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The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Timothy Ferriss , Zach McLarty
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Dec 14 2010

Thinner, bigger, faster, stronger... which section of the audiobook will you listen to?

Is it possible to: Reach your genetic potential in 6 months? Sleep 2 hours per day and perform better? Lose more fat than a marathoner by bingeing? Yes, and much more.

Join author Tim Ferriss as he shares the incredible experiments he's done over 10 years to beat genetics and achieve the impossible ... for himself and more than 200 men and woman aged 18 to 70.

It's up to you to choose your own adventure: Want to lose 30 pounds of fat in 30 days without exercise? Run 50 kilometers after just 12 weeks of training? That's just the tip of the iceberg.

You don't need better genetics or more discipline. You need immediate results that compel you to continue. That's exactly what The 4-Hour Body delivers.

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"Mr. Ferriss makes difficult things seem very easy." NY Times

About the Author

TIMOTHY FERRISS, nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007,” is author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been published in 35 languages.  

Wired magazine has called Tim “The Superman of Silicon Valley” for his manipulation of the human body. He is a tango world record holder, former national kickboxing champion (Sanshou), guest lecturer at Princeton University, and faculty member at Singularity University, based at NASA Ames Research Center.

When not acting as a human guinea pig, Tim enjoys speaking to organizations ranging from Nike to the Harvard School of Public Health.

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, but not from start to finish Jan. 27 2011
By Devin
I would say that 2/3 of the book really appeals to me, and the other 1/3 does not, and yet I feel like the $24 I spent on this 500 page beast of a book was well worth the price. From reading some reviews and discussion surrounding this book, I've come to realize that a lot of people really seem to hate it and its author Timothy Ferriss. I've seen him being accused of hacking Amazon's rating system (check the article comments on TechCrunch) and it's been said that he's nothing more than a sleazy marketer who knows how to talk up a room. As for the book, there are some people who write it off as being "nothing new" or full of unsubstantiated claims. I'd venture a guess that 99% of those people haven't actually read it. The book does make a lot of bold claims, some which may seem unbelievable (gain 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days by only working out for 60 minutes per week? Yeah, right!) at first, but then become more plausible as you delve deeper into the book.

This is one of those books that has a little bit of something for everybody, and is not intended to be read from front to back. There are sections on how to build muscle, how to lose fat, how to get a 6-pack, and even how to improve your sex life.

I've learned a lot from reading this book, and one of the most important things I've come to realize is that what you eat, and when you eat it, matters a lot more than how many hours you spend on the treadmill. Exercise is obviously important, but ultimately it's all about what you eat. You can go to the gym everyday, run 60 minutes on the treadmill and lift a bunch of weights, but if you go home and eat a bunch of packaged foods and drink a keg of beer, you're going to get fat.
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109 of 126 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak follow up Dec 22 2010
I'm a big fan of the Four Hour Work Week. Not only was it a great read, but it contained rather unique ideas that caused me to reevaluate how to run my business and also my life. I would go as far to say that it is one of the last decade's seminal pieces of business literature that all serious business people should read.

With that in mind, it's unfortunate that The Four Hour Body is such a big let down. First, it's not really a book, but rather a series of independent chapters that the author says can be read independently. As such, the book doesn't really flow, and there's no real end goal. Second, I really can't tell who the target audience is, but a lot of the book appears to be geared towards people with very serious athletic ambitions. Want to run marathons, fix previous injuries with plasma injections, or lift more than 3x your weight? Sure, you'll get something out of the book. But the legions of normal people who bought the Four Hour Work Week probably won't.

Another problem I have is that the majority of the links that the author uses in the book appear to be affiliate links where the author makes money when someone purchases an item. Given that I can't seem to find any disclaimer that this is the case, I personally feel like it undercuts the serious message in some of the chapters, especially with the chapter on how to lose weight. How does one know that those supplements aren't being recommended simply to make money off of them? It's a conflict of interest, and it undercuts the message.

