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Fat loss, great sex and lentils

A new diet book promises a ‘superhuman’ body, with just four hours at the gym


 
Fat loss, great sex and lentils-lots of lentils

Timothy Ferriss; Getty Images; Photo Illustration by Taylor Shute

Vials, scales, a food journal. These are things you expect to see when dining with Timothy Ferriss, who for years has meticulously tracked his meals, workouts, body-fat percentage and more. Much more: Ferriss, 33, once measured his own feces to confirm that caffeine improves “gastric emptying.” It was all worth it, judging by sales of his new book, The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide To Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman. But when Ferriss shows up at a waterfront restaurant in Marina del Rey, Calif., wearing a long-sleeved red T-shirt and jeans, no food-tracking devices emerge from his backpack. “When I’m not in the middle of a project,” he says, “I behave surprisingly normal.”

“Normal” to Ferriss is still “virtuous” to most. His strict eating habits—and a handful of other tricks, which he divulges in the book—helped him gain 34 lb. of muscle in 28 days, while logging a mere four hours at the gym (hence, The 4-Hour Body). Today, his lunch consists of a turkey burger (no bun), coleslaw with vinegar dressing and a side of celery with peanut butter. He also drinks unsweetened iced tea like a man who’s just escaped from the desert. The meal aligns with his 4-Hour Body fat-loss principles, which go something like this: for six days, don’t drink liquid calories and don’t eat dairy or fruit. Carbs—even whole grains—are outlawed, too. What can you eat? Protein, veggies, lentils and beans. As for the seventh glorious day, go wild. No ice cream bowl is considered too big. Then, repeat the cycle, ad infinitum.

This advice may be controversial, but there’s no denying it’s in demand. On Jan. 2 The 4-Hour Body debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times advice and miscellaneous bestseller list—catapulting his first mega-seller, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich, back onto the list. “Skeptics and well-known authors” had told Ferriss The 4-Hour Body would never sell—it was too long, roughly 600 pages. But, as Ferriss points out drily, “Joy of Cooking did just fine.”

The beauty is his book’s range, says Ferriss, more confident than cocky; there are entry points for everyone. Want to be stronger? Or run faster? Or boost fertility? Or live forever? Yes, please. Judging by the feedback—mostly via Twitter, where Ferriss has close to 200,000 followers—the most popular tips relate to fat loss, sleep and sex, such as how-to’s on administering a female orgasm (a “light touch” is key, he writes). And there’s plenty of obscure advice, from “how to hold your breath longer than Houdini” to “how to pay for a beach vacation with one hospital visit.”

Neither was on my list of New Year’s resolutions, so I opted to try Ferriss’s fat-loss plan two weeks prior to our lunch date. Week one was smooth; at every meal, I happily filled my plate with protein, vegetables and lentils. (I’m lean! I’m mean! Nearly superhuman!) I don’t know if my waist got smaller—a major faux pas, Ferriss advises taking measurements—but I did develop a big head. At a diner one morning, I watched people at the next table, thinking, “Toast with eggs? Big mistake.”

Things went awry on day nine. During an intense running workout, my gas tank hit zero. In need of carbs—please, just one grain!—I scoured my cupboards for fuel. In half an hour, I’d devoured a peanut butter and jam sandwich, a handful of chocolates and half a bag of cereal. Superhuman, I was not. When I tell Ferriss about my disaster, he says that hitting the wall, otherwise known as “bonking,” is common when runners begin his plan. “It takes a few weeks to adapt, because you’re moving from using carbs as fuel to fat as fuel.” He suggests taking a carbohydrate supplement after long training sessions to help replenish glycogen in my muscles. Plus, he adds, rather gnomically, “Stay the course.”

As for his own course, in February, Ferriss will leave his home in San Francisco to hit places like Colombia and the Middle East. He might try digging ditches, woodworking classes, learning Arabic. “I’ve done too much sitting in front of a computer,” he explains. So, should you shoot him a tweet, don’t take it personally if he doesn’t respond. He says not even Oprah will get through: “She’ll have to wait till Mar. 1.”


 

Fat loss, great sex and lentils

  1. And when this guy is filthy rich, how soft will his body turn at that point? A regular mix of food groups and moderate frequent exercise is the way to go folks.

  2. ive lost a ton of weight in 3 weeks from this diet, its great and really easy to do.

  3. ive lost a ton of weight in 3 weeks from this diet, its great and really easy to do.

