You talk about selling snake oil and you talk about ‘The 4-hour body’, it sounds same, but boy is the author talented. Timothy Ferriss can convince you to rub sprite to get a better skin. And trust me, when he says it you will rub it.
As mentioned on the cover, ‘The 4-hour body’ is about fat-loss, incredible sex and becoming-superhuman, ironically preceded by the word ‘rapid’. I always oppose self-help books strongly and I still do. I don’t think they work. But when I was recommended ‘The 4-hour body’ by some of my fellow entrepreneurs on the issue of being fit, I considered giving it a chance knowing that entrepreneurs don’t just recommend anything off the shelf. It has to have something. And to my surprise, this is the first book which convinced me that weight loss is possible and not that hard. I get why they liked the book so much, because it’s filled in with convincing data and science. Yes, science. Everything that you will read in this book is backed up by a science section. If the book tells you not to eat bread, it also explains how the carbohydrates in the bread can raise your sugar level and make you fat.
There are a couple of must read sections:
1. The initial chapters on fundamentals. It deals with the calorie science and has a couple of interesting stories to get you started. And more importantly, it explains why 80% eating right with 20% exercise is going to change your status from fat to fit.
2. The low carbohydrate diet section to understand the science behind the food that you eat.
There is something about this book which hooks you from the very first page. One thing that I have to point out is how the author recommends you to not read the entire book at once but only the parts which you are interested in. Like if you already know how to rock the bed, you don’t need to read the part about ‘Improving sex’. There is also a possibility that I established a connection with this book more easily because being an unfit guy that I am, I felt it was directly talking to me, which might not be a case if a fit guy reads. But I still want to send this message out that if you’ve been looking for a motivation to start working out, try reading this book.
PS: Most importantly, don’t follow anything mentioned in the book without consulting a doctor.
BookMyReviews Rating: 8/10
Editor’s Note: Like Ujjawal, I also have a strong dislike towards self-help books much less books on weight loss and such. However, given the shape I am in (round) it would actually do me good to actually read and follow such book. But, I already have a long list of ‘to-read’ books and despite this awesome review of The 4-hour body I am going to hold off adding this to my ‘t0-do’ list for now
This review is written by Ujjawal Asthana. You can follow him at @ujjawal_a
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