ENHANCED CD INCLUDES WORKOUT PROGRAMS TO GET YOU STARTED Thinner, Bigger, Faster, Stronger Which Section Of The Audiobook Will You Listen To Is It Possible To Reach Your Genetic Potential In Months Sleep Hours Per Day And Perform Better Lose Fat Than A Marathoner By Bingeing Yes, And MuchJoin Author Tim Ferriss As He Shares The Incredible Experiments He S Done Over Years To Beat Genetics And Achieve The Impossible For Himself And Than Men And Woman Aged To It S Up To You To Choose Your Own Adventure Want To Lose Pounds Of Fat In Days Without Exercise Run Kilometers After Just Weeks Of Training That S Just The Tip Of The IcebergYou Don T Need Better Genetics Or Discipline You Need Immediate Results That Compel You To Continue That S Exactly What The Hour Body Delivers This is my longest review to date, I have a lot to say about this Let s begin, shall we This book is a little unique You can think of it as a collection of short essays my understanding is that the book started life as a collection of blog posts by author Tim Ferris that attempt to hack the human body using little tricks and unexpected methods Ferris likes to quote the 80 20 principle, and in this book, he s trying to find the least amount of effort, that 20% or less of work, that yields 80% or of the result So what we end up with is a loosely organized collection of experiments that Ferris performed on himself While this is fascinating reading, it s also almost entirely anecdotal.I feel like there are two ways to evaluate this book While it gets mega style points I really enjoyed Ferris writing style and general conceptual approach , that ultimately won t tell you anything about how useful the book is So, we can evaluate it by how well researched and tested it is hint it isn t , or we can actually try to recreate some of his experiments and see what happens Which, I did.To the first point, Ferris only conducted these experiments on himself He occasionally mentions other test subjects, like his parents, and a few other acquaintances, but we are far from talking about clinical trials here He leaves out vast amounts of information about his purported test subjects so it s impossible to get an idea of what was actually going on While some of these methods might work really well for some people, there s a huge portion of people for whom they likely would be completely ineffective, but Ferris makes it sound like these methods are universal to the human condition Just because something worked for him and his mom doesn t mean it will work for me and you While some of his information is backed up by great interviews with highly trained specialists, you have to keep in mind, they are specialists, and while some of them are incredibly outstanding in their fields, they do have a bias which Ferris doesn t try to balance out He keeps his sources very limited, the scope of perspective extremely narrow, which, again, might work for him, but not necessarily anyone else.Some of the methods he prescribes are cutting edge, known to be effective for most people, and backed up by studies which he may or may not be citing Some of his methods have been proven to be minimally effective, and are way behind the curve when it comes to current science This doesn t mean they don t work at all, obviously they kinda worked at one point in the past, and obviously they worked for him, but again, that doesn t mean they work for everyone, or that they are the best practices And, as any gym rat will tell you, you shouldn t listen to a guy who tells you to do curls in the squat rack That s just asking for trouble.Jokes aside, we could end the review there, saying that yes, it s a very entertaining book with some nuggets of wisdom, and some other nuggets of crap, but I have to say here Because I actually tried some of this stuff.I m always eager to try new weight loss methods, especially ones making the claims he did that you don t have to count calories, that you can have a cheat day once a week in which you are encouraged to eat literally whatever you want, even to the point of making yourself sick These sounded great So I tried it.His diet plan is basic eat protein, legumes black beans, lentils, etc , and veggies at every meal This isn t that far off from my normal diet anyway, I just don t have nearly as many legumes normally as he calls for One of his big rules was Don t count the calories In fact, he goes far out of his way to drive the point home that you shouldn t restrict too much He often talked about not eating enough, warning that we should be sure to eat plenty of these foods So I did I followed his PGAA supplementation routine a mix of a few supplements for fat loss Nothing weird, things like garlic and green tea extract, etc I did the cheat day where I followed his protocols for helping to lessen the damage of a binge day Then I went a step further He talks a lot about increasing fat loss through cold exposure So I tried this I used ice packs, took two cold showers a day, and even took ice baths, all because Tim Ferris science said I should burn fat much faster through these methods Ferris also went out of his way to say that exercise is not necessary for losing fat on this protocol, and actually warned against doing too much So I did some kettlebell swings, and thats it.The first big result I noticed is that I felt like complete crap, all the time I was sluggish, tired, irritable, and just felt a general