  4. He's *already* filthy rich. He's already had a best-selling book, and grew and sold more than one business.

  5. He's *already* filthy rich. He's already had a best-selling book, and grew and sold more than one business.

  6. Regular mix of Food groups? let me guess carbs are major in that mix. and carbs break down to sugar in your gi tract and boom,you need insulin, boom since 'grains' were trumpeted on the food pyramid the country is FATTER. and adult diabetes is not called type II because children now get it. thanks for the recommendation of 6 to 8 servings of breads and cereals and causing an epidemic

  7. Regular mix of Food groups? let me guess carbs are major in that mix. and carbs break down to sugar in your gi tract and boom,you need insulin, boom since 'grains' were trumpeted on the food pyramid the country is FATTER. and adult diabetes is not called type II because children now get it. thanks for the recommendation of 6 to 8 servings of breads and cereals and causing an epidemic

  8. My husband has lost 21 pounds in 4 weeks. It is a noticeable difference. Me just 7 but lost it in inches. It works because of day 7 the "cheat" day. The first two weeks are the most difficult especially if one is a carboholic like me. Kinda tough to take the Italian out of the girl.

  9. My husband has lost 21 pounds in 4 weeks. It is a noticeable difference. Me just 7 but lost it in inches. It works because of day 7 the "cheat" day. The first two weeks are the most difficult especially if one is a carboholic like me. Kinda tough to take the Italian out of the girl.

    • Thanks for posting Darlene. I am on day 2 and know that I will see results and have seen others say that it takes 4-6 weeks for women to have dramatic changes. Men always have it easier when it comes to weight loss.

  10. Thanks for posting Darlene. I am on day 2 and know that I will see results and have seen others say that it takes 4-6 weeks for women to have dramatic changes. Men always have it easier when it comes to weight loss.

  11. I have to say that I think that this diet will be the easiest to stick to that also gives you good results – I'm on day three, already down 4.1kg… check out my log here: http://slim4life.pbworks.com

  12. I have to say that I think that this diet will be the easiest to stick to that also gives you good results – I'm on day three, already down 4.1kg… check out my log here: http://slim4life.pbworks.com

    • Read your log, all the best on your journey and I would love to see after pics..

      Btw th cheat sheet is great for fat loss, do u / someone u know have a cheat sheet for the muscle gain?

      best!

      Ravi
      p.s: Just bought the book too!

    • That's amazing progress! I checked out your log… what's the bennefit to having the cold showers or baths?
      I'm in a similar boat; age, weight and even living in Aus. I hope to follow your log over the next few weeks and be inspired to gather a bit of courage (and self control) and try this as well.

  13. This diet killed the fat on me. Going on the 2nd month and loving life. Cheat days are AWESOME. Total losses: 18.1 lbs and 14.5 total inches. YES.. 14.5 total inches. 4 inches from just the waist!! Thanks Tim. I have hacked my way into a better life. MONTH 2 goals is… "LET ME SEE THEM ABS :)

  14. This diet killed the fat on me. Going on the 2nd month and loving life. Cheat days are AWESOME. Total losses: 18.1 lbs and 14.5 total inches. YES.. 14.5 total inches. 4 inches from just the waist!! Thanks Tim. I have hacked my way into a better life. MONTH 2 goals is… "LET ME SEE THEM ABS :)

    • WOW! That's awesome. Great job.

  15. Read your log, all the best on your journey and I would love to see after pics..

    Btw th cheat sheet is great for fat loss, do u / someone u know have a cheat sheet for the muscle gain?

    best!

    Ravi
    p.s: Just bought the book too!

  16. I've been following a similar diet for over six months now. I haven't been taking measurements of my body, but I have lost nearly 50 pounds over the course of those six months. With 2011, I'm aiming to use some of his techniques (Occam's Protocol) to build more muscle and change my body composition.

    If people want a longer review of this book, check out my website <a href="http:// (www.foursides.ca)” target=”_blank”> <a href="http://(www.foursides.ca)” target=”_blank”>(www.foursides.ca) which has a review, and a separate post with links to the free chapters that have been published online (legally).

  17. I've been following a similar diet for over six months now. I haven't been taking measurements of my body, but I have lost nearly 50 pounds over the course of those six months. With 2011, I'm aiming to use some of his techniques (Occam's Protocol) to build more muscle and change my body composition.

    If people want a longer review of this book, check out my website (www.foursides.ca) which has a review, and a separate post with links to the free chapters that have been published online (legally).

