This week we pick up our 5 Questions series with Jeremy from Fit and Healthy Living. In his own words, here is Four Hour Body fan, Jeremy:
I’ve always been into fitness. Growing up I played a lot of baseball and basketball, and during high school I took up track and cross country, which have resulted in a lifelong love of running. After college I was determined to keep myself fit despite taking on a career in public accounting, a profession notorious for long hours and burnout. For the most part,I was successful in my goal to stay fit. As I entered my late twenties the long hours, travel, and a knee surgery added new challenges that I hadn’t faced before. My fitness level began to drop. I needed a plan. Enter Tim Ferriss and the Slow Carb Diet. I started on a disciplined quest for the best shape of my life January 2011, and have been very successful. Along the way, I've met a lot of great people and had the honor of helping others reach their own goals. I'm not slowing down anytime soon.
1) What goals are you working towards on the 4HB program?
I have always been focused on maintaining a high level of health and fitness, but I would say that my approach was very incomplete. At the conclusion of an extremely challenging work project during which I became out of shape, unhealthy, and just generally felt like crap, I realized it was time for a change. I came across an article about the Slow Carb Diet on Gizmodo, of all places, and was immediately intrigued. After picking up the book, I was hooked. I finally had the missing link in my endeavors to be as fit as I possibly can - I had a PLAN. Just having a simple plan to follow made all the difference in the world. I realize now that I can really achieve any of the fitness goals I set out for myself, so long as I take the time to make a good plan and measure results. At this moment, I am pretty close to what I would say is the best physical shape of my life. My goal right now is to maintain a body fat percentage of 10% or less while also building myself up to 175 pounds. I'm at 155 right now, so I've got a long way to go. But I'm confident that with hard work and the right plan, I'll be able to meet my goal.
2) How is your progress so far, what have you found easy, and what has been your biggest challenge?
My progress has been absolutely great. I dropped very quickly from above 20% body fat to close to 10% and have maintained that level easily. Sticking with the diet has been easy due to its simplicity and the fact that at no time are you forced to cut your portion sizes and feel like you're starving yourself. The added benefit of feeling absolutely great while eating the foods prescribed by the diet has been a welcome bonus! My biggest challenge has been dealing with my crazy work schedule, which frequently takes me out of town and tends to interrupt my normal meal schedule. I also have frequent business meals where I don't necessarily have the luxury of choosing where I'll be eating. In those cases, I'm forced to improvise - but the simple guidelines of the diet have ensured I'm able to stick with it and remain successful even under less than ideal circumstances.
3) What’s one tip that you would share with someone who’s just starting the program?
Measure, measure, MEASURE! I hear from so many people who are discouraged while on the SCD, but who are either 1) taking no measurements or 2) relying solely on a weekly weigh in to determine their progress. Simple weight provides such an incomplete picture of one's progress that I would say it is nearly GUARANTEED to discourage most people at some point in their progress. In the early stages of the diet when I was still dropping a good amount of body fat each week, I had numerous instances of my weight staying exactly the same from one measurement day to the next. In EVERY ONE of those instances, I showed progress in my measurements and progress picture. There is a lot more at play when you are working towards a fitness goal than your weight. MEASURE to understand your results!
4) What is your favourite cheat day food?
Probably pizza. It's my favorite, and is on my cheat day menu more times than not. Ice cream is pretty high up there too!
5) Who is another 4HB blogger you think our readers should know about?
The Four Hour Body Couple
. They've done a great job documenting their results and designing a web page that is informative, fun, and encourages others to get off the couch and work towards their own goals. Check them out.
Editor's note: Since Kat & Luke of Four Hour Body Couple have done our 5 Questions, we asked Jeremy for his next pic and he suggested New Sue for You