The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

by Timothy Ferriss
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The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 979 reviews.
Snowcrash1984 More than 1 year ago
I was massively disappointed in this book. I have found enough errors and half truths in the book that I would have to view everything else written in the book as suspect. "Facts" like an hour on a stairmaster only burning 7 calories more than an hour watching TV... that just isn't possible. But the thing that really killed the book for me was using Dave Palumbo as a muscle mass building example. The guy went from 140lbs to 310lbs. Tim gives us a detailed account of his diet. WOW! GREAT! But oops! Tim forgets to make any mention of the fact that this guy also got busted for trafficking human growth hormone a few years ago. (just google "Dave Palumbo arrested") Secretely using human growth hormone (like Palumbo) to bulk, then telling me about your diet so I can bulk like you is a lie. Now regardless of how you feel about the use of illegal substances, I feel like the whole example in Tim's book is basically a fraud when he leaves out that part of the story. So how many of his other fantastic tales are tainted in such a way? Later in the book Tim discusses Ben Johnson the Canadian sprinter, he talks all about how his brilliant coach trained him in ways that maximized his recovery... again no mention of the controlled substances infamously involved that got Ben Johnson's Olympic gold medal revoked. If Tim Ferris wants to promote controlled substances that is one thing, but if he wants to brag about their results, BUT NOT MENTION THAT DRUGS WERE INVOLVED, that is just fraud. If the book at least seemed factual I could forgive the nauseating amount of product promotion within the text. It even contains convenient web links to where we can buy all these gizmos and supplements that we supposedly need to achieve his amazing results. How much did these companies pay for this type of product placement? Again, if you want to use a controlled substance to train, that is your business. But then don't turn around and try and sell me all the other products promoted in this book and tell me that is how you got your results. After reading this book I can't help but think that Tim is laughing all the way to the bank.
Jason_Cai More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. I'm not going to claim that the book is perfect or earth-shattering or anything like that. I did find it entertaining to read all the stuff Tim Ferriss put himself through. I've also benefited from some of his recommendations (though not all). My biggest criticism is the book didn't do enough with the mind part. For that, you might want to read "Emotional Intelligence 2.0". That book did a great deal for my mind. For The 4-Hour Body, here's what's in the book so you can make your own decision. I've read all 571 pages and tried most of the strategies (I had my copy for a while because I got my hands on an advanced copy). Ferriss spent more than a decade researching, monitoring, and noting the progress of his own mind and body. He served as his own laboratory genea pig and also played the role of a doctor, physical therapist, and coach to prepare for this book. Like a school boy, Ferris teaches you how to get your classwork done fast so you can go out and play. He asks you to be skeptical of the book and try only that which you think will help you. Chapter 1: Fundamentals--First And Foremost Chapter 2: Ground Zero--Getting Started and Swaraj Chapter 3: Subtracting Fat Chapter 4: Adding Muscle Chapter 5: Improving Sex Chapter 6: Perfecting Sleep Chapter 7: Reversing Injuries Chapter 8: Running Faster and Farther Chapter 9: Getting Stronger Chapter 10: From Swimming to Swinging Chapter 11: On Longer and Better Life
kegger999 More than 1 year ago
First, to address those who suggest Tim Ferriss and/or people in his circle are manufacturing the 5 star reviews: I have read his other book and most of his blog and, frankly, it wouldn't surprise me if this was true. I mean, the guy has won awards for shameless self-promotion - draw your own conclusion. As for the book itself - I thought it was pretty interesting. I have not tried any of the methods in the book, but I plan to try a few of them out before I make a hard judgment of the book. I have read a ton of books on body design and fitness, and this one has quite a few tricks I have not heard before. One downside I see is the emphasis on supplementation, but Ferriss is known for always looking for the extreme shortcut that produces results, so I wasn't too surprised. His methodology centers on this concept of the smallest change that produces the max results which leaves very little wiggle room in most of the methods. One tip: DO AS THE BOOK SAYS AND DON'T READ IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH. I did this - big mistake. You really have to pick and choose your goals and only read the applicable info, otherwise you will be extremely confused and the book will seem to contradict itself over and over. If you just read the chapters that apply to what you want to get out of it then you should be ok. Is this the end-all-be-all body design book? I don't know, but it's worth a read. I'm gonna give some of the chapters a shot and see what happens.
