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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (Dec 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307704610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307704610
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 14.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Devin on Jan. 27 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erica on Aug. 12 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TerriM on Feb. 20 2011
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I have been on the slow carb diet from 4HB for 3 weeks now and are very much enjoying it. What I love about Timothy Ferriss is that he's taking eating and exercising in a new direction, getting maximum results with the minimum amount of effort. To all the naysayers out there: Don't knock it until you've tried it.

I would like to add that my husband and I love the food we are able to eat; things like a simple steak salad with home-made guacamole, black beans, salsa and cilantro. Mmmmmm..... I can honestly say I have yet to feel deprived on this "diet". I have a hard time thinking of it as a diet as I am very much enjoying the meals and never go hungry. It took a bit of tweaking at first, but Tim isn't kidding when he says have 30 grams of protein within an hour of waking up, and if you're hungry throughout the day eat more beans with each meal. Re-fried organic black beans go great on eggs with a fresh slice of tomato! I thought for sure I'd experience some sort of withdrawal symptoms, at least in the first week, from giving up dessert every day and white sugar in my tea, and not to mention pasta! But to my complete surprise I had no problem with the transition. No cravings! I can only surmise it's because my body is still getting exactly what it needs, as long as I make sure to eat enough at each meal, and not skimp on the protein (or beans!). I think drinking black chai tea helps with the sugar cravings.

I love cheat day, as it's fun to eat chocolate guilt-free, but what we've found is that we don't go as crazy as we thought we would. It's basically our day to have a bowl of pasta, maybe pizza, or yummy Italian sandwich. I'm looking forward to having French Toast later today! But I have to say, I'm already craving a healthy green salad!
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111 of 128 people found the following review helpful By darkshadow77 on Dec 22 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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