I listened to The 4-Hour Work Week many times during 2009. I never actually acted upon it, but I found the "hacker" methods fascinating. I have no doubt that Tim Ferriss is a very smart person. If you are a web aficionado you probably have heard of Tim. The purpose of this post is about his latest book called The 4 Hour Body and what I want to get from it. This will be my Christmas present!
There are two things that I noticed that attracted me immediately. The first being fat-loss and the second one being the "How to sleep 2 hours per day and feel fully rested". I want to know why during my excessive and consistent work out times I never got the fabulous abs that you see on magazines. I also want to know how can I sleep less and still be effective. I sleep between 7 to 9 hours a day and see this as a massive waste of time.
Besides wanting to know why my abs never showed and why I couldn't remove the layer of fat that hides I have lately added a few pounds. Winter times + Holidays = weight gain. I need to lose 10 pounds in about two weeks for some US Marines training. More pounds = more pain. My current methods that I employ are very physical and my knees are in constant pain these days. I hope to find a few "hacks" to improve my methods.
The sleep time is a must for the type of lifestyle I desire. Sleeping less is very attractive to me because I see sleep as a waste of time. If you think about it 8 hours of sleep within 24 hours is a big chunk of time. I don't want to waste 33% of my life sleeping. I know that sleeping is essential, so I want to know how can I sleep less and don't feel like crap.
70 pages into the book and so far it's completely fascinating. I'll do updates on this post about bits that I find interesting.
Few things that I have found interesting so far:
- Minimum Effective Dose (MED) - The smallest dose that will produce the desired outcome
- Marketing - how "everything popular is wrong"
- The Harajuku Moment - The decision to work on our shortcomings
- Calorie sources for weight loss - fats vs protein vs carbohydrates. Fats aint't too bad! - ties into "Fat Head movie"
- Love the "Don't I need a balanced diet? NO" quote. Removing fruits from diet seems like everything I have believed in. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away!"
- Using cold for fat loss - I used a similar method of drinking lot's of cold water before sleep. Cold isn't pleasant though... Cold being unpleasant is a reason why I have gained weight. Working out in the cold is painful. But if used correctly as demonstrated in the book, can deliver some very good fat loss results.
- Tim suggest removing a lot of things from diet... things like bread, just about anything sugar related, and even fruit. Tim encourages certain foods like beans, vegies, and protein.
- The sleep chapter is rather short, but gets the point across. It's about scheduling sleep pattern and following that schedule religiously.
- Cold Showers - Painful but extremely useful to help me sleep.
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