As I mentioned before, I have read and enjoyed Tim Ferris’ first book The 4-Hour Work Week. His straight to the point, no fluff style is what really pulled me in to his writing. As I finished that book, I also realized he backs most or all of his findings with extensive testing and retesting. Not only does this make him more credible to the audience, it adds to the originality of his conclusions.
Although a bit neurotic in his dedication to removing meaningless variables from his tests, he has a very down to earth approach when applying his findings to real life situations. The following is my review on the various sections of new book. I hope you find this 4-Hour Body review helpful.
WEIGHT LOSS CHAPTERS
It was in 2006 that I finally lost the 10 pounds I had put on in college. At this point I have been down around 6-8% body fat for around 24 months. This has given me the ability to continue to play sports recreationally, as well as run my first official race, which is a 10k mud run in the middle of summer. Although it might seem like a small feat, I would have never entertained the idea of running recreationally nor for fun before I lost the weight.
Ferriss stresses that people should always be eating low on the glycemic index in order to maintain your blood sugar level. This is something that I feel strongly about and have been applying to my diet since around the time I started to lose weight. The benefits of this advice goes beyond weight loss. There are dietary additions you can make as well, such as lemon juice or cinnamon. Ferris mentions that by adding these to foods you can literally lower their glycemic index. It was great to read information I had known about for a while now, showing that he has done his own research to verify such findings.
Ferriss has excellent tips for choosing low glycemic index foods. Avoid white flour, artificial sugars, and any refined carbs. One tip that I’ve been casually following for last two years is not to drink your calories. I’ve read mixed information about fruit juices and their health benefits. But Ferris stresses not to drink fruit juices as they pack a ton of sugar. He also writes that you shouldn’t eat fruit because the fructose in it converts to glycerol phosphate and fat to store in your body.
The best part about Ferris’s meal plan is his “Day Off”. He recommends taking a day off every week from the diet plan. On this day you are allowed to eat literally ANYTHING you want, and I mean anything. His suggestion is that by keeping your metabolism up, it aides in the loss of fat throughout the week.
Ferriss endorses not consuming dairy, since it provides a high insuline reaction in spite of it’s very low glycemic index.
The theme throughout his meal plan is that he advocates a high-protein diet with few carbs, “slow carbs” to be precise. You learn that he feels slow carbs provide more stable long-term energy. Since I have been an avid fan of the Paleo Diet for a few years now, I feel strongly that his recommended diet is one that provides true results to his claims.
I appreciate what Ferris has discovered in his book because it doesn’t contain any ground breaking claims of some sort of science exploding diet. Rather, it is a combination of very effective and very well-known ideas. He has combined findings from several theories, tested them, and found which are the most effective while removing the ideas that are not needed. New ideas are constantly being “discovered” with diets, but the truth is we have always had the answers, it just takes the application and discipline that many do not have to find the answers.
Now unless someone tests the hundreds of ideas out there in order to find the fads, we wouldn’t have meaningful and verfiable data. Tim Ferris has taken the time as an honest, down-to-earth run-of-the-mill guy to answer the questions we all have. I highly recommend the diet section of this book! It offers a ton of valuable facts about dieting that took me years to learn on my own.
I’ve heard so many different claims, and had people around me try variations of them all. His diet plan is undoubtedly the best I’ve stumbled upon as it brings together knowledge provided by several distinct areas and does so with some more recent verifiable science.