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Jimmy Moore’s n=1 Experiments: Nutritional Ketosis Day 181-210

It’s update time yet again with my n=1 experiment of the concept known as “nutritional ketosis” that I began examining on myself beginnning in May 2012 after reading The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance written by ketogenic diet researchers Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek. I’ve been testing my blood level of ketones using this meter, my blood sugar levels using this meter and taking daily measurements of my body weight using a bathroom scale. In case you’ve missed any of my previous six months worth of updates in this experiment so far, you can check ‘em all out here: Day 1-30, Day 31-60, Day 61-90, Day 91-120, Day 121-150 and 151-180.

These past 30 days have been quite the whirlwind adventure for me on this journey as I embarked on a thrilling three-week speaking tour through Eastern Australia traveling on 11 planes in 20 days. To say my “normal” routine was changed up just a bit would be the understatement of the year. But I was very curious about how all this traveling thousands of miles across multiple time zones with limited access to my typical eating, sleeping and exercise habits would impact me good or bad in my seventh month of doing this experiment. I think it’s invaluable information to share with those of you who travel so you can see whether nutritional ketosis can work for you, too. More on the exact results of how I did this month in just a moment.

While I was in Australia, I was given a fantastic opportunity to give not just one, but two full lectures to the wonderful Paleo low-carb enthusiasts who live in Melbourne, Fish Creek, Byron Bay, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. There was a lot of video footage of most of these events you’ll be able to access online soon, but I wanted to share a couple of my talks (the first formal lectures I’d ever given in my life by the way!) from the Melbourne stop of the “Low Carb Down Under” Tour:


http://youtu.be/fgw6HkLNjGg


http://youtu.be/lN9Fi_9tCeQ

Considering the fact I’ve never done anything like this with PowerPoint slides and such before, I thought these went pretty well (of course, talking on podcasts every week certainly didn’t hurt for speaking experience). Giving a presentation about my first six months of testing nutritional ketosis in an organized way was so much fun. Putting it all together in a lecture format helped me solidify in my mind just how well this has been going for me. I certainly look forward to continuing to share my lecture about nutritional ketosis at Ben Greenfield’s Become Superhuman LIVE event in Spokane, Washington in March, PaleoFX in Austin, Texas in March, the Low-Carb Cruise in May and possibly a poster or lecture at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia in August as well as in various places where I am invited to share (e-mail me if you’re interested in having me speak at an event in your area). But not everyone in the low-carb and Paleo community thinks my n=1 experiment testing the impact of nutritional ketosis on my body is all it’s cracked up to be.

My friends Richard Nikoley at the “Free The Animal” blog and Regina Wilshire at the “Weight Of The Evidence” blog both responded to a spur-of-the-moment analogy I used in this video of my talk from Fish Creek in Australia where I said consuming too much protein can have the same effect metabolically as eating chocolate cake. Okay, I admit it’s not the best illustration in the world, but I was trying to convey to that audience of 50 mostly nutritional newbies that it’s not just the carbohydrates they need to be concerned about but perhaps also the protein. The fact is consuming too much protein was one of the five mistakes I made in my low-carb lifestyle that caused me to gain weight despite eating low-carb. Reigning that in along with being more purposeful in adding in more high-fat foods into my diet have made all the difference in the world for my weight and health success during this experiment. It has helped bring about the kind of body composition changes in stored body fat loss and increases in lean muscle mass I desired.

Regina brought up the calories issue in her blog post and I’d love to respond to her assertion that the major reason why I’m seeing success on my nutritional ketosis plan is because I’m now creating a calorie deficit of about 1,000 calories/day (or 7,000 calories/week) which has resulted in my phenomenal weight loss success. While I know Regina doesn’t necessarily subscribe to an arbitrary calories in, calories out mode of thinking, she does acknowledge that low-carb dieters must be mindful of calories to experience the benefits that low-carb living has to offer. But she’s most certainly not alone in her criticism of what I’m doing. Since this is such an important point to cover (and I’m sure many others who are reading this are probably wondering why NK is working so well for me when my typical low-carb approach was not), let’s explore this further.

