5 Questions is back with 4HB'er Dennis Jakobsen. In his own words, here is Dennis.
I am Dennis Jakobsen aka Torai, a 25 year old guy from Denmark. I am currently on welfare and have been for quite a while now, so money is tight. In my spare time (which is 24/7) i play video games with my friends, or watch a lot of tv/movies. The gaming was a big factor in becoming as big as i am now, with the lazy way of life, fast food and snacks all the time. I have been in and out of schools, educations and weight loss "classes" but never had the motivation to do anything about it, i just listened and acted like i cared. But in April it was like a little light which had been turned off all my life suddenly switched on.
I had just come home from an almost week long LAN party with pizza's chips and tons of energy drinks and I just felt like I had had enough. The next day I downloaded Endomondo (sports tracker) for my phone and went for a walk. I did the same the day after, and the day after again and have been doing so ever since. Normally I go for a walk 6 of the 7 days of the week, and I stopped eating potato chips and drinking energy drinks. (at that point I was eating a whole bag of chips a day)
Instead I started eating fruit and making smoothies - and about a month later i reached out the the community on reddit to help me buy some training clothes and shoes. I got a pair of shorts from one guy, but from my friend I met through IMBAtv (long story) I got the best advice yet (and $300 for a scale clothes and the first month of PAGG) He told me to read Tim Ferriss's book "The 4-Hour Body" well I got it on soundbook because I'm not much of a reader, but after listening to it i was amazed. My first thought was "Wow, everything he said makes sense and seems perfectly logical" so i said to my friend "I'm ready, I'm committed to this project" which was when he surprised me with the money for me to get started - so i started the Slow Carb diet on June 4th, 2012.
Q1 What goals are you working towards on the 4HB program?
My goals are losing weight, getting a better general health, improve my fitness before my vacation to turkey (haha) - and exploring the amazing world of healthy food.*
Q2 How is your progress so far, what have you found easy, and what has been your biggest challenge?
My progress so far over 23 days on the slow carb diet is that ive lost 7.4 kilo's (16.3 pounds) and my fitness level is way higher than 2 months ago.*
Q3 What’s one tip that you would share with someone who’s just starting the program?
Stick in there, it might seem hard at first but it's all about routine.*
Q4 What is your favourite cheat day food?
Favorite cheat day food has to be potato chips, and just bread, i really miss bread on the weekdays as we Danes normally have like rye bread sandwiches for lunch and breakfast rolls with jam & butter in the morning (or just toast). We normally only get 1 hot meal per day, now i get 3 hot meals per day.*
Q5 Who is another 4HB blogger you think our readers should know about?
I haven't checked out that many other bloggers yet, but i did get a chance to check out the articles from Four Hour Body Couple, and had a chat with Lucas Starbuck from the same blog and he's just really friendly and full of good knowledge.*
(Editor's note: You can follow Dennis and his progress on his blog.)
* This reflects Dennis's experience. Results may vary.