maycausefatigue More than 1 year ago
Yes, a lot of the ideas in this book are extreme. The core diet plan itself is centered around a pretty limiting diet 6 days a week + 1 cheat day where you can go as crazy as you like (as long as you prepare with the right supplements and exercises). Yet Ferriss has documented extraordinary results in 30 days by implementing his methods to a "T". Reading this book changed my perspective. I came away with a whole new strategy for losing 20 lbs and the idea that weight loss doesn't have to take a lifetime nor do traditional methods always get the job done best. If you have tried dieting, long workouts, or maybe are just tired of lackluster results, this book can be the swift kick in the pants you need to jumpstart your journey to an amazing body. Please note that I bought the ereader version of this book to read on my mac (I do not own a nook) and am having problems with the images not showing up. The images are a key part of the book, therefore if you plan on reading this book on your mac, I suggest purchasing a hardcopy as I've been back and forth with BN customer service 3 times to no avail.
Colleen33 More than 1 year ago
I really appreciate this book. I enjoy Timothy Ferriss' writing and sense of humor.  I am impressed with the knowledge that he has & shares.  As weight gain comes very easily on my body,  I have been on food diets for almost 30 years now. I have been living Tim Ferriss' suggested slow carb life style for 3 months now and I have maintained my ideal weight without the calorie counting.  I enjoy feeling well in my body and light in my step. This is a great book that I refer to over and over again.  Other books I  refer to repeatedly again and again are any and all books by authors Ariel & Shya Kane.  Their books produce well being in my life that I could have never imagined. Check out their books "Working On Yourself Doesn't Work" and "How to Have A Match Made in Heaven". Books by Ferriss and the Kanes provide well-being inside & out!
lemme14 More than 1 year ago
I really can't understand the quantity of positive reviews. Something just seems fishy regarding that, though I have no proof, only doubts. Maybe there is something to Tim's research, but in my opinion, most of his success probably just comes down to genetics. I should have learned when I bought the 4-Hour Workweek. The concept seemed great. The first few pages were very interesting. Then it just fell apart and wasn't practical for a lot of people. I lost interested when he started talking about weighting his own "poo" to prove a point on his binge day. Truth be told, there is some good information in this book. Part of the reason I got it is that I consider myself a sponge when it comes to fitness and nutrition. In the end, the book could have had all the relevant nutritional information condensed into about 75 pages, and the info in those pages has already been published ad nauseum. The strength training section is worthless.
radbookie More than 1 year ago
Sure it made me chuckle a couple of times, but overall I thought this book sucked. I can't keep all of the supplements straight that he recommends. I'm still confused on what is the overall point of this book. It would have been helpful to have some kind of chart or example of a typical day that summarizes all of the crap he recommends you take (pills, special teas, etc). I think he tried too hard to add validity in what he was saying. You can call me prude - but I thought it was unnecessary to swear throughout the book. You can still make a valid point without throwing the F word in. Just takes away what little credibility there may have been. I thought this book was geared more towards men and/or body-builder types. Not something for an average person trying to lose weight. Better luck next time. I don't recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've only made a couple of changes and in 7 days have lost 5 pounds. It has motivated me to make more changes and I'm actually looking forward to exercising. The philosphy is make the smallest change with the most impact. Tons of great information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am loved this book its great! You should read it.dont listen to those clowns that say its not good.listen to me.
marcuslk More than 1 year ago
This book may have some benefits if you can stand to read through tons of rambling and very boring statistical garbage . It is like reading scientific case studies . Way too much useless info to try and imprss you or inform you of hings tht are not going to help you one bit . Getting to the " how to " is a real chore . If you enjoy reading clinical trial data then perhaps this is for you .
KJNJ More than 1 year ago
First of all , this guy is suggesting tons supplements (ECA stack or whatever it was) ice packs to you neck, very specific diet, binging on your off day requires much planning. I am so frustrated reading this book its all over the place this guy totally sounds like a scam artist. Also the title of the book suggests this is going to be easy and I have been watching my weight for a while now and its not that easy but his method is harder than what I am doing now. Ridiculous regret buying this book.