malaise that made me miserable On top of the the beans made me feel bloated and gaseous all day long It was pretty awful I kept thinking that even if this worked, it wouldn t be worth it I got into health, fitness and weight loss because I wanted to feel better, not like this.After 5 days of feeling like this, I weighed in I had gained five pounds Now, normally, to be fair, you should give a new program about 4 weeks to see if it s really working But I knew that after 5 days, if I felt this bad, and was gaining literally a pound a day, that something was terribly wrong So I cut it short No ice baths, no of the bean heavy diet I m back to a normal workout schedule and eating normally for me, which means like mostly protein, lots of veggies, very few carbs or dairy, occasional nuts, fruit, and oatmeal Within a day I felt much better and started losing weight again.There was another side effect, though Telling someone like me to have a cheat day and go hog wild is like telling an alcoholic he can only drink on saturday It doesn t end well In an effort to maximize my hedonistic enjoyment of cheat days, I actually fell into horrible patterns I was overeating to an extreme, falling into a binge eating session that I never used to be guilty of, even when I was at my biggest, most unhealthy stage of my former fat life The cheat day method prescribed here, while some people can handle it, people like me can t It can easily change from a nice reprieve from dieting and become psychologically damaging My relationship with food was twisted into something incredibly unhealthy, and it made me feel horrible, not just physically, but emotionally I cannot stress enough how much I do not recommend this approach While allowing some cheating and flexibility every once in a while can be great, and should probably happen, it should not be the binge style that Ferris outlines here Atleast not for people like me.I will keep using his PGAA supplement routine partially because they are similar to what I was doing before anyway, and hell, I bought all this stuff since it will probably need a longer term test to truly judge it I ll also say this I think that diet sans the cheat binge would have worked really well for me when I was first starting out in my weight loss It s an easy way to stay full while cutting calories down to a manageable level, cutting junk food and most bad carb sources, and staying satiated It s also easy to follow even when eating out, which is not normally the case for my chosen diet The problem for me is it actually caused an increase in normal caloric consumption, combined with the lack of exercise, which led to fast gains So, if you re bigger, and looking to start cutting, this wouldn t be a bad place to start, although I wouldn t recommend it for the long term As for the cold exposure, the science behind it makes a lot of sense, and maybe it would have worked if my diet and exercise had been different But man was it miserable Ferris talks about how cold showers are supposed to be uplifting, calling them a treatment for depression As someone who was once clinically diagnosed with depression, I can tell you thats probably not the case That never came up with any of the doctors I talked to about depression treatments I found them to be the opposite Cold showers in the morning, and the ice baths at night just pissed me off and made me irritable and lethargic.Thats all I tried from the book At some point I want to experiment with polyphasic sleep but I ve been wanting to do that long before I read this book and I m trying to use some of the total immersion swimming techniques he espouses mostly because others in the triathlon community swear by it but thats it as far as experiments for me I was interested in his endurance hacks He spends a lot of time detailing a very odd training program for endurance read marathon running that has surprisingly little running in it But when it comes time to share the results, Ferris says that the book had to go to print, that we should check his blog for the update on whether the marathon experiment worked or not As of this writing, he has not yet updated this section of his blog So there you have it The four hour body has a few nuggets of wisdom in there, and a lot of junky crap as well Sift through it if you wish, as it is a very entertaining read, but ultimately, it s just a big pile of personal anecdotal evidence that worked well for one dude, and it s results for anyone else are dubious at best. Two stars instead of one, because it was so amazingly bad I just couldn t stop reading.Reader s digest version I m Tim Ferris Last week I tracked the weather for five days and noticed that it rained on the four days when I didn t carry an umbrella But on the day when I did bring an umbrella, it stayed dry out So obviously, carrying an umbrella prevents rain.Now, some scientists may scoff and say that this flies in the face of known science and conventional wisdom, or that at least they d need data in order to be convinced But I have no problem writing a whole book insisting to readers, through a stream of consciousness narrative told in OCD level detail, that my umbrella carrying behavior is what controls my weather.Of course, if you want to really track the weather around you, you ll have to be willing to pay hundreds of dollars a week on expensive and time consuming diagnostic tests to keep tracking your weather in minute detail, so