  18. I’m on week 3, and I love this way of eating. I use to wear 40″ jeans. On a lark on last Friday night I tried on my old 38″ jeans, and they were a little loose. Tried a pair of 36″ jeans, and although they were snug, I still fit them. I haven’t worn a 36″ waist in around 15 years. I suggest everyone give this diet a fair shake, and see if you’ll ever want to stop eating this way.

  19. I’m on week 3, and I love this way of eating. I use to wear 40″ jeans. On a lark on last Friday night I tried on my old 38″ jeans, and they were a little loose. Tried a pair of 36″ jeans, and although they were snug, I still fit them. I haven’t worn a 36″ waist in around 15 years. I suggest everyone give this diet a fair shake, and see if you’ll ever want to stop eating this way.

  20. I have been a follow of Tim's Slow Carb Diet since he initially posted it on his blog, and I lost 35 pounds over 7 weeks. It is a very livable diet and the cheat day is guilt free. His book is definitely worth the read.

  21. I have been a follow of Tim's Slow Carb Diet since he initially posted it on his blog, and I lost 35 pounds over 7 weeks. It is a very livable diet and the cheat day is guilt free. His book is definitely worth the read.

    • Ha ha! This is clearly written by one of those Indian virtual assistants Tim hires to pump up his books!

  22. Wow the true believers are out in force. I'll be curious to see what health problems this guy develops in future, and how in 10 years this book will be so passe and everyone will have moved on to the next fad diet/fad exercise regimen and pretend they never really believed in the first place.

  23. Wow the true believers are out in force. I'll be curious to see what health problems this guy develops in future, and how in 10 years this book will be so passe and everyone will have moved on to the next fad diet/fad exercise regimen and pretend they never really believed in the first place.

  24. Losing more than 20 pounds in 4 weeks cannot be healthy. Carbs in *moderation* are fine. It's that people load on them and get fat, then panic and go for something like this, which they much stick to for the rest of their lives, then when they go back to eating normally (because no one stays on these diets for ever) the weight will pile back on, and so will the unnecessary guilt.

  25. Losing more than 20 pounds in 4 weeks cannot be healthy. Carbs in *moderation* are fine. It's that people load on them and get fat, then panic and go for something like this, which they much stick to for the rest of their lives, then when they go back to eating normally (because no one stays on these diets for ever) the weight will pile back on, and so will the unnecessary guilt.

    • @derekpearce – dude maybe you should read the book…the diet is not about eliminating carbs, carbs are sourced from beans & legumes on the diet and a several points he reenforces that you need to eat sizeable portions to ensure you get enough carbs

      Maybe you should do some research before having a dig dude…there's a lot worse diet advice out there that is based on hearsay and bad science

    • 20 extra pounds to lose … that isn't healthy either! I am really enjoying this. I have been a very healthy organic eater for years and a few extra pounds have stayed put. Now I replace my brown rice or sweet potatoes with organic rinsed beans. Super easy. I can chow down fruit n potatoes once a week … I never have liked brown rice, so no love lost. My trainer says he notices a big difference. I feel wonderful, full all the time and have had no cravings.
      This works for some people … nothing works for everyone. There is no need for you to try to convince everyone they are wrong or that they are going to gain it all back. Let us enjoy. Thanks :)

    • Agree with you 100% Derek. Reading this post, I was actually 95% convinced that some clever internet marketer had hacked the Macleans WordPress software. After reading the comments, I am 100% convinced.

  26. @derekpearce – dude maybe you should read the book…the diet is not about eliminating carbs, carbs are sourced from beans & legumes on the diet and a several points he reenforces that you need to eat sizeable portions to ensure you get enough carbs

    Maybe you should do some research before having a dig dude…there's a lot worse diet advice out there that is based on hearsay and bad science

  27. Does this diet only work if your overweight?
    I'm 20 and I only weigh 130.
    I would like to lose some weight though, should I give it a try??

  28. Does this diet only work if your overweight?
    I'm 20 and I only weigh 130.
    I would like to lose some weight though, should I give it a try??

    • I am not heavy, by any means, and it has been working great for me. Get the book. It is loaded with great info!

    • The diet is for losing fat, generally if you are over 15% body fat for guys this will help you.

    • How tall are you, 4'9"?

