However you count it, I've been at this diet plan for at least a month.
Per the 4-Hour Body book, eating only meats, green veggies, and beans for 6 days and then carb-loading for one should result in average weight loss of 1 - 2 pounds per day. Over the course of the last month (and a few days) I have lost weight, but more or less 5 pounds in total.
And over that same period I found that the diet required (for me, at least) additional lifestyle changes and the introduction of laxative pills and teas to help me along. Needless to say, I'm disappointed.
Oh, the bread I could have eaten, the beers I could have had...
There has been some discussion outside of this blog as to whether or not I shifted my balance of fat/lean muscle in favor of the latter, and I guess it's possible, but my "measurements" haven't revealed much of a change (another 4-Hour Body promise unfulfilled), and my lovely wife hasn't seemed to notice anything different in my physique.
And I set a specific goal for this week, to lose 5 pounds (from last Friday's level to today's) and I didn't even come close. I followed the diet faithfully, and I might have lost 1/2 pound this week.
Where does that leave me? Frankly, I would like to scuttle the whole thing and just go back to eating what I like. It's not as though I had an outrageous diet before, by most standards. We tend to favor whole grains, lean meats, little soda or other sugary treats...
I like to cook interesting meals from whole food ingredients. I like nuts, and some fruits. I like avocados, shallots, and mushrooms...argh.
So, if any of you care to vote with your comments in the next 12 - 24 hours: should I continue on with this current diet and see if it somehow "switches on" soon, or ditch and come up with another plan?
Update! Overnight, I lost another two pounds...it figures, because Friday nights have become the one evening a week I allow myself more than the prescribed 2 glasses of dry, red wine. Maybe the secret missing ingredient of the diet is really a stiff pour of 4 Roses (thanks for the rec, Scott&Jill!)