The First-Ever Quantified Self Notes (Plus: LSD as Cognitive Enhancer?)

The First-Ever Quantified Self Notes (Plus: LSD as Cognitive Enhancer?)

The very first Quantified Self meetup, held at Kevin Kelly’s home. Here, Dr. Seth Roberts is speaking, and I’m seated third from the right. (Photo: Kevin Kelly) Below are the notes I took at the very first Quantified Self meet-up on 9/10/08. It was held in the picturesque home of Kevin Kelly, the founding editor …

Announcing the "4 Fundamentals", Merrell Partnership/Giveaway, and Live Q&A

I’ve worn Merrell shoes for ages, even back in 2007 for Japanese horseback archery training. It’s a long story, but I still have those bad boys. In 2012, Merrell themselves noticed that I wore Merrell. DMs were sent, and the seeds of a partnership were born. Today, I’m thrilled to formally announce that I’m collaborating …

The Diet of UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre: How He Transformed Himself

The Diet of UFC Champion Georges St-Pierre: How He Transformed Himself

Georges St. Pierre, better known to fight fans worldwide as “GSP,” is currently the UFC Welterweight Champion. His publicly stated goal is to retire as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and, at a record of 23-2, ESPN currently ranks him as the #3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I think he’ll get there. His …

Is The 4-Hour Body a Scam? Tracking 3,500 People to Find Out

Is The 4-Hour Body a Scam? Tracking 3,500 People to Find Out

Ricardo Arias – 410 pounds to 211.6 pounds, for a loss of 198.4 pounds. But is he an anomaly? Sidenote: the black pants in the after pic (56 portly-long/60+ inch waist) fit him tightly at 410. How many “how-to” books actually get read? Historically, no one has known. Now, it’s possible to get an idea …

The 4-Hour Everything: How Tim Ferriss Tracks His Life's Data (Interview with Wired's Clive Thompson)

This is a short 20-minute interview from this week’s WIRED “Living By Numbers” Health Conference. It was a great event, and one of my favorite writers, Clive Thompson, interviewed me on how I track my life. Included are questions about the future of self-experimentation. Enjoy! What would you like to know more about? Please let …

How to Lose 100 Pounds on The Slow-Carb Diet – Real Pics and Stories

How to Lose 100 Pounds on The Slow-Carb Diet – Real Pics and Stories

Patrick lost more than 100 pounds on The Slow-Carb Diet. I find writing very, very difficult. While on book deadline (right now, for instance), I suffer dramatic ups and downs. In my darkest hours, I re-read reader success stories that have been sent to me. It makes the entire rollercoaster worth it. This post will …

Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work

Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work

(Photo: watz) If you’re a white-collar worker, hacking your body isn’t limited to the gym. In fact, what you do outside of the gym might be more important that what you do inside the gym. Recent research suggests that those who sit from 9-5 (more than 6 hours daily) and exercise regularly are more likely …

The Painless Path to Endurance (Plus: Breville Winner and More)

The Painless Path to Endurance (Plus: Breville Winner and More)

“Victor” running an ultramarathon. Pavel Tsatsouline is a former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor, currently a subject matter expert to the US Navy SEALs and the US Secret Service. In 2001, Pavel’s and John Du Cane introduced the Russian kettlebell to the West. Dan John is a former nationally-ranked discus thrower and Olympic lifter–as …