August 26, 2020

From Gerald R. Lucas

Health Redux (It’s About that Time Again) covid-19: day 169 | US: GA | info | exit

I feel like a blob. I don’t sleep well. I probably drink too much. I think I’m snoring again. I’m not consistent with my diet. I have gained weight during this pandemic for those reasons, and I have to do something about it.

I started rereading Tim FerrissThe 4-Hour Body to help me get back on track. This is the diet that helped me lose 40+ pounds eight years ago. His “slow-carb” diet is simple, but it’s amazing how much of it I have forgotten. I also forgot much of the preliminary discussion, particularly about the “Minimum Effective Dose”, or “the smallest dose that will produce a desired outcome.”[1] I think this is something to keep in mind, especially when it comes to exercising. I’m still working my way through the book again, so I’m sure I’ll have more to say soon.

I plan on starting officially on Monday, August 31. I found a couple of spreadsheets—weight and body measurements—on which I can measure progress, as this is the only way, suggests Ferriss, that you can have measurable goals.[2] I’ve pretty much been practicing the “Slow-Carb” diet this week, but I’m going to wait to do my measurements until next week. Hopefully I’ll have read what I need to by then.


  1. Ferriss, Timothy (2010). The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman (Kindle ed.). New York: Harmony. p. 41.
  2. Ferriss 2010, p. 53.