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The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman Hardcover – December 14, 2010
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About the Author
TIMOTHY FERRISS is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and angel investor/advisor (Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more). Best known for his rapid-learning techniques, Tim's books -- The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef -- have been published in 30+ languages. The 4-Hour Workweek has spent seven years on The New York Times bestseller list. Tim has been featured by more than 100 media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Outside, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and CNN. He has guest lectured in entrepreneurship at Princeton University since 2003. His popular blog www.fourhourblog.com has 1M+ monthly readers, and his Twitter account @tferriss was selected by Mashable as one of only five “Must-Follow” accounts for entrepreneurs. Tim’s primetime TV show, The Tim Ferriss Experiment (www.upwave.com/tfx), teaches rapid-learning techniques for helping viewers to produce seemingly superhuman results in minimum time.
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There are lots of low carb options for dieting. This one is fairly strict and keeps things fairly simple. In addition to cutting out the usual high-carb suspects it cuts out dairy and fruit. But it gives you CHEAT DAY. For me, cheat day is huge. It not only functions as a reward and gives weekly incentive, it also makes scientific sense. Once a week, I remind my body that we are not in the middle of a famine and that it is OK to jettison excess fat. And I get to drink BEER on cheat day.
The result for me is that from a high of 187 pounds, I am now 159 (I am 5' 9")and still dropping. This is my second stint on the diet. The first time I lost over 20 pounds. I then went back to a normal diet with some changes, such as cutting out the late night bindging and miscellaneous sweets. Beer drinking tends to pick up in the summer (and I REFUSE to drink crappy lite beer), but I never went above the mid 160's. This second stint I am trying to get rid of the love handles once and for all. As of today I was 159 after just two weeks.
The best part of this book however is the workout. Last January I followed it and developed highly noticeable muscle definition gains in just about 6 weeks doing the workout and non-anabolic supplements such as HMB. I have slacked off a little since but plan to begin again now that I am losing more fat and definition will be even more noticeable.
Oh, did I mention that I am 55 years old? And lazy? And was totally sedentary for most of the prior 10 years? Yes, the HIT workout Tim describes takes 4 HOURS A MONTH. Two 30 minute sessions a week. And it works. I looked better and felt better. And my wife says so too! So, I like the book. I now use it as a reference tool. It is minimalistic and written for the lazy man who wants the most gain for the least effort. I am totally up with that!
Some of the other things he shares in the book, I'm not in such agreement with. All of the supplements he recommends won't work for everyone (and for some people, which he does say in the book, can be dangerous). I don't think you need all of that extra supplementation. His diet alone should give you great results (which he also says, the supplements are just to give you an edge).
We also call can't afford the tests he puts himself through to make sure everything is working and tailored to our needs. However, he does give you that warning, and says you can pick and choose what you want to from his book. That's why the four stars. I think the book has a lot of valuable things to say, but also some fluff.
As I said, I am a fan of Ferriss. I think he engages in some hyperbole from time to time. I have a feeling if I researched every anecdote (I only researched a few, but comments on his blog lead to questions about others), I'd find they were all true, but maybe something was left out. That's fine. That's marketing. Just don't take everything here at face value.
One good thing is that you can find almost all of this information on his blog, and he's very open with the comments as far as I can tell. He doesn't delete critical ones, and responds to questions.
As he says, do your own research. Find out what parts you want to use and believe. I think trying to modify your diet and exercise routine at all is worth trying, and if anyone can make you believe you can do it, it's Tim Ferriss. I think he could "sell ice cubes to Eskimos." Reading this book makes you FEEL like you can become superhuman, and motivation is part of the solution.
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principles really works, if you stick to them. I like his sometimes provocative style. Currently reading for the second time.