The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

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The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

  • The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman [Hardcover]

Thinner, bigger, faster, stronger… which 150 pages will you read?

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

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  1. Jason Cai says:
    1,889 of 2,054 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Here’s what I got out of it, December 14, 2010

    This review is from: The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman (Hardcover)

    I enjoyed the book. I’m not going to claim that the book is perfect or earth-shattering or anything like that. I did find it entertaining to read all the stuff Tim Ferriss put himself through. I’ve also benefited from some of his recommendations (though not all). Here’s what’s in the book so you can make your own decision. I’ve read all 571 pages and tried most of the strategies (I had my copy for a while because I got my hands on an advanced copy).

    Ferriss spent more than a decade researching, monitoring, and noting the progress of his own mind and body. He served as his own laboratory genea pig and also played the role of a doctor, physical therapist, and coach to prepare for this book. Like a school boy, Ferris teaches you how to get your classwork done fast so you can go out and play. He asks you to be skeptical of the book and try only that which you think will help you.

    Here’s what’s in it:

    Chapter 1: Fundamentals–First And Foremost

    * Ferriss describes the “Mininum Effective Dose” (doing the bare minimum to gain the most desired outcome).

    Chapter 2: Ground Zero–Getting Started and Swaraj

    * Uses Mahatma Gandhi reference to make the case that only we can govern our body and destiny by what we purposely choose to do.

    Chapter 3: Subtracting Fat

    Five rules for cutting body fat:
    1. Avoid “white” carbohydrates
    2. Eat the same few meals over and over again
    3. Don’t drink calories
    4. Don’t eat fruit
    5. Take one day off per week

    * The Lost Art of Bingeing: Specific steps to minimize fat gain while splurging

    Chapter 4: Adding Muscle

    * Building the Perfect Posterior
    * Ferriss turns the table for readers who wish to gain weight by offering strategies on how to gain 34 pounds in 28 days with exercises like the Occam’s Protocoli, the Bike-Shed Effect, and GOMAD (Gallon of Milk a Day).

    Chapter 5: Improving Sex

    * Ferriss tells a story about a promise he made to a female yoga instructor who have never experienced an orgasm in her life that he “would fix her inability to orgasm”
    * the women has to bring herself “there.”
    * men need to change the angle and pressure during penetration.

    * The 15-min Female Orgasm
    1. Explain to partner that you will touch her
    2. Get into position
    3. Find the Upper-Quadrant Point of the Clitoris, and Stroke Lightly–for 15 minutes.

    Chapter 6: Perfecting Sleep

    How to Fall Asleep Faster:
    * Focus on getting to sleep
    * 67ºF to 70ºF is the best room temperature to fall asleep
    * Eat a large fat-and protein-dominated meal 3 hours before bedtime
    * Use low light in the bedroom
    * Take a cold bath an hour before bed
    * Use a humidifier to generate cool mist
    * Try to sleep in the half-military crawl position

    How to Sleep Less and Feel Great
    * Learn how to manipulate the sleep cycle to stay in REM sleep longer
    * Take frequent 20-min naps throughout the day

    Chapter 7: Reversing Injuries

    * The $10,000 Fix: Ferriss cured his “permanent” injuries by receiving a concoction of chemicals (i.e. Platelet-rich plasma, Stem cell factor, Bone morphogenic proteint-7, Insulin-like growth factor 1) via injection.

    The Cheaper Fix in Stages:
    * Stage 1: Movement
    * Stage 2: Manipulaiton
    * Stage 3: Medication
    * Stage 4: Surgery

    Chapter 8: Running Faster and Farther

    * Jumping Higher: Joe DeFranco, a renowned trainer of the NFL Scouting Combine, worked with Ferriss on his shoulder drive, arm position before the jump, squat stance and hip flexors that allowed Ferriss to jump vertically three inches higher in 48 hours.
    * Running Faster: Joe DeFranco also coached Ferriss on how to run the 40-yard dash faster by correcting Ferriss’s line-and-arm position at the start line. Ferriss was advised to keep his head down, his knee head of his toes, chin tucked and upper body head of lower body, and to take few steps. Ferriss improved his 40-yard dash by .33 seconds in 48 hours.
    * Running Further: Ferriss trains by running 400-meter repeatedly (over and over again) while monitoring quantity of repeats, maximum effort percentage, and rest time. Ken Mierke, a world-champion triathlete helped Ferriss with his stride rate, lean position, and arm movement. With preparation, biomechanics, and training, Ferriss was able to increase his running distance of 5K to 50K in 12 weeks.

    Chapter 9: Getting Stronger
    The gems in this chapter to become stronger as experimented by Ferriss include:
    * Dynamic stretching
    * Bench press, push-ups, deadlift to knees
    * Static Stretching
    * Keep “time under tension” while lifting under 10 seconds to avoid muscle burn.
    * “Lift…

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  2. N. Watson says:
    2,095 of 2,279 people found the following review helpful:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    4 Hour Baloney, save your money, February 22, 2011
    N. Watson (La Jolla, CA USA) –

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    This review is from: The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman (Hardcover)

    Most of the 5-star reviews for 4HB came up on the first day. Given that Tim Ferriss has previously endorsed outsourcing in his Four Hour Workweek, I wonder how many of those 5-star reviews were from his personal assistants abroad.

