Some kind of queuing effect (including at least one broken rib)


There are some amazing queuing effects. This one, not the worst, but not a funny one also, I encountered myself. Since then I know that breaking a rib means not only counting off the time until the rib is healed.

And the story goes like this. Once upon a day I rode my bike home from work - through a nice forest as usual. Then I received a call on my cell phone. Nice, friendly, communicative and outgoing guy I am, I - of course - answered the call, riding on. Then there was this log lying around and I went - whoops - over it, landed on the right side of my rip cage. I was immediately breathless and felt something's wrong - but after getting myself together for a few minutes I could just ride home. So, I thought to myself "you just broke a rib" and started thinking about how long I couldn't run (which was important to me at the time), and for how long I'd be handicapped somehow.

And here comes the fallacy. I thought of being handicapped for about two weeks, which I would be a decent time for the rips to heal off at least a little and the pain to go away. What I didn't think off was that due to the pain I couldn't breath very well. That led to me not breathing deeply. Which again led to the air not flowing well through the deeper areas of the lungs, which again led to bacteria residing in the lower bronchia. Which of course led to me getting a solid cough. Which led to more pain, which ...

It took quite a while for me to get over this.   And the general state of health of my body went down for some time. Even after getting better my immune system was down and I was getting colds quite often. So, overall I couldn't run for about 4 weeks at all due to the cold and a general weakness and I felt quite bad for at least two months, but my whole system was handicapped form something like more than a quarter of a year. And if you think I am a one off with that queuing effect or a quitter or ... (and you could go on and on describing what leads to what) - you're plain wrong. This was a very normal pattern for the consequences of breaking a rib. Old people even die often from these consequences, acquiring a pneumonia from the reduced breathing caused by the fracture.

If you don't believe me, try for yourself ;)

A 4HB update

My 4HB update to you is that in my context 4HB currently does not make any sense. As you can read here, I at least in my own opinion had quite a success applying 4HB to my personal target of getting rid all of that schlumpy access weight I gained in the last years after getting kids, changing life style after that and so on.

I reduced my weight to some sustainable 82kg, coming from 92kg (I don't even get it now that it was that much). After that I wanted to further reduce my weight to a 12% body fat bearing 78kg with 4HB and I even bragged about it. I won't do that, even though I'm quite sure it would just take me a couple of weeks. So the first message is again: 4HB works.

BUT: For me it has a specific target, which is reduce as much body fat as possible in the shortest possible time frame. And it does that well. Reading the book I am sure that @tferriss refined 4HB for that exact same target and he seems to have needed and applied it to some specific targets in his fighting caterer etc.

So to come back to why I dropped 4HB for my target of getting down to 78kg. After a little research it became apparent that Ferriss took the Paleo diet and stripped it down a little in some details and made it more practically applicable by formulating some strict, simple rules and overall simplicity.

Now this is exactly what drives me away from 4HB - the simplicity leads to nutritional behavior and simplicity that I just don't like and which doesn't feel natural to me. With 4HB that is not even intended, I guess. As I said it is not supposed to be fun, taste well or anything. It's intended to shave off weight quickly. There is just one effect that makes me a little suspicious in 4HB. On the binge days you can experience increase in body fat in just one day. If you stop 4HB you will gain quite a lot of body fat in your next two weeks. To me it indicates that something in 4HB is tricking the body in a way that's at least strange, as with the same nutrition without 4HB you don't gain body fat. To me it seems that the fat cells get so depleted that they simply get hungry and take all they can get, which is a long explanation for the yoyo effect.

Coming back to Paleo diet, which has a completely different target, which is to offer a sustainable nutrition pattern or paradigm, I don't get it at all. I guess for a carnivore it's fine. But for me as a vegetarian, I don't even get started. Yes I've read all through the Internet for the few experience reports and hints on how to go Paleo as a veggie, but nine looks convincing and sustainable to me. Challenge me on details in the comments.

Now what I am going to do seems a little harder to me but also more convincing and - main point - more sustainable. I'll follow the advice of the great book 'Vegetarian Sports Nutrition' by Ennette Larson Mayer published by Human Kinetics. The point made in this book is, and I highly embrace it, quite the contrary of Paleo and 4HB: Your nutrition should be as diverse and possible and rather than concentrating on complex carbs you should work on the right mix between complex and simple and refined carbs. This means a high variety in grains, wholebfood, legumes, vegetables etc. Sports drinks are ok, if you keep level. The recommendation is to find the right level of proteins, not to concentrate on them. You should eat fruits - and lots of them. (As there is no indication of fruits spiking the blood sugar, it's even supposed to be weight neutral.) And so on, and so on. In short it seems to be a holistic, sustainable approach to nutrition and this, I guess, is my next challenge rather than just going down some kilos. 4HB gave me a nice trigger to make nutrition a topic for well being but it now is what it is: A method to reduce weight quickly, which I don't aim at. It'd be the wrong tool for me.