        • man if you're 20 and 130, dont go looking to *lose* weight. considering your height, you're fine, but if you should go in any direction it would be muscle mass building. i'm checking the book out because of this quote in the article:

          "…and a handful of other tricks, which he divulges in the book—helped him gain 34 lb. of muscle in 28 days, while logging a mere four hours at the gym.."

          i'm 6'4'' and 160lbs, pretty much a beanpole, but i'm super busy with university and work so i'd imagine this may do the trick. but don't go trying to shed the weight you do have, i bet its barely keeping you insulated!

  29. 20 extra pounds to lose … that isn't healthy either! I am really enjoying this. I have been a very healthy organic eater for years and a few extra pounds have stayed put. Now I replace my brown rice or sweet potatoes with organic rinsed beans. Super easy. I can chow down fruit n potatoes once a week … I never have liked brown rice, so no love lost. My trainer says he notices a big difference. I feel wonderful, full all the time and have had no cravings.
    This works for some people … nothing works for everyone. There is no need for you to try to convince everyone they are wrong or that they are going to gain it all back. Let us enjoy. Thanks :)

  30. He is filthy rich… did you see how many copies of the 4-Hour Work Week he sold? And that was a second career move, he was already co-owner of a lab company in California before that… guys a genius and wont have to actually work again for the rest of his life… I dont see him ever getting "soft"

  31. He is filthy rich… did you see how many copies of the 4-Hour Work Week he sold? And that was a second career move, he was already co-owner of a lab company in California before that… guys a genius and wont have to actually work again for the rest of his life… I dont see him ever getting "soft"

  32. I am not heavy, by any means, and it has been working great for me. Get the book. It is loaded with great info!

  33. That's amazing progress! I checked out your log… what's the bennefit to having the cold showers or baths?
    I'm in a similar boat; age, weight and even living in Aus. I hope to follow your log over the next few weeks and be inspired to gather a bit of courage (and self control) and try this as well.

  34. WOW! That's awesome. Great job.

  35. AH, The Nation of Instant Gratification will keep men like him forever rich. Flipping through 600 pages to learn basic discipline and self-respect along with casual tips on how to give a girl an orgasm. At last, we have the final key to work in conjunction with shows like The Biggest Loser and Heavy in order to finally (hopefully) make North America skinny. I still wear a size 4, 10 years from high school and I've never once told myself "no" when it comes to indulging. Gee, I must be superhuman.

  36. AH, The Nation of Instant Gratification will keep men like him forever rich. Flipping through 600 pages to learn basic discipline and self-respect along with casual tips on how to give a girl an orgasm. At last, we have the final key to work in conjunction with shows like The Biggest Loser and Heavy in order to finally (hopefully) make North America skinny. I still wear a size 4, 10 years from high school and I've never once told myself "no" when it comes to indulging. Gee, I must be superhuman.

    • Seriously read the book before making yourself look foolish. About 50 pages max are devoted to fat loss. Actually that is the total of everything to do with diet scattered throughout the book. The core the program could fit on one page but is spread over about 30 with questions, examples and common mistakes.

      The rest is breath holding, sleeping, sex, muscle building, faster running, longer running, swimming and more. Even jumping

    • How great it must be to be you. Whoop de doo dah.You have no problems, so obviously you're better than everyone else. And Tim Ferriss must be a quack with a Ponzi-like scheme, right? Well, sister, scroll down and see the testimonies. And kindly remove your foot from your mouth.

  37. Seriously read the book before making yourself look foolish. About 50 pages max are devoted to fat loss. Actually that is the total of everything to do with diet scattered throughout the book. The core the program could fit on one page but is spread over about 30 with questions, examples and common mistakes.

    The rest is breath holding, sleeping, sex, muscle building, faster running, longer running, swimming and more. Even jumping

  38. Derek and many others i know are members of the Cult of Conventional Wisdom when it comes to diet and fat loss. As Ferriss and Gary Taubes are discovering, the powerful hold that "balanced eating" has in most people's psyche is based in a lot of cases on some very shoddy science. Check out "Good Calories, Bad Calories" for a welcome wake-up on just how bad it is. There really is no "settled science" on what a balanced diet is or should be, esp one that considers cullural diversity (e.g. largely lactose intolerant asians)

    Make no mistake that Ferriss's fat loss diet is just that, a fat loss diet, but it is sustainable. In the past, I have successfully run 25k distance event and work out in the gym but always had some stubborn belly fat with a healthy "balanced" diet. I am one month into this plan and it is simply melting away. I can eat until i am full (burrito in a bowl!) and don't have to count anything and have plenty of energy for my morning work outs. And then there is sweet merciful binge day (A note to slow-carbers, this past Sat was my binge day where i gained 4 lbs and by Tues morning it was ALL gone leaving the rest of the week for new gains). In the past, my body just responded to the fructose, lactose and grain based carbs i ate by storing them away and burning anything else in sight for energy. I feel better and look better. Thanks, Tim.