Let’s just assume for the sake of the argument that I believe Regina’s reasoning that it’s the reduction in overall calories from all sources that has brought about this change in my weight (I don’t, but let’s go with the hypothetical). Okay, fine. But what is it that brought about the reduction in calories to begin with during this experiment? I contend it is the increased prevalence of the beta-hydroxybuterate ketone bodies in my blood. And did I force the issue by reducing my overall calories purposely? Nope. It all happened spontaneously as a natural response to the higher-fat intake in conjunction with lower protein and my already reduced carbohydrate consumption that increased my level of blood ketones to the point that my body began burning stored body fat for fuel to make me keto-adapted. This, in turn, has curbed my appetite, cravings and desire to eat food at every turn to the point that I don’t even think about food anymore, allowed me to engage in unplanned periods of intermittent fasting and given me freedom for the first time in my life to be in control of what I’m putting in my mouth to eat as a means of fueling my body rather than satisfying an insatiable hunger or habit to eat. THIS IS A FREEING CONCEPT!

So one question remains: Was it the keto-adaptation or the calorie-cutting that has worked in producing the weight loss success I’ve seen? If you ask me, I say WHO CARES?! The fact is it’s working. Whatever the mechanism for bringing it about, the bottom line is I’m burning stored body fat and improving every measurable health marker I have tested so far. At the end of the day, the results are much more interesting than any attempt to explain why they happened. It’s my contention that becoming fully adapted to using ketones (fat) for fuel has allowed my body the opportunity to run as it was intended to without the need for arbitrarily counting calories, carbohydrates or really much of anything. I have found the right mix of food that works for me and I’ll be sticking with it as long as it continues to provide me with the outcomes in my weight and health I desire. Speaking of that, let’s take a look at my latest test results for Day 181-210.

This month presented some unique challenges in maintaining my numbers because of the unpredictability of what happened with my intensive traveling schedule, new and different foods, the lack of any kind of regular workout schedule (I lifted weights TWICE during this 30-day cycle) and less sleep than I’ve been accustomed to. My goal when I went to Australia was to at the very worst maintain the lean muscle mass and body fat losses I saw on this DXA scan in November before I left. I’ll be going back to Vitality Medical Wellness Institute in Concord, North Carolina next week to see what impact to my body fat and lean muscle mass all this traveling did. I’m pretty confident I lost more body fat and maintained or even slightly gained some muscle–we’ll know for sure after that follow-up DXA scan. Stay tuned!

Now let’s take a look at how my AM blood ketone levels were in Day 181-210:

You’ll notice there was a pretty precipitous drop in blood ketones upon my arrival in Australia in mid-November. Keep in mind there was a 16-hour time differential from what I was accustomed to at home, so my night readings were actually my morning readings and morning were night for a few days there. But within a week or so my levels evened out at around 2.2 millimolar with that one day when it hit 5.3. You’ll notice my morning ketone levels dropped down below 1.0 millimolar but still in nutritional ketosis levels above .5 since I’ve returned to the United States. I assume those numbers will eventually go back up to their typical 2.0+ average in due course. I’m still feeling the effects of all that traveling on my body and perhaps the ketones are being used up during my sleep as a repair tool which is my theory about why they are lower in the morning compared with at night. This is something I will attempt to learn more about as I continue my n=1 experiment. Now let’s take a look at my PM blood ketone levels for Day 181-210:

Considering my night ketone levels were averaging around 4.2 millimolar in my previous update, these numbers were much lower than that. But with an average of 2.3 millimolar I was still in nutritional ketosis. And every time I did an on-stage demonstration of my blood ketones during the lectures I gave in Australia, they registered in at 2.0 or higher. You might notice that since I’ve gotten home my night ketone levels are back up where they were prior to leaving on my trip. It’s interesting how quickly those have rebounded back in line while the morning readings are still lagging. I’m certainly not worried about this, but find it curious to observe. I know you’re wondering about how all that stress of flying, meeting new people and such impacted my weight in Day 181-210. Let’s take a look:

All in all, it wasn’t horrible with a net weight loss of 6.8 POUNDS LOST. Hey, I’ll take it! After a bit of a drop in the days before leaving, I saw an uptick in weight when I got to Australia that very quickly continued downward before settling back up and then down again. People like to watch their weight loss be a linear thing with only weight going down as a good thing. But I’ve come to expect a few days of upward movement on the scale every now and then as no big deal because the overall trend is indeed going down as this cumulative graph of my weight loss progress for Day 0-210 shows:

That’s a TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS OF 60.4 POUNDS in seven months which I’m totally ecstatic about. I’m fitting into clothes I haven’t worn in over five years and I’ve finally surpassed that ever-elusive psychological barrier of the 250-pound mark that has plagued me for years since I took creatine and started gaining the weight to begin with. My next big mark is to surpass the 230-pound mark sometime in the next few months which is where I landed at the end of my original 180-pound weight loss in 2004. While I don’t have a specific weight loss goal in mind because I’m confident my body will settle into the weight it needs to be as long as I keep feeding it properly, I’d love to push closer to 200 pounds with a muscular body. I’m working on that! How did my morning blood sugar levels do for me in Day 181-210:

