THE NEXT BOOK: From Rapid Fat Loss to Strongmen: A Guide to Becoming Superhuman


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It’s finally time to tell you all.

My next book will be a hacker’s guide to the human body. The working title is “From Rapid Fat Loss to Strongmen: A Guide to Becoming Superhuman.” It has actually been planned for more than two years.

I’ve recorded almost every workout I’ve done since age 15, and my house looks like an ER, with dozens of gadgets and medical devices for capturing data. I’ve had hundreds of blood tests performed and have been doing this since 1996, with costs now totalling well over $100,000. I’ve taken my weight from 145 lbs. to 225 lbs. (lean) and back down, and I can remove or add 20 lbs. in 3-4 weeks on-demand.

So, what is the result of all this OCD madness?

I can show you how I safely do things outdated physiology textbooks tell you is impossible. This isn’t because I have some unique intelligence. It’s because I’ve tested the most basic assumptions of nutrition and exercise… and I experiment with outrageous alternatives that end up working.

Cut 2% bodyfat in two weeks? No problem. Increase muscular strength 30% in 48-72 hours, or drop 50-100 pounds of fat? Not an issue. I’ve done the guinea pig shotgun approach so you don’t have to. I’ll spare you the 10,000 pages of literature on a given topic and give you the one unusual 1-2-3 method that produced unbelievable results. That is not to imply this book will not be limited to me. I’ll attempt to include replicable results on multiple subjects (of both genders and including 60+-year olds) instead of “It worked for me, therefore it will work for you” in almost all cases.

Self-experimentation galore, cutting-edge labs from the Ivy League to the Middle East, interviews with superhuman athletes, and a guru-killing examination of results with some of the brightest PhDs and MDs in the world will form the backbone of this book. It will be equally designed for men and women.

And I need your help.

I am looking for research assistants to help with this book, as well as elite athletes (national level or above), trainers of elite athletes, case studies, MDs/PhDs/researchers doing interesting work, and anyone else who thinks they have something that could fit in human performance. Normal people who’ve made incredible progress or found an unusual method that works? Let me know.

Just send me a quick note here.

The 4-Hour Workweek has been sold in 35 languages, has been on The NY Times business bestseller list for more than 2 years unbroken, and has hit #1 NY Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 BusinessWeek, among others. I expect this next book to be MUCH bigger. The names and findings of those featured will be launched worldwide.

Some of the topics I will address include: fat loss, muscular hypertrophy, and reversing injuries (acute, but especially chronic). There will be dozens more, but I have to keep them under wraps for now. I apologize, but trust me — you won’t be disappointed.

Can you help, or know someone who can? Please let me know here.

Exciting times ahead :)

Posted on: June 22, 2009.

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398 comments on “THE NEXT BOOK: From Rapid Fat Loss to Strongmen: A Guide to Becoming Superhuman

  1. Hey Tim,

    I Loved your book- The Four Hour Work Week! It has definitely inspired me to not settle for the traditional lifestyle plan of working for the next 40 years of my life doing something unfulfilling and sidelining my dreams. In December 2009, I messed up my knee snowboarding, probably tearing/stretching my ACL/MCL… I decided to apply RICE and just tough and wait it.

    All was well until yesterday night when it buckled on me(which it has done a few times before…nothing too bad 10 minutes and i was usually back in action). I heard about 8 cracks last night and now I can’t walk. I’m scheduled to see the doctor tomorrow. I’m trying to prepare for the worst and just devouring any knowledge I can find on the subject.

    Can you share with me anything you’ve found/experienced on the subject of knee injuries? I ordered some krill oil and am looking for a high quality glucosamine to help. I understand you’re not a doctor and not liable and what not. Its really hard knowing that my passion for snowboarding and the outdoors are going to have to be put on hold yet again. All I want is to just be able to trust my right knee again and get back to 100% And I thought I was healed and ready to go… had my sights set on Jackson Hole this year too.




    • Hi Jeremy,

      Like you said, I’m no doctor, but Types II and III collagen, MSM, and 2-20 grams of Emergen-C vitamin C (effervescent easier to absorb) each day has helped me.

      Good luck!



  2. Tim,

    I’ve read two times 4HWW and I love it even more when I re-read it.

