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The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B003EI2EH2
- Publisher : Harmony; 1st edition (December 14, 2010)
- Publication date : December 14, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 40802 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 593 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,121 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A friend of mine recommended this book after being on the diet. I was really skeptical about the claims in the book. I've got metabolic syndrome and I've been on statins for a long time. I'm by no means generally super fat or unhealthy in terms of diet or weight: 5'11 200 lbs and I don't eat a lot of junk. A large part of this is genetics.
I read the chapters of the book focused on the diet and honestly I rolled my eyes and said things like "no way" but I decided to give it a shot. I followed an even more simplified form of the book because I have 2 kids, my wife and I work fulltime and I'm always tired and have no time. I went to costco and bought 2 types of canned beans, stew meat, and frozen costco vegetables. I slow cooked the stew meat by literraly unloading the package into the slow cooker and salting it and letting it cook for 5 hours once a week. I put it in tupperware to keep for the week. For a meal I'd open a can of beans (used about half a can per-meal), pour out some frozen vegetables and microwave them for 3 minutes, then combine it all and heat for another minute. I'd have a meal ready in about 5 minutes. For breakfast I'd eat the same thing except I'd eat about half as much meat and add about 4 eggs. I used salt or sriracha chili paste for flavor.
I ate that 6 days a week, 3 times a day, and on Saturday I'd eat like an absolute pig. After 6 weeks I had my blood tested again and the results are better than when I was on statins. I also just generally felt better. I also lost like 15 pounds or so but that wasn't really my focus.
So the claims in the book about the effects on cholesterol are completely true as crazy as it sounds. Highly recommend this.
3 weeks, nada. 4th week? I think the saying goes "First week is the trial, second the proof and if the 3rd week don't work toss the book!"
I've lost significant weight on its protocol (went from 28%MBI to 16% in 10weeks)
It's improved my sex life - cannot speak more highly of kettlebell swings for this and below
Mass gains were meh but still good for the total gym time
sleep manipulation didn't work for me but know it has for others
helped a ton with injury recovery
I’ve seen reviewers saying — the diet worked for me, the diet didn’t work for me. In my personal experience, I’ve liked the diet, though I modified it for my own needs. For the past several years I’ve consumed zero animal products and have eaten a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, lentils, whole grains, etc. I also practice intermittent fasting and only eat lunch and dinner. So for those 10 pounds I wanted to lose, I followed Tim’s advice of dropping whole grains and fruits (with the exception of grapefruit, lemons, and occasionally berries). I continued eating two meals per day, but I did consciously add more protein, through PlantFusion protein powder and Dang protein bars. My cheat days involved things I consider healthy — like oatmeal, quinoa, apples, pineapples, etc. If I was really going nuts, it was an Impossible Burger, a bean burrito, or a bowl of ramen. I was never going hog wild on a box of doughnuts, because... well, that kind-of gorging doesn’t appeal to me. Doing this gave me the results I wanted, but left me a bit torn. Do I continue adding whole grains and fruit sparingly? I definitely don’t want to see those 10 pounds again, but I do like optimizing my nutrition. I’m not sure just yet...
As far as the supplements that Tim recommends, I tried those years ago and found they did nothing for me. Taking them all made me feel a little sick — as if I’d consumed too much caffeine. I believe they worked for him and don’t think he’s exaggerating his results. They just did zero for me.
Overall, this is an interesting, original, and thought-provoking book. Tim seems very much like someone I would have been friends with in college. Maybe this perceived closeness to him is why I want to slap him for all of the unnecessary personal stories. He does it in his Four Hour Chef book too. Just keep the writing clean, Tim. You’re friends with Neil Strauss — can you hand him an advanced copy of your next book and let him delete the unnecessary parts please? It’d skyrocket you to amazing.
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How can you trust what someone says when they claim to have gained 30lbs muscle in 30 days, or whatever it was.
Tim Ferriss is excellent when it comes to productivity, business, marketing and interviewing. Physical fitness - look elsewhere.
Not everything requires a 'hack'. Sometimes, the conventional methods + hard work will equal great results!
He claims that you should not look at experts for guidance as to training. According to Peak though, experts became so because of the huge amount of deliberate practice they put in, not just because they are 'gifted'. Tim creates a false separation here. You should look for the most efficient training methods, regardless of whether someone is 'gifted' or not. Often people will appear gifted because they have incredible training methods!
There is a wealth of information in this book, and it has helped me lose weight, gain strength and run faster in the last 12 months. Like most of Ferriss' work, it could easily be misunderstood. Be clear that it isn't about shortcuts or 'hacks', it's about efficiently getting maximum benefit from the minimum input - but that 'minimum input' still requires effort and dedication. You'll get out what you're prepared to put in.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 25, 2019