that you can adjust your umbrella carrying behavior in case the weather starts getting out of hand.Also, I, Tim Ferris, am constantly having sex with models and partying with rockstars, as my 8 billion Twitter followers can avow The book will continually remind you, just so you don t forget this even for a second.In the introduction I ll tell you to be skeptical, to cover my ass but I ll fill the rest of the book with overenthusiastic claims and dismissal of skepticism He does have a few decent tips, especially in the interviews with professional athletic trainers who actually get many people to do a program over time and see their results I do admire the focus on doing the minimal workout to get results, rather than overdoing it unnecessarily although every chapter s advice contradicts itself Work your muscles to failure every time No, lift lighter weights for just a few reps, and workout right before eating every meal No, eat breakfast as soon as you get up, before working out, and make sure it s all protein No, avoid too much protein and have a glass of grapefruit juice with breakfast No, avoid all fruits like the plague I guess that s why the introduction tells you to read one segment at a time, not the whole book from start to finish Oops And I agree that obsessively recorded self experimentation might lead to changed habits that are right for you , individually But the anecdote a few times I ve had great sex after eating some almonds does not translate into the general recommendation according to my in depth research, guys should always eat almonds a few hours before sex I was not surprised to see a chapter here by Seth Roberts, who specializes in exaggerating the power generality of claims he makes based on his own self experimentation They may be true claims for him, and they may be worth trying by others but he claims that if something works on him, that s enough evidence to trumpet it as reliable advice for everyone else, and I have no patience for that.I m also not convinced by his tracking of nutrient levels through tests that are both ridiculously expensive and unreliable from reading to reading.I m most impressed that Ferriss put two chapters about identifying quack medicine right before the description of his own bullshit study Oh, your diet program has a 100% success rate But the participants were self selected volunteers from your rabid Twitter followers, not a random sample of the population And you dropped the people who didn t complete the diet you don t know how many tried it and failed without bothering to report their failure on your survey And the 200 reports were those who responded to all questions so it sounds like you dropped out the failures who skipped a question or two And you break it up by subgroups that would be too small to compare even if the study design were statistically sound.The diet may happen to be perfectly good, but the report here simply provides no evidence, whether in favor or against.Dear Mr Ferriss, you do a far better job with the inspirational writing in the closing thoughts Most of us have resigned ourselves to a partial completeness The beauty is, almost all of it can be changed Your body is almost always within your control take an inventory of all the things in the physical realm that you ve resigned yourself to being poor at Now ask if I couldn t fail, what would I want to be exceptional at Lovely Stick to that, please.PS the author s bio says he is a tango world record holder I m not sure what about tango you can measure and hold records in but if that s your approach to a dance of emotional connection, then dude, you re doing it wrong. Anyone who read my review of 4 Hour Work Week knows that I think that Tim Ferriss is a total smug dick That said, he is a smug dick who really seems to kinda know what he is talking about There were a ton of super useful tips in 4HWW and he really spells things out to you to total dummy level So when I found out he had a diet book, I figured I should check it out This dude is the king of of shortcuts, SO if anyone was going to be helpful and most efficient in helping me achieve my meager weight loss goals, I figured it d be him At the moment I am trying out his slow carb method, which means I eat protein, veg, and beans for 6 days on and then one mega refeeding read binge day a week I m hopeful that this structure is going to work since the binge day will keep me from all the cheats through the week that keep me from achieving my goals In addition to this, I am also regularly doing the WODs from Bodyrock.tv which I was already doing anyway Keep in mind, I am not on a short term diet I am already pretty committed to eating this way primal and I love fitness and working out, especially weightlifting and HIIT not so much into those other activities that are fun but slow and don t really give me that worked out feeling I hope to be back here in a few weeks with some positive results As for the sex part of the book, I have to take a pass The idea of taking sex tips from someone like Tim Feriss makes me vomit in my mouth a little. Book is simultaneously brilliant and insane I have heard of Ferriss and his experimentation and 4 Hour approach to life for years, but this was my first foray into his brand of research Dude is thorough and committed, that s for sure It is important to note that this is not a conventional read the book is meant to be skimmed, only