    A friend of mine wants to read it, but, his English -like with most of Spaniards- sucks!

    So, I wanted to give it to him in Spanish. So, what’s the name in Spanish? -I know it may sound dumb question to ask, but I wasn’t able to find it here in Barcelona, so far.

    Also, is the new updated edition in Spanish yet?

    Thank you very much in advance,

    P.S.: I can’t hardly wait to read the new book!


  3. Thanks for the response Tim! You definitely made my day. A doctor telling me to simply just rest and stay off it isn’t 100% acceptable for me. I know my diet is going to play an essential role in my recovery. What have you found to be the best sources for Collagen II and III as well as MSM?

    And I definitely can’t wait for your new book to come out. I’m pretty confident that I’ll be buying multiple copies.




  4. Getting so very excited for this book. I’ve literally waited to begin my new workout regiment until this book comes out. I don’t want to waste my valuable time by working out more than I absolutely need to. Don’t get me wrong, I love a solid workout, but I want to feel the results. Playing Texas Hold’em with your buddies is fun, but is much better when you’re winning! ;)

    Still looking at a September release date? If you need anyone to proof read it before you send it out… I’ll take care of that for ya Tim! Lol.


  5. Easily speaking for everyone, I’m pumped about your new book…

    Trying to adopt your methods and appreciate your lifestyle over the last 2 years, I would like to see how Tim Ferris goes about his day to day. What amazes me about your stories Tim is all the knowledge you have absorbed. I’m 25 and would truly love to know how your prioritize your typical day to learn so many new techniques, languages, physical results, etc.

    I own two businesses and struggle to find the time for fitness and what to learn next. I realize I have to base what I learn off of what I am interested in first, but I truly would be interested in knowing some of your quick morning to night schedules or routines so to say, of how you keep doing what you are doing… which is kicking major ass in life!

    I’m dedicated to buying 5 copies of your new book as soon as it is released to personally give to my parents and siblings. Truthfully, it does not excite me that my comment might get posted with everyone else above… I would just really like to get some incite into the structure of your life in an email.

    Thanks for all your time… and knowledge to date,



  6. Hey Tim,

    This might help international readers:

    1)Is it going to be a worldwide launch? if not will it be available for pre-order.

    2)I am in India and i want to pre-order your book. So do you know which retailers/distributers/publisher/online book stores etc. will be selling your book here in India.

    3)I just can’t pay the exorbitant fees for international shipping from amazon.

    4)I will enter a state of dyslexia if i don’t get to read the book when everyone else will talk & review about it.


  7. My comment seems to be deleted for some unknown reason but here is my question again:

    This will help other international readers as well:

    1) Is your book launching worldwide? If not when and will it be available for pre-order

    2)Where can i get the book in india?(any retailers/publishers would be helpful)

    Keep up the good work. You better launch with tons of copies cuz these things will disappear in flash i guess.


  8. Hi Tim,

    I have been wondering the same way as Cody has been. I am very much interested in the structure of your life, and I want to make a major improvement in my life.

    Ever since I read your book, I not have kept pareto, parkinson and many other principles away from my lips. Now, my wife calls me Tim’s friend. Isn’t that amazing, given the fact that we haven’t met?!! I am on the verge of quiting my job for a muse, and I want to get it right. Which explains why I have almost read every blog post of yours, and followed every article that can be googled, including watching “yabusame” and “how to be like incredible hulk”.

    Please mail us if you cant post the above recommendation,

    Love from Nigeria,



  9. Tim- Please take on a cancer cure for your next project. I’ve been dealing with leukemia for 8 years now, with the best oncology minds in Boston, and we still can’t figure it out. Millions of dollars in research and years of studies have helped treatments come a long way, but no cures. You seem to get things done much quicker!



  10. Hi Tim…very good. I love how you took the 4hr workweek and applied to fitness. Being fit really is about being simple and focused. No super fancy diets, just healthy food and being consistent in your regime. Keep up the good work.


  11. I just read the diet part of the book. I uses to get up at night and eat and have stopped to doing that, I have had no cravings for sweets.The first week i lost 8 lbs even after cheat day. This book has been a blessing.