I got The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss as a birthday present for my 50th birthday earlier this year. I was getting to the stage where I was intent on being fit in my later years as I refuse to fall into the ‘oh I’m 50 and your body sags as you get older’ belief. (Especially after reading the quote ‘Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy’!) I started Tim’s diet and have done his exercises for the last 6 months and have noticed a marked difference in my physical, mental and psychological condition.
Feeling fit has a distinct effect on your mental attitude since your physiology affects your internal state. However, you might feel you don’t have the motivation. Tim suggests taking a photograph of yourself before you start which is quite a scary experience. It’s easy for us to have a distorted image of ourselves inside which is only revealed when the camera gives us a different perspective – that of someone else looking at us. That was motivation enough for me.
I’ve lost 12 pounds in weight and improved my muscle tone which has given me a much more defined shape. I do have a public health warning about the book though. I think Tim is like Marmite – you either love him or hate him and many people have got negative things to say about what he’s written. I don’t agree with everything he writes but I do respect the fact that he has provided information which works and he doesn’t hide the fact that he is providing us with other people’s principles.
I’ve not gone for the supplements he recommends because I feel you can create a negative effect with self-medication and I certainly wouldn’t use steroids or chemicals. I have had various surfing injuries that the medical profession would have thrown steroids at that have been easily remedied by a good sports massage therapist.
So my view is remain sceptical but try the diet and exercise ideas and you will see a difference. You’ll feel better and achieve the mental edge you need to produce a sharper blog. Oh, and for blokes, eating a few almonds won’t do your sex life any harm either!