Why The 4-Hour Body?
I’ve just downloaded to my iPad a copy of Tim Ferriss‘s new book, the Four-Hour Body. As you know from previous posts in this blog, and over at the MyBikeInfo blog, exercise is a key element of my prostate cancer recurrence prevention program.
Cycling involves climbing lots of hill, at least it does in my program. That hill climbing means getting my weight and my bike up the hill in the least amount of time, with the least amount of effort.
The math is pretty simple: the lower the mass, the less energy needed to move it up the hill. Now I’m fairly trim at 5′ 9.5″ (father time is sneaking around, and I’ve lost half an inch over the past year) and 154 pounds, but my ideal weight would be 146 pounds, pretty much what I weighed at my college graduation.
The question: how can I easily get back to that weight by the time I do the Ride of the Immortals this summer?
Enter the 4-Hour Body
Timothy Ferriss is an interesting guy. And I’m always curious about new and outrageous takes on traditional thinking, so I’m going to read through his book and see if it will help me lose those pesky 8 pounds.
Before you consider following in my footpath, though, read Dwight Garner’s review for the New York Times. To quote Mr. Garner “His new one, “The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman,” made its debut at No. 1 on the hard-cover advice list on Jan. 2. It’s among the craziest, most breathless things I’ve ever read, and I’ve read Klaus Kinski, Dan Brown and Snooki.”
But, You Ask, What’s The Connection to Prostate Cancer Prevention?
Good question, and the answer is “I don’t know,” other than the fact that research points to lack of exercise and poor nutrition habits as significant contributing factors. If that research is correct and Tim Ferriss’s book is so outrageous that it helps instill good habits, then there’s a connection.
I think, however, that we all need to keep Dwight Garner’s comments in mind.
Follow My Progress Right Here
I’m going to post my progress – just concerning the weight loss🙂 – right here in this blog. You can also track my cycling exercise statistics in the right sidebar.
Wish me luck, because the Ride of the Immortals is 137 miles and 17,538′ of vertical climb in one day, and I’ve never ridden that distance in one day in my entire life! But, with a name like that, who can resist the challenge?
OK. Let’s go have fun!
Warm regards, Robert