I’m a sucker for trends — but not in fashion…in books! Especially when it comes to health, fitness and nutrition. I was a terrible math and science student, but for some reason, learning about how our body works is fascinating to me.
This week, the book that is commanding my attention is:
The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferris. You can check out the website here (http://fourhourbody.com) to learn more, but the basic premise, courtesy of the Amazon description, is:
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, from Silicon Valley to South Africa, 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?
I mentioned that I have read a lot of non-fiction books about health and wellness, so I wasn’t as shocked by some of the recommendations Ferris makes as others might be. For example, I learned about HIIT from Body for Life [review] (and Ellington Darden, whom we interviewed for Growing Bolder). I learned about supplements and calorie cycling from Making the Cut [review] and Mastering Your Metabolism. And I learned about plant-based diets from Food Matters, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Eating Animals [review].
I borrowed the book from the library, so I only have 2 weeks to embrace it…but after 15 minutes of reading this morning, I was hooked — and I immediately vowed to start his plan this week. If nothing else, this is another way to challenge myself to stick to a plan, and play around with food and fitness to see how the plan works for my body. I want to withhold judgement on the book until I’m a little further along, so for now, thoughts from a few other bloggers: