The 4-Hour Body?

Timothy Ferriss shares his methods for weight-loss, muscle-building, increasing quality of sex-life, improving sleep, etc. (the list goes on) in his book, The 4-Hour Body. His results are based on first-hand experiments – experiments on himself. He calls it an “experimental lifestyle”- you have to experiment to figure out what works for you, instead of blindly following popular diet and exercise regiments which do not work for an alarming majority of participants. He promotes skepticism, (but it is “not to be used as an excuse for inaction”) and debunks the use of common measurements like calorie intake/expenditure, which he believes have little substantive value, particularly the relation between exercise and burning calories.

He stresses some important principles to adopt and follow in the first 2 chapters before introducing his methods. Structure, measurements (HRM, weighing yourself, measuring body fat, etc) and general tracking (food journals, taking pictures of your food), and taking it slow – 3 things I highlight in this blog. He also touches on the importance of going on the weight-loss journey, or whatever your journey, with people who share your goals.

I will jump into more detail of his suggested methods in a series of posts. In the meantime, check out the book, and let me know what you think.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See 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.

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