Tim Ferriss: “The 4-Hour Body” | Talks at Google

>>Joel Constable: Hi everyone. My name is
Joel Constable and I work in Leadership Development as part of Google Edu and I’m thrilled today
to introduce our newest [email protected] speaker, Tim Ferriss. Tim was nominated as one of FastCompany’s
most innovative business people of 2007 and is the author or the number one New York Times,
Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best seller, The Four Hour Workweek, which has
been translated into 35 different languages. Wired Magazine has called Tim the Superman
of Silicon Valley for his manipulation of the human body. A few interesting things about Tim: he is
actually a tango world record holder and a former National Kickboxing Champion, which
I guess means that he could sweep you off your feet in multiple different ways. [laughter] Tim is also a guest lecturer at Princeton
University and a faculty member at Singularity University based at NASA Ames Research Center. Today Tim is going to be talking about his
new book, The Four Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex, and
Becoming Superhuman, which is perhaps why all of you are here. [laughter] As a big fan of both Tim and becoming superhuman
I’m really excited to hear what he has to say. So please join me in welcoming Tim Ferris. [applause]>>Tim Ferriss: Alright, thank you for being
here everyone. I’m excited to be back at the Googleplex yet again. [pause] It’s all downhill from here after that introduction
so. [laughs] This is delicious peppermint water. You don’t
seem to have anything other than flavored water. So The Four Hour Body is the topic of a very
brief presentation today. I’m gonna keep it exceptionally short. I wanna get to Q and
A as quickly as possible. And I put masochism first in the subtitle
because that will be reflected in the video that I’m going to show you. And then I’ll
add commentary after that. So I’ll explain why I do such things to myself. Male #1: This is a biopsy needle. [sound of clapping]>>Tim Ferriss: This is for comparative purposes.>>male #1: Yes. It’s about the thick ? [sound of clapping] just a little bit thinner than a pencil.>>Tim Ferriss: Yes. This might seem a little bit strange.>>Tim Ferriss live: This is in Cape Town,
South Africa where you don’t have to sign a hundred thousand waivers to have such things
done to you. [chuckles] [pause] That is in the vastus lateralis on the right
thigh. I have a nice scar for that.>>male #1: [inaudible]>>Tim Ferriss: So that’s ?>>male #1: That the depth that we’ve created
to [uintelligible].>>Tim Ferriss: [sighs]>>male #1: I’m going to get a sample. [two people speaking Afrikaans]>>Tim Ferriss live: That is Afrikaans for
those of you who speak Afrikaans here.>>male #1: I’ll say, I’ll say “suction” and
you pull back a bit if you feel resistance you just [inaudible]. And then I’ll say “release.”
Then I’ll say “suction.” And then I’ll say “release.”>>Tim Ferriss live: This is a hollow biopsy
tube and they use the suction to pull muscle tissue, which doesn’t have any pain receptors
as far as I could tell into the tube so they can then sever it and use it for analysis.>>male #1: Relax the leg for me as far as
possible. There we go. And just [inaudible]. [laughter] And suction. [pause] And release. [pause] And suction. [pause] And release. [pause] And suction. [pause]>>Tim Ferriss: Did we get it?>>Tim Ferriss live: [laughs] Alright, who
wants to sign up?>>male #1: [inaudible] just take it off.>>Tim Ferriss live: That wasn’t my muscle
samples.>>Tim Ferriss: Yeah, there we go. Thank you
a little Carpaccio, steak tar tare, Tim tar tare. [laughs] Okay so these will be used for the anti-[inaudible],
the fiber type ?>>male #1: Yes.>>Tim Ferriss: and the comparisons that we
talked about with the graphs.>>male #1: Yes.>>Tim Ferriss: And then that one over there
will hopefully be used for the ?>>male #1: Yeah.>>Tim Ferriss: contractility and all that
good stuff.>>male #1: This is exactly ?>>Tim Ferriss live: Okay, so there you have
it. So I spent three years doing that type of
thing to myself. Now why would you do such a thing? Well, as it turns out that what you would
expect to happen based on tests like 23 amino AVIgenics doesn’t always pan out in the real
world when you actually look at, for example, muscle fibers under the microscope so. According to a number of genetic tests that
I had to look at my genotype I lack, or I should say, I have a nonsense allele for actin
3 and that codes for fast twitch muscle fiber. So I wanted to see what my potential was for
gaining muscle quickly or becoming an Olympic sprinter. The results came back, “Sorry, you’re gonna
be really, really piss poor at both. But good luck. You have a genetic predisposition.” Alright, so I had my muscle fibers removed
to look at my genetic potential for endurance and this is what we turn out with. So we’re looking ? [laughs] [laughter] You can see right from the outset, not looking
good. [laughter] And Dr. Cohen who was one of the two doctors
performing the biopsy came in with the results and before he described them he said, “I’m
going to speak simply because I’m a doctor and I like to speak simply.” I was like, “Alright.” He says, “You would have trouble finishing
a 10K. [laughter] No you would have trouble finishing a 5K.” I was like, “Alright.” [laughs] [laughter] So here are a number of enzymes that limit
endurance potential in aerobic capacity among other things. So you have citrate synthase
on the left which has been studied quite a lot, [3H]AD, and so forth and so on. And you have South African antelope in the
red, so I’m not gonna be beating them in 40 yard dash or 100 mile races anytime soon. Then you have endurance athletes. And then you have Tim Ferriss below the line;
below zero. [laughs] I don’t know how that’s even possible; turns
out that the Y axis here is the enzyme activity percentage of untrained humans. So if that
zero is Homer Simpson, then the green is me. [laughter] Is basically what that means. So there’s another graph that I didn’t include
in this presentation which is equally instructive and that was muscle fiber type. Turns out I have very little slow twitch muscle
fiber, but I have a lot of what’s called Type IIa fast twitch muscle fiber; purely through
training. Alright, so the genotype what you would expect
based on my genetic predisposition and what I’ve been able to produce through training
are two very, very different realities. And The Four Hour Body, The Three Hour Body’s
next. Damn I already told you guys. The Four Hour Body was a three year process
of testing all of this, whether it was fat loss, endurance, sleep related, maximal strength
related, to see if the lab results or lab expectations held up under field testing. And it turns out that a lot of it does not
hold up and that I believe you can reach your genetic potential in almost any one of these
physical performance areas in about six months. And we can talk about some of those examples. One of my inspirations was this girl right
here. So Barry Ross, who trained one of his athletes
to break all of Marion Jones’ records in high school, and his athlete Allyson Felix ended
up becoming the first professional track athlete right out of high school. Looks something
like this; this is another one of his trainees. And I worked with him for maximal strength
development because he’s very good at it with sprinters. So he sent me this photograph to illustrate
a movement called “The Torture Twist” which is a horrible, horrible movement. I’m happy
to show you how to do it after the presentation. This girl is a high school runner. She is
132 pounds; looks pretty normal from all indications; and she deadlifts 405 pounds for repetitions. And that alone was severely emasculating for
me. [laughs] [laughter] And inspired me to train, not harder, but
much more intelligently and I was able to go from being able to pull roughly 300, 315
pounds off the floor to doing rack pulls with about 650 with a double overhand grip, that’s
not a hook grip. So I’ll let you guys Google that later, but
it’s a hell of a lot harder than doing an alternating grip using wraps. And it was from training using less than five
minutes of tension per week in the deadlift. The volume was exceptionally, exceptionally
low. Alright, and that would be one example of
the minimum effective dose, which we will come back to. So the guiding tenet for this entire exploration
which started actually coincided with beginning to invest in startup companies and advise
startup companies; so I’m in Twitter and Evernote and StumbleUpon and others. I wanted to see if you could apply split testing,
multi-variant testing, that type of data crunching to the physical body, but in general the tenet
came from Mark Twain. “So whenever I found myself on the side of the majority it was
time to pause and reflect.” Not just pause and reflect, but to test the opposite approach. So if everyone’s doing 20 to 30 hours of training
for Ironman, let’s say, well could you do 4 or 5 hours of training and get better results?
Are there any outliers who have been able to achieve that? It turns out there are. [pause] So I’m gonna keep the presentation based on
a number of what I would call, “first principles” that are organizing principles for all of
the tactics. So these are more strategies than anything else. [pause] Okay, [laughs] so the means inform the mean,
I think I read that incorrectly. The extremes inform the mean, not vice versa. How many people here have seen the movie Objectified?
