Man tests diet, lifestyle theories
A.J. Jacobs' two year quest
- Duration 4:58
- Date Jun 11, 2012
A.J. Jacobs' two year quest
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My next -- is somebody who goes through extremely funny once read an entire volume and an encyclopedia.
Because he wanted to get smarter.
And then for an entire year he lived his life.
According to everything he could find in -- Bible to improve his spiritual life.
Now his latest mission a two year quest to become the healthiest person in the world.
AJ Jacobs wanted to lose weight but instead of choosing one health regiment he decided he just try -- all.
Over two years AJ would -- as many healthy lifestyle -- as he -- Flights -- -- crawling through Central Park running errands literally.
Squatting instead of sitting in January -- working from a treadmill rather than a death.
Strollers eyes thinking posture left a little more pull back a little more -- -- belly.
And there's seemed to be any health study on just about everything.
-- thought -- -- lowering blood.
My heart disease -- To -- ultimately healthy.
All of these sex life and the current ones that.
Polluter that we had -- -- around.
It is believed there.
Can convert next week.
And sweet child.
Very -- Over the two years -- AJ tested nearly a hundred studies in the search for ultimate health.
He's written a book about it called drop dead healthy.
One man's humble quest for bodily perfection.
Joining it out AJ Jacobs say -- -- Let's talk about what was the craziest thing that you probably attempted.
Well I certainly I did something called the cave man -- work out which has a little -- -- because I challenges are I tried all different workouts you know -- just going to the gym or pole dancing I guess that was a little weird that's pretty weird for.
I can't the latter is an act because it takes a lot of -- body strength.
But got the cave network out is they believe that we should work -- -- -- -- actually went to Central Park and tossed boulders surrounding crawl on.
On the on the ground in my in my bare feet so it's of the cave -- work out what was one of the most helpful things that you did in the course of your attempt to get healthy well I think.
But there -- surprises that little things make a huge difference so one thing is just sitting is I never realized how bad it is for your health sitting at your desk all day so even just getting up once an hour and walking around for a couple of minutes.
I took it to the extreme.
And I bought a treadmill put my computer on the treadmill.
And I walked while writing the book so it took me about 12100 miles to write a book.
And -- -- that -- and I'm a lazy person so if I can do it anyone camps another helpful thing was.
Realizing that you've got to have smaller portions and one way to do that your mom was right.
Chewing your food is is does -- help -- because.
If you to you -- more slowly than if he were slowly eat less I ran across this group on the Internet call.
They they call themselves -- he is -- shooting but at the moment.
But I have -- has had -- about stealing cell I was inspired.
To become a member of the student to need some.
Were there any times.
That what you attempted to do to be healthy did it ever make you sick well -- is centered thing you play at that.
Sometimes end -- seeing cell obsessed with health is not -- think.
Because it's stresses you out and if you're so busy going to the gym.
And and looking for the perfect health food then you don't have time to go out with friends and Pat's friends.
Having a strong social network hugely important here help.
So I say go out to dinner with your friends have a glass of wine if you drink wine -- one glass per day that's very good for you and coffee by the -- also good for you one -- -- -- Just one well yes -- we get a couple more than that I got most of us -- You have done some pretty strange projects I do you live this entire year every time he found something in the Bible you did it.
This health routine you did for nearly two years what's next in your life to do something utterly bizarre and right.
About it until I haven't settled -- -- get my kids are lobbying very hard for me to do a year of eating nothing but candy.
They think that -- -- -- I'll make it come along with me but I don't know if the -- gonna go for that great to have you here the -- to be here all these crazy ways to try to be healthy.
And -- drop dead healthy we do have books for all of our audience members today.
You very much JJ we'll be right back statement.