The 4 Cycle Fat Loss Solution (sometimes known as just “4 Cycle Solution”) is a technical diet program designed to take advantage of how our bodies react to the different foods we eat in order to increase metabolic rate, regulate hormones and “compel” the body to lose weight.
This plan was designed by Shaun Hadsall. Winning the “Body For Life” competition in 1998 heralded his arrival in the fitness industry. Shaun previously worked with Wendy Chant (New York Times best-Selling author of “Crack the Fat Loss Code” and the person behind the well-known “Macro Patterning” diet principle). When Wendy passed away Shaun was granted the exclusive rights to carry on her work in this area. Shaun is a Certified Personal Trainer and has been seen on ESPN and featured in Oxygen Magazine and Muscle Media. His programs have been endorsed by celebrities like Tara Arellano (Fitness America Pro Athlete) and Erin Nicole (Detroit Pistons Arena Announcer and Entertainment Reporter).
Principles behind the 4 Cycle Plan
This is a diet-based plan which is designed to force the body to use stored fat as its main energy supply, rather than using carbs and proteins from food. The way to do this is through “precision dieting” – this means that when you eat is just as important as what you eat. Followed correctly, the diet shouldn’t reduce muscle which has been a concern for other “fat store” plans.
A frequent problem with other weight loss programs is “plateau” or even “rebound”. This is a stalling of weight loss (or even weight increase) caused by the body’s adaptive response to a reduction in calories. Your body adapts to your new regime as a survival mechanism – normally by storing fat. The 4 Cycle Solution has been crafted to interrupt this adaptation and actively take advantage of it so that you can lose weight quickly while being able to sustain a continuous rate of fat loss.
As the name suggests, the 4 Cycle Solution is divided into 4 different stages that you must follow in a specific order. Shaun explains how skipping from one to the other, or just taking bits of information from each will negatively impact any weight loss attempt with this system.
The first stage is called the “7 Day Carb Depletion.” This is a foundation stage that sets your body up to be able to react the right way to the rest of the diet. The goal is to reduce your carb stores and “train” the body to start using stored fat as the main energy source. There’s also a basic exercise regime to follow to increase the effects.
After you complete the carb reducing stage you must follow the “Macro Patterning” stage. This routine speeds up the fat-burning process you started with the first phase and also works on other weight-loss factors like hormonal balance. This section is based on best-seller Wendy Chant’s work which is well-respected and proven to be effective.
It’s at this point that the body’s adaptive processes kick in and where many weight loss programs can stall. The third stage in the program is called “Accelerated Fat Loss” and it’s designed to counteract the “survival” responses so that the fat loss can be sustained, avoiding the “weight loss plateau” or “weight rebound.”
The stage is called “The Diet Break.” A great analogy is to think of this as the equivalent of the workout cooldown after an intense gym session. The routine eases up and helps you come back into a normal routine. In this diet, this serves as the “maintenance” stage so you can hold on to the weight loss goal you’ve achieved. Cycles 1 to 3 are designed to give you the dramatic changes you need, and cycle 4 helps you to keep that change permanent, even when you return back to your normal pre-program lifestyle.
Here is Shaun Hadsall himself talking about his system. Well worth a watch:
- A technical diet that will deliver results if followed precisely – likely to be a good choice for people who’ve tried other plans and either not achieved their goals or put weight back on soon afterward.
- LOTS of information included and a really comprehensive package.
- Suitable for men and women.
- Proven methods at the core of the program based on best-selling literature.
- Very well designed and presented.
- It’s a technical diet – that means it’s word-heavy, but it needs to be to make sure you follow it precisely. This can be off-putting for some.
- Exercise element is somewhat limited in scope – you can tell that the diet element has had all the focus.
- You can’t deviate from this diet AT ALL. No having a “night off” because you have an unexpected date if you want this to work. Lack of flexibility means this just isn’t going to be right for some.
Feedback & Overview
Actual Customer Feedback:
“… the exercise section of the program which is not comprehensive enough. With that said, if your main goal is to find a fat loss program that focuses on nutrition and can help you get impressive weight loss results even without exercising at all, then the 4 Cycle Solution can be a great pick for you…”
Portion of actual user comment on diettalk.com
Here’s one of the 4 Cycle Solution’s users sharing her experience:
“Not only does it allow you to burn fat and feel great about yourself, but it also allows you to do it in a way where you don’t have to sacrifice your favorite foods.”
Portion of actual user comment on fatlossclassroom.com
Summary: The 4 Cycle Fat Loss Solution is quick and effective. We love the fact it is one of the few diet programs that seems to care about what happens after you’ve lost your weight. This elevated the 4 Cycle Solution above most of the other diet-based programs out there.
“Macro Patterning”, the core dieting concept in the plan, is already well-established and has a proven track record. The principle is looked at in-depth here, and Shaun uses his own experiences to add extra factors which should benefit everyone who follows the program.
The diet is quite technical and you do need to read all the materials to fully understand how to get the benefits from the program. It’s also completely inflexible – you must follow it exactly otherwise it will not perform as advertised, and this can be a problem if you’re not fully motivated to do that, or your lifestyle doesn’t lend itself easily to this kind of rigid regime.
However, if you do have the ability to follow this technical diet plan then we think it’s definitely one you should try, and the impressive “aftercare” element really helps you to maintain your weight loss and means this plan is very good value.
Company info: 4cyclefatloss.com was registered on 09.09.2010
Product Specifications: A program of four completely different, distinct cycles
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