Anyone? Wow, I’m amazed only three people. Objectified also done by the director of Helvetica;
fantastic movie; and there’s a moment, an anecdote interview in that movie that involves
garden shears. And Frog Design is being interviewed or they’re
explaining how one of their clients came in to ask them to develop a new type of garden
shears and they said, “Our average user is a 45 year old woman, she is in this type of
job, she behaves this way.” And they said, “We don’t care about your average. We wanna
know the extremes.” So on either side in each pole we wanna know
about let’s say the 400 pound body builder who can’t brush his own teeth, and we wanna
know about the paraplegic and their limitations. And if you handle the extremes then you cover
the means. It just so happens it doesn’t work in the
opposite direction. So you’ve probably heard the joke about Bill
Gates walking into a bar and the average net worth jumps to $150 million each. The mean and the average oftentimes mean nothing,
from a practical standpoint. So on the right hand side you have me posing
with a number of syringes that have three inch needles. And they contain a number of
different things. And this is experimenting with the mean, with the extremes rather, to
inform the mean. And that particular cocktail is very simple;
it’s effectively sugar water; its dextrose, saline, a few other things, perhaps some glucosamine
which I have mixed feelings about, B12 for injury repair. Some of the others are a bit more aggressive.
They contain things like stem cell growth factors that I flew in from Israel, IGF-1,
and some of my growth factor one. So some pretty, pretty powerful stuff. But what you realize is that when you look
at, let’s say, how someone who is 400 pounds lost their first 150 pounds of fat, then you
look at how the professional body builder gets from 6 to 4% body fat, you learn a lot
more than if you’re looking at anything in between those two ranges. So that’s the first principle. Look for the
outliers and study the outliers. Alright, tracking plus loss aversion is more
important than how-to. So the emphasis in exercise and diet in particular
tends to focus on the latest and greatest. And the business model seems to be complicate
to profit. So you can’t publish a magazine every month without new material. Unfortunately
that leads to a lot of confusion. And what I realized very early on was that
the how-to does not matter as much as the motivation for the behavioral change; and
spent time with people like BJ Fogg at Stanford University in the Persuasion Lab, among other
people, to really drill down into the specifics of this. And this is a photograph of Chad Fowler before
and after who runs the RailsConf Conference, among others. And Chad knew what to do on some level, but
he didn’t make the change until the pain was painful enough. And I think that for many
people the tracking was the second piece that he used to provide the feedback necessary
to compel him to continue. So self-discipline, willpower all very overrated.
If you just use tracking you can oftentimes catalyze a behavior change that you want to
make. And a good example of that would be The Flash
Diet. The so-called Flash Diet. All that entails is taking an iPhone or a camera phone of some
type and taking a picture of every meal before you eat it. It’s a pattern interrupt that makes you aware
of your decisions that were previously subconscious or habitual and leads to dramatically more
fat loss than even written food journals. And if you were to take that as one option
and then personal trainers and a sophisticated strict Zone Diet on the other, I would actually
bet on the people with the iPhones, based on all the data that I’ve seen. Loss aversion also is very, very important.
Let’s see we have, where’s Trevor? Trevor? Trevor? Trevor, there he is. So Trevor Claiborne here makes a guest appearance
in the book as well, and I think accentuates I think one principle behavioral change that’s
very undervalued. In the U.S. in particular we tend to focus
on rewards and patting everybody on the back. In fact fear of loss if you look at let’s
say, bidding behavior at auctions. People will overbid dramatically more to prevent
losing, let’s say, $10 as opposed to gaining $10. No big surprise. But you can use that to your advantage. So
Trevor, in particular, bet a co-worker, was it one dollar a workout? So one dollar a workout;
if one of them missed their workout they had to pay the other a dollar. So in lifestyle impact one dollar does very
little, but from a psychological standpoint it has a tremendous impact. So focusing on tracking, using data to your
advantage, and that type of feedback to your advantage, and then loss aversion beat the
method. To give you a very clear example of how method
can fail. I had a number of CEO’s here in Silicon Valley
ask me for an index card. They said, “I don’t want the story. I don’t want the details.
Give me an index card with the bullet points for losing abdominal fat and I’ll do it.” And so I gave each of them the index card
with the bullet points; success rate 0%. Alright, so the reasons for change and the
feedback mechanisms are more important in many cases than the actual how-to. Then we have the minimum effective dose. So
the minimum effective dose is a way of looking at exercise and diet, among other things,
as you would look at medicine or drugs. So what is the minimum effective dose to achieve
a very precise, quantifiable outcome? Anything above that produces side effects and the side
effects could be from over training, they could certainly be from supplementation, they
could be from simply trying to maintain a low calorie diet of 1200 calories that’s unsustainable. Alright, so in this particular case you have
two pictures. On the right hand side this is a fairly typical meal of mine. I follow
a diet called The Slow Carb Diet and I could go into great detail about that if you want
in the Q and A. If people ask me the first step that they
should take I’m not gonna give them a list of five things to change. So if you talk to BJ Fogg, he’ll tell you
if you ask, let’s say people over 50, if you try to teach them to learn to text in order
to lose weight or to quit smoking it won’t work because it’s two behaviors. So I say change your breakfast: 30 grams of
protein within 30 minutes of waking up. My dad who ended up losing a total of more
than 90 pounds of fat and gaining 20 to 30 pounds of muscle at age 65, began with changing
his breakfast and he went from approximately 5 pounds of fat loss per month to 18.75 pounds
in the first month after changing his protein intake within 30 minutes of waking up. That’s where I would have people change. Another case study; a female who was running
five hours per week, five, six hours per week and could not lose the last 10 to 15 pounds
changed her breakfast and lost 3% body fat between four and five weeks; very small change
with a disproportionately large outcome; so looking for that minimum effective dose as
the starting point. On the left hand side you have Tracy. Tracy lost 117 pounds with two or three 10
to 20 minute kettlebell workouts per week, focusing on the two-handed swing which you
see here. That’s the down swing. Mother of two and it started with that minimum effect
dose of very short duration: kettlebell workouts and then she also adopted the same diet. [pause] So, last but not least, [laughs] [laughter] You wanna keep improvement relative. So I
do not have the actin 3 to do that, nor do I have perhaps the liver drug tolerance to
do that — [laughs] [laughter] But the goal is not to be the best in the
world, necessarily. The goal is to use numbers to be the best
you, the best version of yourself you can possibly in these various domains; these various
areas of physical performance or appearance. And that’s it. Those are the overarching principles that
you’ll see in every single chapter of The Four Hour Body. All of the various self-destructive experiments
that I perform on myself so other people don’t have to, I’m happy to talk about anything
related to self-experimentation in the book or otherwise, but that’s the end of the presentation. So thank you for listening. [applause] [pause] Sorry. [pause] Oh, yes. We have a microphone. So you can
go to the microphone over here or you can yell it out and I’ll repeat your question. [pause]>>Charles: Hi Tim, I’m Charles.>>Tim Ferriss: Hi Charles.>>Charles: I lead design for our mobile products
and social products here at Google. Big fan of what you do; it looks like the
least paritofied, if that’s a word?>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>Charles: chapter of your book might be about
the endurance?>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>Charles: stuff; I don’t know if that’s a
fair statement. Seems like based on the analog graph?>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>Charles: your endurance is something you’re
kind of?>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>Charles: slow to love, maybe.>>Tim Ferriss: Yeah, yeah. I’m definitely
slow to love endurance.>>Charles: And so I was just wondering, there’s
like a little bit of a cliff hanger in the book?>>Tim Ferriss: Yeah, yeah.>>Charles: How did it come out?>>Tim Ferriss: Okay.>>Charles: And are you gonna continue?>>Tim Ferris: Um-hum.>>Charles: tryin’ to?>>Tim Ferriss: Uh-hum.>>Charles: run long distances? That’s my question?>>Tim Ferriss: Yeah. Good question.>>Charles: Thanks.>>Tim Ferriss: So there is a cliff hanger