You might recall I told you about a supplement I was taking called berberine sold under the brand name Glycosolve to control my blood sugar. Well, just before leaving for Australia, I ran out of it and decided to see how I’d do without it and actually all of my vitamins and fish oil supplements throughout my trip to Oz. Actually, it wasn’t too shabby. My morning blood sugar readings were a bit higher on average for this cycle at around 85 or so, the stability was pretty good and I never got above 94. I’m grateful the Glycosolve supplement along with nutritional ketosis has helped keep these levels in line for me. I’ll keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t start to creep back up into the upper 90s/lower 100s I was seeing when I first started nutritional ketosis. Let’s take a look at how my evening blood sugar levels were in Day 181-210:

Interestingly, my nighttime blood sugar control was pretty awesome averaging about 78 during my time in Australia. Of course, it’s been a bit higher since returning home to South Carolina, but I’m sure that will resolve itself just like the blood ketones once my body realizes I’m in the Eastern Time zone again. I’ll just keep testing, observing and sharing everything I learn along the way in this incredible journey through nutritional ketosis. In case you haven’t heard, there’s a lot of fantastic information being shared about the benefits of ketosis lately:

  • Optimal Diets for Longevity: The Science, Not the Hype
  • New Study Supports Fasting Treatment For Seizures In Kids
  • Brain Tumors Respond To Diet And Radiation Therapy
  • How Calorie Restriction Influences Longevity

    I think we’re going to be hearing a whole lot more about ketones, ketogenic diets and therapeutic uses of nutritional ketosis in the coming years which is why I’m happy to be doing this n=1 experiment on myself about it. And that leads me to something I’d to ask YOU about regarding your participation in my testing. So many of you have written to me requesting that I do this test and that test to see how NK is impacting a particular area of my health. I’m all about being your personal guinea pig through this and welcome your feedback on what you’d like to see me test so I can share even more information with you in future updates. To that end, I am encouraging you to share with me the specific tests you’d like to see me do by e-mailing that info to me at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. Additionally, because all of this testing isn’t cheap and I am not a wealthy man by any stretch of the imagination, I welcome your donations towards helping me pay for these tests:






    Or CLICK HERE to donate!

    If you want to allocate specific dollars to go towards doing a specific test, then please indicate that in your e-mail to me. Otherwise, any money collected through these donations will be put into a kitty of dollars to get the best bang for my buck in terms of testing. Your support of my testing efforts is greatly appreciated and I look forward to seeing what other kind of results are happening in my health as a result of nutritional ketosis.

    What do you think about how Day 181-210 went during my experiment? Were you surprised by what happened to my numbers in light of all of my traveling? Or did you expect something different to happen altogether? Feel free to share your feedback as always in the comments section below. Following my talk in Melbourne, Victoria Australia last month, one of the attendees who heard my talk on nutritional ketosis shared the following with me in an e-mail:

    Dear Jimmy,

    Thanks so much for your inspirational and heartfelt seminar in Melbourne. I enjoyed it immensely.

    Thank you for the after program talk on nutritional ketosis. I have been doing primal for 18 months have lost 23kg and have seen a number of health improvements both in blood work and my own observations. I have plateaued with weight loss and still have high blood pressure which I was hoping would have dropped. I am therefore very interested in doing my own n=1 nutritional ketosis experiment. I still have a layer of fat around my abdomen and I guess visceral fat as well. Since your talk I will certainly be increasing my fat intake and reducing my carbohydrate consumption.

    I’m looking forward to listening to your podcasts for more inspiration and motivation.

    We got a lot of people in Australia excited about testing blood ketones and I’m anxious to hear about the results they are getting implementing the strategies I shared during my talk to help them get there and experience the kind of results I have seen. Are you testing your blood ketones yet? If not, then get yourself a Precision Xtra meter (I’ve found it to be the best in a comparison of the two major brands), load up on blood ketone testing strips, blood glucose testing strips and start your own experiment. Your health is worth knowing where you stand!

    • http://www.facebook.com/bob.herrell Bob Herrell

      Thanks for sharing all this information. I would love to be able to test my blood ketones but the price for the strips is simply out of range. 10 for $50 is out of my league. When they come down in price, if ever, I will sure want to do this.

