4HB for college students: Improve practically everything including fat loss
We get lots of questions from all kinds of different people, old and young alike. And the 4 Hour Body can help people in all age groups. In this article, you will discover how the 4 Hour Body can make a huge difference in the life of a college student, in everything from grades to dating. Sounds like a fantasy? Prove me wrong this semester.
If you’re anything like I was at college, you find that time gets eaten up in all kinds of ways, and the idea of making any kind of changes mid-semester just isn’t a possibility. Between classes, studying, getting out for some drinks and catching up with friends, it’s hard to imagine where there’s any extra time for even thinking, let alone doing something different.
So that’s why this couldn’t be more important.
As much as any group of people, if not more so, you need to get the most out of every hour, of every day. Even if that is just so you have some peace and quiet to yourself, or time to relax once a week. You want to get things done in the most efficient way possible.
That’s where the 4 Hour Body comes in – it’s the shortcut to getting what you want out of life (and if you combine it with the 4 Hour Work Week, then you’re really cooking).
Here’s a quick look at some of the benefits you could get, with minimal changes:
- Being in control of your weight = more confidence, more opportunities and more fun, without the worry
- Better memory storage and recall ability = easier to get better grades
- More focus and concentration for studying = studying for less time each week
- Avoiding gaining the ‘freshman 20′, and potentially losing unwanted fat, even while sitting down, studying
- Potentially feeling better and healthier than you may have all your life
- Getting to sleep faster when the time comes and getting a better sleep = more energy, and more time, every day
- Relief from a lot of inflammatory problems, including aches and pains, and longer term fatigue or muscle problems
- Losing the mystery and worry around food, weight and inactivity
- Making progress on your whole lifestyle, not just your education, during semester
- Keeping your budget under control – beans, eggs and frozen veges are cheap
- Surprising family and friends when you come home
Though no one will care to admit it, looking fit and healthy (and the energy you convey to people when you feel that way) will get you more opportunities in your career. It’s simple human instincts – we want to associate with other healthy humans that are living successfully in health and lifestyle.
And how does all this come together? How can you create all of these changes without spending all your spare time?
Pretty simply actually.
Here’s a how-to:
- Read up on the slow carb rules – they’re simple, straightforward and easy to follow. Better yet, click here for the rules to follow, rather than the ‘not to’ rules that were in the book. Time: 10 minutes
- Google Map every Mexican restaurant nearby – these guys are your friends. Bookmark your results, or store the addresses (maybe in Evernote). Time: 10 minutes
- Buy a few cans of beans, a few eggs, and some frozen veges. Have these basics on hand, all the time. Time: 20 minutes per week.
- Set a countdown alarm on your phone when you eat breakfast for 4 hours. When it goes off, eat a meal, and reset the countdown timer again. Repeat until you’ve eaten 4 times a day. Time saved on snack gathering/preparation: 1-2 hours
- Get a quick shortlist of your go-to meals when you go out with friends. Think cobb salads with no cheese or dressing, chef’s salads no cheese or dressing, and other salads with big servings of protein, like chicken breasts (not breaded). Time saved looking at menus: 10 minutes per restaurant visit
- Forget about trying to kill yourself by fitting in daily exercise at the gym for an hour. Mark on your calendar 2 days a week where you can get to the gym for 30 minutes. That’s it. Get familiar with kettlebell workouts, myostatic crunches and ‘cat vomits’. Forget ‘cardio’, there’s no research that it helps people lose fat faster. Moving around campus, lugging books and getting places on foot will keep you active enough the other days. Time: 10 minutes (Don’t have access to kettlebells? Check the book for how to make your own.. it’ll fit in perfectly with a home made bookshelf, and the college dorm room aesthetic).
- Get clear on mono-tasking. Multitasking makes eveything – everything – take longer. Studying? Just study. Relaxing? Just relax. I guarantee you will find hours in your day that weren’t there before. Time gained: potentially 30 minutes – 240 minutes /day
- Use your extra time for sleep. Sleep at least 8 hours per night, every night. Just get it done. And sleep less than 9 hours, every night. No late nights, and catch ups. If you can’t do that, then go with 6-7 hours at night, and a mandatory 20 minute nap around 4 in the afternoon. It’ll work almost as well. Any less sleep and every single other thing you do that day will take longer than it could, plus you’ll hurt your chances of being in peak physical shape. That’s a waste of time. Bank some sleep, and you’ll make more spare time. Time: 1-2 hrs extra sleep
- Set and forget these simple lifestyle changes, and learn to rely on the energy, clarity of mind and extra time they give you. You won’t look back.
That’s it. Not rocket science, probably much simpler than what you’re studying, and so simple that once you’ve lived it for a week you’ll ‘set and forget’.
Once you have your routine down, you will not believe the difference in energy, focus, enjoyment, satisfaction and mood.
One special note: ‘Kicking the sugar cycle’ or ‘killing your carb demons’ is NOT as hard as all the grocery store magazines would have you believe. It’s difficult if it’s all you’re reading about and focussed on. If you’re getting on with all kinds of other stuff, you know, like going out with friends, dating, studying, and having fun, you’re not going to miss something like sugar or flour.
Get these habits set up now, and you won’t need to think, or make much effort at all, towards losing fat, managing your weight or figuring things out in the future, when you have even less time and more worries.
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