in the book with the endurance training. So there are a few things I’d say. The first is that the greatest progress that
I’ve made has been technically related; so biomechanics related as far as running; really
a combination of Pose Method and a few other methods. For those people who are really into running
Pose Method does have its risks. There is a sidebar in the book that discusses how the
forces get transferred from the knee to the ankle; side note. In my particular case I hate running. I hate
running. I really, really, really hate running, so I knew that the best way to ensure that
I completed an ultramarathon which will be my first goal; so I’ve never run a 10K but
I’m try to run a 50K minimum; is to do it in front of the entire world while they’re
watching. So I’m actually gonna start that beginning
of next month. And I’ve been making sure that my body is as symmetrically capable as possible
before beginning the training to avoid injury. So the pre-hab chapter is what I’ve been focusing
on thus far. But I’m gonna start in earnest next month and maybe do, I’m not sure if it’ll
be the Quad Dipsea; a little too much vertical [laughs] in the Quad Dipsea, but I will be
starting that in February and I’m expecting, aiming within six months to complete; hopefully
sooner. I think it could be done in 12 if I really focused on it and didn’t have to
travel.>>Charles: Um-hum.>>Tim Ferriss: That’s the goal. Thanks. Other questions? [pause] Um-hum. [pause]>>male #1: I was curious that I’m generally
comfortable with like a liquid diet a lot of times. I can find that I can supplement
really almost anything in liquid form and it’s convenient and fast for me.>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>male #1: Have you seen any kind of like
psychological reports or analyses that follow that? Because a lot times obviously I’m not
nearly as satisfied>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>male #1: when it comes to liquid diets comparative>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>male #1: to finding the same supplements>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>male #1: on a plate.>>Tim Ferriss: So the question of solid versus
liquid food. It’s easier to over consume with liquid and that’s part of the reason that
if people are trying to gain mass; most controversial topic in the book by far is the mass gain;
that’s where like the meathead brigade has come down upon me in force on the Internet. But I gained 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days.
So I was supervised by a Ph.D. as San Jose State University and to do that you have to
consume a pretty atrocious number of calories. And the easiest way to do that is through
liquid. But, as an example, so this morning I was
running out and didn’t have much time to prepare so I had unflavored whey protein with some
cinnamon and vanilla extract. And then I had Brazil nuts and a handful of different seeds
and that was it. And that will keep me sated because of the protein content for a number
of hours. So as long as it has high protein percentage,
I don’t see any problem with it. I know people who’ve lost a tremendous amount
of weight doing using primarily liquid meals and one or two whole meals per day. But if you have the control to keep an eye
on the actual macronutrient and caloric intake then I don’t see a problem with it. [pause] If people don’t wanna get up and walk over
that’s fine too.>>Peter: Hi, my name’s Peter.>>Tim Ferriss: Hi Peter.>>Peter: So you showed the woman who lost
117 pounds of fat through changing her breakfast and doing kettlebell swings. So I understand
the concept of minimum effect dose to accomplish that goal of fat loss. Did you evaluate whether those same techniques
actually were resulting in holistic, overall health for her? I understand she lost a lot of fat, but like
hormone markers, all kinds of other measures of health, were those improved as well? And
is there like a minimum effective dose for holistic, overall health?>>Tim Ferris: Um-hum. So the question is, is there a minimum effective
dose for minimum, I’m sorry, for overall, holistic health?>>Peter: Expansion of life span, that sort
of thing.>>Tim Ferris: Yeah.>>Peter: Like is she gonna live longer ’cause
of that?>>Tim Ferris: Yeah. So the health is like success in the sense
that it’s defined differently by different people. So we would have to sit down and actually
look at the actual markers. What I would say is that in her particular
case, certainly by improving insulin sensitivity and so forth I would wager that her life span
would be extended. If you take anything to an extreme with physical
performance like power lifting; I mean I know, a friend of mine is 145 pounds and he can
bench press 600 pounds, as an example. Or running 100 mile races; he’s done that in
competition too. I doubt any of that’s terribly good for the body long term. But I think that many of the, if we’re talking
about longevity specifically, there are a few takeaways that I’d suggest looking closely
at. One would be protein cycling and minimizing
complete amino acid profile intake for at least 16 hours a week which isn’t that hard;
things like wheat lack lysine, as an example. Donating blood; many of the managers of centenarian
studies; I think Boston University most notably. This is a male; donates blood because last
I checked men don’t menstruate. That’s one of the hypotheses as to why women in general
live longer than men is the reduction of toxic iron accumulation, things of that type. But it would really come down to looking at
the markers individually I would say. But if you’re looking at, let’s just say,
the general health markers of, let’s say, total cholesterol to HDL, triglyceride, fasting,
glucose, hemoglobin A1c, things of that type. In these particular instances I would wager
they’ve all been improved. For most of the case studies, certainly for
myself, I’ve done thousands of line item blood tests over the last few years; most of those
have been improved longitudinally overtime. But if I’m doing an experiment like I eat
nothing but meat and mixed nuts for 21 days to see what effect it would have on those
markers. If you remove some of those more extreme experiments, then I would say, for
the most part, they’re being improved at the same time.>>Peter: Thanks.>>Tim Ferris: Yeah. Welcome. If you wanna talk about anything specific
markers afterwards, I’ll hang out for a bit. [pause] Any other questions?>>male #2: What happened when you ate nothing
but meat and nuts for 21 days? [laughter]>>Tim Ferriss: [laughs] So I was in Nicaragua for this particular
test. I was doing some experimentation with medical tourism. I ate grass fed beef, few
pounds a day, and almonds primarily; pretty boring diet. [laughs] My conventionally assessed cholesterol values
improved. So my HDL to total cholesterol ratio improved. There were a few things, let me think offhand,
it was an improvement on average over my baseline beforehand. And I think that underscores a point that
is neglected oftentimes which is, you are what you eat, yes that’s true. But you are
what you eat ate also. In the sense that I would rather eat grass fed beef than grain
fed salmon, as an example. So that was to try to highlight the importance
of understanding your sources. [pause]>>female #1: Hello.>>Tim Ferriss: Hi. Nice shirt.>>female #1: Thank you.>>Tim Ferriss: [laughs]>>female #1: I wondering what advice or warning
you would give to women who reading your book as far as things that might need to be modified
or –>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>female #1: additional consideration.>>Tim Ferriss: So good question. So things
in the book that might be modified for women or emphasized for women; there are a few. The first is that it is extremely important
on The Slow Carb diet to ensure that you’re getting enough calories. So many women who have tried low carb diets
in the past will default to eating, let’s say, a chicken breast and leafy salad for
lunch. And what you’ll find, this is true on any
low calorie or sub maintenance diet, that you could stop menstruating. It’s very, very
common among athletes as well. And that’s generally not a good thing. So I would say if you eat for fertility as
a woman you’ll generally also get optimal athletic performance and fat loss. A few things related to fertility very quickly. I’ve seen, this is dozens, I’m not talking
about one or two case studies of women who have just gone from miscarriage, miscarriage,
miscarriage to pregnant. And the two most common changes were removing
gluten from the diet. For a host of reasons that affects hormone regulation; so removing
grains effectively. Number two would be adding in increasing saturated
fat intake, oddly enough. So I don’t know if that’s due to long chain fatty acids. I
don’t know if it’s due to replacing the gluten and therefore increasing protein and fat intake
as a side effect. But those were the two most common changes. Otherwise, from a training standpoint, from
a dietary standpoint, men and women more or less respond the same way. There is a lot
of variability between people but not as much as we would sometimes like to think. There’s been some speculation that because
women have a higher percentage of slow twitch muscle fibers they should train with a higher
repetition range in resistance training or weight training. My position on that is that you should train
