If you know how successful The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss was, you’ll be excited about the release of his latest book, The 4-Hour Body.
It has been described as the result of an obsessive quest, spanning more than a decade, to hack the human body. And, it contains the collective wisdom of elite athletes, doctors, and thousands of hours of personal experimentation. What I immediately like about The 4-Hour Body is that it promises to teach, in less than 30 minutes each, about habits most of us would like to improve. With so much going on in our lives, the idea of learning new skills in a short period of time appeals.
Tim makes a number of bold statements in his book, including how you can:
- Lose those last 5-10 pounds (or 100+ pounds) with odd combinations of food and safe chemical cocktails.
- Prevent fat gain while bingeing.
- Increase fat-loss 300% with a few bags of ice.
- Sleep 2 hours per day and feel fully rested.
- Go from running 5 kilometers to 50 kilometers in 12 weeks.
- Add 150+ pounds to your lifts in 6 months.
- And, also how he gained 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days, without steroids, and in four hours of total gym time.
Do any of these sound farfetched to you?
As I said earlier, the book contains data from Tim’s own personal experimentation, and also data from several hundred men and women who used these techniques over a two year period.
Some of the things that intrigue me about the content:
- Ferriss claims that if you normally spend two hours at the gym, several times each week, you can get the same, or better results, in a very focused 80 seconds per muscle group.
- He also talks about his simple diet called “The Slow-Carb Diet,” for anyone needing a simple plan to improve their health, and one that will yield fast results. According to Tim, many of his participants lost over 20 pounds within the first month.
I know, that seems like a lot of weight to lose in one month. But then again, we just heard about new research published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, which suggests that fast weight loss has more short-term and long-term advantages, than slower weight loss.
How Should You Read This Book?
Do not read this book from start to finish… Most people won’t need more than 150 pages to reinvent themselves. Pick one appearance goal and one performance goal to start.
For most people, lifestyle change can be pretty daunting. So, the idea that you can change bad habits, one step at a time, makes this approach feel more doable.
Check out the 4-Hour Body – Official Movie Trailer:
The 4-Hour Body is available at Amazon for $15.
Does this book interest you?