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The Low Information Diet: should you not read books?

Hey guys,
In Tim Ferriss’ The 4 Hour Body, he advocates to stop conduming any type of information other than his book. This idea really disturbs me, as I would like to read many books to learn a lot and be smarter. What do you guys think?

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I’m a big reader as well, and I’ve noticed an annoying pattern in diet books. They almost all start out with variations of “everything you know about dieting is wrong!” and then go on to give information that conflicts with everything else I’ve ever read about dieting. This gives me the impression that diet books are basically crap, so I avoid them. I felt the same way about 4HB at first too, but a friend encouraged me to try it anyway and after losing 7lbs in the first week, I’m hooked. So I’m willing to give Tim the benefit of the doubt here as this is the first time I’ve seen any results on a diet plan.

In contrast, I find that self help books all give different perspectives on the same fundamental truths. For example, I’ve read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and How to Win Friends and Influence People, and Nonviolent Communication. All three of those books offers a unique perspective, but not once will any contradict the others. It is entirely possible to apply the lessons of all three consistently in your life. This simply isn’t true of diet books so the idea of just picking one that works and sticking to it makes a lot of sense to me.

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