4HB Results: Proof That Slow-Carb Can Change Your Life

4HB proof is in the numbers
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Do you know what your numbers are? Things like cholesterol, bodyfat, blood pressure, and resting blood sugar?

If you’re like me, you’ve been measuring your weight and keeping track of your inches. Maybe some of you have even gotten a bodpod or dexa scan.

We had a health screening at work the other day. I signed up for it specifically because I thought they were going to measure bodyfat with a bio impedance monitor, and I needed to have my cholesterol taken.

I just a have one thing to say:

4 Hour Body is awesome.

Literally the only change I’ve made to my lifestyle since last checking these numbers was adopting the 4HB lifestyle.

First surprise: my blood pressure is down. It had been hanging around 135/90 for at least 5 years. It’s gone down twice since I started 4HB. Wednesday it was 129/76. My resting pulse is less than 70. I think my heart is doing well!

Second surprise: my cholesterol is right smack in the middle of “good”. I had no baseline for cholesterol, but it tested at 142. My HDL is 14, which apparently should be above 40. They didn’t measure my triglycerides or my LDL.

I’d like to take this opportunity to mention that I’ve been eating about 3 eggs every day for breakfast for the past six months. I don’t cut fat off of my meat. I eat bacon.

I was quite disappointed by their BMI test, though. They only used the “traditional” method, which sucks. Not only did they use the height/weight ratio formula as my BMI, the woman literally guessed at my weight. Because I was clothed she randomly took 2 lbs off of my weight.

As an aside, I decided to take it upon myself to get a bodyfat tester. I bought an omron bodyfat monitor and am quite excited to start putting it to use. I’ll post a product review once I get it.

Please check your numbers

There are two reasons for me talking about this today. One is that I wanted to show first-hand that the 4 hour body plan works. Those numbers don’t lie.

The second reason is that I want to encourage you to get yourself checked at the very least to know where you’re starting. This is especially powerful if you’re brand new.

Being able to compare what your vitals were before starting to what they are a few months in could do amazing wonders to your motivation to continue. They’ll also very quickly quiet the naysayers, and you might even get a few people on board. My mom decided to start 4HB when I told her about my check-up.

Get yourself checked, and be amazed!

-j

Do you have before and after numbers? Please share them with us in the comments!

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Comments

  1. This is GREAT news Jason! Good job! :)
    Dale recently posted..Week 17 Numbers

  2. Why didn’t you just get nakid for her? LOL

    Are you taking a fish oil supplement? I highly recommend it, will help with your w3:w6 ratio, health, and FAT LOSS too!

    Also if you are eating 3 eggs a day I would recommend getting some omega-3 enriched or free range ones (if you aren’t already). They are a bit more money but worth it. That being said my wife only buys the good eggs for our son :(
    Justin recently posted..How Exercise Does and Does not Effect Fat Loss

  3. Ah, it’s always good to get the numbers. When I lived the low carb life for about 2,5 years I decided to get my blood tested. When the results arrived the doctor told me I should come back when I was sick – not earlier. All the numbers were good. :-) I keep that sheet as a baseline, and as soon as I can get into the regular preventive check ups, I will start tracking them and figure out if my exercises or eating has any effect.

    Recently I thought about getting a blood pressure measurement gadget and maybe something for insulin levels, but I don’t know if that’s available to a non-diabetic anyways. Maybe we’re tracking too much stuff when we get into the 4HB, but as long as you don’t get mad over the numbers I don’t see a problem with that. Just keep in mind that first you should listen to your body, and then look at the numbers.
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  4. Although it’s a bit more expensive, I got the omron full body fat sensor. Hopefully it will be more accurate, since the minmal electrical path would have to go from your feet, through your midsection to your shoulders and to your hands, covering most of your body. The handheld one would only have to go through your arms.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0020MMCDE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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