I have been doing my own combination of the 4 Hour Body and the Eat to Live diet for about 2 months now. In those 2 months, I have lost 31 pounds. I have no plan to stop this diet, because (A) I am never "starving", (B) The vast majority of the weight I am losing is fat, and (C) I get one day a week to eat anything I want.
Is it hard to follow every day? If I said "no", I would be lying. I have to plan out what I am going to eat in advance of each meal, which can be a challenge. I have to get up 15 minutes early every morning, so I have time to cook my eggs and bacon. I have to say "no" to a lot of the things that my friends/family/co-workers are happily indulging in.
I feel better than I have in more than 10 years. I ran/walked 2 miles in under 30 minutes for the first time in probably 20 years last weekend. I ate donuts, a cheeseburger, and enchiladas with chips and salsa on Saturday (cheat day). For the first time in my adult life, I am having to budget for new SMALLER clothing. Did I mention I feel great? I really don't feel like I am depriving myself for the most part.
Many friends and family members are asking me "what are you doing?", because they see how dramatically fast I am losing weight. I am glad to tell them. I sincerely believe this is a diet plan I can follow until I get to my long term goal weight and then follow it 4-5 days a week instead of 6 to maintain - or maybe only add whole grains back in...that's not so bad.
To me it all boils down to: Do you really want to lose the weight or do you just want everyone to "think" you are trying really hard to lose weight, but secretly you cheat here and there when no one is looking? I think giving this diet a full week (without cheating other than cheat day), and following it to the letter, anyone can get a jump start on their weight loss. Isn't that the BEST motivation? Progress? It certainly is to me! :)
I got tired of being the "fat guy" in the group. Am I still heavy? Yep. But not nearly as heavy as I was (I've lost approximately one 4th grader). I still have about a 3-4 year old left to lose. :) But I now know I can go places I couldn't go before, do things I couldn't do (I re-floored my Mom's kitchen yesterday), and don't always run from my reflection.
To me, passing on the office donuts, pizza, birthday cakes, mashed potatoes, and barbecue is NOTHING compared to the results I am getting. I am SO grateful for this website. It gives me a chance to vent about frustrations, celebrate small victories, and meet new people who are fighting the same fights I am. Thank you Sparkpeople! And thank you to all of my friends on here and fellow "teammates" on the Spark Teams for all of your support! I wish nothing but success for all of us in our journey, and if there is anything I can do to help - don't hesitate to ask!