What is the 4-Hour Body?

Are you fascinated with the sudden popularity of the book known as the Four Hour Body, or 4HB, to those in the know? You may be wondering what all the excitement is about. So here is a brief overview of the latest book by Timothy Ferriss. Firstly, Tim is well know to many and on the NY Times best seller list for his book “The 4-Hour Work Week”, which is literally about how to work only 4 hours of work per week and be even more successful, achieving more in less time. Tim has been well known to the blogging and podcasting worlds for some time.

Tim describes himself as a “life hacker”. His mantra:”efficiency” –  get more done with less. Fascinated all his adult life with improving his physical body, he has documented his obsessive quest to be superhuman since the age of 18, recording almost every workout since then and having over 1000 blood tests personally since 2004.

The 4-Hour body is not your conventional diet, health or exercise book. He has picked the brains of the best the best in the world:  scientists; peak-performance athletes; sport medical physicians; nutritionalists; sporting coaches; personal trainers and researchers. Neither a medical doctor or PhD himself, Tim claims to be a meticulous “data cruncher” who has been in a rare position to be able to synthesise all the information given by diverse bodies of knowledge and then test the hypothesis himself and then has trialled his findings that have lead to his ‘slow carb diet’ on a group of 194 people. TIm provides detailed information so you can conduct your own 4-Hour Body experiment or challenge. He also gives you some advice to teach the average person without knowledge of research methodology a crash course in how to interpret research data yourself and spot the limitations of a particular researcher’s findings.

The back of the book provides a great overall description of the book-

– how to lose those last 5-10 pounds (or 100+ pounds) with odd combos of food and safe chemical cocktails.

– how to prevent fat gain while bingeing

– how to increase fat-loss 300% using temperature manipulation

– how tim gained 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days, no steroids and 4 hrs total gym time

– how to sleep 2 hours per day and feel fully rested

– how to produce 15 minute female orgasms

– how to triple testosterone and double sperm count

– how to go form running 5 km to 50 km in 12 weeks

– how to reverse permanent injuries

– how to add 150+ pounds to your lifts in 6 months

– how to pay for a beach vacation with one hospital visit.

Well folks, as you can see this book has it all.  There is something in this book for everyone. (note to self for gifts!) The only thing he has left out is how to stay sane raising kids and maintain outstanding relationships!  My wish is his new obsession becomes just this. Tim is still single and child free.