    Let me start with my bona fides: I am a currently practicing and licensed physician in the state of California. I graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. I am a black belt and a lifelong athlete, and I have been weight training for over 20 years– and unlike Mr. Ferriss, without injuring myself in any way, ever. I have no financial interest in his book or any other product discussed here.

    Regarding the depth of my review of The 4-Hour Body, I spent over […] on the equipment, supplements, and ultrasound machine recommended in the book. I bought the BodyMetrix Professional ultrasound and software he recommends by Intelametrix ([…] after discount for mentioning 4HB book), and completed the 1-on-1 online training despite the fact I am previously certified in performing ultrasound. I engaged my friends and colleagues in a “Fat off” competition with obsessive and objective weight and body fat measurements and followed the routine for 5 weeks as perfectly as I was able. I also experimented (like Mr. Ferriss) using continuous glucose measurement (CGM) to assess minute-to-minute glucose responses to food and exercise using both the DexCom system he recommends as well as the MiniMed Guardian system. I plan to upload a photo of the nutritional supplements I bought, which nearly cover my kitchen table. I downloaded apps to my phone for recording each workout obsessively, and more importantly to help with the very slow rep time he recommends.

    My basic finding is that after trying the diet, supplements, exercise routines and lifestyle changes recommended in the 4-Hour Body that I found no change, whatsoever, in body weight or competition. Nor did any of my other friends trying the book.

    Why doesn’t the 4HB work?

    (1) It takes more than 4 hours a month in the gym to have a great body. I’m sorry, it just does. Mr. Ferriss recommends performing 2-3 SETS, for a total of less than 30 reps, per WEEK, to get a great body. Ask any athlete, bodybuilder, trainer… not enough. Not even close. It’s hogwash. I actually could feel my body dwindling despite eating as much protein as I could stomach.

    (2) Almost all the supplements recommended in 4HB have never been scientifically proven to do what Mr. Ferriss claims they do. Take cissus quadrangularis (page 110), costs about $30 for 120 capsules. He discusses that he took CQ in China while eating a high volume rice diet with sweets and states “CQ preserved my abs”. Really? If that’s the level of evidence that you’re comfortable with, great. But with simultaneous exercise, multiple other ongoing supplements, lifestyle changes, etc., who can tell whether it was CQ or just dietary changes from his being in rural China?

    (3) The diet is just a mishmash of other diet routines, basically Atkins plus paleo with a dash of South Beach Diet. There are important flaws in the diet that should be pointed out. He recommends carbohydrates from beans instead of “white carbohydrates”, hence the “slow-carb” diet. This relies on a bunch of old data regarding glycemic index. The reality about carbohydrate digestion is very different. Carbohydrate digestion is so important that it begins IN THE MOUTH with salivary amylase. Whether you eat a slice of Wonder Bread or a handful of garbanzo beans, the breakdown of these sugars into the body’s currency of glucose is extremely rapid and effective regardless of which form you ingest it in. I have tried this myself using continuous glucose monitoring as recommended in the book. The only way I have found to blunt the sugar rise is simultaneous ingestion of a good quantity of fat. Also, can a diet really be paleo without milk or dairy? And did early Homo sapiens farm for beans and lentils?

    (4) The blood sugar response data in the book is flawed by a misunderstanding of how continuous blood glucose monitoring (CGM) works. He notes “it turned out foods and liquids took much, much longer to get to my bloodstream than one would expect.” But the DexCom SEVEN implant he was using has a 20-30 minute delay between the blood sugar reading you get on a finger stick, and the blood sugar reading on the machine sensor. That is, there is a BUILT IN DELAY (check some online diabetic forums for more info on this) because capillary blood from fingersticks shows changes much faster and more accurately than the interstitial fluid surrounding the implant. So, as noted in (3), sugar responses are actually very fast. Drink that protein shake right before or after the workout, not 1 hour prior like he says.

    (5) Measuring body fat before and after interventions is much less easy than implied in the book. Body scans…

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  3. Momo says:
    1,579 of 1,740 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Over 100 Five Star reviews in less than a day?, December 14, 2010

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    Pro: It has a lot of great information for people who are new to dieting and exercise.
    Easy to read. The split into different chapters you can read without having to read the whole book was a smart choice.
    Simple programs.

    Con: All the information isn’t exactly new or just in this book. For example, the diet is Paleo, which is fine, but not what I expected from the ads. I really hoped for something new here, and what is new sounds dubious at best.
    Some of the claims in the books description are a little exaggerated.
    The work out is not the best. It’s great if you are new to working out, but it’s not enough for someone who is already athletic and looking to improve. If you want to be the best athlete you can, this will take you far but it will not get you there.
    Reversing permanent injuries can be expensive.

    I have a problem with his scientific method. He did a lot of these experiments only on himself, and one after another in a short period of time. His results might be skewed. I’m currently applying a few of his suggestions and have been for 2 weeks. I will update this review in the future if there is any radicle change, but as of now nothing has really happened.

    I also do not like that this book has gotten so many perfect reviews so quickly, and that critical reviews are being removed.

    All in all, the book is grand if you need to be introduced to the word of nutrition and exercise. But if you have read widely on the subjects already and looking for something different and radically new, this book doesn’t really deliver.

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