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Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

A J Jacobs
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10. Mai 2012

After sharpening his mind inThe Know-It-All and achieving spiritual enlightenment in The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs had only one thing left to tackle in the self-improvement trinity: the body. But his mission wasn't just to lose a couple of pounds, but to turn his current self - 'a mushy, easily winded, moderately sickly blob' - into a paragon of health and vitality.

Armed with a team of medical advisers and a 53-page task list, Jacobs set to work. He subjected his body to a brutal regime of exercise programmes - extreme chewing, anti-gravity yoga and shoeless jogging to name only a few; sampled every miracle diet going, beginning with the 'coffee, booze and chocolate' plan through the 'Rastafarian diet' to raw foodism; as well as sharpening his eyes and mind, testing every known method, and the patience of his long-suffering wife, in his quest to become as healthy as humanly possible.

Drop Dead Healthy is a hilarious account of one man's painful journey from slob to superman, and a fascinating and eye-opening examination of what it really means to be healthy. Revealing the ugly truth about the assumptions and obsessions we have about our bodies, this might just be the healthiest book you'll ever read.

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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: William Heinemann; Auflage: First Printing (10. Mai 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9780434020102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434020102
  • ASIN: 0434020109
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,4 x 23,4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 202.490 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Who wouldn't want to be fitter, happier, more productive? In this riotous, madcap book, AJ Jacobs sets himself an ambitious goal: to become the person we all wish we could be. It's vintage AJ. Do your future self a favour and buy this book." (Joshua Foer, author of 'Moonwalking with Einstein')

"Can one man go from a "python that ate a goat" physique to perfect specimen? From Roman soldier workouts to Areca palm plants, from the sublime to the absurd, AJ has tried it all. I laughed my ass off the whole way and learned a ton ... including about my ass." (Timothy Ferriss, author of 'The 4-Hour Work Week')

"I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book, and once again, the brilliant A.J. Jacobs had me laughing out loud - and also deciding to change the way I live. Drop Dead Healthy is a rare mixture of the hilarious, the absurd, and the scientifically sound. Who knew it could be so entertaining to read about broccoli puree and shoeless jogging?" (Gretchen Rubin, author of 'The Happiness Project')

"A.J. Jacobs is very, very bad for your health. He will keep you up reading til 2 a.m., disturbing your circadian rhythms, making you sleep through breakfast and overeat at lunch. He is delicious. He's habit-forming. He will give you infectious titters and terminal glee. Don't let that stop you. Indulge." (Mary Roach, author of 'Bonk' and 'Packing for Mars')

"It's not just a funny read, Jacobs filters the wise from the wacky so we're left with some valuable health lessons.Drop Dead Healthy is both entertaining and useful." (Healthy magazine)


Hilarious new memoir on how to become as healthy as humanly possible from New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically.

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A. J. Jacobs, bekannt für kurios anmutende Experimente (vgl. z. B. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible) hat sich ca. 25 Monate darauf konzentriert, sein Leben möglichst gesund zu gestalten. Diese 25 Monate werden in dem Buch beschrieben, wobei jeweils ein Körperorgan im Vordergrund steht (z. B. der Magen) und ein damit im Zusammenhang stehendes Thema (z. B. Ernährung) dargestellt wird.
Die Erkenntnisse, die Jacobs dabei gewinnt, sind interessant zu lesen, allerdings nicht immer bahnbrechend spektakulär:
Man soll verstärkt darauf achten, wie viel man isst. Bewährte Methoden sind viel Kauen oder ein kleiner Teller. Was man isst, lässt sich wissenschaftlich schwer ableiten; Konsens sind Vollwertkost (Brokkoli statt Pommes Frites), weniger Zucker, weniger Salz.
Bei Fitness-Training wird „high intensity“ empfohlen - ein Intervalltraining, sowohl für „Ausdauertraining“ (cardio) als auch für das Krafttraining.
Auch viele mehr oder weniger kuriose Aspekte werden thematisiert - vom Toilettengang und Händewaschen über das notwendige Maß an Schlaf und Testosteron bis zum richtigen Gang („stick your butt out“) und zur richtigen Haltung.
Dabei geht Jacobs auch auf „technische Unterstützung“ ein: Er empfiehlt Lärmschutz-Kopfhörer (vgl. Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Kopfhörer, silber/schwarz) und generell das Messen (Quantified Self), z. B.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mal wieder ein Selbstversuch von A. J. Jacobs 11. Mai 2014
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Ich finde die Bücher von A. J. Jacobs immer sehr gut. Der erste Teil, bei dem er die ganze Enzyklopaedia Britannica gelesen hat, war schon gut, das nächste Buch, bei dem er ein Jahr nach den Regeln der Bibel gelebt hat, hat mir noch ein bisschen besser gefallen. Dieses Buch, in dem er (auf zum Teil seltsam anmutende Art und Weise) versucht, der gesündeste Mensch der Welt zu werden, kommt nicht ganz an das zweite Buch heran, ist aber dennoch lesenswert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny and informative 14. Dezember 2012
Von Andi
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Really funny book. But also reach in information, I really enjoyed reading it.
Also the ending is really good - keeps expectations and real-world in balance somehow.
If you are interested in living healthier but are not fanatical about it you will like it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Professional Amateur 6. April 2012
Von takingadayoff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Magazine writer A.J. Jacobs calls it "experiential journalism." He takes on seemingly ridiculous, yet intriguing, challenges. He reads the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. He lives the Bible, even the apparently trivial parts, such as not shaving your face. He outsources his life to a team of personal assistants in India.

He learns along the way and shares his discoveries. It's very entertaining. Jacobs has an easygoing and, for someone who writes almost exclusively in first person, surprisingly non-egotistical style. He works hard at his projects, preparing ahead, and doing research throughout. He's a real pro at being an amateur.

