skin is not wet? You still shiver from cold air so it must do something, but maybe not that much. I really hope so though, as I was finally starting to s...

what cold pack to use ?

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anyone using the cold therapy with cold packs? like on back of neck etc mentioned in book and seeing results (as opposed to jumping in tub full of ice ) What Cold packs are you using? any good ones you could use while say sitting at computer working ? thx Vince

Tips/workout for the Last Mile?

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Does anyone have any tips for me. I'm starting the last mile today. I'm a female, and have hit the final plateau while slow carbing. Have about 5 more pounds to loose. I haven't been workout out on slow carb and want to start again on the last mile. Could anyone draw me out a workout schedule with exercises? I really don't k...

CHALLENGE: Pack of Cards (crossfit) - hardcore workouts...

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Hi people, I would like to share some workouts and hopefully you will also share... Pack of Cards (crossfit) shuffle a deck of cards including the jokers... Aces =11 Queens, King, Jack = 10 The rest are as stated (9,8,7 etc) Hearts = Push Ups Spades = Air Squats Clubs = Sit ups Diamonds = pull ups Joker = run a mile (general...

Simple and effective kettlebell workout

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A friend, who is an RKC Certified Kettlebell Instructor, shared this link with me. I thought I'd share it all with you. Watch the videos for great explanations of what to do (great form) and what not to do (bad form). You can even turn those squat thrusts into burpees! http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/training-day/201108...

TOP TIPS for getting to sub-10% body fat?

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Hey guys, What are people's top tips or methods for getting from 12-13% BF down to 10% or below? I don't want to give too much info on my personal situation because I'd like to see people's generalised advice on the matter. Cheers! Hit me up! PD

How much exercise is too much?

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As I sit here re-reading 4HB, I start to wonder, " Did i just do 3 miles on the treadmill for nothing!?" In 4HB Tim talks about how doing to much exercise is actually a bad thing. I'm curious has to how much exercise everyone else does. As of right now I haven't had a chance to pick up a Kettlebell so the gym has been my out...

Diet softdrinks

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Hi, Why is a diet coke (no carbs, no calories) bad for you?

Results not typical

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OK folks, I have to get this off my chest. I recently passed my one month mark on the 4 hour body plan, and after some experimentation I have some observations I have to get out there. Hopefully this might help some people out who picked up some bad habits or ideas from the book. My first three weeks on the plan, I follo...

First Ice Bath

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That was a fucking religious experience. Also it jump started weightloss. I had been holding at 225 for months on loose SCD. the next morning 219 and it stayed there for a week. I only have a shower so an Ice bath is not part of my regular routine. I was staying with somebody with a tub and tried it out. I've found on...

Identifying The Culprit

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What is the best way to identify what it is you're doing to prevent fat loss on the slow carb diet? I feel like it must be right under my nose. I have been at it almost 2 weeks with very minimal results on the scale and my measurements are exactly the same. I've reread the diet chapters in the book about 5 times because peop...

Psyched out: What's your typical response to hitting a plateau?

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I know I tend to panic a little. Then I up my exercise and start eating less (unconsciously). This just makes the plateau worse since I don't end up eating enough. Going back and reading the book again is helping this time around with staying the course, though. What goes through your head when your weight loss slows down...

Intermittent Fasting Schedule

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From this thread I have read some of the posts on Martin's site http://www.leangains.com/ and also Eat Stop Eat. Most of the things that I have found are explanations as to why IF works and the details of it. Does anyone know of a reliable source with more of a summary and a schedule that could be used to take advantage...

Ice bath conundrum. Thermal dynamics experts help!

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How can I quantify and measure approximately the amount of calories burned from thermal kinetics (ice baths, ice packs etc)? I currently use the ice baths method and I am interested to know how much tim's process burns roughly on average. Anyone?

Is there such a thing as too much protein?

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So, simple question....is having like 30g of protein for 3 meals "too much" protein and could stall weight loss? I am just wondering cause recently my weight loss has slowed and I have not changed my diet nor deviated from it. I've lowered the amount of lentils I was having cause apparently it was too much before. I am ...

Has anyone else fallen off the wagon?

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So, I started the 4hb a couple months ago and was following the plan pretty much to the letter. Then I saw some pretty good results. Within the first weeks I lost about 8 inches. To start I was 210 pounds(the heaviest I had ever been.) I got down to about 200 and I suppose I am making excuses, but my one cheat day turned i...

Am I doing this right?

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I started the SCD 10 days ago, because after many years of neglect I need to get my body in order. I'm 30, 192 cm, and at the beginning of this diet I weighted 101.9 kg. After 10 days my weight is 101 kg (still haven't lost all the weight I gained on my cheat day, even though it was 2 days ago). As for my measurements, the...

Eating intervals

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Hi" I know book says should at eat about 4 hour intervals, I have breakfast about 6.30 but won't have lunch til 12 o'clock. As I have a big 4hb breakfast, I'm not too hungry before that. Afraid can't have lunch at work any earlier. Even though don't need, should I have a snack or 5 and half hours between meals going to have...

Stomach Fat

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I've been on the SCD now for just over a year and have lost nearly 115 lbs! My original weight was 370 and I'm 6'4'', so you can imagine the gut I had (have still). I'm wondering if anyone out there has any suggestions as to how to burn the tummy off? I've not added exercise to the diet as of yet simply due to access to fa...