The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss

Do you want to be thinner, bigger, faster and stronger? Then you’ve come to the right place. Tim Ferriss has written a book based on his own ideas and lifestyle models and takes us on quite a journey of rediscovering what the body can do and achieve in a small amount of time.

Although Ferriss does not profess to be a doctor, nutritionist, or scientist, he has run many of his ideas past a panel of experts, which have included athletes and scientists, and before anyone follows any of his advice he recommends they first see their doctor.

In his book he covers a range of subjects such as diet, sleep patterns, sexual prowess and exercise. His main aims are to show how you can:

  • Prevent fat gain while bingeing (X-mas, holidays, weekends)
  • Increase fat-loss 300% with a few bags of ice
  • Sleep 2 hours per day and feel fully rested
  • Produce 15-minute female orgasms
  • Triple testosterone and double sperm count
  • Go from running 5 kilometres to 50 kilometres in 12 weeks
  • Reverse “permanent” injuries
  • Add 150+ pounds to your lifts in 6 months

The idea of the book is simple: Less is more, and small, simple changes produce long-lasting effects. “There is zero room for misunderstanding and visible results compel you to continue,” Ferriss writes in his book. “If results are fast and measurable, self-discipline isn’t needed.” Ferriss suggests simple easy steps to follow that will change the way you perform and live your life. He recommends six 20 minute naps a day rather than a full 8 hours of straight sleep. He is also a big fan of ice baths or very, very cold showers. His reasoning is that cold triggers hormones which aid and speed fat loss. He has very specific ideas on diet, preferring a ‘slow carb’ diet that will enable you to lose 20pounds in 30 days without exercise. The low carb diet involves eating no white bread, white rice, potatoes, and other white carbs or whole grains and steel-cut oats. Other foods which are outlawed are all fruit and dairy (except cottage cheese) but you can have one “all-you-can-eat day” each week. Cottage cheese speeds fat loss, unlike other dairy products, which slow it, Ferriss writes. He suggests that you eat the same small meals over and over and over again and do not get your calorie intake from drinks. You can however have two glasses of red wine a day.

You can watch a trailer of the 4 Hour Body below;

As regards exercise Ferriss prefers using kettle bells and dumbbells and swinging them. A couple of sessions of 25 minutes a week with 10 sets of 10 repetitions should see you with the body you always wished for. In the book he shows you how to build the perfect posterior, a guide to achieving six-minute abs with two exercises that actually work and how to gain 34 pounds of muscles in 28 days. As for credentials, Tim Ferriss was nominated as one of Fast Company’s ‘Most Innovative Business People of 2007’, is the author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek best-seller, The 4-Hour Workweek, which has now 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 kick-boxing champion (Sanshou), a guest lecturer at Princeton University, and faculty member at Singularity University, based at NASA Ames Research Center.

For more information visit www.fourhourbody.com and his book is available from www.amazon.co.uk