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About the 4-3 Plan

In a reply to Gwen's recent post I mentioned that I am also in need of losing a pound of 30 for the benefit of my A1c and my knee. I realized after she replied that she'd read my blog that I haven't mentioned the 4-3 plan here.

The other day on NBC Nightly News there was a segment that reported that a diet plan that involves partial fasting has achieved better result than expect and also that it's healthy. The basic idea is to eat normally (or slightly more than usual) on some days and very reduced calories on other days.

I'm not one to follow rules but the idea is that calorie reduction itself causes weight loss but the body doesn't go into "famine mode" and burn less calories due to a decrease in intake.

My A1c has crept up to 6.9 which is no longer per-diabetes so I must do something. In theory, I produce enough insulin to meet my body's needs if I have less body.

Once I make up my mind to do something it's as good as done so the challenge here will be not to reduce intake on the days when I'm supposed to be eating in the manner to which I am accustomed. Yesterday I had a large salad for dinner and today I had two burgers on buns, but no fries and no potato salad or any of those extra carbs.

Tomorrow for dinner will be BBQed pork and I suppose I'll have a few tater tots and vegetable. I'm so motivated I can feel the tonnage declining by the second.

In other news, our early spring has been preempted by winter so it will be a few days before I get much done outside. But I had so many nice days already that I'm all caught up. The mower is ready to go, last year's leaves are raked and composted, the wood I cut last year and didn't have room for is split and I'm ready to start cutting! Can't wait for 50s again. I live to be outside!

Happy Spring! Next post should be about 4C Camp for Adults: we put a day program together for 2016.

posted on Apr 9, 2016 8:05 PM ()


comment by greatmartin on Apr 12, 2016 7:35 AM ()
Ok, what's negative?
reply by jjoohhnn on Apr 12, 2016 9:31 AM ()
For what it is worth I get Snyder's of Hanover unsalted mini pretzels for snacking--it helps.
comment by greatmartin on Apr 11, 2016 9:16 AM ()
Eating unsalted pretzels is like drinking decaf coffee--what's the point? Evening pretzels is a bad habit I picked up a few months ago. Never used to eat after 7pm. I'm thinking about breaking the habit even on days when I'm supposed to eat normally.
reply by jjoohhnn on Apr 11, 2016 11:19 AM ()
So, what does the 4-3 mean? Hopefully it's not 4 days of fasting.
comment by nittineedles on Apr 10, 2016 8:19 PM ()
I don't spend a lot of time researching diets and that sort of thing. I'm only trying to find something that works for me. What they showed on the news was 5-2. Five days eating normally and two days of 500 calories for women and 600 for men. Six-1, 4-3, and 52 are basically the same deal. I'm not doing it quite that way, but it seems to be working so far. I have lost what I gained over the winter and I'm heading in the right direction now. A pound a week is what I told the knee surgeon I'd lose and even tho that's not his field, he thinks its reasonable.
reply by jjoohhnn on Apr 11, 2016 9:12 AM ()
That somewhat resembles the way I've been eating, but have probably been missing some key element of it.
comment by troutbend on Apr 10, 2016 12:19 PM ()
Sounds like you're saying it's not working. Bad news for me.
reply by jjoohhnn on Apr 10, 2016 6:16 PM ()
There are several ways to lose without being hungry. I am on a low
carb diet and it is hard to stay on. Let me know how it goes.
comment by elderjane on Apr 10, 2016 6:52 AM ()
Donna will probably get around to PMing you on fb about that. She's been doing it for years. The problem with completely low carb is that you can't cheat. It's based on ketones and when you cheat you go back to converting carbs to sugar and have to start again from the beginning.
reply by jjoohhnn on Apr 10, 2016 6:15 PM ()
Well if that works for ya - great! I dropped 25 pounds effortlessly when I went vegan. Still more to go but I haven't added in any workout yet so it'll happen at some point. Haha
comment by kristilyn3 on Apr 10, 2016 4:45 AM ()
I eat on a low budget which is part of the problem. I have a source for free bread and the other non-vegetable stuff I eat is processed (cheese food instead of real cheese). So If I can get out of the potato habit I'll eat more greens and frozen veggies.
reply by jjoohhnn on Apr 10, 2016 6:12 PM ()
Thanks for sharing this! I've been heating a lot about it but I didn't know the name! I can't wait to hear more about your journey and watch your progress! Keep the momentum going! It's a great feeling
comment by gwensgifts on Apr 10, 2016 12:15 AM ()
On the news they called it an intermittent fasting diet. A misnomer since women are allowed 500 calories and men 600 calories on the "fasting" days. I don't know much about the ins and outs of it either so I'm doing it my way. The bottom line is that I eat less on the "fasting" days but I don't cut so many calories that my body thinks there's a famine.
reply by jjoohhnn on Apr 10, 2016 6:10 PM ()
All I'll say about that diet is you do know you will not only regain whatever you lose but add a few more pounds!!
Good luck---"I can feel the tonnage declining by the second" really???
comment by greatmartin on Apr 9, 2016 8:18 PM ()
Well, I'm already below 300 and hopefully I can hit 290 by the time I see the doc in a week and a half. What I tried in December--changing what I ate--did cause a gain of a few or 10 pounds. I thought about getting a handful of mini pretzels but that will be for tomorrow night.
reply by jjoohhnn on Apr 10, 2016 6:06 PM ()

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