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If you would like to read the extended version of this, check out my first blog post.

I tend to ramble on, so I will try to keep this to the point.

I am 26 years old and have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I have also been on diets for as long as I can remember. As anyone who has tried to lose weight knows, it is an agonizing process to lose weight and keep it off. So many people try and fail. Yet the concept of losing weight, so we are told, remains the same simple advise. Eat less than you burn off in the day and increase your physical activity. Simple, right? Yeah, not so much.

In June of 2011 I stumbled across an interview with a man named Gary Taubes, and the information he talked about changed my life. In a nutshell, he said that everything we know about losing weight is wrong. That the key to health and losing weight is to stay away from carbohydrates. I got my hands on a copy of the audio version of his book Why We Get Fat and listened to it straight through 4 days in a row, plus three times since then. Within a day or so, I took to the idea of low carb dieting and started the diet in the appendix of his book. I later found out that it was pretty much Atkins, so I decided to follow the Atkins plan. In just a few weeks I dropped about 14lbs, got off my blood pressure medicines, and felt better than ever before.

I continued to research into all this new information and came across an interview with Tim Ferriss where he was talking about his 4-Hour Body book. This came about the same time I was finding it difficult to stick to the Atkins plan. Not because it didn’t work, it does, but because of my limited amount of time to think about food and prep food. Having to track my carbohydrate intake was just difficult. The 4-Hour body method, however, was still based on the low carb idea (he calls it “slow carb” because of the inclusion of legumes) that I researched and agree with, but it came with a different approach that made it significantly easier to follow.

So I have decided to give the 4-Hour Body plan a go for 30 days and keep track of it all here. You can find more details on my first blog post and under the “The Plan” page.

Since I first wrote this about me section I have changed from following the 4 Hour Body approach. I now just eat based on the low carb principles I have learned. I still include the cheat day idea found in the 4 Hour Body. My new plan is Sunday – Friday I eat when I am hungry and I don’t when I’m not. I focus on eating meat and fat. I eat cheese and heavy cream when I want, but try to not over do it. I eat non starchy vegetables when I want, but don’t if I don’t want to. I don’t eat fruit except the occasional recipe with lemon or lime juice. I don’t drink calories. I drink diet soda when I feel like it. I usually have a small glass with breakfast and then try not to drink any till after 5pm on work days. I drink water when I am thirsty and that usually adds up to 100-200oz a day depending on how hot it is that day. On Saturday I eat whatever I feel like it.

This new plan is simple. That is what I need and most of all it fits my life style. I’m still getting amazing results. So until that changes I don’t plan on changing anything! 

I would love to interact with people through this journey and hear what everyone has to say. You can e-mail me at Project.Guinea.Pig@gmail.com or comment on a post! I will also be on Gtalk when I am on the computer so feel free to strike up a conversation!

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