Hacking the Human Body

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In 2010, Tim Ferriss published “The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman.” Boisterous though the title’s claims may be, Ferriss put in the requisite legwork, interviewing scores of health experts and recording nearly every aspect of his health, down to his insulin levels.

As Ferriss describes it, “The 4-Hour Body” is designed to help the human body reach optimal performance. It’s a radical approach to fitness and health, and it bills itself that way. “You don’t need better genetics or more discipline,” the book’s website says. “You need immediate results that compel you to continue.”

The diet at the center of the book is known as the “slow carb diet,” and promotes the elimination of all carbohydrates and sugars, including natural sugar found in fruits. It’s very similar to the ketogenic diet, which was developed and is still used to control epilepsy in children. Many have found such low-carb diets to be effective in eliminating fat, and illuminating as to how much sugar we consume daily.

It can be difficult though, especially because such diets call for the removal of all sugars. That’s tough for anyone reaching for fresh fruit in the hopes of satisfying a sweet tooth.

“Giving up fruit is the hardest part,” Jordana Kozyreff, who recently practiced the diet for about three months, tells BTRtoday. “I tend to eat a lot of apples and bananas as snacks throughout the day. Eliminating them from my daily routine was difficult, especially because I have an insane sweet tooth and when I’m watching what I eat, I usually turn to fruit to satiate it.”

Despite the seemingly difficult nature of the diet, Kozyreff didn’t have much trouble, but admits the absence of sugar can make it hard even for the most stringent of dieters.

“Because it calls for eliminating sugar, I found myself craving it more than usual,” she explains. “After a while you get used to it and your cravings change, but I wouldn’t say it’s an easy diet or eating style.”

The elimination of carbs and sugar did wonders for Kozyreff—-she lost five pounds, but said she felt wonderful once she got over those initial cravings. She was teeming with newfound energy, and her skin cleared up to the point where friends and coworkers were asking what she was treating it with.

“You don’t realize what sugar and carbs do to your body until you get rid of them,” she says.

We’ve written many stories about the potential harms and even addictiveness of sugar, so it’s no surprise to hear that a diet completely void of it produces noticeable results, even if the claims that come along with it are somewhat fantastical.

Oh yeah, and a built-in cheat day doesn’t hurt either.

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