How to Be the Healthiest Person Alive
Three years ago, I was fat. Not fat all over. I was what they call 'skinny fat' -- a body that resembled a python after swallowing a goat.

My wife had a repertoire. She'd ask me when my baby was due. She'd subtly sing the Winnie the Pooh theme song. And she'd tell me about this legendary place called 'the gym.' If I went there, maybe I wouldn't get winded playing hide and seek with my kids.

I ignored her. Then came a freak case of tropical pneumonia, a three-day hospital stay, and a now-urgent plea from my wife: "I don't want to be a widow in my forties."

Thus kicked off a two-year quest to remake my body, a journey I chronicled in my new book Drop Dead Healthy. As with my other books 'The Year of Living Biblically' and 'The Know-It-All,' I pledged to become the world's greatest expert in a field I knew nothing about.

My goal? To test out every diet and exercise regimen on planet earth, and figure out which work best. I sweated, I cooked, I learned to pole dance. In the end, I lost weight, lowered my cholesterol and doubled my energy level. I feel better than I ever have. (Though I know that just typing that will mean I'll come down with rickets tomorrow).

The project ended a few months ago, but I've kept dozens of the strategies I found most helpful.

See those strategies here:
12 Ways to Be 'Drop-Dead Healthy'