Review of the 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

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In his book, The 4-Hour Body, Tim Ferriss covers diet, sleep, exercise, sex, and the advantages of undergoing various tests or treatments outside the U.S. Basically, the book is a testament of Ferriss' experiments on health, diet, fat loss, muscle gain, sports performance injury fixes, and more.

The 4-Hour Body revolves around the idea that "Less is more and small, simple changes produce long-lasting effects". Think of losing 20 pounds in 30 days. Yes, that's what Ferris has been talking about.

So how is that possible? Ferris introduces the slow-carb diet, which do not allow the consumption of white bread, white rice, potatoes and other white carbs, whole grains, steel-cut oats, all fruit and dairy (except cottage cheese which is said to promote weight loss), and vegetables like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, peas, and green beans. Despite these restrictions, the slow-carb diet an all-you-can-eat day once a week and recommends 2 glasses of red wine each night, preferably dry Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Merlot. Ferris also encourages eating the same small meals everyday.

According to experts, avoiding white carbohydrates is a good thing to do, especially since they are converted far too quickly into sugar. Also, maintaining a specific eating habit promoted healthy food choices. However, according to Barry Sears, phD, president of Zone Labs Inc. and the Inflammation Research Foundation, rapid fat loss is not possible. What really happens, in reality, is that the individual loses water or muscle weight, not fat.

Bottomline, restricting a whole food group is downright unhealthy. While the slow-carb diet may prove to be effective, the results are only temporary. What you really need to have is a well-balanced diet and only eliminate those foods that are likely to cause weight gain.

 

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