Ferriss: Building the Perfect Posterior (or losing 100+ pounds)???

I have highlighted the benefits of weight resistance training for women, and this post will cover another weight training exercise. Want Michelle Obama’s arms? This is how Timothy Ferriss advertises the Kettlebell swing exercise in his book, The 4-Hour Body. Not only will you get Michelle Obama arms, and lose significant % in body fat (when done in conjunction with the right diet), Ferriss claims that this exercise creates a perfect waist-to-hip ratio in both men and women. He highlights Tracy Reifkind’s weight loss journey (she lost 100 pounds in 12 weeks) following his slow-carb diet and working with kettlebells. 3 of 4 points I agree with that she made on her weight loss regimen:

Avoid domino foods: “…If I could eat two pieces of bread, …, I’d be fine, but I have to have four, so I don’t eat it at all.”

Organic food – good but not necessary: “Eat the right foods and you’ll be fine.”

Vegetables and protein: “The only reason I’ll never be fat again is because I start each meal with a base of vegetables that taste good. Then  I add my protein…”

I disagree with her statement that “two pounds per week isn’t the limit” and that you should be worried if you aren’t losing 5lbs per week if you have 80-100lbs to lose. Slow and steady wins the race!  I lost 125 lbs over 18-20 months.

Also, keep in mind that her weight loss journey began with a $700 bet among her colleagues – competition really motivates (an article I referenced in a post about group weight loss).

She attributes her perfect tone, and her “Michelle Obama arms” to kettlebell weight training. She has several videos of her exercise regimen with kettlebells on her youtube channel, check out her video below.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

One Comment:

  1. Given that this an election year, Michelle Obama’s arms should be within my reach!

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