I’ve been working too hard at graduating and a number of other projects where I found I wasn’t going to the gym nearly as much as I used to. As a result, I started feeling unhealthy, but I also didn’t believe in dieting. That was till I saw a blog entry on gizmodo.com about Tim’s book, the 4-hour body. It’s not a diet book, but rather a somewhat scientific look at how to hack many aspects of your body – and I bought his pitch. It made sense to me, and it seemed like an approach that I could follow.
The chapter that talks about the diet is essentially converted from this blog entry. I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I’m trying to be a bit methodical about the progress and want to document it. Essentially, it’s 4 meals a day of lots of beans (I never want to eat beans again after this). He also stresses keeping the meals simple (read: boring) and the same. He argues it’s simpler that way. Unfortunately, following that advice will get me disinterested quickly from the diet. I need variety. I just finished cooking the garlic pork dish from this cookbook I found online.
Anyhow, I’m doing pretty well though I accidentally violated one of the rules and had some fruit juice. And I’m drinking some whiskey instead of wine right now (thanks diQ for leaving that bottle behind). But so far I’m on track to hit my goal of 20lbs in 30 days. I’m also following a regiment of a ton of supplements that he suggests – 13 pills a day no less at a cost of $75/month for the supply. Normally I’m not into that kind of stuff, but there’s something cool about the thought of hacking my body, so I’ll give I a shot. Here’s the data, though I started right after finishing 3 days of my unintentional food-poisoning diet which I dropped 5lbs over 3 days. I’m actually less now than I’ve been in years. I’m going to start weight training again after I hit 170, but my body puts on muscle fast and I don’t want to see my weight increase (it’s a motivational thing).