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5 Day Fast – Using the Fast Mimicking Diet

Recently I began a 3-day fast, which then got extended to 5 days. The intention was to use the “Tim Ferriss method” (described here). Essentially accelerating the shift from glucose burning to fat burning as quick as possible, avoiding the negative physical feelings associated with the transition period. (60 second video primer on ketones if you’re not familiar). However, in […]

Keto Diet better than high carb for Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition characterized by high levels of blood sugar, usually due to insulin resistance. The treatment of type 2 diabetes involves medication, but lifestyle strategies are very important as well. These include increased exercise, weight loss and diet management. Although low-carb diets have become popular for managing type 2 diabetes, […]

Proof that Ketogenic Diets Increase NAD+ to Curb Inflammation and prevent brain degeneration

  Ketogenic diets — extreme low-carbohydrate, high-fat regimens that have long been known to benefit epilepsy and other neurological illnesses — may work by lowering inflammation in the brain, according to new research by UC San Francisco scientists. The UCSF team has discovered a molecular key to the diet’s apparent effects, opening the door for […]

How the war on Cholesterol caused our diabetes epidemic

Cholesterol is a molecule required by every cell of the body in fairly large amounts. It can be easily synthesised by these cells, or taken up by them from LDL and other ApoB lipoproteins, but cannot be broken down. Cholesterol is not soluble in water, and thus must be carried through the blood on lipoprotein […]

Saturated Fat advice from AHA is still 20 years behind science

The new American Heart Association (AHA) position statement on saturated fat and cardiovascular disease is slightly lesswrong and misleading as previous statements they made. [1] First, we do find some common ground It seems reasonable to us that specific saturated fats, most notably palmitic acid, can have adverse cardiometabolic effects when combined with refined carbohydrates […]

Glucose Ketone Index (GKI) – What Ratio Do I need for Nutritional Ketosis Benefits?

Generally these blog posts are a result of scratching my own itch (answering my own question), and this post is no different. At the time of writing this, I’m doing a 5-day fast, and wanted to understand the readings I’m getting for my blood glucose and blood ketone levels. Initially I thought that blood ketones […]

Carbohydrates, Not Saturated Fat, Are Correlated with Cardiovascular Disease

We’ve been told for many decades now to avoid saturated fat to lessen our risk of heart and other cardiovascular disease. But as with so many other pieces of mainstream health wisdom, the doctors and scientists got that one wrong, not that there was such great evidence to begin with. Instead, their recommended macronutrient, carbohydrates, […]

Keto Diet fights cancer and heart disease for longer and healthier life

  Health Benefits of Ketones A ketogenic diet is characterized by the production of ketones, small molecules that the body can use as alternative energy sources. These molecules — beta hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetate, and acetone — are produced when carbohydrate consumption is very low. Depletion of glycogen, the storage form of carbohydrate, results in the production […]

Low Carb Best for health and weight loss

High-Fat Diet Doesn’t Cause Obesity I wrote the other day about the less-than-optimal control animals and humans used in fasting and calorie-restriction studies. Partly this is due to the bad food that most people eat, as well as the substandard lab food that rats and mice eat. A similar problem exists in other diet experiments […]