for your desired outcome, not for your current state. Because if I train for my current state based
on my genetics testing it wouldn’t go anywhere. [laughs] Like I would be well suited to I don’t know
what sports; sliding down slides or [laughter] Monopoly. [laughter] So those would be the highlights. But I would say that women are fortunate on
one hand because they have very clear indications of their hormonal state through menstruation
and other things. Whereas men are just kind of wandering around
not knowing what the hell’s going on. And then they’re like, “Oh no my sperm count’s
four times lower than it should be. Uh-oh; didn’t realize that until I wanted to have
kids.” Side note: the starting point for all of this
is comprehensive blood testing. So I would highly, highly recommend once every three
or six months you get comprehensive blood testing done. Certainly everyone here can
afford it. And additional testing that I would recommend
is SpectraCell. S-p-e-c-t-r-a-C-e-l-l dot com, allegedly used by Lance Armstrong and
others which wouldn’t mean anything incriminating; it’s for nutrient deficiency. I identified that I had a selenium deficiency.
How many people here track their selenium? Probably not many. And selenium’s very important
for spermatogenesis. So I actually did a number of things: fixed
my selenium deficiency; used cold exposures; and stopped carrying my cell phone in my pocket,
side note. And doubled my sperm count in three months. For those of you who are interested in such
things. [laughter]>>male #2: So as far as I can tell from the
quick look through the book, it pretty much concentrates on what we would normally consider
physical attributes. Do you have any research or anything interesting
on minimum effective dose either for balance and coordination?>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>male #2: ’cause I didn’t see much there.>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>male #2: And also mentally; Nootropics or>>Tim Ferriss: Yeah.>>male #2: or diet as sort of>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>male #2: opposed to mental>>Tim Ferriss: Yeah, yeah. Good question. So the, have I found anything for the minimum
effective dose for balance, agility, or mental performance like Nootropics? So I was as an undergrad first a neuroscience
major primarily because I wanted to focus on smart drugs. [laughs] I’ve seen a lot. There are many different
approaches you can take. As far as balance goes, there’s quite a lot
of debate in the PT and athletic training community about whether balance is a general
skill you can train, just like if there exists a general intelligence. Usually people would
segment it out into, for example, [pause] muscular symmetry. So one of the fastest ways to improve general
agility and balance, I would say, is by doing an assessment called the FMS, the Functional
Movement Screen. And I’m sure there are people at SF who can
do that. And that’ll assess imbalances from left to right or contra laterally. And when
you fix those it’s pretty astounding. It’s in the pre-hab chapter. But if you identify using, for example, there’s
a movement called, or there are two movements called the “chop and lift” where you’re using,
generally speaking, a cable and you’re doing this type chopping diagonal movement and then
you’re reversing it and going up. And so you test your four quadrants and you’ll
generally find that one quadrant is extremely weak, relatively speaking. And when you fix
that it’s incredible how many aches and pains, how many problems, how many injuries just
disappear. So I would say that from a functional standpoint
that would be one. If we’re talking about equilibrium I haven’t
found anything to be particularly effective for general balance. For mental performance, this is something
that I really debated quite a lot because I’m a huge fan of cognitive enhancement. And
I didn’t include any chapter specifically on that because I found looking at the literature
that improving physical performance, what most people would divorce from their mind
or brain, is actually the best way to improve cognitive performance. And there’s a great book called Spark which
is written by a Harvard M.D. that looks at physical education in some very sophisticated
programs from improving academic performance specifically by making students perform at
a certain heart rate immediately prior to their worst subjects; really fascinating stuff. But if we’re talking about drugs. [laughs]
I’m sure there a few people in this audience who probably tried Modafinil, among others.
So Provigil which is an anti-narcolepsy drug. There are a lot of drugs that will improve
short term memory, working memory, reaction speed. Vasopressin which is an anti-diuretic hormone
that’s used in, let’s say, bedwetting in children in some cases, also can improve short term
memory. The reason that I have ended up staying away
from any of these drugs is that I’ve realized in the course of doing all this research and
all this testing, that the brain is a very sensitive instrument. And the brain, well the body, likes homeostasis.
So if you interrupt any of the feedback loops you can cause some really significant long
term problems. That’s certainly true if you look at, let’s
say, anabolics’ use. If you’re using super-physiological high dose, let’s just say, testosterone cypionate,
then you can screw up your HPTA Axis. And if you screw up your hypothalamus, boy you’re
gonna have a lot of issues. So I’ve ended up staying away from the smart
drugs most recently. The exceptions would be Yerba Mate tea. I
love Yerba Mate. And it contains a handful of stimulants that all have different pharmacokinetics
so you end up getting this nice extended, like three to four hour buzz, which is great
for writing, among other things. And the other, I would say, for mental performance
would be hunger. So when you are in a fasted state whether
that’s through intermittent fasting or otherwise, you will experience a heightened level of
cognitive function and I think that does reflect back to evolution. From an evolutionary standpoint
if you’re hunting and gathering it’s a good idea to have better visual acuity if you’re
really hungry [laughs] and you need to find food, among other things. But that’s somewhat
speculation. Hopefully that helps. Any other questions?>>female #2: I was wondering if you could
talk a little bit about fruit and why you don’t recommend it and also beans and why
you recommend it [inaudible] ?>>Tim Ferriss: Beans. Um-hum. Are you Paleo?>>female #2: Uh ?>>Tim Ferriss: Paleo person?>>female #2: [inaudible]>>Tim Ferriss: Semi. So the question was why do I recommend against
consuming fruit, for the most part, and why do I allow beans on The Slow Carb Diet? So the first fruit. Fruit as it existed 100,
200 years ago is very different from fruit as it exists today. It’s selectively bred
and modified to have the highest level of fructose or fruit sugar possible. And fructose is problematic for fat loss specifically.
So if you’re not trying to lose fat, I have no particular problem with consuming fruit.
But if you wanna get the best results possible from a fat loss program, fructose is converted
to glycerol phosphate which is then converted to body fat very, very efficiently. It’s like
there’s no more efficient pathway you could find just about; the same reason that high
fructose corn syrup will make you really, really fat. Another note: same reason agave nectar will
make you very, very fat. It’s 90 percent concentrated fructose. So looking at, again from an evolutionary
standpoint, the nutrient necessity of fruit; if you get it once a week; I have the one
day off, the cheat day or the binge day once per week on The Slow Carb Diet. That’s more
than enough to satisfy any sweet tooth requirement as it relates to fruit. If you absolutely have to have fruit; and
I’m experimenting with fruit again in very moderate doses using primarily berries because
it does have a fascinating effect on blood glucose. It flat lines your blood glucose. So I do recommend fruit on your off day; having
it in the beginning of the day, such as grapefruit, which also includes Neurogenin which is interesting
for extending the half life of caffeine. I implanted a Dexcom SEVEN device in my side.
It’s a continuous glucose monitor used by Type I diabetics. And I implanted it in my
side to track my blood glucose 24/7 for about three weeks. And what I noticed is when you have this small
amount of fruit in the morning it allows you to keep your blood sugar below, I think its
100 nanograms per deciliter, milligrams per deciliter. It allows you to keep it below
this critical threshold for fat loss which is pretty fascinating. But, in general, I would say just stay away
from fruit, from what I’ve seen. And I haven’t seen any deleterious health effects from that
at all. Beans; so beans if anyone here is a strict
Paleo eater, beans and legumes are a big no-no. For that same reason, peanuts are a big no-no;
and cashews; I love cashews. But if you prepare beans properly; so if you’re
soaking them let’s say overnight, I simply haven’t seen the digestive issues that one
would expect based on how strongly they are avoided on the Paleo diet. I just haven’t
seen the problem. So I do recommend lentils and other legumes
and beans for the simple reason, among others, that if people are only consuming leafy vegetables
or steamed vegetables and protein, they’re almost always hypocaloric. And then they get