      • LLVLCBlog

        I’m working on it Bob. Some places have the strips for $2 each in Canadian pharmacies.

        • Mariet Hoen

          Very expensive, that ketosis sticks. Here they cost 19.95 euro = 26.03 USD

          Ketonen Freest. Precision Xtra 10

    • LLVLCBlog

      Very interesting. And no doubt ketones for your friend were probably next to nil.

      • http://profiles.google.com/ashsimmonds Ash Simmonds

        Didn’t bother testing ketones, she’s not particularly interested in biochemistry or diet stuff, I was just interested to see the BG of a carnivore vs spudivore on a drinking binge.

        • Chris Adams

          Hi Ash, i’m from Adelaide also. Are you exercising while on carnivore/ketogenic diet?

          • http://profiles.google.com/ashsimmonds Ash Simmonds

            Not really, I’m lazy and so seek out the most efficient method for doing anything I don’t particularly enjoy, so last month I did two 10 minute sessions a la Body By Science, not what most people would call “exercising”, but it works.

            • Chris Adams

              I think we are reading the same books. i recently read Body by Science & am feeling more inspired to head back to the gym. I like the idea of 10 min workout once a week. I spent 20+ years religiously doing 3+ long workouts per wk & am now totally bored with it. Also, how much protein are you eating on your carnivore diet? Sounds like you are not in the moderate protein camp…& yet you are still in ketosis?

    • http://www.facebook.com/georged.henderson George Henderson

      ” freedom for the first time in my life to be in control of what I’m putting in my mouth to eat as a means of fueling my body rather than satisfying an insatiable hunger or habit to eat” Yes! I think this is the ultimate benefit of NK. And in my experience it endures after carbs are restored, or if it fades, it’s easy to get back into it with a few days NK. I think this change alone justifies everything else you’ve done as having been worthwhile.

    • Paul Riemann

      I don’t know how much of a “friend” Richard Nikoley has been lately Jimmy…he’s attacked and criticized you (and low carb) several times over the past few months. And his (more recent) overemphasis on his atheist/materialist worldview–which is patently false–has left a bad taste in my mouth as of late. He’s certainly had it out with me at his blog when I have challenged his empirical epistemology–which he uses to attack and ridicule Christianity or any form of theism. I’ve enjoyed Richard’s blog, but when he’s wrong I call him out on it.

      • LLVLCBlog

        He’s certainly entitled to his opinions on us blog.

        • Paul Riemann

          That’s beside the point Jimmy. And I nowhere claimed that he isn’t. Just don’t let your critics turn you into a doormat. Be civil, but challenge their claims. Nikoley has been extolling the virtues of white potatoes for months now…and not just as being so called “safe starches”, but he has been doing so while being highly critical of LC and has specifically gone after you on many recent occasions. I know I’m not informing you of anything you don’t already know, but I’m just a little curious what motivates your silence at times? I understand that you consider him a friend, but I find that–at times–I disagree and debate rather vociferously with my close friends. Strong disagreement and debate can exist even among good friends.

          But to digress…and by the way, your podcasts are amazing and the blog is among the finest available on health and nutrition. Thank you so much for what you do.

          • LLVLCBlog

            I don’t mind my ideas being challenged. Happens everyday. But what Richard never does is attack me personally. That’s the difference. Civility in the blogging world would make it a much better place.

            • Galina Lebedev

              I am a LCarber, but I understand it should not be the universal healthy diet. Some people (Richard is a good example) could handle carbs much better than me.

              • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peggy-Holloway/520343437 Peggy Holloway

                But it seems from the conversations I’ve been having over there on Richard’s blog that he refuses to acknowledge that some of us can’t handle carbs, and would be stark raving mad on the “potato diet” he has been extolling. I posted my personal story and that of my family and defended Jimmy, since our experience has been so much like Jimmy’s (except that several family members have not had weight issues so much as mood disorders and in my case, weird and miserable blood sugar swings and stomach problems). Richard was very resistant to accepting that my story was a reasonable endorsement for nutritional ketosis, a term, by the way, that he completely disparages. I couldn’t believe the amount of nonsense I was reading by his other commentators. Richard wouldn’t answer my question as to whether he has read Phinney/Volek and what he makes of their research. Sigh. I decided to stay away from that blog as it just makes me angry.

                • LLVLCBlog

                  The good thing is you have a home here.

                • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peggy-Holloway/520343437 Peggy Holloway

                  And happy to be home. But I did go back there and share the anecdote of my son’s experience trying to live on potato soup at a yoga retreat where he seriously thought he was going to go stark raving mad. What’s up with this potato diet? Seriously?

