Have you personally found (after trying for a sufficient time) any of hacks in Tim Ferriss' book 4 hour body (http://www.fourhourbody.com/) useful?
Cod liver oil, almond butter on celery sticks, AGG, fermented cod liver oil, brazil nuts + almonds, high-fat shake before sleep, etc. Anything worked for you?
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Cold water immersion is fantastic post workout, as well. After a real butt kicker of a workout, I will take a long, cold shower (I incrementally decrease the temp until it is at the coldest setting, I don't blast it on cold for the shock of it) and I notice that I am much less sore and seem to recover faster. I have never tried it to sleep better, though. Hmmmmm...
Two things: Active Release Technique (ART) and the chop-and-lift.
I first read about ART in the 4HB (and saw the pictures of Tim being man-handled). On a blog somewhere he was quoted as saying it was one thing that made a huge difference in his mobility and healing. I've been receiving ART from an osteopath and physio for 6 months and it's given me my 25-year old body back (I'm 40). Two decades of wear-and-tear from rugby, hockey, cycling crashes, car accidents, and poor habits are being undone - amazing.
The chop-and-lift is an exercise that the 4HB introduced me to. On Wolf's podcast, he credits it for finding and fixing his left/right strength and stability imbalance. Me too.
ART and the "chop and lift". Thanks Tim.
Totally off-topic, but does Tim Ferris remind you of Steve O from Jackass?
The only thing I've stuck with is the cinnamon in my morning espresso, which serves as an awesome substitution for sugar.
Most of his thinking about food is more or less accurate so its hard to pin point exact beneficial thing. SLow carb is unnecessarily limiting in my opinion and he uses too much legumes.
Brazil Nuts in the morrning are FTW. Cold showers too. 30g of protein in the morning might be helpful for some people but is hard to stick with it in my opinion for the long run. The Quilt recommends even more. I tried it, but you soon get out of breakfast ideas which spells malnutrition for me on the long run. ALA is very useful but if you have amalgam fillings, you could poison yourself.
Light therapy, cold therapy, slow-carb, brazil nuts, cheat day, cinnamin, etc. Too many to count.
I think Tim Ferris is awesome and undeservedly gets a bad rap.
Through his book and blog i was introduced to people like
- Mike Eades
- Robb Wolf
- Pavel Tsatsouline
I'm not ready to pronounce it miraculous, but I'm still working on the cold water immersion hack (my version is spending more time in a community pool rather than less time with ice cold water).
Yes, I use alpha lipoiec acid from time to time. My hubby uses 300mg ALA at every meal. And we found the key to it all is enough rest, less stress and sleep. The weight just goes down faster that way. Hubby uses an ice- pack in the evenings and it seems to help too. We don't really use the other supplements regularly to cut costs, also because I feel AGG is too strong for my body to handle. Mineral supplements and enough salt does help with the muscle cramps though.
If you consider staple food sources to be beans, legumes, egg whites, flaxseed oil, and pineapple pizza (post-workout...so it's okay) to be paleo, then yes, Tim Ferris is paleo.
He is only a step ahead of the game for those that are behind the game. His secret weapon is Cissus Quadrangularis? Come on, seriously anyone who keeps up with the latest potential ergo-genics knew about cissus and had taken it at least a year before the book was published. Weston A Price foods are anobolic? Vince Gironda promoted that decades before Ferris came around and tried to make money of it. Steak and almonds increase testosterone? No sh**, Sherlock. Cinnamon lemon and slow carb? The entire fitness industry has known about these benefits at least a half a decade befoer 4HB. The greatest cunnilingus out there? Clearly he and i have never dated the same women, or I'm certain they'd say otherwise.
More seriously though, bng into self-experimentation and fitness, and generally staying away from obvious junk food does not make one paleo. I can think of no greater bro-scientist than Tim Ferris. He's like the guy on the internet telling oyu to start buying shares of company X because it s undervalued, when everyone on the street has already pushed it's share price 75%.