irritable, they get headaches, and they quit. So that would be the main reason. And I’m convinced someday I’ll either be proven
right or wrong, as I suppose is the case with everything. Lentils, there’s some property in lentils
that is just, it’s a force multiplier for fat loss. I cannot figure out, I don’t know
what it is. I have my speculations, but lentils are amazing; taste pretty good too. No problem.>>male #3: So did you put lots of sort of
distillation of successful experiments, do you have any stories about things that went
wrong, maybe in a spectacular nature?>>Tim Ferriss: [laughs] [laughter] Oh yeah. Somebody asked me recently, “You seem to always
land on your feet.” And I was like, “Really?” [laughter] And two of my doctors were in the audience.
I was like, “You should ask [laughs] them how often I land on my head. It’s pretty bad.” Spectacular or dangerous fashion? Yeah, so I had a PRP injection. So PRP is
fascinating; there’s some really good researchers here in the Bay Area. Allan Mishra in particular
is fantastic; he’s at Stanford. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma and this
is a way of getting around the illegality of anabolics, as a side note. What many athletes will do is they’ll have
their blood taken out; they’ll have a blood draw performed; they’ll put that whole blood
into a special centrifuge and spin it so it separates out the plasma and white blood cells
and growth factors that are associated. And then they re-inject or they inject that locally
into the site of injury. And it works spectacularly well. There are a number of cases of Super Bowl
athletes; eight weeks out; one of them tears an Achilles tendon; now what? PRP. And then
they compete. I’ve seen world class sprinters win gold medals
at the world championships something like 12 weeks after hamstring or Achilles tendon
tears; PRP. I’m sure there are other things being used
as well. But I had a number of PRP injections and most
of them worked very well and then there was on botched injection. When I say botched injection it should have
been injected laterally on the elbow and it was injected really right at the point of
the elbow where the skin is the thickest. Now the bad part about thick skin is there’s
a lot of bacteria, there’s always bacteria in skin, but the thicker it is, the more bacteria
there is. And they pushed through the bacteria and gave
me a MRSA infection which is a antibiotic resistant staph infection. And within 48 hours
my elbow was the size of a football. And I was talking to a friend of mine who’s
a Harvard trained doctor; I was eating lunch. And she goes, “Put down you lunch. Get in
a taxi. Go to the emergency room.” And she said go to this particular emergency ’cause
she’s based around here. And I had to have emergency surgery. I was
put on intravenous antibiotics and had to have emergency surgery. Because that can not
only eat your joint it can kill you dead. So I would say that was probably one of my
more [laughter] “Don’t try this at home. Not recommended to
my readers,” mistake. And I did put that in the book because I don’t people to get trigger
happy with injections and things like that. They can be really serious. [pause]>>female #3: Tell us a little bit about your
feelings around the amount of sleep>>Tim Ferris: Um.>>female #3: that you get. I thought I heard
some comment around like two hours of sleep?>>Tim Ferris: Um-hum.>>female #3: [inaudible]>>Tim Ferriss: So sleep; my opinions on sleep. My opinions on sleep depend on how many sessions
of sleep you get per day. So most people in this room will be familiar
with what’s called “monophasic sleep;” that’s just go to bed, wake up. You get one session
of sleep. If you’re doing that or speaking from a personal
basis, if I’m doing that, I like to get 9 to 10 hours of sleep. I sleep a lot. If, on the other hand, you’re doing what’s
called polyphasic sleep, where you break it up into multiple segments per day. And that
can be taken to an extreme in something called Uberman, which is I believe two and a half
hours of total sleep per day which is comprised of 20 minute naps. [laughs] Not terribly social
as you can imagine. [laughter] That can be sustained. And there’s a lot of
debate about this; there are long articles online about why it’s impossible. I can’t divulge it yet, but I can say right
now I’m using along with a few other groups some pretty sophisticated equipment to demonstrate
that it is possible. We’re tracking people using EEG’s while they sleep on Uberman. So it can be done. Should you do it? That’s
a separate question. For most people it’s gonna be completely untenable
and unsustainable. But there are people like Matt Mullenweg, usually called the lead developer
or one of the lead developers of WordPress. And while he was working on WordPress he had
his most productive year of coding; probably produced, I’m just speculating here, but 60%
of the WordPress code in one year and he was following Uberman. To most people if you feel like you have to
sleep two hours a day to get more done, I would say let’s look at the time management
[laughs] first before we start cutting you back to two hours. But those would be my feelings. [pause]>>female #4: I’m a runner and I like run in
the morning>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>female #4: but I don’t want to eat breakfast
before running.>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>female #4: What do you recommend that I
eat protein right after [inaudible] ?>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>female #4: but [inaudible].>>Tim Ferriss: So if you’re going to; the
question was I’m a runner, I don’t like to eat before I run. What’s the distance?>>female #4: Like six miles a day.>>Tim Ferriss: Six miles; alright. What I would suggest, if possible, it depends
on why you’re running. If you’re training from competition it’s one answer; if you’re
doing it for, let’s say, general fitness and fat loss it’d be another answer. But I would say that if you’re consuming a
very quickly digested protein like whey protein, whey protein isolate, it shouldn’t cause too
much stomach upset. If you don’t want to eat prior to your workout
then, and you’re doing it for training, I would suggest consuming either during the
run or after a carbohydrate supplement like Vitargo S2, which is a waxy maize starch which
will help you to replenish your glycogen, particularly if you’re following a diet that’s
Paleo or Slow Carb or something like that. Otherwise, if you wanna get extra fat loss
out of it you could just have a double espresso before you go running. But the cold water will also help quite a
lot. So if you’re doing it for fat loss or body
composition or recomposition purposes, 500 milliliters of ice water will do wonders.
I kid you not. It’s pretty astounding the difference that it makes. [pause]>>male #3: So fat loss [inaudible] nice because
you can have dietary [unintellgible] intervention as a result of [inaudible]. So I was wondering what your research turned
out regarding HDL, LDL [inaudible].>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>male #3: [inaudible]>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>male #3: [inaudible]>>Tim Ferriss: Um-hum.>>male #3: [inaudible]>>Tim Ferriss: Whew! This is a big question.
[laughs] Very important question. The question, correct me if I get this incorrect. With dietary interventions, or I should say
with body fat loss or muscular gain, it’s very easy to see the short term consequences
or outcomes. With something like cardiovascular health
or disease it’s quite a bit harder because you can look at the short term effects which
could be quite divergent from the long term effects. And what’s my opinion or what are my theories
on cardiovascular health? So the first I would say is that cardiovascular
is a good word to use. Aerobic is usually co-opted by people trying to sell you something. So like aerobics versus aerobic are very different. You actually get a fantastic aerobic if we’re
looking at the pathways workout after resistance training when you’re body’s trying to clear
lactate and so forth; it’s actually a fantastic [laughs] aerobic workout usually called “after
burn” so post-workout oxygen consumption things like that. As far as cardiovascular health goes, there’s
no consensus. That’s part of the problem. And my position, at the moment, is that it
is important to look at the sub-fractions of, let’s say, LDL or HDL. Berkeley Heart
Labs, I believe, does a very comprehensive fractionated analysis. But as with any type of data gathering the
problem is, “Okay. Well that’s fine, but now what do I do.” And my suggestion to most people is if you’re
getting your fat from good sources, meaning if it’s an animal product the animals are
eating the feed they were intended to eat. Or coconut milk, let’s say; but not all coconut
milk is good for you and you have to look at your ingredient list. If you’re consuming high quality fats as long
as you’re not spiking your insulin levels at the same time by consuming lots of carbohydrates,
I think it has a minimal effect; minimal negative effect, if any, on cardiovascular, meaning
arterial health or blood vessel health. That’s my position at the moment. So I’ve been following this diet for the last
seven years. Not to say that because as of an end of one it works for me, it’ll work
for everybody. But looking at the blood tests, again I’m
not a doctor, I don’t play one on the Internet, but having looked at a lot of blood tests
longitudinally, I think as long as you separate the carbohydrates from the protein and fats,
