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The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
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"Tim Ferriss is changing the way we look at health"
5 stars"
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This book gives a totally new slant on how to work smarter not harder. It's been done before in so many business related cases, but now Tim does it for health & fitness.

The book I found easy to read, but it is slightly harder to put the programs together – you must decide if you just want to lose weight, or if you want to bodybuild (perhaps sculpt is a better term), or if you want to run a marathon, or be superstrong (and not break yourself in the process). It all appears fairly simple, and most programs take between 1–3 months.

Tim has tested all of this on himself, with additional testing by other volunteers over the last year. The premise is that excellent results can be done in 4 weeks, with 4 hours total exercise in most cases (i.e 1 hour per week!).

I am a sceptic. And thankfully Tim is too, so he tells you how to monitor your own performance, how to evaluate other “too good to be true” diet plans, and why mainstream medicine will always be 20–30 years behind the leading edge of science. He introduces us to a wide array of leading edge experts, and I'm now a fan of Neutraceuticals, although very wary of how I should be monitoring what I do (evaluation of actual results appears to be the key).

I've done Atkins, low fat, no fat diets in the past, with varying success. This one is fairly easy, but requires some supplements to help burn the “slow” carbs you can eat, and a very basic exercise plan (1 hour per week – no gym required). The difference between this and the others “diets” is the minimal adjustments required to: Diet (high protein, some carbs); Supplements (simple stuff relatively available in NZ); exercise. It's about doing the minimum in each to give the maximum gain. I'm about 2 weeks into it, and I'm starting to get some definition occurring. Only about 1kg lost so far, although Tim suggests that weight loss should not be a goal (muscle weighs heavier than fat & BMI's are hugely over rated).

I'm a fan of Tim's “4 hour working week” as well. His approach to life is very different. In all cases he finds the best experts to solve his problems – solutions requiring the minimum of work, taking the best shortcuts available, and questioning everything about the common assumptions. He is more than a writer of new fads – he is an architect of how we will come to view the world in 30–50 years. If you are a kiwi, then much of this will be quite different to our own health system.

If you want a simple “Diet” to follow to shed some kilos, then this book is entertaining, and may help you down this path. But if you are more serious about your long term health, and health management in particular, then this book will really put the bit between your teeth and open your eyes to what options are available, but not commonly known even in the medical profession. If you have a health issue with limited options, then this book also covers medical tourism, Neutraceuticals, treatment lifecycles (why racehorses & HIV patients are so important), and what good & bad science is. In may cases, you will end up more informed than your local GP.


5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
"Very good read."
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‘The 4-hour Body’ is a great book that has useful and helpful tips and exercises on improving fitness and overall health. Highly recommend this book to anyone.

"Lots to find out in here"
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Very good book own, so muh info in this just waiting to be explored, interesting stuff, each bit helps :D


Is it possible to:
  • Reach your genetic potential in 6 months-
  • Sleep 2 hours per day and perform better than on 8 hours-
  • Lose more fat than a marathoner by bingeing-
Indeed, and much more. This is not just another diet and fitness book.

The 4-Hour Body is the result of an obsessive quest, spanning more than a decade, to hack the human body. It contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of elite athletes, dozens of MDs, and thousands of hours of jaw-dropping personal experimentation.

From Olympic training centers to black-market laboratories, Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, fixated on one life-changing question:
For all things physical, what are the tiniest changes that produce the biggest results- Thousands of tests later, this book contains the answers for both men and women. From the gym to the bedroom, it’s all here, and it all works.

YOU WILL LEARN (in less than 30 minutes each):
How to lose those last 5-10 pounds (or 100+ pounds) with odd combinations of food and safe chemical cocktails.
How to prevent fat gain while bingeing (X-mas, holidays, weekends)
How to increase fat-loss 300% with a few bags of ice
How Tim gained 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days, without steroids, and in four hours of total gym time
How to sleep 2 hours per day and feel fully rested
How to produce 15-minute female orgasms
How to triple testosterone and double sperm count
How to go from running 5 kilometers to 50 kilometers in 12 weeks
How to reverse “permanent” injuries
How to add 150+ pounds to your lifts in 6 months
How to pay for a beach vacation with one hospital visit
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than 50 topics covered, all with real-world experiments, many including more than 200 test subjects.

You don't need better genetics or more discipline. You need immediate results that compel you to continue.

That’s exactly what The 4-Hour Body delivers.

About the Author

TIMOTHY FERRISS, nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007,” is author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been published in 35 languages.
Wired magazine has called Tim “The Superman of Silicon Valley” for his manipulation of the human body. He is a tango world record holder, former national kickboxing champion (Sanshou), guest lecturer at Princeton University, and faculty member at Singularity University, based at NASA Ames Research Center.

When not acting as a human guinea pig, Tim enjoys speaking to organizations ranging from Nike to the Harvard School of Public Health.
Release date NZ
February 3rd, 2011
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
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