  39. Derek and many others i know are members of the Cult of Conventional Wisdom when it comes to diet and fat loss. As Ferriss and Gary Taubes are discovering, the powerful hold that "balanced eating" has in most people's psyche is based in a lot of cases on some very shoddy science. Check out "Good Calories, Bad Calories" for a welcome wake-up on just how bad it is. There really is no "settled science" on what a balanced diet is or should be, esp one that considers cullural diversity (e.g. largely lactose intolerant asians)

    Make no mistake that Ferriss's fat loss diet is just that, a fat loss diet, but it is sustainable. In the past, I have successfully run 25k distance event and work out in the gym but always had some stubborn belly fat with a healthy "balanced" diet. I am one month into this plan and it is simply melting away. I can eat until i am full (burrito in a bowl!) and don't have to count anything and have plenty of energy for my morning work outs. And then there is sweet merciful binge day (A note to slow-carbers, this past Sat was my binge day where i gained 4 lbs and by Tues morning it was ALL gone leaving the rest of the week for new gains). In the past, my body just responded to the fructose, lactose and grain based carbs i ate by storing them away and burning anything else in sight for energy. I feel better and look better. Thanks, Tim.

  40. Hello, I a also trying this diet and am finding the information hard to understand sometimes. Do I do the air squats before I cheat or just do them before I eat. He addresses NOTHING about 50+ menopausal women on HRT. Our metabolism is like Molasses in January. Plus a very damaged back 4 surgeries in 10 years. Tired of the whole diet industry. Some say exercise within 5 minutes of waking. Some say eat with in 30 min. WTF. What is right. Frustrated in Littleton

  41. Hello, I a also trying this diet and am finding the information hard to understand sometimes. Do I do the air squats before I cheat or just do them before I eat. He addresses NOTHING about 50+ menopausal women on HRT. Our metabolism is like Molasses in January. Plus a very damaged back 4 surgeries in 10 years. Tired of the whole diet industry. Some say exercise within 5 minutes of waking. Some say eat with in 30 min. WTF. What is right. Frustrated in Littleton

    • Hi carol, he does mention on this blog that (from memory) women over 40 and/or those who have had 2 kids, for some reason, have a delay in response to the fat-loss. Air squats for damage control and other tricks are really for binge day (I don't do them myself, yet ) There are also some other helpful updates there. The fat loss parts don't require any exercise, it is merely a bonus and i wouldn't obsess over the precision of the timing, just do a bit before if you can and a bit after if and when you can. Easting right, for me seems to be about 80% of it. Good luck.

    • Carol,

      I am a 50+ woman on Bioidentical HRT and couldn't lose weight for anything. I started the Medifast food program on December 5 and in the past 8 weeks, (through Xmas and New Year's) have lost 20 lbs. I've gone from a size 14 jeans to a 10. I have about 15 more lbs. to lose. Just saw Tim on Dr. Oz and plan to read his book and see if there is anything I can use. So there is hope! I've been on EVERY diet out there. Good luck. BTW, not doing a lot of exercise. Shoveling snow and some treadmill.

  42. I've read the book and put into practice everything except the supplements he recommends to boost metabolism. Frankly, they're frightening. Still, I've lost 13 lbs in four weeks, two inches from my waist.

  43. I've read the book and put into practice everything except the supplements he recommends to boost metabolism. Frankly, they're frightening. Still, I've lost 13 lbs in four weeks, two inches from my waist.

  44. Hi carol, he does mention on this blog that (from memory) women over 40 and/or those who have had 2 kids, for some reason, have a delay in response to the fat-loss. Air squats for damage control and other tricks are really for binge day (I don't do them myself, yet ) There are also some other helpful updates there. The fat loss parts don't require any exercise, it is merely a bonus and i wouldn't obsess over the precision of the timing, just do a bit before if you can and a bit after if and when you can. Easting right, for me seems to be about 80% of it. Good luck.

