Those of us who have started the 4HB journey and diet have hopefully found out that there is a pretty tight knit community of people online that are getting healthy and helping others get healthy.
Allison recently released a slow carb app for the iPhone and I thought it would be a great idea to interview her here and let her tell us about the app and more importantly about herself.
4HBZ: So first, introduce yourself – tell us a little about yourself and your 4HB journey
My name is Allison Reynolds, officially I am English, but I live in Australia and sound like an Australian. I am a 45 year old mother of 2 children (late teens, early 20s) and I have Multiple Sclerosis. In 2010 I had been working in corporate IT for over a decade and for several years been planning to leave my job, my children and my home to go live as a digital hippy in the bush of Australia with my partner. My dream was to create a software as a service development company arranged around internet business people.
Coincidently Tim’s book 4 Hour Body came out at the same time I was leaving my job and I decided that I would add slimming down to the list of massive changes I was planning to make in 2011.
I had started putting on the weight only in the last couple of years and was stuck in a lifestyle and job where I wasn’t able to exercise much, and my job kept me tied to a desk most of the time. Along with the more sedentary lifestyle came a lot of eating out and drinking a lot of caffeine-free Diet Coke.
I am 5 ft 8 and when I started on December 29th 2010 I weighed 93.3kg (205.6lbs) with almost half of my body composition being fat.
When I first started I was determined that I would make it work even though I went through at least three weeks of “intestinal distress” with a lot of discomfort. I started the 4HB Participants page on Facebook so others who were also doing the diet would be able to ask questions and cross check their experiences with others. I love the interaction on the page and there’s been some great results and information coming out of the wonderful people there.
My current measurements are – down 19.5kgs (43lbs) and 26 inches lost from arms, bust, wait and hips. I feel great! I am going for my DEXA scan next week to get a better idea of my current body fat %. I still want to lose my “mummy tummy” and I have started using kettlebells and swinging (against my doctors instructions – people with MS can easily lose their grip on free weights) to see if that will get rid of that last pad of fat. I have another 5-10kgs (11 to 22lbs) to come off but that all depends on the muscle I build in the mean time.
4HBZ: what is the slow Carb App? For someone new to the diet how would you recommend they use the app?
Slow Carb App (not an affiliate link: BV) is an accountability and recording tool that helps those on any type of weight loss or body modification regime. It has three parts, meal tracking – where you take a picture and share with your social networks (or just store on your phone) . A measurement and graphing part where you record your measurements and a progress graph is drawn – again you can share that with your social networks, or just store for personal use. And finally the browsable recipe section.
For someone new to the diet this acts as that extra little incentive to stay on the path till the new type of eating becomes a habit. Studies have shown that just being mindful of what you are eating, and sharing your results with others, have a huge effect on whether a person continues to their goal or not. Every little bit helps and making it convenient to do these things is one less excuse for someone to stray.
4HBZ: How many recipes/what types of recipes are available on the app? can you upload your own recipes into the app as well as use pre-loaded recipes?
There’s about 60 recipes currently on the app and there will be more added with the next version release. They are all based around the slow carb principles of low insulin peaking foods. The recipes are divided into meals (breakfast, lunch etc) and then by main ingredient (beef, chicken, vegetarian etc).
You can’t add your own recipes at the moment, but that’s a great idea and I will add it to the wish-list for future functions.
4HBZ: How long did it take you to develop the app?
I looked for an app in December and there was nothing available and it crossed my mind then that it would be a great idea for an app. I thought “surely someone will make one soon”. After moving house and getting settled down I checked again and found there was still nothing available so I made the decision there and then to make one. I started planning in earnest in February and kicked off the actual coding project in early March. A bug held it up for a while and Apple approved it for release in June 14th.
4HBZ: so right now the app is only available on the iPhone thru the app store? How much is it? Any plans to offer a free version?
The Apple version is available for USD$2.99 (not an affiliate link: BV) but Apple changes the prices in countries so check the App store in your country for the local price. Yes there is a plan to offer an ad supported free version which will have a smaller range of recipes. There are some extra functions for paid version also in the works with the addition of goal weights and percentages, and browsable food facts.
4HBZ: big question for me, because I own a droid – when the heck is the Android version going to be ready???
As soon as final beta testing is finished We are at the very end of that process, but as I don’t have an Android it is taking longer than the Apple version did… I must get an Android myself! Fingers crossed it will be within the next 2 weeks (it better be!)
4HBZ: any other developments in the works?
Got a couple of projects in the works. The next one is kicking off when I get back from travelling next week. I can’t say too much about it at this stage, but it is in the health and fitness area again. Also because I have been asked by quite a few people how I developed the app I have started an education project that will teach people how to create their own app called AppShipper
Thanks to Allison for taking the time out of her schedule to answer a few of my questions! What do you think? Is this something you think would help you out? I plan on downloading the Droid version as soon as it’s released!