The author also has spent a lot of time doing medical experiments on himself, the results of which are used to reinforce some of the ideas in the book. Unfortunately, a experiment with one person is completely useless statistically.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logical ideas that actually work Aug. 12 2011
By Erica
Ferriss' book is easy to read, well organized and interesting enough that it usually can't be put down before finishing a chapter. So many of his plans seem so simple and yet they work so well. I especially like that Ferriss never tags plans as "his ideas": he observes and listens carefully to others and pounces when he sees something he'd like to test. The book is honest and real with no nonsense rules for losing weight, sleeping and getting stronger. I've been quoting it for weeks, trying to convince everyone I know to eat protein for breakfast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Was Duped May 11 2014
By Bookie
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Wow, was this bad! I should have known by the title that this book would be way too good to be true, but I am guilty of hoping for miracles. I can't imagine how a person gets away with making such outrageous claims. I was so embarrassed at having been sucked in by this bluster, I hid the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works! (So far) Feb. 16 2011
Well, one week into using this book with a focus on rapid fat-loss, I am down 5 lbs. That includes one binge day and six strict days. 15 lbs. to go and then I'll be focussing on muscle gain. The book is laid out so you only need to read the chapters necessary to accomplish your own personal goals. 4 chapters for rapid fat loss, a few chapters for rapid muscle gain, more chapters for optimum fitness. Cool concept that works, so I'm recommending it so far. More opinion to come later as I tackle more goals.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pareto Principle applied to body hacking Jan. 11 2011
I recently received this book as a gift (but had been planning to buy it anyway) and am very pleased with it so far.

As has been noted in other reviews, the book is not one that is intended to be read cover to cover. So far, I have implemented just one piece of advice from the book, and that was to eat two tablespoons of almond butter before bed to make waking up easier by combating low blood sugar. As someone who would wake up at 11 am if left to my own devices and still feel tired, I was thrilled with the results! I had an excellent night's sleep and woke more refreshed than I have in years.

Though I have yet to implement them, the chapters on muscle gain make sense for a hard-gainer like myself. The advice is very similar to what is written in Scrawny to Brawny, which I know from experience works for slight-of-build folk.

From my own experience so far, I would say this book does what it states and would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
Awesome book! Love Tim Ferriss' writing style. This book keeps you fascinated by all of the superhuman research that Tim has done.
Published 2 months ago by Andrew S
2.0 out of 5 stars it wasn't worth money we spent on it
We definitely wouldn't recommend this one for a serious reading - too many words, not enough content. Verbose… Not enough synthesis: lots of ingredients - not properly cooked
Published 2 months ago by Elena
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, Engaging, Unique... Sometimes Questionable
I really enjoyed reading this book and have adopted a lot of Tim Ferriss' advice. That said, a lot has to be taken with a grain of salt - or, better yet, just testing it out to see... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars New Look At Health and Fittness
This book is a must for fittness and health enthusiasts. Definately has a different approach/view than most other books. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Travelling Twosome
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating
I was hoping to be able to get the basics for this weight loss method, but being downloaded onto my Kindle didn't allow me to flip through pages and there is far to much blah blah... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Isobel
2.0 out of 5 stars potentially valuable but enragingly written
I have not yet had an opportunity to implement and test his recommendations, but feel compelled to warn you off on the writing quality alone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stewart Thomson
1.0 out of 5 stars worse book I have ever attempted to read.
Most reader unfriendly book I have ever even tried to read... Not even one
thought to actually want to read it
Published 8 months ago by medora
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth The Price
A lot of good information in it that could be summed up in 2 chapters. Not easy to put all the info together because it's doled out in dribs and drabs in a hap-hazard way.
Published 8 months ago by Susan Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
The best advice I can find for utilization of this book is the advice Timothy Ferriss gives on using what you need, as you need it, don't try and read it cover to cover. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carole Poche
5.0 out of 5 stars Original
I like the research that's gone into this book. Friends of mine have had amazing success with this program and I look forward to the same.
Published 13 months ago by N. Joyce
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