I have a couple of questions I hope the other folks in the growing 4HB community can answer.
In the 4-Hour Body, Ferris forbids dairy, including cheeses and ferments such as yogurt and kefir. But why? Do they trigger a glucose spike or is it because of the fat content?
Also, while grains are verbotten on 4HB days, are substitutes allowed? What about chick pea flour? Or coconut flour? Are there other non-grain flours that could be used to create substitutions?
I can imagine that as a single person following the 4HB diet would be easy peasy. Even in a partnership shopping, prepping and cooking food on this plan would be easy. However, when you have to cook for a family that includes kids who are normally picky even when it comes to comfort foods is more challenging. Add in the budget constraints that our family has and suddenly coming up with meals that will be filling for us adults and appealing to the 3 and 7 year olds is daunting.
And, then, what happens after the experiment ends? Let's say, in theory, I reach my body recomposition goals, is it then safe to add back in some of the forbidden foods that make eating so pleasureable to me and my family?
I'm curious about other people's diet mods. How strict are other people?
My husband and I are going to be jumping in with both feet on Sunday, making Saturday our family's "Magic Day". This works well for us because we generally do our visiting and eating out on those days and it will be perfect for our main form of entertainment: watching DVDs and eating bowls of ice cream and chips. Until then we are easing into the new foodway by eating as many compliant meals as possible.
Our problem is, though, that we are snackers. Especially me. And while today we actually ate all compliant meals, I also drank an iced green tea, at a Snickers, had a bowl of ice cream for dessert... How the heck am I going to go all compliant all week?!
Any ideas, folks? I'm obviously in need of help.