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    Has anybody read the book The 4 Hour Body, and whats it all about? Ive seen it a lot online and in stores just seeing whats the scoop on it and is it supposed to be paleo? Thanks

  • #2
    Utter bullshit.

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    • #3
      hahaha Thats what I figured. But had seen the cover on some paleo sites.. started to think it was paleo

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      • #4
        I read bits and was amused. He talks about eating grass fed beef 3x a day for 3 weeks... which just sounds like fun. But he's all over the map.

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        • #5
          There are threads on thisbsite about it.

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          • #6
            I am told that Ferris is a "body hacker" and have yet to really figure out what that means. Something to do with applying "best practices" as gathered from cutting edge bio science and this results in turning your genetic potential/malleability "on".

            Ferris really comes across as a bit of a charlatan but you have to hand it to him, he is clearly marketing the living shit out of himself.

            I can't tell if this represents an amplication of every self centred desire or the empowerment to stand outside preconceived notions. I do know that his website makes my head spin with the amount of money making going on.

            As for the workout aspect, I am currently using the Body by Science approach to strength building and will give it about 12 weeks to see where I stand. One thing for sure, I will never return to the 3-4 workouts a week I used to engage in; zero desire, poor results and in the end profound exhaustion.

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            • #7
              I enjoyed the book, I've implemented his kettlebell workout, so far with amazing results.

              Sure, it's not for everyone and everything in it is not for me, but if you're willing to read it as it's intended to be read, as a 'choose your own adventure' book, then it can be quite interesting.

              But then I read a book every two days, so I don't put hours of thought into book purchases and consider it a success if it holds my interest for the time it takes to read it
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              • #8
                Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
                I enjoyed the book,
                Sure, it's not for everyone and everything in it is not for me, but if you're willing to read it as it's intended to be read, as a 'choose your own adventure' book, then it can be quite interesting.
                I agree, oh and I have just noticed your from Perth too.
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                • #9
                  I have read it, really enjoyed it actually. It's got a lot of different goals, and explains what was the most effective method for him and some of his test subjects.

                  I was interested in his slow carb diet a while ago... it's not paleo but I think he recommends it due to it being a diet effective for fat loss - without the effort of convincing people that saturated fat is actually good for them (as with paleo). It's goals are not the health benefits of paleo.

                  The interesting topics for me where: becoming superhuman, adding muscle, and how to train for long distance running. It's not particularly detailed in any aspect, but more of a jack of all trades type book.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
                    Sure, it's not for everyone and everything in it is not for me, but if you're willing to read it as it's intended to be read, as a 'choose your own adventure' book, then it can be quite interesting.
                    Could not have said it better! I am not done reading it yet but one thing I have already taken from it is that I am going to start using fresh cinnamon on a daily basis. I like the work that he did with the glucose meter also. I have recently decided to try some glucose testing (heart scan blog method) and reading what Ferris did kind of confirmed it for me. I don't know what else I may take away from the book....but if you are a reader and can adhere the advice above from NourishedEm - I say buy it and read it.
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                    • #11
                      the cold shower idea i like, the orgasm section is interesting, kettlebells are awesome, and everything about his supplements and diet is BS
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                      • #12
                        It's dressed up as a miracle fix but it's actually a solid book for the most part. Just take the miracle fix anecdotes with a grain of salt.

                        The main issue I have with it is that it doesn't hold together as a whole. There's like 3 different diets for different chapters, none of which I'd use long-term for a healthy lifestyle. It's interesting though and for the most part he's well researched and knows what he's talking about, despite the hype.

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                        • #13
                          Holy shit, Tim Ferriss is on Dr. Oz right now.

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                          • #14
                            4 Hour Body

                            Liked the book. Tim puts his money where his mouth is with his personal experimentation. While I have tried to get my wife to go paleo, Tim's approach of 6 days on and 1 day of "feast" finally got her on the program. I think he is right. We all cheat, might as well plan for it.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MalPaz View Post
                              the cold shower idea i like, the orgasm section is interesting, kettlebells are awesome, and everything about his supplements and diet is BS
                              This has been my impression of the book so far (about half-way through).

                              Some interesting ideas and you have to give the man credit for making himself a human guinea pig, but many of the insights on diet seemed way off. He chose Saturdays for his day of gluttony, literally stuffing himself to the point of being sick with everything from pizza to twinkies.. It would take me the rest of the weekend just to recover from that binge, who wants to be bloated and miserable like that..
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