Yesterday’s post was about my using thermogenics to increase my weight loss.
My 4HB buddy Justin left a comment on the post:
I have been doing cold therapy on and off. I live in Canada so it was pretty cold here until recently. I don’t know if the results really made a difference or not. If they did they were probably minor. I am sure it is something that will accelerate fat loss, but nothing compared to exercising in water or a regular cold bath.
Tried a cold bath a couple times, that is an experience.
What follows in my reply to Justin . . . .
I have my doubts as to whether this will really help but hey, it’s worth a try.
That’s the brilliant part of 4HB, right?
Ferriss puts out some general rules which are effective, if followed. He also suggests some a-bit-of-out-there theories for which there is some evidence but nothing conclusive (cold therapy, PAGG, etc.).
Then the marketing and psychological genius: actively encourage experimentation.
From a marketing standpoint, if you fail, he can say “Well, maybe if you try this.” And if you succeed, even by doing a group of hacks which only loosely fall within the boundaries of 4HB, he can say, “Look! The program works . . . even when you ———— with it!”
From a psychological standpoint, it keeps people like me from abandoning the system for something else. I’ve been disappointed in my overall weight loss — less than 20 pounds in 3.5 months — BUT I keep on trying, looking for the perfect combination which will work for me.
And I still have hope that the solution really IS out there.
Like I said: brilliant!*
Speaking of experimenting: in the past two weeks, one of my experiments is to switch from Free Days to Free Meals on days when I work out. Well, due to circumstances of my own making, this week has reverted back to a Free Day-type schedule.
You see, I did run and workout Tuesday but, since I had a bad diet day Sunday (without working out), I skipped my Free Meal for that evening in an attempt to put things back to an even keel.
Since I will be working out tomorrow, I should take a Free Meal tomorrow night. But, because I weigh in on Saturday morning, this is a problem. For the past two weeks (ever since I switched to Free Meals), I’ve ended up taking one of my Free Meals on Friday night and I’ve had that offer disappointing results for two weeks in a row.
Sooooooo . . . no Free Meal tomorrow either.
The key for making Saturday an effective Free Day will be to schedule and plan my meals, working in all the Damage Control stuff I can.
(My problem with Free Days is that I end up snacking my ass on, so to speak. For a more complete discussion about my rational for switching, read my earlier post, Free Meals v Free Days.)
No run and workout this morning. My very pregnant wife — 6 months into a twins pregnancy, she is at the same physical point she was at about 9 months in her three previous pregnancies — was not sleeping well so I stayed in and talked with her to help her feel better.
Tomorrow, I’m a-runnin‘!
Breakfast: two servings of EAS chocolate whey protein, AGG, cinnamon
Lunch: ham, refried beans, AGG, Cissus
Dinner: STEAK! refried beans & salsa, AGG, Cissus
Other food throughout the day: black coffee made with my new AeroPress coffee maker. Very smooth. No bitterness. Yummy! Atkins chocolate peanut butter bar