In The Healthiest Man in the World, A. J. Jacobs sets out to tackle the complicated web of diet and exercise advice. What does he really have to do to be the healthiest man in the world? A.J. consults experts and uses himself once again as the human guinea pig to illuminate what real health looks like–and whether it’s worth the work!
As in The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. will move chronologically through his year of health. But where he broke down the Bible rule by rule, The Healthiest Man in the World will be broken down body part by body part–from lungs to stomach to brain to lower back and beyond.
Among A.J.’s strategies for his year of supreme health:
-A.J. will consult with Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, to design and implement the optimal diet.
-He will train with Gunnar Peterson, self-proclaimed “trainer to the stars” whose clients have included Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani and Matthew McConaughey.
-He will consult with Dr. Keith Black, the head neuroscientist at UCLA.
Says A.J.: “I’ll be quantifying my quest to improve my health in as many ways as possible. I’ll take a boatload of tests before, after and during the year. I’ll track my health like a NASA physician does an astronaut’s. I’ll chart my cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat percentage, weight, my maximum bench presses. I’ll see how far I can run before collapsing. I’ll see how long I can hold my breath. I’ll get brain scans and MRIs.”
And what about “out-there” experimental products and treatments? A.J. will try them all. Raw foods? Algae? Essential oils? Homeopathic remedies and preventive medicine will meet the A.J. Jacobs test.
With A.J.’s photos helping to document his progress, The Healthiest Man in the World will explore the history of human health–and human guinea pig A.J. will explore what really does a body good, part by part.