  45. You obviously spoke without doing any research on the Author. He has been rich for years, 1st from his own supplement company, then from his first NYT best seller.

    Thanks for the detail on "A regular mix of food groups" people will get a lot of help from that.

  46. You obviously spoke without doing any research on the Author. He has been rich for years, 1st from his own supplement company, then from his first NYT best seller.

    Thanks for the detail on "A regular mix of food groups" people will get a lot of help from that.

    • Whatevs. I still say fad diet = eventually one gets tired of it = packing on the pounds after.

      • The whole point of what Tim does is to find a 'minimal effective dose' – the smallest change you can make that will produce the greatest results. He's been on his own diet for the better part of 8 years by now. He is a huge advocate for SUSTAINABLE actions. Seems to loathe 'fad' diets.

        Something you may really benefit from – it's good to be skeptical, until skepticism becomes your excuse for inaction.

  47. The diet is for losing fat, generally if you are over 15% body fat for guys this will help you.

  48. Carol,

    I am a 50+ woman on Bioidentical HRT and couldn't lose weight for anything. I started the Medifast food program on December 5 and in the past 8 weeks, (through Xmas and New Year's) have lost 20 lbs. I've gone from a size 14 jeans to a 10. I have about 15 more lbs. to lose. Just saw Tim on Dr. Oz and plan to read his book and see if there is anything I can use. So there is hope! I've been on EVERY diet out there. Good luck. BTW, not doing a lot of exercise. Shoveling snow and some treadmill.

  49. Whatevs. I still say fad diet = eventually one gets tired of it = packing on the pounds after.

  50. can anyone explain the grapefruit juice thing to me? I think its on binge day, while doing squats, door push ups before you binge? is this right?

  51. can anyone explain the grapefruit juice thing to me? I think its on binge day, while doing squats, door push ups before you binge? is this right?

  52. Agree with you 100% Derek. Reading this post, I was actually 95% convinced that some clever internet marketer had hacked the Macleans WordPress software. After reading the comments, I am 100% convinced.

  53. How tall are you, 4'9"?

  54. Has anyone ever bothered to read Health Canada's guidelines?

  55. Has anyone ever bothered to read Health Canada's guidelines?

  56. There are thousands of dietary professionals creating guidelines for long-term health, yet everyone follows the advice of these random "fitness gurus."

  57. There are thousands of dietary professionals creating guidelines for long-term health, yet everyone follows the advice of these random "fitness gurus."

    • You mean the gov't health guidelines that propose several servings of grains per day? And we wonder why we have an obese population which has moved in lockstep increases as we subbed carbs for fat. That recommend dairy when humans are the only animals that consume milk after lactation and many of our species cannot digest it AT ALL. Read Good Calories Bad Calories to see just how bad the "science" is behind a lot of what we are being told about our diets actually is. 4HB is neither a "diet book" nor written by a fitness guru but a guide to self experimentation with changes in diet and, interestingly, in some cases, doing LESS excercise.

      A good discussion of the new USDA guidelines here with a critical perspective, but many links.
      http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2011/01/the

      • matt- It's important to know your own body, but to disregard government guidelines is a bit paranoid. People that create these guidelines (which were drafted over many years) have PhDs and MDs and are highly trained experts.

        Yeah, why not book an appointment with a Registered Dietician and see what they have to say about this low-carb diet.

        People aren't fat because they FOLLOW Canada's Guideline's for Healthy Eating. They are fat for a plethora of reasons, usually related to not following these guidelines. These guidelines also contain ADVICE (not a specific regime/all encompasing diet) for eating gluten and dairy-free.

        Try to run your body long-term with this fad diet. You will lose weight at first, probably experience euphoria, and then eventually your system will become exhausted.

        Just because a fad diet causes a person to lose weight doesn't mean it is healthy in the long-run. Our society is too fixated on appearance instead of internal health. If your BMI is within a healthy range, that's something to aim for… not washboard abs and 3% body fat.

  58. You mean the gov't health guidelines that propose several servings of grains per day? And we wonder why we have an obese population which has moved in lockstep increases as we subbed carbs for fat. That recommend dairy when humans are the only animals that consume milk after lactation and many of our species cannot digest it AT ALL. Read Good Calories Bad Calories to see just how bad the "science" is behind a lot of what we are being told about our diets actually is. 4HB is neither a "diet book" nor written by a fitness guru but a guide to self experimentation with changes in diet and, interestingly, in some cases, doing LESS excercise.

