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The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
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This book is an interesting mix of advice on weight loss, exercise, sleeping, sex, nutrition, etc., etc., etc. Feriss' has a nice, conversational writing style and it is an interesting read. His main theme is that of the "minimum effective dose," i.e. why do 20 push-ups when 10 will get you the results you want? It's an interesting premise and Feriss (a 30-year-old bachelor who is more than a tiny bit OCD in trying to "perfect" himself) goes out and tries all kinds of treatments, therapies, coaching, and products on himself, and reports his results. Some of what he has to say is intriguing, some is ridiculous, and some (like the chapter on sex) is just downright alarming.

Here’s an example of ridiculousness: how can you maximize your waking hours and minimize your sleeping hours? By sleeping for 20 minutes every four hours. Round the clock. Without the slightest deviation either -- you can go 3 hours and 45 minutes and then sleep for a half-hour or you'll ruin the effect! Honestly. Who the heck could do that? Someone with no job and no social life? If so, unemployed and lonely, why would you want to be awake all those hours? I can personally testify that, as a person who spent many years with young children and babies waking me up throughout the night, the whole “four hours up, 20-minutes sleep, 24 hours a day” is barbaric and eventually leads to homicidal exhaustion; not rejuvenating restfulness.

His diet advice is a fairly standard “low-carb” style of diet with one day to binge eat. And no fruit (Huh? When do tangerines = Entemann's snack cakes?) And his sex advice – please, any men out there reading this, please, ignore it. Yeesh.
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