reading sections that interest to you In that way, it seems like a Choose Your Own Adventure book you want to lose fat build muscle increase strength here s a formula You want to train for endurance and or speed here s a different one You want to sleep better The book is nearly 600 pages, with several appendices to boot, so reading cover to cover just isn t the way to go Life is one big experiment for Ferriss so in that way, I admire his approach He has a very open mind, but seems to fall into the correlation implies causation fallacy in several aspects It is also worth saying that just because something worked for him does NOT mean that it will work for everyone, no matter how many times he tested The chapters that I chose to focus on were fat loss, building strength, and injury prevention The fat loss chapter in particular had me vacillating on whether his advice is snakeoil or panacea ridiculous or gospel truth Is this some secret that no one talks about Take this concoction of supplements and see amazing results all natural things like green tea extract and garlic pills or is this some crazy money pit After reading the chapter and information about his Slow Carb Diet, I am still not sure what to think The reader is intended to experiment along with Ferriss, and I am giving his diet a try with adaptations to my own dietary ethics and guidelines The strength and muscle building chapter is forward and actually quite simple less is You don t need to spend hours at the gym Max weight, low reps sets, proscribed power moves, low frequency with a focus on recovery He outlines some training programs, and the advice is scientifically sound The injury proofing chapters were my favorite focusing on therapy, correcting imbalances, rehabilitative movements I am planning to incorporate some of the injury proofing strength work into my own regimen.I realize that this review is all over the place and that is a reflection of the book itself It s written to be a guide to optimize your physical self in nearly every way Including a somewhat displaced single chapter on improving your sex life, but this focuses almost single handedly oops, no pun intended on the female orgasm A book with a thesis that broad is bound to be all over the place In the end, this book needs to be read critically, but with an open mind does that make sense If this sounds like something that you would like to do this interactive approach then I totally recommend it. II d never read a health book which starts out by describing being backstage at a NIN concert I knew I was in for a wild ride In the 4 Hour Body, Tim Ferriss chronicles his eclectic experiences at hacking his body weight loss muscle gain, perfect abs and perfect baseball swing, tripling his testosterone, holding his breath for three minutes, As a family physician, I can tell you that most of his material is not that revolutionary his diet is just a simple variant of a low glycemic load diet, and many trainers will tell you that kettle bells rock as an exercise But Tim is a showman at heart, as well as probably being just a little bit crazy, and this book reflects his devil may care take life by the throat until it screams for mercy approach to living The book is intentionally designed to give you a potpouri of ideas and projects to pick from, and he encourages you to find something that you want to change about your body and go for it Even if you don t implement a single thing in this book, you ll have a barrel of fun reading it And most everyone will find at least one chapter that they will find intruiging enough to implement his concepts to try on their own He s motivated me to get back to my ideal weight, and I m already half way there by implementing some of his regimen Trippiest health book of the year. After knowing so many people that have successfully changed their eating habits with the help of this book, and then watching Fat, Sick Nearly Dead and Food, Inc on Netflix, I finally had to try it myself.Going into week three of 4HB style eating, and I ve lost 4lbs with minimal effort The much bigger deal Since dropping gluten high fructose corn syrup from my diet, my allergies have all but disappeared, and my inflammation has dropped so much that most of my shoulder pain which I ve had for 10 years is gone Knowing how much pain I m missing out on has kept me motivated to continue the positive diet change and life hacking my body, 4 Hour Body style I marked that I ve finished the book I ve finished the sections for my personal goals You do not have to read the full book just the parts you need What a fascinating book this was I ve heard a few people talking about the slow carb diet and bulletproof coffee and decided to read up on this trend I won t bore you by describing Timothy Ferriss entire diet program you can find good summaries online for his slow carb diet , but the short short version is to eat a high protein high veggie diet six days of the week, and then have one cheat day His book also has a bunch of exercise tips, supplement tips, and other hacks for boosting weight loss.What makes this book interesting to read than your typical diet book is how much experimenting Ferriss has done on his own body He s a bit of a madman, to be honest Besides weight loss, he also has chapters on adding muscle, getting better sleep, running faster, etc Recommended.Meaningful Quotes from someone who lost 70 pounds in one year, on what