    A good discussion of the new USDA guidelines here with a critical perspective, but many links.
    http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2011/01/the

  59. It's amazing how quick people are to attack things they have only read a 7-paragraph article about. I was skeptical before I read the book but I figured it was worth a try.

    3 weeks in and I'm down 14 lb. off my belly. At this rate I'll see my abs by summer. It's working for me and I feel better than I ever have. For those questioning the no carbs 6 days a week, this is not a new thing. Cyclical Ketogenic Diets (diets where you cycle low carb intake with high carb intake) have been around for awhile, this is just an easier to follow version.

    There are 100 ways to maintain good health, this is a method that is a little different. But just because it's fringe doesn't make it inaccurate. <a href="http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/four-hours-your-perfect-b…” target=”_blank”>www.doctoroz.com/videos/four-hours-your-perfect-b…

  60. It's amazing how quick people are to attack things they have only read a 7-paragraph article about. I was skeptical before I read the book but I figured it was worth a try.

    3 weeks in and I'm down 14 lb. off my belly. At this rate I'll see my abs by summer. It's working for me and I feel better than I ever have. For those questioning the no carbs 6 days a week, this is not a new thing. Cyclical Ketogenic Diets (diets where you cycle low carb intake with high carb intake) have been around for awhile, this is just an easier to follow version.

    There are 100 ways to maintain good health, this is a method that is a little different. But just because it's fringe doesn't make it inaccurate. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/four-hours-your-perfect-b...

  61. Looks good to me

  62. Yeah, why not book an appointment with a Registered Dietician and see what they have to say about this low-carb diet.

    People aren't fat because they FOLLOW Canada's Guideline's for Healthy Eating. They are fat for a plethora of reasons, usually related to not following these guidelines. These guidelines also contain ADVICE (not a specific regime/all encompasing diet) for eating gluten and dairy-free.

    Try to run your body long-term with this fad diet. You will lose weight at first, probably experience euphoria, and then eventually your system will become exhausted.

    Just because a fad diet causes a person to lose weight doesn't mean it is healthy in the long-run. Our society is too fixated on appearance instead of internal health. If your BMI is within a healthy range, that's something to aim for… not washboard abs and 3% body fat.

  63. Yeah, why not book an appointment with a Registered Dietician and see what they have to say about this low-carb diet.

    People aren't fat because they FOLLOW Canada's Guideline's for Healthy Eating. They are fat for a plethora of reasons, usually related to not following these guidelines. These guidelines also contain ADVICE (not a specific regime/all encompasing diet) for eating gluten and dairy-free.

    Try to run your body long-term with this fad diet. You will lose weight at first, probably experience euphoria, and then eventually your system will become exhausted.

    Just because a fad diet causes a person to lose weight doesn't mean it is healthy in the long-run. Our society is too fixated on appearance instead of internal health. If your BMI is within a healthy range, that's something to aim for… not washboard abs and 3% body fat.

    • You should really read the book and read why Tim and a lot of other health professionals with a multitude of degrees think the BMI is total BS. I'm a living breathing testimony. I'm 20 year old femake, and obese, and following this PLAN (not DIET) is giving me my life and self-esteem back. (After seeing endocrinologists, gynos, registered dieticians, dieting and exercising like a fiend since I was 14) I aim for 15% bodyfat, because, (here's the kicker) I WANT TO. Just because a person with minimal scientific knowledge says aim for a healthy BMI, I'm not going to if I don't want to.

  64. matt- It's important to know your own body, but to disregard government guidelines is a bit paranoid. People that create these guidelines (which were drafted over many years) have PhDs and MDs and are highly trained experts.

    Yeah, why not book an appointment with a Registered Dietician and see what they have to say about this low-carb diet.

    People aren't fat because they FOLLOW Canada's Guideline's for Healthy Eating. They are fat for a plethora of reasons, usually related to not following these guidelines. These guidelines also contain ADVICE (not a specific regime/all encompasing diet) for eating gluten and dairy-free.

    Try to run your body long-term with this fad diet. You will lose weight at first, probably experience euphoria, and then eventually your system will become exhausted.

    Just because a fad diet causes a person to lose weight doesn't mean it is healthy in the long-run. Our society is too fixated on appearance instead of internal health. If your BMI is within a healthy range, that's something to aim for… not washboard abs and 3% body fat.

