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Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection (English Edition) von [Jacobs, A. J.]
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"Packed with fascinating information and studies from experts, the book is a highly entertaining and sharply written personal odyssey ... The perfect book to slip in the suitcase before exposing that shameful midriff on the beach." (Daily Mail)

"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')

"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')

"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')

"His quirky tone makes it undeniably hilarious … Amongst the laughter you’ll find genuine fitness and nutrition tips from someone who is willing to try anything, no matter how embarrassing it might be." (Huffington Post)

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

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  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster (10. April 2012)
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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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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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Der Verfasser liest sein Buch mit einer überaus nuancierten Stimme, sehr angenehm zu hören. Der wunderbare Text gewinnt dadurch noch einmal.
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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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Brawling Gravity And Entropy 12. Mai 2017
Von Franklin the Mouse - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Mr. Jacobs two-year-long story about living healthier conveys the same level of confusion we all have negotiating the myriad of options. The 41-year-old gentleman living in New York City with his wife and three little boys allows him easy access to services not available here in my state of Maine. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing because some of the activities he tackles are unconventional and, in my humble opinion, worthless. However, it does lead to some wonderful funny observations by the author. Much of the practical health information is seamlessly intertwined with his personal adventures and delivered in a gentle self-deprecating manner. I can't recall if there's any profanity in the thing but if there is, it's minimal.

Because the cover design shows the author doing a chin-up, I assumed the book focused only on exercise, but he takes a more holistic approach by covering such areas as including noise pollution; the immune system; having more sex (I'll never look at a Graham cracker the same again.); the nervous system; acupuncture; placebos; proper poop practices; managing stress; improving brain proficiency; living in a nontoxic home; teeth; sleep; the bladder; and good posture. There are a few quirky subjects such as the Quantified Self movement, Hygiene Hypothesis, Egonomics (not a typo), and the Caveman Workout. There are amateurish black-and-white photos near the beginning of each chapter showing Mr. Jacobs's in various "health" activities. The inclusion of his interactions with his 94-year-old grandfather and Aunt Marti throughout the book were especially heartwarming and introspective.

After previously reading two successive depressing/infuriating nonfiction works, 'Drop Dead Healthy' was a welcome respite. The only thing that was unnerving in it was a small excerpt describing an 1810 mastectomy that made my nipples tingle... and not in a good way. The Appendix includes a helpful synopsis of what Mr. Jacobs found valuable in his quest for better health. You could just read them and ignore the rest of the book but you'd be missing out on a lot of funny material.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen As entertaining as the title promises 18. Januar 2013
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I downloaded this book onto my Kindle before heading to Australia for a 3 week vacation. While there, I ended up in the emergency room with a situation that required admission to the hospital, then surgery. While I laid there in the hospital not going to the Great Barrier Reef,my husband brought me my Kindle and I read this book. I laughed out loud when I read the catalyst for AJ's getting healthy: he had landed in the hospital in Jamaica with pneumonia while on vacation. Immediately I felt a bond,and his book definitely helped the hours pass.

AJ Jacobs writes in the same easy, conversational way he did in his other two books. In this one, he commits himself to getting healthy; and as usual, does the 360-degree research, interviewing completely opposite points of view. He dives into it 100%, doing offbeat things like running caveman-like through Central Park (one of my favorite parts), typing while on a treadmill, wearing noise reducing headphones (it was very interesting to read the various decibel levels of everyday noises). Along the way, he is inspired in different ways by his eccentric aunt, his grandfather, and his wife Julie.

AJ Jacobs tackles his projects very methodically and never takes anyone's word as the last word. I did feel the book lagged a bit; maybe he got tired on the treadmill, but my sense is that it lagged because it took so long to write and there was just so much he wanted to cover that it almost overwhelmed him. I very much enjoyed it and along the way, I learned a few things. Now, I am off to eat a few walnuts.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Funny Read for We Armchair Exercisers (not true - I do work out!) 30. Mai 2015
Von Penelope De Paoli - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have to hand it to Jacobs, he sucked me in. Our dentist had the book in his waiting room and I managed to read a chapter at each visit. Then the book became too compelling and too funny to put down. I had to order one of my own. Jacobs has a mighty understanding family and a great sense of fun. He subjects himself to all manner of healthy eating and acting to assess the efficacy of each program - to often hilarious result. Fun. And he learned to take better care of himself in the process.
4.0 von 5 Sternen the author also decided to take each part of the body (even parts like ears and hands) and investigate ways to make them ... 3. Dezember 2014
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This book wasn't what I expected - I expected it to be centred around diet and fitness regimes, and while it certainly dealt with a range of them, the author also decided to take each part of the body (even parts like ears and hands) and investigate ways to make them 'perfect.' It was an interesting way of tackling his quest, but I still would have preferred a thorough investigation of the myriad diets and exercise regimes out there - maybe a bit much for one man!

Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the book - even learnt a thing or two- and I really enjoy the author's sense of humour. I laughed out loud in several places, and judging from the book, his long-suffering wife Julie sounds just as funny.

In previous books, A.J.has investigated the intellectual life and the spiritual - what else is left? I wait with bated breath for his next book.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Is it possible that being Drop Dead Gorgeous just isn't enough? 28. April 2013
Von Mr. Joe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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(Note: This review is of the hardcover edition.)

"My sons are annoyed that I won't eat cupcakes with them at birthday parties, opting instead for a plastic bag of carrots." - from DROP DEAD HEALTHY

"A New York spa will spread bird excrement on your pores for two hundred dollars ... Snail secretion facials are also available. Seems we haven't come so far from Elizabethan times, when there was a fad for puppy urine skin cleanser." from DROP DEAD HEALTHY

In DROP DEAD HEALTHY, book author and newspaper/magazine contributor A.J. Jacobs chronicles the twenty-five or so months he spent seeking bodily perfection.

What? There's a physical flawlessness that goes deeper than skin-deep? Say it ain't so, AJ!

In twenty-seven chapters, Jacobs focuses on improving the condition or function of his body parts: stomach, heart, ears, butt, immune system, genitals, nervous system, lower intestine, adrenal gland, brain, endocrine system, teeth, feet, lungs, skin, inside of the eyelids (sleep), bladder, gonads, nose, hands, back, eyes, and skull.

So, whether it's testing the sprayed essence of cucumber plus Good and Plenty candy as an aphrodisiac, running shoeless, getting his teeth whitened with UV-light, attending laughter therapy sessions, getting a colorectal exam, identifying spices by smell, fitting his bed with hypoallergenic sheets and pillowcases, taking pole-dancing classes (for the exercise benefit), juicing and dehydrating raw fruits and veg, or doing brain exercises, the author explores an array of fads, theories, devices, schemes, and recipes to optimize his comprehensive physical and physiological tune-up.

One might immediately wonder if any of this did any good that sticks. Perhaps, then, the most valuable parts of DROP DEAD HEALTHY are Appendices A through G in which Jacobs shares advice, tips, methods, and regimens which he personally found useful after weeding out that which was, at best, just not for him or, at worst, just nonsensical to the point of making his wife Julie roll her eyes.

AJ's narrative is told with self-deprecatory humor and a wink; he undertook the self-improvement project with serious intent, but not too seriously. For each month, he records for the reader the result of a reality check. For instance:

"Checkup: Month 8

Weight: 160
Miles walked on treadmill while writing: 302
Meals eaten in front of mirror this month: 18
Miles run per day: 2
Biggest health sin: 27 candy corns in a single sitting"

Or,

"Checkup: Month 20

Weight: 158
Average grams of sugar per day: 25
Cups of coffee per day: 1.5
Times unsuccessfully attempted to switch to green tea: 7
Number of yoga instructors who have been surprisingly rude to me and other students: 3"

Each chapter comes with a black and white photograph illustrating the topic at hand, and the front and back endpapers each display a color photo of the author composed and labeled in such a way as to give humorous visual reference to those body parts and functions addressed in the text.

Overall, DROP DEAD HEALTHY is an entertaining and informative read. It should, however, be taken more as a book of humor than one on fitness or nutrition, in which latter case it could only be found superficial by a True Believer.

Perhaps the most enduring message that Jacobs wishes to convey, or at least the one that I perceived as such, is not to go to extremes.

"Health obsession can turn you into a selfish bastard" - A.J. Jacobs

"Don't be so obsessed with healthy food that you end up sitting alone in the corner eating organic kale and silently judging your friends." - Steven Bratman, M.D., coauthor of Health Food Junkies: Orthorexia Nervosa - the Health Food Eating Disorder, as paraphrased by Jacobs

Right on about that!
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