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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2011
In this book Tim has basically taken all the latest research on body modification, nutrition and training and tested it on himself. And it is absolutely fascinating.

Dont buy another book on dieting, exercise, losing weight, running faster, living longer, jumping higher, female orgasms, or holding your breath for as long as David Blaine until you have read this book.

It is fascinating.

And probably one of the best sections is the chapter on the reality behind "scientific" studies and research. This book will split your skull and OPEN YOUR MIND like nothing else.

Oh and I took one tip from this book and immediately started losing weight. After years and years of trying.

Thank you Tim!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2011
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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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2011
nothing but a compendium of many other diets that have already been published like the zone, atkins, etc. Otherwise the work of a man who for the sake of making discovery about the body and its response to various experiences, is rather abusive to his own body, not something i want to emulate in my weight loss; rather i want to learn to be disciplined but kind
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2011
I just spent a day munching on chocolate, croissants, caramel dip, chips, alcohol, and cheese...I've lost 5 pounds in the last two weeks. THIS DIET ROCKS!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2011
Loved the first two-thirds of the Four Hour Workweek. I've also enjoyed following Tim Ferriss's blog as well. So when I saw he'd written a book about the body, mind and other physical issues, I thought great, being an avid workout fiend, and always looking to improve on my genetic lot in life.

What a huge disappointment. Don't be fooled - the depth of research and discussion is non-existent, and his use of personal anecdotes and observations should be discounted - everyone is different.

It is also hugely contradictory from chapter to chapter. For example he talks about the ills of dairy products one chapter, to espousing the virtues of it in another.

He dangerously discusses nootropics, and the discussions on sleep phasing is almost ridiculous.

I don't know... a huge huge disappointment, and there are certainly better sources of information in other books and on the web if needed on almost every subject in this book.

Don't buy. Take it out of the library (like I did).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I was skeptical, but a few of my friends were into The 4 Hour Body, so despite my doubts, I gave it a try. I've lost 17 lbs so far and have tons of energy, am sleeping like a baby and have been hungry only twice in the last few weeks. I'm effortlessly staying on it and don't feel deprived at all. If you want a diet book, there's lots out there, but if you want people to freak out when you take off your shirt, this is a fantastic book! I'm in my 59th year but have a resting pulse of 52 and am amazingly toned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
Love this book, it`s my bible now.
Sure the ways to lose body fat is eating repetitive meals but hey, it works.
I`m not too sure about avoiding fruits 6 days a week so
be sure to add multi-vitamins supplements if you`re following the fat-loss diet.
Make sure you drink plenty of water and most of all, feel great. (ok now i sound like some tv-advertiser lol)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2011
Interesting book made up of examples where folks have tried various fitness, sports and diet routines. I like it because it's easy to pick up and quickly read one example story. Really big table type book you'd keep as reference.
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I have been following the advice of this readable book: treat it like buffet and only read the sections that interest me at the moment -- which, at this point, is about losing weight. I have been on the program for 1 week, including the one binge day and so far have gained 1.8 lbs but lost 5.25 inches overall. The lack of weight loss is discouraging but the loss of inches is encouraging.
I would have found the book more helpful if there had been recipes, more meal plans and a list of protein food items with gram and weight equivalents, i.e., how much actual protein (in grams) is in one ounce of xxx protein source. Perhaps it is there but I haven't found it yet.
There may be too many topics addressed in this book, i.e., focus on rapid fat-loss or incredible sex?
He is an enjoyable writer and the book is nicely set up (for the science geeks or not).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2011
This book has some great information, but is very poorly written. It's almost as if the author is spitting information at you. In a way it was an annoying read.

However there is bits and bites that any health enthusiast can take with them. It had some great information on a few new Ab workouts, and kettle bells, the meal plans are simple and reasonable and his three scale approach to sliding the percentage of exercise, diet and supplements is smart.

I find Tim Ferriss an interesting guy and someone to learn from, however this book is not a plan that the majority of us can live by. I see most people taking some good information from it and applying working it into there existing routine.

All in all good information, but again, very poorly written.
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