I recently read Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Body.
It was interesting, to say the least. I want to start off by cautioning that there is a whole chapter in the book that is… well not appropriate for youngsters. This book is huge and chocked full of information about sleep, losing weight, gaining muscle and beyond! (yes I am still in love with Buzz Lightyear…)
This book is so interesting because Tim Ferriss does not have formal credentials. His book is predominately based on his own experiements; there are no formal research trials or studies on the long-term effects. This is simply a chronicle of what worked for him and those he enlisted to trail his methods. And though no research study could ever be perfect, it does offer some assurance that the results are scientifically sound. That being said, Ferriss was not driven by a desire to prove or disprove a certain theory. He simply wanted to figure out what truly will work, which (according to him) allows him to be unbiased in publishing the results.
I thought the concept of this book was very interesting; his goal is to see maximum results for minimal effort. But isn’t this the claim everyone wants to hear? It’s always a claim I am wary of; it’s marketable and a great selling feature. However there is some validity to it. Even in the hospitals, drug dosages are determined based on the minimum amount of the drug which will still cause the desired affect. The question is, how little is too little? And Ferriss is focused on results, on how one’s body looks from the outside. But what’s happening on the inside, does his recommend lifestyle attribute to overall health? That remains to be seen.
However, thinking about this book reminded me that I have taken up some of Ferriss’ recommendations, and furthermore, I think I’m going to challenge myself and take up another of his recommendations. What is that going to look like? To be honest I’m not totally sure, but more on that tomorrow!!
If you’ve read this book, what were your thoughts on it?