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I’d like to try them all myself, but some of them, like the single-leg deadlift, have a real potential for injury.” Then I checked up on Ferriss’ most outrageous suggestion: living on just a few hours of sleep by breaking sleep into six rigorously-scheduled 20-minute naps each day. Jonathan Emens, now an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University where he conducts sleep research.
Could I leap tall buildings on the strength six cat naps?
Would you want to get on a plane if you knew the pilot only got two hours of sleep a night?
” These comments have me worried about the prospect of a SXSW in which participants may indeed be newly buff and slender, but may also be tired, injured, and prone to overdoing the Texas BBQ.
But given the extreme recommendations that Ferriss doles out as effective — only four hours of exercise per month, “binge days,” and just a few hours of nightly sleep, to name a few — I had to ask some experts whether following the Ferriss gospel was actually healthy. First, I looked at Ferris eating plan, which he calls the “Slow-Carb Diet”: Eat almost exclusively protein and veggies, make it easy by just keeping a few meals in rotation, and stick with it by letting yourself eat anything for one day each week. Low Dog also expressed some concern about “the very limited number of vegetables to choose from, the lack of fruit in the diet and the high intake of meat” since there’s “little reason to limit non-starchy vegetables, berries and apples,” and thought it was “unwise” to permanently remove whole grains from your diet.
“If you followed this to the letter, there’s a good chance it could work,” Heather told me.
“But only if you’re already a body person — you know, someone who is used to doing really precise movements.” Her concern was for the more sedentary readers Ferriss’ book targets: “People who haven’t moved very much in their lives are going to have a hard, hard time doing these exercises well.
Yet how helpful is it to encourage geeks to take an interest in their bodies if the process involves using self-loathing as a motivation (by looking at unflattering photos of yourself naked) or focuses on achieving the waist-to-hip ratio that makes you most attractive to the opposite sex?
As a female geek, I’ve lived through the broader culture’s obsession with physical appearance that is foisted on women, and to a lesser degree on men.