Murryz More than 1 year ago
Why re-invent the wheel ? Well why not ? So many of us live our lives based on what we see all around us thinking well if it works for them it will work for me. We rarely pause to reconsider the options and create a better path to achieve what we need or want. Timothy Ferris has a talent for looking at a problem and then goes out of the box ......way out of the box. Although this might make you feel uncomfortable while you read my review i assure you he is logical , insightful and writes in a clear concise manner. Your body is the only ticket you get to this world and it is best to take good care of it. Mr. Ferris will guide you in creating new solutions for yourself and inspire you to consider fresh alternatives in all aspects of your life. I have read his other works and blog and find him an easy read informative and just about brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is helpful workout book presented in a quasi scientific manner (e.g. minimal effective dose) and somewhat interesting. But it is much hyped, overrated and incomplete. Tim Ferriss tells you how to run an ultra-marathon but has yet to run one himself. As far as the contradictions other reviews mentioned, I did not find to many having read the book the way it was intended. Which is to read just the parts related to you. But, having heard interviews with Tim Ferriss I was under the impression that he is 100% against dairy products expect cottage cheese. However, in the "From Geek to Freak" he suggest drinking a liter of milk per day. I think he was just hawking his slow-carb diet which has larger audience. So this is one possible contradiction and could lead to some confusion. Overall, the book is somewhat helpful but not worth buying.
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BijouBoy More than 1 year ago
Interesting book. Useful as a training guide. as long as set realistic expectations for yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure I agree with all that he says but definitely worth reading and understanding many of his theories about Health & Fitness.
dsmoody23 More than 1 year ago
The overall message of this book is worth the read, even if the chapters are lacking in a number of aspects. The scientific data is poorly interpreted and provides almost none of the evidence Feriss suggests that it does. The case studies he presents are individual outliers that are not backed up by any documented data trend. His attempts to explain his 'findings' with biochemistry are completely ridiculous, and I'm fairly certain he doesn't know what 80% of the terms he uses actually mean. But, the theme of the book, which is carried by Feriss and his palpable enthusiasm for self improvement, is still valuable. I was motivated by this book to do some real experimentation and improvement, based on his premise that our bodies are substantially within our control, if you can work out the formulas. Again, despite its faults, worth reading.
readrgrl More than 1 year ago
Pretty great book. So much information to get exactly what you want quick! Quick results with as many or little details as you wish to read. Everything from losing weight to gaining muscle mass. Highly recommend. Tim takes the time to put himself through so many unbelievable experiments its awesome he's done all the work for us. You only read the chapters pertaining to the area you'd like to work on: lose weight, gain muscle, run faster, etc. He goes into areas of intense detail (which may be a little over the top for some) so you can skip that part and just read what pertains to you. The good thing is it explains a lot. I found myself highlighting many chapters of this book for further recall.
NotReallyHere More than 1 year ago
Do a little searching on the Internet and all of this information and more is available for free. I've read much of his work and heard Ferriss speak, and he is good at it. In the end he strikes me as a used cars salesman. Nothing new but he'll make make a great pitch making you think you are getting the deal of the century.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is many pages, but you won't have to read all of it (probably most people won't read the sections on baseball, etc). The diet section is basically the same as what's on the blog (but unlike the paleo post on the blog it doesn't say much that beans/legumes can be estrogenic, have anti-nutrients, and contain enzyme inhibitors/Lectins, so therefore I personally don't eat many beans/legumes and I usually replace them with almond butter or something else, plus I think myself and most in shape people can early in the day eat 1-3 pieces of fruit on some days at least after a few weeks of the diet to make sure we don't enter ketosis/have some carbs for digesting protein, brain and muscle function, and for vitamins). There is some strange things in the book (the picture of the dog) that hopefully is a typo. If you take notes and then apply a few things then you will get something beneficial out of this very interesting book. For me the section on intimacy and some of the links in various chapters were more than worth the price of the book. The 4-Hour Body is more than a book because there is a bunch of things you can take action on and DO in many areas of your real life, especially with nutrition and exercises. Also, I just got the OneTaste DVD and it is not explicit (it does not show the female anatomy having the technique that's shown in the book performed on a real woman), as it only has good looking people mostly talking and only a few on screen drawings, thus I did not learn anything more from this high quality production DVD than I already had from the "The 4-Hour Body," thus the DVD is "couples-friendly" and may be useful for conversations between partners, but as for the actual "Doing" technique the DVD drawings don't show much more than the pictures already in "The 4-Hour Body" book.
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