Health-Boosting Secrets From The 4-Hour Chef Tim Ferriss

Innovator Tim Ferriss shares his secrets for how to supercharge your body and lose weight with unique habits, including simple cooking tips and recipes from his new book, The 4-Hour Chef.

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Master Healthy Cooking to Stay Healthy and Lose Weight

Ferriss has travelled the globe getting tips from top chefs to help you master healthy cooking and make meals that taste great and help you lose weight. His book, The 4-Hour Chef, contains super easy recipes that have 4 ingredients or less and take less than 15 minutes to prepare.


Tim Ferriss’ 4 Easy Tricks to Master Healthy Cooking


1. Strategic Herb Pairings

By pairing up certain foods with specific herbs, you’ll not only boost flavor, you’ll also gain lots of health benefits.

  • Fish and Fennel - Fennel helps with digestion and constipation.
  • Beef (or Pork) and Rosemary - Research shows that rosemary protects against dementia and Alzheimer’s. This herb is also a good source of calcium and iron.
  • Eggs With Tarragon - Tarragon is rich in anti-aging antioxidants, fights fatigue and calms nerves.

2. Mixing and Matching Flavor Combinations

These surprising combinations are healthful, flavorful and satisfying.

  • Olive Oil on Ice Cream - Olive oil, when drizzled on ice cream, adds as much richness as caramel or hot fudge. Plus olive oil is loaded with healthy omega-3s that protect your heart and brain. 
  • Black Pepper on Watermelon - This sweet and spicy combo tastes fresh and unexpected. Black pepper and watermelon are both great diuretics that help fight bloat.
  • Almond Butter on a Hamburger - Almond butter not only adds extra richness, but also more protein and fiber, and helps to balance blood sugar.

3. Paper Cup Trick

Practice this portion-control trick: Cut a paper coffee cup in half and use it as a cylinder to measure and present food. For instance, place chicken salad or cooked rice in the cylinder, press down slightly and then unmold.  By stacking your food this way, you’ll shave off calories and enjoy a nice presentation.

4. Update Your Fats

Add macadamia nut oil to your pantry. It contains the highest level of monounsaturated fats, tastes a lot like butter and has a high smoking point.  Use it in sautés and stir frys, or to make salad dressing. Available at health food stores.

Article written by Tim Ferriss
Innovator and author of The 4-Hour Chef.