for the most part, then you’re fine. That’s been my experience thus far, but I’m
not a cardiologist.>>male #4: This is kind of a follow up to
that question which is: are you aware of the published research on successfully reversing
heart disease, reversing diabetes, and slowing down the growth of prostate cancer? And I ask because the dietary recommendations
are precisely the opposite of what you have in your book which is the recommendation that
you increase whole grains and starches; increase fruit and vegetable consumption; and probably
you both would agree on fats so.>>Tim Ferriss: So I would say, I appreciate
that. The first thing is you should be skeptical
about everything that I say. I don’t want anyone to take my word for anything. And I
would say look at the data. So while we’re talking about published research,
I would also say that not all published research equal. And in many of the, I’m not gonna name
names ’cause there’s no purpose to it, but in many of the multi-variable tests that show
reversal of heart disease, they’re also doing Yoga, they’re also doing therapy, they’re
also doing exercise, and then they have a diet with grains. And they say, “Well, told
ya. It was the diet with grains.” And I think that’s bad science. So they’re not controlling their variable
sufficiently in most of the tests. What I would say is if anyone’s interested
in looking at this topic in depth, read what Gary Taubes has written; meticulously researched;
Good Calories, Bad Calories or Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It, which is his
most recent book. If you want to look at the role of carbohydrates in endocrine health
and also as it relates to disease states. If you have the patience and concentration
for it, Good Calories, Bad Calories has probably 100 pages just on the role of carbohydrates
in cardiovascular disease and diabetes. I have seen people, I know a mother in particular
who reversed Type I diabetes in two of her children. And she did it by eliminating carbohydrates.
In every other attempt up to that point using what most people label as complex carbohydrates,
it had precisely the opposite effect. And most recently, I know another woman; one
of her children is in ketosis or potentially ketoacidosis. I’m waiting to hear what the
doctor’s verdict is. And complex carbs; [snaps finger] diabetic coma, like that. So I think that based on the data I’ve seen
at least, the safest bet is removing any type of refined carbohydrates or carbohydrates
that have been introduced into industrial agriculture in the last 10,000 years. It’s just my experience.>>male #5: Yeah, I think we agree on refined
carbohydrates being bad. But Good Calories, Bad Calories has a lot
of omission of key science. For example, it doesn’t address the fact that the entire nation
of China lives on primarily carbohydrates and they have a much lower rate of heart disease
and diabetes than we have here. He just doesn’t deal with that in his book. So if you omit key data?>>Tim Ferriss: I don’t think, I would say
that we should invite Gary and you can take him up on it. Gary would be happy to debate. But what I would say is that gluten and rice
are very different, number one. Number two, if you look at the disease states
as recorded in China and the data gathering is not very good in China. I’m very familiar
with The China Study, the monograph, the original monograph not the book, which I think is largely
propaganda. I think that we’ll see a lot of changes in
China if they’re not occurring already. But, needless to say, I think it’s an area
worth a lot of additional research, but just based on everything that I’ve seen, that I’ve
measured directly and watched, omitting carbohydrates is, and not all carbohydrates, but omitting
grains, starches; I have yet to see any negative impact from that.>>male #5: Yeah, thanks for the response.>>Tim Ferriss: Yeah, my pleasure. Thanks for
the question. [pause]>>female #4: So the event description had
a bullet point that said something about 15 minute female orgasm?>>Tim Ferris: [laughs] [laughter]>>female #4: [inaudible] [laughter]>>Tim Ferriss: I’ll give you your $50 bill
later. Thank you for bringing that up. I thought we might miss it. [laughter] Right. So, [laughs] 15 minute female orgasm.
[sighs] Where to begin with this? [laughter] So this chapter, it’s actually two chapters,
were included at the request of female friends and female readers. The book was originally gonna be titled, Becoming
Superhuman and it was gonna focus on muscular gain and fat loss and that was it. And what happened was looking at limiters
of muscular hypertrophy pretty quickly you have to look at testosterone. So I was looking at testosterone; did a number
of experiments; tripled my testosterone; that has a number of interesting positive sexual
side effects. And so I was talking about this with a number
of my friends over dinner; two of them were female and they’re like, “What is this, a
dude’s club? [laughs] Why aren’t you gonna write about anything that has to do with female
sexuality.” Okay. So I looked into it and I was amazed at how
problematic sex is for a very high percentage of women in terms of, how explicit can I get
here, pretty explicit? In terms of [laughter] Let’s say, let’s just say what most people
would consider the involuntary contractions that characterize vaginal orgasm through intercourse.>>female in audience: How’s it?>>Tim Ferriss: Everybody okay? [laughter] Okay. [laughter] Very problematic. It has a lot to do with
the distance, well I’m not gonna even get into it. But [laughter] Anyway. I guess I lost my composure there for a second.
[laughs; clears throat] So let me give one, but where I’m going with
this is, sex is a very sensitive topic in the U.S. I was told by a number of morning shows in
the U.S., very popular morning shows that have had me on as a guest before and were
very happy, “We’d love to have you on, but we can’t because you have sex in the subtitle.” And that, I think, has led to a lot of broken
relationships. Sex makes or breaks relationships; makes or breaks marriages. Therefore, makes
or breaks families. I think it’s a very important topic. Your choices, if you want to self-educate,
are usually I’m gonna go to some fairly strange cult-like environment where it’s like worshipping
the Goddess Noonie, which most people don’t want to do. Or I can deal with this very nebulous sexual
advice that’s based on a book, that’s based on a book, that’s based on a book. There’s
no testing. So the 15 minute orgasm I set out to sacrifice
myself for science. [laughter] to identify what best practices, what techniques
could be used that would have the highest success rate. I’m not gonna go too far into this, but for
those interested, how can I do this? [pause] Let’s say this is a clock face. Alright, so
this is a clock face. And that clock face represents the clitoris if you’re looking
at it from between the legs. [laughter] On, I would say, 95 plus percent of women
the most sensitive part is gonna be between 1:00 and 1:30. Okay? Look on Twitter if you don’t think this works.
[laughs] It sounds like some hocus pocus nonsense and
I’ll just leave you with that so. Very important topic and I think that for
many people the sex and the sleep will have the greatest impact on quality of life. I’ll answer follow up questions, but unprompted
I don’t wanna go into all the [laughs] particulars.>>female in audience: [inaudible]>>Tim Ferriss: Yep. Oh, one more question? Okay.>>female #5: So I’m trying to just look from
diet so do you have any advice for people who are vegan versus [inaudible]>>Tim Ferriss: No, I, okay. So the question was can you follow The Slow
Carb Diet if you’re a vegan. The answer is yes. So there are two appendices in the book called
The Meatless Machine I and II and I do profile Mark who, Mark Bozeman, who is a vegan and
followed The Slow Carb Diet. And you can move that direction; you will
most likely have to supplement with different types of protein. It’s challenging and the reason it’s challenging
is that you will very often end up including things that I would prefer be avoided like
soy. [pause] I think soy, soy milk, isolated soy is extremely
risky as an endocrine disrupter. And if you look at reproductive specialists at different
centers, there’s one in Edinborough who’s name escapes me at the moment, but he said,
“Until I see data that refutes everything I have seen I will not feed soy to my children,
specifically because of the effect on reproductive health.” It can be done; it can be done. And I do have
readers who have done it successfully. What I would say is take another look at the
Meatless Machine chapters in the appendices and then also go to the blog post that catalyzed
this entire thing, which is just how to lose 20 pounds in 30 days without exercise [chuckles]
on my blog. There are 4,000 comments or 5,000 comments
so just search “vegan” and I think you’ll probably find a number of suggestions there
as well.>>female #5: Thank you.>>Tim Ferriss: You’re welcome. It’s made a lot easier if you do make the
allowance to have let’s say whey protein or cottage cheese or eggs, let’s just say, with
yokes. It makes a big different; it’s a lot easier. But if you if you’re not willing to do that,
which is a personal decision, I would just say to look at the comments as well. [pause] Okay, I think that’s it guys. I’ll hang out
for a little bit longer if people have questions. Thank you for coming. [applause]

