Since we all want to improve our lives in some way, shape, or form, there are hundreds of books for us to enjoy that promise to show us just how to do that.
Nevertheless, every now and then a book comes along that stands out among the rest and offers advice most of us have never heard before, and one of these books is The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.
The complete title is The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman, and it has some very unconventional tips and suggestions in it.
I will break down the core basics so you will see for yourself if and why The 4-Hour Body really works.
What Is it All About?
This book starts out by claiming it will help you make transformations in your life that will help you lose 20 pounds in 30 days without exercising and even achieve 15-minute orgasms. Ferriss concentrates on areas such as:
- Choosing medical treatments outside of the United States
The good thing about the claims made by Ferriss is that he spent many years using himself as a guinea pig to test out everything he describes in his book. He ran his ideas through professional athletes, scientists, and experts on many different topics, because he himself is not a doctor.
In addition, he recommends that people see their own doctor before heeding any of his advice in the book. He is not, in other words, just spewing out information without any merit or making things up because everything he recommends in his book has a solid basis.
Just the Basics
So, what is the gist of the book? It’s really very simple. Ferriss advocates that “less is more” and that even making small, simple changes can have life-altering effects. His “diet” makes a lot of sense because it eliminates “white” carbs such as white rice, potatoes, white bread, and so on.
Other foods eliminated include whole grains, fruit, all dairy except for cottage cheese, and a few others. He also recommends you eat several small meals over and over again. He even allows you to drink up to two glasses of red wine per night, but beer and white wine are off-limits.
Like many other successful diets, Ferriss’ plan allows you to eat large quantities of most vegetables, including broccoli, asparagus, peas, cauliflower, and green beans. Finally, he allows you to “eat anything you want with no restrictions” one day out of the week, which is a favorite aspect of the diet plan for many people.
Ferriss is also a fan of cold showers and ice baths, which he says will speed up the weight-loss process. This philosophy is actually supported by many doctors, although most claim that drinking a glass of cold water before you eat your meal will do the same thing – and skipping the cold showers is something I’m not averse to.
How Has the Book Been Received?
The 4-Hour Body was published in 2010 and spent three weeks in the top three list on The New York Times’ bestseller list. Like most books related to diet and health, the book has had its share of controversy. Much of the skepticism comes from medical personnel, but you can’t argue with its success.
Many people have tried his tips and suggestions and have lost a lot of weight and become much healthier in just a short period of time. The elimination of white carbs is something agreed upon by most experts to be one of the smartest suggestions in the entire book.
But of course, the book is about far more than just diet and eating the right foods. It teaches you how to “reinvent” yourself and gain more satisfaction and happiness in your life. His “slow carb” diet seems to be working for a lot of people, and he writes his book with both wisdom and a perky sense of humor.
Yet another reason his approach to great living is so popular with so many people is that his suggestions don’t have to be taken exactly as they are printed just for you to be successful at them. In fact, you can tweak them a little bit and still lose weight and feel better about yourself, which is yet another reason for the book’s popularity.
The 15-minute orgasm? I’ll leave you to decide that one for yourself!
My Own Experience With The 4-Hour Body
When I took on the Insanity Workout 60 day challenge, I adopted a few of the eating rules from The 4-Hour Body. In particular, the breakfast consisting of beans, eggs, spinach and salsa. It’s actually pretty tasty, way nicer than it looks in the picture anyway.
For me, the hardest and most counter-intuitive instruction is letting go of fruit. We’ve been programmed our whole lives to believe that fruit is healthy and should form a core part of our diet. It is healthy, yes, but it’s packed full of sugar and if you really want to drop weight, you’ve gotta lose the fruit. You could perhaps include a few low sugar fruits like blueberries or maybe grapefruit.
If you read my Insanity post, you’ll see that I didn’t quite get the 6-pack that I wanted and I’m sure it’s because I ate too much fruit in the first few weeks while I was still rewiring my brain. Giving up the white carbs or the devil’s spunk to be crass and the beer, wasn’t that difficult, surprisingly.
All-in-all, The 4-Hour Body is a great book with very practical and realistic advice on how to get the best out of your body. Although I’m not following it strictly at the moment, I still adopt at least one of Tim’s eating rules everyday. Especially the 2 glasses of red wine a night!
Thanks for reading my review of Why The 4-Hour Body Really Works. I hope you found it useful.
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If you’re really wanting to fully internalize The 4-Hour Body, I suggest listening to the audio book while taking notes. If you’re more of a visual learner, then read the book and listen to the audio book for additional repetition of the principles.
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