  65. The whole point of what Tim does is to find a 'minimal effective dose' – the smallest change you can make that will produce the greatest results. He's been on his own diet for the better part of 8 years by now. He is a huge advocate for SUSTAINABLE actions. Seems to loathe 'fad' diets.

    Something you may really benefit from – it's good to be skeptical, until skepticism becomes your excuse for inaction.

  66. Hi everyone. I am totally frustrated. I've been working on this for 12 days straight. I've eliminated the wine, the peanut butter and nuts. The beans and legumes make my stomach absolutely ache. 12 days and 4 tenths of a lb. I can do better with Atkins. I've spent a fortune on the supplements. I know, I know for women it take 4 to 6 weeks. I was hoping that by now I could have the success that several of you have had. But alas, it has not happened. What is sad to me, Tim stated "don't come whinning to me about the diet doesn't work" So I can't ask him (the writer, creator of this) what to do, what to tweak what else to eliminate. I am 1 car trip away from Krispy Kreme, but don't want to cheat yet. Just Pissed!!!!!!!

  67. Hi everyone. I am totally frustrated. I've been working on this for 12 days straight. I've eliminated the wine, the peanut butter and nuts. The beans and legumes make my stomach absolutely ache. 12 days and 4 tenths of a lb. I can do better with Atkins. I've spent a fortune on the supplements. I know, I know for women it take 4 to 6 weeks. I was hoping that by now I could have the success that several of you have had. But alas, it has not happened. What is sad to me, Tim stated "don't come whinning to me about the diet doesn't work" So I can't ask him (the writer, creator of this) what to do, what to tweak what else to eliminate. I am 1 car trip away from Krispy Kreme, but don't want to cheat yet. Just Pissed!!!!!!!

  68. Ha ha! This is clearly written by one of those Indian virtual assistants Tim hires to pump up his books!

  69. I don't think I would like this regime …. it makes your chest hair fall out, if the pictures are to be believed.

  70. I don't think I would like this regime …. it makes your chest hair fall out, if the pictures are to be believed.

  71. Anyone heard of the Mediterranean diet and some decent exercise? Stop eating processed garbage and start eating healthy. This is absolutely horrible health advice. Let those who wish to be fooled, BE fooled.

  72. I'm starting 4HB today. I had eggs, spinach, and sausage for breakfast. Is the sausage ok? I also had a protein shake, concerned that I had not had enough protein. Thoughts? Comments?

  73. man if you're 20 and 130, dont go looking to *lose* weight. considering your height, you're fine, but if you should go in any direction it would be muscle mass building. i'm checking the book out because of this quote in the article:

    "…and a handful of other tricks, which he divulges in the book—helped him gain 34 lb. of muscle in 28 days, while logging a mere four hours at the gym.."

    i'm 6'4'' and 160lbs, pretty much a beanpole, but i'm super busy with university and work so i'd imagine this may do the trick. but don't go trying to shed the weight you do have, i bet its barely keeping you insulated!

  74. Hey Rebecca, I am just starting my 3rd week on the diet and have so far lost about 3 kg. I am more energetic than ever and don't even experience cravings anymore.

    How are you doing so far?

    I think that lean protien is your better option, and as far as I know, sausages don't ususally fit under that category.

  75. Hey Rebecca, I am just starting my 3rd week on the diet and have so far lost about 3 kg. I am more energetic than ever and don't even experience cravings anymore.

    How are you doing so far?

    I think that lean protien is your better option, and as far as I know, sausages don't ususally fit under that category.

  76. Eat lots of beans. For breakfast have eggs, spinach and black beans (with a bit of salsa). Meat, beans and veggies for lunch and meat, beans and veggies for diner. I'm down 12 lbs three weeks in.

  77. You should really read the book and read why Tim and a lot of other health professionals with a multitude of degrees think the BMI is total BS. I'm a living breathing testimony. I'm 20 year old femake, and obese, and following this PLAN (not DIET) is giving me my life and self-esteem back. (After seeing endocrinologists, gynos, registered dieticians, dieting and exercising like a fiend since I was 14) I aim for 15% bodyfat, because, (here's the kicker) I WANT TO. Just because a person with minimal scientific knowledge says aim for a healthy BMI, I'm not going to if I don't want to.

  78. How great it must be to be you. Whoop de doo dah.You have no problems, so obviously you're better than everyone else. And Tim Ferriss must be a quack with a Ponzi-like scheme, right? Well, sister, scroll down and see the testimonies. And kindly remove your foot from your mouth.

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