Drop Dead Healthy
One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection
A. J. Jacobs
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From the bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All comes the true and truly hilarious story of one person’s quest to become the healthiest man in the world.
Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia, goaded by his wife telling him, “I don’t want to be a widow at forty-five,” and ashamed of a middle-aged body best described as “a python that swallowed a goat,” A.J. Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways and get healthy. And he didn’t want only to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far greater: maximal health from head to toe.
The task was epic. He consulted an army of experts— sleep consultants and sex clinicians, nutritionists and dermatologists. He subjected himself to dozens of different workouts—from Strollercize classes to Finger Fitness sessions, from bouldering with cavemen to a treadmill desk. And he took in a cartload of diets: raw foods, veganism, high protein, calorie restriction, extreme chewing, and dozens more. He bought gadgets and helmets, earphones and juicers. He poked and he pinched. He counted and he measured.
The story of his transformation is not only brilliantly entertaining, but it just may be the healthiest book ever written. It will make you laugh until your sides split and endorphins flood your bloodstream. It will alter the contours of your brain, imprinting you with better habits of hygiene and diet. It will move you emotionally and get you moving physically in surprising ways. And it will give you occasion to reflect on the body’s many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health: a well-lived life.
From Publishers Weekly
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Drop Dead Healthy
This book missed the mark by a long shot. There were only about 50 pages that were funny or worth reading. By the time I hit 350 pages, I had totally lost any interest of trying to find something interesting in the book to read. I know my standards aren't that high or impossible to meet. I just want a book that is written with a purpose to inform or to entertain and this book met neither.
Apologies to the author who does come off as a nice guy who I'd like to meet and hang out with (actually even more so his incredibly patient wife), but this book fell far short of my expectations. Yes, there are some laughs and a few - very few - new interesting facts set forth, however there is no "aha" moment.
In addition, there are so many topics covered so briefly that no in depth wisdom was imparted.
Glad to hear the author is healthier anyway.
The other reviewers must be stoned. I don't find much funny. But this book was a riot. Useful information. And the author has a good sense of humor about himself.