- 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'
How to Be the Healthiest Person Alive
A.J. Jacobs is the New York Times bestselling author of 'The Year of Living Biblically' and 'Drop Dead Healthy.' Here, he shares what inspired him to change his ways.
For more inspiration, read A.J.'s 12 Keys to Being 'Drop Dead Healthy.'