What's the Point of the Four Hour Body?
The Four Hour Body is a book about finding the methods to achieve what you want, in the simplest way, the shortest time and most effective method possible. There are now thousands of examples around of people who have lost the weight they aimed to lose, and people who have gained muscle and strength more than they had dreamed of. With all of these results floating around, getting your head into what you want can be difficult. And following the crowd could leave you miserable.
I’ve been through phases in my life of gaining muscle, whilst not understanding why fat came along with it, of losing fat but losing strength, of balancing weights with cardio, and of taking time off to see what my body’s healthy natural state was. Through all this, I’ve learned, first hand, that it can be really difficult to just find a method that works, that covers all the bases.
There’s lots of good strength training advice around, and there’s lots about fat loss diets around, but both seem too focussed to one goal. I found that the closer I got at times, I was pulled away from another. Have you ever felt like this too? My most recent was some fat loss that left me with barely any energy.. not a good recipe.
Happily, I found a lot of answers in the Four Hour Body, and I’m very happy with my simple but effective routines of the last three months – from losing fat whilst not losing too much strength or muscle with slow carb eating and walking, through to gaining muscle without gaining much fat, using Occam’s Protocol and Occam’s Feeding, it seems that these methods are solid.
But what’s the point?
Someone challenged me on this the other day, while we were chatting about nutrition and health. The underlying question was, but what’s the routine and the food look like when you’re not going in one direction or another, when you’re just ‘good’? Read on for the answer in a few paragraphs.
It was interesting to think about, because they were interested in the actual lifestyle I would have, but it made me think more about the question above – What is the point to doing this?
So to start with, the point is that I’ve had goals and dreams about having a certain level of strength and fitness in my life, and more importantly, that it’s come with peace of mind and ease. I do believe I’m on this path now, but it got me thinking about why this was important.
For anyone looking at the question, and wanting the underlying answer to what drives people to make these changes, I think it’s simple: to challenge yourself to be better than you are today. ‘Better’ comes in many different shapes and forms, but everyone has their own idea about this. Aiming to be better doesn’t mean that you’re not happy or satisfied now, it just means that there is something to be enjoyed about achieving and testing yourself. Not to mention the fact that putting together a string of successes in one are of life generally means other successes start to flow with them. A winning mindset really does affect your whole life.
We all have our motivations, and some are very strong, especially when we’ve experienced an extreme of one sort (for example I was quite overweight as a kid) – as this gives us a glimpse of the reality of what it can be like. Some other’s motivations are less charged with memories and more about what they see in their future. Either way, they can both be powerful sources of energy.
So for the answer to my friend’s question: I expect, once I’m heavier with muscle, leaner from fat loss and feeling great, my exercise and food will change a little. I’m less likely to be doing Occam’s Protocol workouts and more likely to be doing functional exercises, plus stretching and kettlebells to aide flexibility and daily strength. I’m also much less likely to be stuffing myself full of food like I am at the moment, and will be enjoying a slow-carb based meal plan that most likely involves 3 or 4 ‘cheat’ meals during the week (like including rice, potato, rice pasta, fruit). I think this is practical and will work well.
Have you thought about the road ahead, after your goal point? I find its powerful because it puts you in a state of believing you have already achieved what you set out to.
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