100 thoughts on “Tim Ferriss: “The 4-Hour Body” | Talks at Google

  1. @rationalperspective everyone i know who is following his stuff is getting unprecedented results for them. On monday I will go buy new 36W pants because my new 38W pants that I just bought because my 40W pants I normally wear dont fit. 3 weeks! This is coming off of low calorie dieting that is lowish carb. Havent weighed myself in a week but after week two I was down 10 pounds and had gained muscle during that time from working out.

  2. @avittix Hi Mate, I can understand where you'r coming from, and can relate to it. Many things he has to say sound incredible and similar to a lot of garbage that can be found everywhere. And here is why I do pay attention to what he says: he is a practical experimenter and puts to the test everything he talked about, and furthermore, he gives credit where it is due. Just after the contents in the book there is a page listing 76 people that he consulted for the contents of the book.

  3. @avittix Additionally in the video, around the 42 minute he says again that he's not the expert here. He's very humble but very effective, and to me credible. Thank you.

  4. @avittix I agree with you with the image he's presenting. I have followed him for the past three years ever since I read his four hour work week book (I know…) and he posted this experiment on his blog long ago. What he's saying is not gaining 30lbs per month on and on, but simply reaching our genetic potential with the least amount of work and time. He didn't come up with it. There have been such experiments done in the late seventies apparently. He simply repeated the experiment.

  5. I'm sure he embellishes on some of what he claims. As far as changing your protien for breakfast to get out of this world weight loss… Who eats the same thing for breakfast everyday anyway? So what really is a dramatic change if it's never the same?

  6. Wow, he went through a lot but could have saved himself soooo much time if he only followed Charles Poliquin, Louie Simmons, Fred Hatfield and Ian King's training philosophies. Seems everyone has something to sell though. I prefer not trying to reinvent the wheel as these strength coaches I mentioned know more about conditioning athletes correctly than anyone in the world.

  7. one thing that makes me wonder is how tim manages to get appointments and meetings with all these professors and intelligent people in their fields?
    her must have some mad research and tracking skills

  8. i do not think it is a scam. he is right about many things. the only problem is him claiming to gain muslce in short amount of time with minimal workout. that i do not believe. most ppl WILL gain muscle because most people do eat carbs and when you switch to a low carb and are eating high amounts of protein–it is easier for you to gain some muscle along the way.

  9. people will talk with you if they can obtain profit from it, anyone who colaborated in the book achieved national fame the moment that book became a best seller.

  10. This guy focuses on results, but I miss the spiritual side, the essence of the human being. He basically talks about how to be succesful, but I'm more into how to be in peace with oneself and his/her enviroment.

  11. amazing. he's talking all this time with out a piece of paper to guide him and he's remebered all sorts of names, fact, and numbers. i wish he'd do a tissue sample of his brain.

  12. I surprised TIm didn't suggested yellow pea, rice, hemp, sacha inchi or any other plant-based proteins to the woman asking about following the slow carb diet while vegan. Or even things like spirulina, hemp seeds, chlorella? =/

  13. I have listened to the 4hr body CDs and there is a ton of great information!!! One thing I am going to try that he suggests is the PAGG stack for weight loss!! I highly suggest that anyone wanting to change their life n loose weight listen or read the 4hr body!!

  14. This was fantastic. I have to say that up until I saw this, having read blog posts, seen interviews and so on, I was pretty convinced that Tim Ferriss was simply a conman, trying to sell the easy lie to people that hard work isn't necessary if you want to achieve success. This has changed my mind; he's intelligent, understands how scientific research works, and knows an awful lot about these topics. Also comes across as a great guy in this.

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  16. That's the problem w/ society. He says look at the extremes, thats how you make radical change and progress. If we put everyone in a box, where does the creativity come from?

    You're not smart just because you're an MD and vice versa.

  17. this guy is a faker f*ckbag. cahing and the sound of his own voice seem to be his favourite sounds. PS he has a pissy body and is losing his hair…maybe do a 4 hour keep your hair. doosh!

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  20. He's not my son boys and girls !

    This interview is not an instructor quality interview

    Although I love Wired Magazine Greg

  21. He was an undergrad in neuroscience, but quit because he didn't like using animal models. Which is probably why he can read scientific literature, specifically related to biology research.

  22. The Chinese traditionally eat more green leafy veg than rice anyway, I would look at it as primarily veg, then rice, then meat and fish. Fish may well be second on that list. Also, obesity is a huge problem in china today. Not to mention, the poverty in china pre 1990s lead to people who were thinner despite what their diet was.

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  24. Not to mention he says himself didn't figure this stuff on his own. He looks for trainers or people who quickly became top perfomers in what he wants to do and he learned from them.

  25. I already told you. i know the bad fat is the reason that stopping 6 pack coming outside even we work out well. btw!but ye I saw an interview with body building champion where he talks about 7 odd foods he eats to keep his abs hard. have a look here bit.ly/1dRHOwu?=gbbjt

  26. My classmates laughed when I told them I was going to get rid of fat with "Windy Fat Loss", but then I showed them the results. Go and google "Windy Fat Loss" to see their reaction.

