5 Bad Points of The 4 Hour Body

In the last post I pointed out five things I liked in The 4 Hour Body. But one of the questions in the comments section asked me ‘what were the 5 best chapters?’.

And to be honest I don’t know.

Because I haven’t finished reading the book yet. Once I’m done I’ll get an answer to you DS on that one.

But for now what I’m focussing on the 5 good and bad points that have made an impression on me so far.

Are these the major points in the book? Maybe, maybe not.

Are these the same 5 things that will strike a chord with you? Probably not.

But that’s what makes this fun and creates an interesting discussion.

So to finish off the second half of this post here are the 5 Bad Points About The 4 Hour Body.

Bad Point #1 -Encourages Binging

Ferris designs a nutritional program that requires strict adherance for 6 out of 7 days. He refers to this plan as the ‘slow-carb’ meal plan. There is not a lot of variety. There is no room for substitutions. Many of the foods you commonly associate with healthy eating are not allowed.

For 6 of the days.

And on the 7th day you get to eat what you want. Not just what you want but as much as you want. Ferris goes so far as to tell you to eat until you almost feel sick. He even encourages one person tp drink a keg of beer if the mood suits him.

Now I’m all for cheat meals. I think they’re a necessary part of a nutritional plan. But trying to force food down beyond the point of satiety goes counter to good health and responsible action.

So this part of the book you can take a pass.

Bad Point #2 – High Reliance on Supplements

Ferris has no problem putting anything down his gullet. He’ll take a variety of potions, elixirs, shots (nothing illegal he claims) and pills all for the purpose of achieving the end goal.

Is this a good message?

Let me state that I totally believe in the safe and monitored use of supplementation when normal nutritional practices leave gaps or can’t be satisfied.

But that doesn’t seem to be the case here. See page 186 for an example of what a sample day looks like for Ferris.

10 different supplement feedings are listed.

Seems a little excessive for the average person if you ask me.

Bad Point #3 – References Poor Exercise Style

I like that Ferris incorporates compound lifts. And it’s good that he appreciates the value of kettlebell work. And he spent a lot of time speaking to and researching some of the top people around with respect to fitness and exercise. Some are friends of mine whose blogs I write for.

So I can’t understand why he references a particular exercise style many times over?

This is same style I’ve referred to before that ‘rewards’ you with a t-shirt for throwing up during a workout.

This style gets painted by a broad brush as most do not use an assessment protocol, do not write periodized training programs and encourage workouts to be one-size-fits-all. You, me, my mom and the guy with a herniated disc in his low back would all be doing the same workout. Not a good idea. And not sure why Ferriss refers to this style.

Bad Point #4 – Cost

Ferris admits to spending over $20,000.

Just on investigating an injection method to treat injuries.

This is nothing compared to the travel, machines, equipment, diet and supplemenation program he follows.

On the one hand he tells you how easy it is to build your own kettlebell for use anywhere. But in the next breath he mentions how he accessed a practitioner for help on 50 muscles at $50 a pop.

Bit of a disconnect to say this can be done on a budget, done for you program and then spend $2500 on treatments.

Or in another instance he says how his nutritional program is relatively inexpensive. He references a friend who follows the plan for a few dollars per meal.

But the supplements Ferriss says he takes would add at least a  couple hundred dollars a month to the shopping budget.

Not a huge amount I realize but again not a bare bones cheap version either.

Bad Point #5 – Too much milk

Part of the goal of the book is to show you how to put on lean mass, in other words more muscle.

And there are strategies to change your approach to lifting.

Ferriss shows you how to enhance your recovery.

And if you ‘re stuck in your efforts to put on lean mass?

Drink a gallon of milk per day.

I’m not against drinking milk and actually advocate chocolate milk as a good post workout drink in a pinch. It has a good ratio of carbs to protein, a good amino acid profile and about 9 grams of protein per glass. Plus it just tastes good.

But 4 litres a day? Everyday?

I’m not sure this is a great idea.

When you consider most people are more inflammatory than anti-inflammatory this much milk will surely push the balance more the wrong way.


So would I recommend this book?

Sure. Especially if you read his first book and enjoyed his writing style.

Just remember that Ferriss is not a health or fitness professional by trade. He is looking to present a new alternative to training and sell some books in the process.

And make sure that you don’t apply all of the strategies he suggests.

Always interested in your comments or opinions.

Chris                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 okanaganpeakperformance.com ‘always moving forward’



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