While we were crunching numbers from our 4-Hour Body Challenge, people started sending in stories about how successful they’ve been.
The challenge was based the diet from Tim Ferriss’s book, The Four Hour Body. The primary habit in the diet is to eat a Slow Carb Diet (SCD). That habit is augmented with eating protein as soon as you wake up, moderate exercise, and taking cold showers. We’re almost ready to post the the hard data, but we also loved the stories.
We’ve collected the best success stories below:
Give up sugar
By far the most difficult part for me was giving up sugar… I have always said I was a sugar/food addict but had no idea how serious a problem it was. Prior to SCD I don’t think I ever went a single day without sugar. The first few days were most difficult, without exaggeration I thought about sugar more than 300 times a day gradually getting better each day. 3 weeks in I only think about sugar about 40 times a day now. I still crave something sweet but it is getting easier to say no to myself. I believe my entire relationship with sugar has been permanently altered. For example, I’m able to be satisfied with considerably less sugar on cheat days. Previously, I would not consider drinking coffee with less than 4 sugars, now using just 1 is plenty sweet. ~ Stephanie, 14lbs lost.
Starting on March 11th, I used the 4HB diet to lose 40 pounds, however I fell off the diet wagon and needed motivation to get back on. After several failed attempts at getting back on the diet, this challenge was exactly what I needed. In four weeks, there were may times where I had opportunities to fail but the collective motivation really did help to keep me going. This was the single best motivation I’ve had for dieting. ~ Carmen, 10lbs lost.
One Year of Weight Loss
Actually lost more fat weight than this, as I also gained muscle mass during. Love the 4HB. Tim’s diet has me down almost 40 lbs from a year ago. ~ Spence, 7.5lbs lost.
Don’t cheat yourself.
Sticking to the plan exactly - details matter! It’s easy to “cut yourself some slack” when you do these things - but, of course -you’re just cheating yourself… ~ Don, 15lbs lost.
Motivation through tracking
Well, one of the things that made me follow the diet is the Lift app of course. I basically exercise, follow the diet and take cold showers so I can log the progress. I’m a geek, so techy stuff motivates me. I have read a lot of articles about creating habits as a behaviour changer. But the apps out there for habit modification/creation take TOO MUCH time out my day. Thankfully, Lift is simple enough and is always evolving. ~ Vanessa, 8.4lbs lost.
Had amazing results… scared my dietitian. ~ Joshua, 10.7lbs lost.
When I first started the 4 hour Body, I wasnt sure if I could handle it. The first week was the most intense but after seeing how I lost 5lbs that week, I was pumped up to continue and see how it would all go.
I took cold showers every morning, 30g protein within 30minutes, took cold showers even before bed and ate at least 3-4meals everyday. This has been an overall amazing experience for me and I love it. The foods are the best part: chicken, steak, eggs, spinach, broccoli beans. All the foods that I love. I use to have a sweet tooth for candy, sugar, chocolate and all that. But I made a sacrifice in my life for the better and it has been the best experience by far. ~ Tara, 28lbs lost.
Wife and husband.
Lost all my weight on SCD. I am 5’2” and started at 247 lbs on April 18, 2011. On September 1, 2012 I reached my ultimate goal of 115 lbs. Currently, I am still doing the slow carb lifestyle and still lose weight even if I don’t wanna. I weighed in last week at 112.4 lbs and my lowest weight was 111.8 lbs. I’m at about 21% body fat and when I started I was probably well over 50%. I’m filipino, stay-at-home-mom of two kids and my husband has also lost 57 lbs on the Slow Carb Diet….we’re still going! :) ~ Maria, 135lbs lost over 18 months.
Staying on the wagon.
This is the second time I’ve done 4HB. The first time I lost 30 lbs in 10 weeks. I had fallen off the wagon for a while and gained a little back. Having Lift inspired me. I took off the weight I put back on, and then a more. ~ Jenn, 9.6lbs lost.
I lost 34 (and counting), my dad lost 28 and is below 200 for the first time in 15 years, and my sister who has been heavy her whole life started SCD 2 weeks ago and is seeing results. ~ Matthew, 34lbs lost.
Positive health reversal.
7 weeks ago I was diagnosed with fatty liver disease, high cholesterol, under performing thyroid, and very high levels of iron in my system. The specialist told me to change my diet and come back in six weeks to see if I needed a biopsy on my liver. I went 4HB hard, PAGG supps, no eggs, and the best green tea from Japan with milk thistle once a day. 6 weeks later, 14 lbs lighter, all tests are clear. Doctors are astounded. I’ve got the blood tests to prove it. 4HB diet sorted me out in six weeks. Doctors never seen it before. ~ Carter, 14lbs lost.
Two year mark.
I’ve been using Slow Carb Diet to lose nearly 100 lbs in the last 2 years. I started at 376 in early 2011, and now am about to be in the 280s. ~ Jack, 15.4lbs lost.
Getting past the plateau.
At the time I started this particular challenge, I had been half-assing the Slow Carb Diet. After losing 100 lbs, I had been on this plateau for 8 months. This challenge, along with adding some personal exercise goals in the Lift app has restarted my losing. Down 110 now (with 110 to go). ~ John, 10lbs lost (110 total).
I’m vegan, so I ate tons of lentils and beans for protein. I didn’t measure body fat at the beginning (I wish I did though) and I started the diet a week before the Lift Experiment began. Lost @8 lbs and I can see my upper ab’s for the first time in years! Gonna keep it going for two more weeks. ~ Nate, 8lbs lost.
The diet works, I’m down 1 pant size, 4 inches off my belly, 2 shirt/neck sizes, need a belt for all my pants now. I will stick this out and I have another 80 lbs to lose for my goal weight. ~ Steve, 23.5lbs lost.