  27. I'm going to discover ways to get laid. My friend has begun dating a ten mainly because 60 days ago he signed up to an internet site named Master Attraction (Google it if you wish to know more.) I'm green with envy since I would like to fall madly in love as well. How come it's so hard? I'm going to have a look at this Jake Ayres guy's information. Odd point is, my friend previously had no joy with girls. How do you improve that rapidly? His lady's like a model!

  28. Hi, have you discovered Rapid Muscle Booster? (look for it on Google) You will discover the serious crimes we commit against ourselves. With Rapid Muscle Booster, you will discover how to build muscle fast.

  29. Tim your amazing! I seriously cant get enough of his videos! so fascinating, and i love how blunt are with everything. I don't know why sex is a sensitive subject here in america. And sex hormones determine so much quality of life

  30. Lost credibility (near 48min mark) when he references Gary Taubes as his source. That diet/carbohydrate theory has been thoroughly examined and debunked.. but I guess some myths just sound too good to let go!

    Tim : Please read the many scientific/cricital reviews of 'Good Calories Bad Calories'.. Stephan Guyenet has good references, as does John Horgan. I believe Evelyn Kocur (CarbSane) devotes an entire website to this topic..

  31. I enjoyed reading 4 hour work week, but I whole heartedly disagree with his diet recommendations, but hey every body is different. shrugs

  32. Most people who are leaving negative comments are just envious because they don't have the balls to do all that Tim has. However he has accomplished his success doesn't matter ! Keep it up Tim ! 👍🏻 I value your information:-)

  33. i was ok on this until 48:23 i hope he misspoke about a mom reversing type 1 diabetes in kids because reversing type 1 diabetes is impossible the pancreas is destroyed and cannot produce insulin period… type 2 diabetes is the pancreas not making enough or insulin resistance that has build aup and can be reversed … saying stuff like that is dangerous and can kill people especially kids who are affected much more quickly buy low or high blood glucose and if thier parent decides "Oh Tim Ferriss says i can reverse it" and just tries a low carb diet that can turn deadly very quickly

  34. A couple years ago I completed a 29 mile run without ever having run a significant distance before, and it was the worst day of my life. Good luck on the ultra, Tim

  35. I do not normally comment on YT, but this is such blatant nonsense. Anyone who has been lifting for a while and knows anything about training and nutrition understands this. I am amazed that Google invited this snake oil salesman to speak.

  36. He's legit. Good for Tim if he can make or sale some product from his extensive research. It makes sense from what I've read.

  37. I love how world class athletes, billionaires and all sorts of over-achievers, not to mention the people at GOOGLE take this guy very seriously, but the all-wise basement dwellers of the Youtube comment section ''know'' he is full of shit. You people fuckin suck.

  38. He has some good advice but he is a bit inconsistent in the sense that one minute he is basing his advice on science and next minute he is saying that what works for outliers is more helpful information than what works for the majority (which is the opposite of what science research concludes). Then he cites a bunch of anecdotal evidence not backed by studies when he himself understands when he says "i am just n=1" that a few peoples' success stories cannot be generalised to a population. People are incredibly complex and there are many many reasons why one method could be a great success for 1 person but not for everyone else. That doesn't make that method the best method for everyone. Also, when asked about longevity he didn't note the mass of scientific evidence indicating that a majority plant based diet works best for most people. Because he himself prefers a meaty diet. ok but !! Having said that, it is great to have a bunch of ideas thrown out there to play around with. If you aren't feeling that you are at your peak anyway, why not try some of them out and see what results you get?

  39. I'm sorry, but there is no way that Tim was doing 650 pound rack pulls WITH a double overhand/no hook grip. I've heard of 600 from the floor with double overhand/ no hook and that was from a guy who specialized in grip training and had tremendously strong hands. I noticed Tim doing rack pulls in a smith machine in another video so MAYBE he could 650 double overhand/no hook that way.

  40. lmao brb sleeping 2 hrs per day. brb adding 150 lbs to bench sleeping 2 hours per day…brb also giving females 15 min orgasms while adding 150 to bench within 180 days on 2 hrs sleep.

  41. It's dangerous to limit yourself to a liquid diet. There are digestive processes in your body that are there to grind/break down solids, and if they are not used they will stop functioning. Not a good day.

  42. I read his book. Tripe. You don't get strong, and you don't get the look of power, in weeks, or even months. This is well illustrated by his own pics, and those of the 'successes' in the book. Take the long term view: if you want to get more muscular than the norm, and you don't do drugs, think in terms of getting progressively stronger for enough reps in big basic exercises over the next few years. You can use any rational program: 5 3 1, PTTP, Reg Park's 5 x 5, or whatever you like based on the big basic human movements that use the most muscle mass(squats, deads, cleans, snatches, presses, rows etc, everything else is just assistance) You can curl to your heart's content after the big stuff. Eat enough to grow muscle. Tim looks smaller and weaker than normal size manual workers/athletic guys who don't even lift.

  43. Really good content, but not agree at all for fruits, which is the most important value for energy and detoxify your body; Don't forget that fat loss is purely and simply… detoxing. Fat is where your toxines are stored into your body

  44. Tim is not a trained dietician – nor has he probably ever worked a four hour week. He is instead a very determined snake oil salesman

  45. See this comment from Kev3d. He is a liar for a number of reasons.
    1. No one can confirm his Chinese Kickboxing "victories", there doesn't seem to be any record of them at all.
    2. He is neither a nutritionist, nor a biologist, nor a physiologist, and it is dishonest for him to be giving instructions on bodybuilding.
    3. Real diets and exercise regimens require dozens, if not hundreds, of carefully studied trials, not one man's experience.
    4. It is impossible for a regular person to gain so much muscle mass in so little of time without steroids. If it worked, every body builder in the world would have done it.
    5. Deceptive before and after pictures, where he is unshaved and relatively relaxed in the before shots, and shaved and flexing in the after shot -an old trick used by bodybuilders to look more cut.
    6. Ferriss' "Brainquicken" are useless supplements.
    7. Brainquicken was marketed as being used by "top athletes", but good luck finding a list of those athletes. Real products have real users AND stand up to scientific scrutiny.
    8. Ferriss sold his stake in Brainquicken because he was "bored" with it…but according to him, he wasn't spending any more than 4 hours per week on it. So why sell something supposedly so profitable, when it takes so little of one's time? Either he is lying about the viability of Brainquicken, or lying about the 4 hour work week.
    9. Ferriss grew up in very comfortable circumstances, so the "up from nothing" narrative is nonsense.
    10. Deceptive reviews on his books on amazon, with many glowing reviews from unverified purchasers, commenting on the very day of release, from people who had never left a comment before, or since.
    11. Ferriss' outsourced "digital assistants" (often from India) scour the web to leave positive feedback on forums -likely because they are paid to do so.
    12. Deceptive self-promotion tactics by claiming vague things like being "an investor or adviser" to major companies like Facebook. Any dope can buy stock, which makes them an investor. One can even stand up during a stockholder's meeting and give advice (that is to say, an opinion). That is wholly different from being on an advisory board.

  46. I’ve gained 12lbs in 28 days, and max rep 45 lbs heavier on most lifts, sticking to the 4HB plan religiously. I’d say that’s some fairly solid progress for less than a month.

  47. I believe the only problem with the discussion about heart disease is the production of TMAO by our gut bacteria as it could have drastrically different results for a group that had been following vegetarian diet prior to tests or any other diet that had meat.

    Check it out, flat 30-40% increases in heart disease probability, quite interesting.


  48. This was my first podcast. 5 years later I'm in my third year of study to become an nutritional therapist and I'm forwarding myself with psychedelics. Amazing what having a good mentor does!

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