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A.J. Jacobs and the quest to become the healthiest man in the world

"Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection" by A.J. Jacobs
Simon & Schuster

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After undertaking a Herculean spiritual journey in "The Year of Living Biblically" and a mental one in "The Know-It-All," it was only fitting that A.J. Jacobs focus on the body for his newest book "Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection."

Following a run-in with tropical pneumonia, Jacobs set out on a quest to become the healthiest person on Earth. The thought of not being around long enough to see his three sons grow up propelled him to examine his body which he described as a “mushy, easily-winded, moderately sickly blob.” For Jacobs it wasn’t a matter of just losing weight but a complete retooling of his physique.

His effort to rework his body from stem to stern led him to subject himself to dozens of experiments, diets, and exercise regimens. In pursuit of healthiness, he consulted a legion of medical experts – everything from nutritionists to sleep consultants. He bought all sorts of exercise equipment, gadgets, and juicers. All was part of an effort to distinguish what really works from medical myths. He divulges all with Patt.


What’s your routine? What diets have you tried and realized were a waste of your time? How do you make sure you’re healthy?


A.J. Jacobs, editor at large, Esquire Magazine; author of "Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection" (Simon & Schuster)