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One of the top spots on Amazon.com is currently being held by a monstrous 571-page tome called, quite fittingly, The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman (Crown Archetype, $27). Written by Timothy Ferriss, a man who eeks out squats in bathroom stalls and believes in timed doses of garlic, sugar and tea extract to annihilate body fat, 4HB offers a laundry list of wild claims. Among them:
* How to gain 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days, without steroids, and just four hours of total gym time
* How to boost fat-loss by blanketing yourself in ice
* How to sleep two hours per day and feel fully rested
* How to produce 15-minute female orgasms by eating four Brazil nuts, 20 raw almonds and two capsules of fermented cod-liver oil and butterfat four hours before sex.
* How to prevent fat gain with scheduled weekly binges
However, among his four detailed plans for rapid fat loss, muscle gain, strength gain and overall improved well-being are a few tips that actually make sense:
* Avoid "white" carbohydrates. Steer clear of items like white bread, white pasta, etc. since they are mostly devoid of nutrients.
* Eat the same few meals over and over again. Research shows that having more options makes you consume more overall.
*Don't drink your calories. I’ll never forget the time in college when a nutritional sciences professor told me, “Drinking alcohol is like drinking fat.” Vodka = Empty calories.
* Take one day off a week. While I don’t subscribe to Ferriss’ “Lost Art of Bingeing” theory, I like the concept of allowing yourself to indulge every so often, it gives you something to look forward to and can head off a sense of deprivation.
* Try kettlebells. An American Council on Exercise study found that kettlebells can torch an off-the-charts 20.2 calories per minute, equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace.
* Eat breakfast every morning. It’s a tried-and-true method of keeping off unwanted weight. Seventy-eight percent of National Weight Control Registry members are regular breakfast eaters.
Overall, The 4-Hour Body is a daunting behemoth of a book. But if you have the time and patience to sift through the bizarre ramblings and tabloid-y “Lose 20 pounds in 30 days!”promises, give it a whirl. At the very least, you’ll get a bicep workout from lifting the book alone.
What are your thoughts? How do you feel about this bizarre new book? Chime in below!