5 Questions with Suzie at Waist and Taste
Suzie is a pinch overweight--or she was until she started The 4-Hour Body program. She blogs about her journey from a BMI of 26 to a BMI of 20 while hopefully inspiring others to do the same. She is 21 and getting ready to graduate from college in May. She writes Waist and Taste, a photo and personal reflection blog on her lifestyle changes.
1) What goals are you working towards on the 4HB program?
Mostly I'm working on getting back into shape; I used to participate in a plethora of sports in high school (skiing, soccer, and rock climbing to name a few), but have since succumbed to campus life. My first priority was moving from being classified as "overweight" to a "healthy weight." Since reaching that goal, I'm aiming to get my BMI down to 20.0, have the stamina to run again (8-minute mile is the ultimate goal), and live a healthier life. I want to be proud of my body, and I'm getting there!
2) How is your progress so far, what have you found easy, and what has been your biggest challenge?
Progress certainly hasn't been 30lbs in 20 days; that would be ridiculous for someone who is 5'1"! I have been losing roughly 1-1.5lbs a week, though lately I have been plateauing. Overall I've lost 10.4lbs, 13.35", and 7.24% body fat (as of last Saturday) over the course of 62 days.
There are many facets of Four Hour Body that makes the program doable. First of all, cheat day is a ginormous mind trick; I can convince myself that Mondays are close enough to Saturdays to not cheat... ever. Secondly, I know that I only have a few meals to choose from for dinners and lunches (taco salad, chicken thighs, beans, lentils, and stir fry), so I am consistently in my comfort zone when in the kitchen. This, of course, can be a drawback as well; sometimes the monotony of foods can irritate me. Finally, the online community and support network that the Four Hour Body has created is absolutely wonderful; the people on Twitter, Facebook, and who are blogging genuinely want others to succeed; I have reached out for support more than once!
My biggest problem with the Four Hour Body is being a woman! Allow me to explain: the men on this diet lose weight quicker (jealousy), don't go through cycles of water-weight fluctuation (discouragement), and the book was written for them (as you can see on page 505 of 4HB, Ferriss only tested 150 men on the diet vs 44 women; the men lost an average of 23lbs whereas the women only lost 12lbs). Though being a woman is an emotional block more than anything, it can still be frustrating to see others succeed quickly whereas I am only succeeding slowly.
3) What’s one tip that you would share with someone who’s just starting the program?
One tip? Heck, I'll give them a few:
- Track your calories. I know Ferriss says not to, but calorie counting will illuminate what foods are better for you. I use SparkPeople.com, which is free and also breaks down protein, fats, and carbs.
- You will be less likely to fall off the diet if you're strict during the week.
- While Ferriss doesn't advertise it, working out will still help you lose weight faster.
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER! A recommendation that I heard is to take your weight in pounds, divide it by 2, and then drink that number in fluid oz every day (for example, if someone weighs 150 pounds, divide by 2 for 75 oz, which is 9.375 cups per day). If you do not, your bowels will hate you, you will get headaches, and you will feel thirsty all the time. Drink. Water.
4) What is your favourite cheat day food?
Cannolis and cookie dough, hands down.
5) Who is another 4HB blogger you think our readers should know about?
Mike over at Lose A Skinny Chick is active both on Twitter and his blog. He's great about photo journaling and has a genuinely wonderful attitude!
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