inspired him to begin For me, it doesn t even matter what I wear I m not going to look good anyway I heard myself say those words and I recognized them not for their content, but for their tone of helplessness I am, in most of my endeavors, a solidly successful person I decide I want things to be a certain way, and I make it happen If I want a better than average career, I can t simply go with the flow and get it Most people do just that they wish for an outcome but make no intention driven actions toward that outcome If they would just do something most people would find that they get some version of that outcome they re looking for That s been my secret Stop wishing and start doing Your body is almost always within your control This is rare in life, perhaps unique Simply focusing on some measurable element of your physical nature can prevent you from becoming a Dow Joneser, someone whose self worth is dependent on things largely outside of their control Job not going well Company having issues Some idiot making life difficult If you had ten laps to your swimming, or if you cut five seconds off your best mile time, it can still be a great week Controlling your body puts you in life s driver s seat. Tim Ferriss, time management guru guy on the internet I love to hate, followed up his first book, The 4 Hour Workweek, with a book designed to teach people how to hack their bodies It s a hodgepodge of advice on everything from weight loss, bodybuilding, sex, running, sleep, and nutrition, and attempts to eschew conventional wisdom in these areas in favor of small except not really , easily done except not really , often overlooked except not really hacks that anyone can employ Now, I expected to eye roll a lot at this book and I did , but I thought it would be interesting Instead of mild interest, though, I spent the entire read alternating between spitting anger and abject boredom.The cornerstone of the book is Ferriss self experimentation As he says, he s gone out and tried all the crazy treatments and bought all dangerous products so you don t have to And that s very nice of him, certainly, though I suspect he s really only indulging his own neuroses and OCD issues rather than doing these things out of any sense of altruism, but whatever And I do believe that there is a ton of value in self experimentation Self experimentation is where the big theories and scientific discoveries start, take shape, and get you thinking about the world in ways you hadn t before It s is not, however, science Science is what you do after you ve come up with all these great ideas and interesting observations Ferriss doesn t seem to understand this, though, skips the middle science part all together, and goes straight to doling out advice on what the reader should be doing to change themselves The result is contradictory recommendations that are at best benign and at worse dangerous to the user on a physical and mental level.And then I got to the sex chapter Ferriss, you see, decides to teach the world men how to give a woman a 15 minute orgasm As though they too are something to be hacked and experimented on so that men can feel better about themselves and their mad skillz So he talks about his experiments in female sexuality while nudgenudgewinkwinking his way through the parts where he finds his test subjects and talks to experts And, you know, as disgusted as I was with the whole tone and objectification throughout the chapter, I think I could ve forgiven a small part of it if I had learned something interesting or been presented with a novel sexual technique But no Ferriss road to mindblowing orgasms ismanual clitoral masturbation And I m still not sure where the 15 minutes comes in UghNo, I was concerned with increasing sperm count than isolating variablesAnd that, my friends, pretty much sums up the book for me. Timothy Ferris clearly thinks quite highly of himself and doesn t hesitate to let you know how superior he is to you in every way in this incredibly long 592 pages doorstop of a book In it he professes to have the solution to many of your health woes and promises to help you accomplish such things as Sleep 2 hours per day and perform better than on 8 hours I ll spare you the pain of reading his incredibly scientific and boring explanation by telling you that this requires an unbelievably complicated schedule of sleeping a few minutes at a time all day long If you re blessed by the type of lifestyle where you don t have to work or interact with other human beings in any way, this might work for you.Ferris idea of a healthy life is chock full of supplements and expensive testing He subjects himself to a myriad of experiments and has found success in his trials, but any adult with an actual job and family obligations could never afford the pills and gadgets he touts as lifesavers I am thankful that I got this book from the library and didn t waste the 26.95 it costs to buy the book Besides being incredibly scientific and difficult to read, Ferris is simply too cocky and stuck on himself to gain my trust.
Tim Ferriss is author of three 1 NYT WSJ bestsellers The 4 Hour Workweek, The 4 Hour Body, and The 4 Hour Chef. He is also a start up advisor specializing in positioning, PR, and marketing Uber, Evernote, etc When not damaging his body with abusive sports, he enjoys chocolate, bear claws, and Japanese animation.
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