In his latest undertaking, he attempts to become healthy. This is more difficult than it sounds. He plans to go from slightly overweight and out of shape to heroic fitness. And that's not all. He also intends to improve the condition of all of his body parts: skin, nose, hands, etc. All this in two years!

One of the first roadblocks he runs into is the sheer volume of information and theories on how to be fit. The second obstacle is that much of the information is contradictory. There is no agreed upon, guaranteed path to health. Even trusted experts don't agree with one another.

But the main impediment to super health is self control. No surprise there. Jacobs manages to overcome the problem with a variety of methods. When he has trouble giving up a favorite snack, he writes a large check to the American Nazi Party and vows to mail it next time he gives in to temptation. He finds this kind of negative motivation very powerful.

Another trick that works for Jacobs, though not as dramatically effective as the negative motivation, is to digitally age a photo of himself (there's an app for that) so that he can better imagine himself in the future. Being able to picture his future self ("old A.J.") helps him to stick to his goals.

He also finds inspiration in two examples in their nineties - his own grandfather who remained involved in community affairs long after his formal retirement, and fitness expert Jack La Lanne, who kept a busy professional schedule, spreading the word about healthy living, right to the end.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I'm starting to get a little tired of this 5. Mai 2012
Von Caraculiambro - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm probably Jacobs' biggest fan. I have all of this books and have read, I think, all of his articles. With nearly every other author, I am loth to paid extra money for hardback and will simply wait until the book comes out in paperback. With Jacobs, however, I will immediately pre-order through Amazon as soon as I hear that he's about to publish a new book.

However, I think I've turned a corner with Jacobs and am starting to tire of his approach.

This book, while it was interesting and a page-turner, is something I would never read again.

Basically, Jacobs tries to be as healthy as possible for two years, trying out various philosophies and strictures of the health movement.

Although this "I did something kooky for a while and now I'm writing a popular book about it"-approach worked with the Bible thing, the George Washington thing, the cognitive biases thing, etc., it doesn't work so well with this material.

In short, I guess I was disappointed with this book and am starting to run out of patience with Jacobs. I accuse him of not treating his material fairly (at least here) and not taking his material seriously.

This project should have taken him 5 years, but instead he rushed through it in just two. Unlike Jacob's previous outings, you get the feeling on nearly every page that his real goal was to write and sell a book, not seriously explore the different philosophies, which is what really interests the reader.

Specifically, a lot of the health, diet, and wellness approaches required more than a friggin' afternoon to really take on board! I'm sure that the proponents of these various approaches -- almost to a man -- are probably frustrated with the book and feel that Jacobs sold them short. Like I'm so sure you can try a Macrobiotic diet for 3 days and start drawing conclusions about it.

One exercise philosophy that's looked at, for example, is the "Paleo" workout: basically imitating the exercises that cavemen would have engaged in.

Interesting. But Jacobs works out with them for about two hours and never sees them again. I'm sure that those guys, not to mention the other proponents, would say that you didn't give us a fair chance. Our approach takes weeks -- sometimes months -- before it starts bearing fruit in your life.

And then there are directly conflicting philosophies; Jacobs cannot possibly do justice to them both. One holds than men should retain their "essence;" another, than men should spill their "essence" as often as possible. You try out one for a few days and think you've made a fair (or even an informative) go of things?

Since Jacobs is rushing through hundreds of different philosophies and approaches in about two years, you get the feeling that he never really gives anything a fair chance to improve his health. At least with the Bible thing, you got the feeling he was seriously interested in dispassionately investigating to what extent it was possible to live as literally as possible by the Bible. And when the project was done, we learned something: 1) No; it isn't: at some point, you have to make judgment calls; and 2) Rituals influence your mind.

But with the wellness thing, you get the feeling he's simply not serious about investigating anything, so the book ends up being unsatisfying.

I never thought I'd use that word to describe a Jacobs book, but there you go.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Meh.... 18. April 2012
Von TRHK17 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book really just reads like an extended Esquire column more than anything else. Some of the anecdotes are interesting but I just found it more narcissistic more than anything else. I haven't read his other books so maybe that's just the style of writing.

Question for the author, did you receive any incentive or reward by any 3rd party beyond your publisher for this book? It just feels like there's a lot of product placement in there at times.

Many apologies for being the first non 5* review!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Mediocre At Best 21. April 2012
Von AshokLA - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Jacobs seems like a nice guy from this book, but a very regular, ordinary, frankly uninteresting guy. I suppose this is why he does these " experiments" as they help make him interesting. The book's advice is unremarkable (Eat, Drink and Be Healthy, the Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating or Younger Next Year have much better information) and the various experiments he does are not particularly interesting or funny. I am in the minority here but if you enjoy things with a bit of an edge, don't appreciate trite homespun " wisdom" and a weak sitcom version of family life or if you like humor that is funny stay away. By the way I question some of the five star reviews, so many of them are so absurd (one reviewer wrote this was the best nonfiction book she had ever read!) and so strongly advise you to buy the book that it makes me feel they are written by friends of the author or perhaps by people who have some interest in its success. Maybe not, maybe some people are just more easily amused or have not read other health books, but this reader says stay away!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Hate to write this, but.... 23. April 2012
Von Three 'seven seventy seven - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have read and loved all of Ajs books and eagerly looked forward to the release date of this book. Even better, I was going on vacation and had uninterrupted time to sit back and enjoy. Unfortunately, this volume seemed formulaic and stale, like I had read it before. The jokes and twists were predictable. I didn't laugh out loud constantly like I did with the know it all etc. Still love you aj, but I think it's time to find a new genre. You are a good writer- lets see something different!
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