                • Galina Lebedev

                  I think people have a tendency to jump from one extreme opinion to another. Not all guys in Paleo-community really needed to be in ketosis, now they try to live on potatoes. Still better than eating 30 bananas a day, actually, potatoes are quite tasty. Well, good luck. I done some experimenting, no starch-based diet for me.

                • dprice81

                  Yeah ive been having issues with stomach (always constipation), did they go away on a high fat low carb low protein diet? i tried doing low carb but i was trying to eat a lot of meat too. I was having problems with energy. Even now I feel like my energy is zapped and I can barely get out of bed and do things. Can you be an endurance athlete and use this type of diet? ive had running as a fun hobby for a long time. can running a marathon be done on a ketogenic diet?

                • LLVLCBlog

                  Water helps constipation. Drink up! You don’t ave to eat a lot of meat. If you’re depleted of energy that much then something is wrong. Fix what’s wrong and then worry about your endurance athletics. Read Volek/Phinney books.

    • js290

      The body doesn’t burn “calories.” It burns adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP can either come from substrates that act like glucose (starch and glycotic proteins) or substrates that act like fatty acids (triglycerides and ketotic proteins). According to the Randle Hypothesis, we can’t use both substrates at the same time. And as the “madman” Dr. Rosedale points out, our ability to use fat as fuel is completely controlled by hormones, namely leptin and insulin.

      The critics that point out you’ve created a “calorie deficit” offers no insight why you’re using fat for fuel rather than storing it. “Calorie deficits” are necessary effects of mass loss, not the cause of it. Jimmy, the haters are just mad they didn’t think of measuring blood ketones and blogging about it before you did.

    • L. Amber Wilcox-O’Hearn

      Hey, Jimmy, I think you’re doing a great job, and it’s been informative and inspiring to look at your data — thank you for sharing it!

      Regarding calories being the cause, I think some people, even some very smart people, just can’t get a handle on the fundamental flaw in calories-as-causal thinking. OF COURSE you have a caloric deficit if you are losing weight. Losing weight causes a caloric deficit. Why are you losing weight? Because you are burning fat for fuel. Why are you burning fat for fuel? Because you are in deep ketosis.

      As you say, the factors you are controlling are protein intake (lower), and fat intake (higher). You are not controlling calories — you are eating to hunger — so by definition, calories are a dependent variable.

      It would be impossible for ketosis to cause you to lose weight while consuming more calories than you expend, so either it is causing you to take in fewer calories, expend more, or, more likely, both. It’s not a miracle, it just feels like one.

      Anyway, sorry to rant. I know I don’t need to tell you any of that, but that topic gets me riled up.

      Congratulations on breaking 250!

      Best,
      Amber

      • LLVLCBlog

        Very well said Amber. You should be blogging. ;)

        • L. Amber Wilcox-O’Hearn

          Touché!

    • http://twitter.com/NoCarbsGo Adam Kosloff

      I’m sure if you had consumed nothing but Mountain Dew and Little Debbie snack cakes for the past 210 days — but matched calories precisely! — then you would have gotten the same results. ;)

      Just once, I want to see one of the Calorie Wizards do a sustained, calorie restricted diet of mostly liquid sugar. If they believe a calorie is a calorie, let them ante up and prove it.

      Glad to see you’re still rocking it with the NK. It’s an awesome personal development, and it may potentially have huge clinical applications one day. Keep pioneering my friend!

      • LLVLCBlog

        I agree Adam. It just doesn’t make sense to hammer calories when one thing else is obviously going on.

    • Palyne Gaenir

      Sounds like your trip down under was a lot of fun! I admire your tenacity in this N=1 stuff. I don’t have any idea what ‘the’ answer is, or if it might be different for different people. But you’re figuring out what works for you at the moment and that seems like the logical thing to be most concerned about! I’m a little confused about how replacing proteins with fats is reducing calories (it’s usually quite the opposite) but perhaps your food shows that (fat is more satiating). I’ll go read the blog post (I adore Regina but last time I looked she hadn’t blogged in eons!).

      I think the back of my brain is pondering why, actually, ketosis would drop a lot (be harder to get/stay in, require less protein) with some people when others with the same basics aren’t experiencing that effect. I am wondering if there is some factor behind this that isn’t being looked at. In other words if this is ‘successfully treating the symptom’ but not some underlying cause. (Which later down the road could be worse (e.g. like many women I’ve known have had with doing VLC too long, too hard, without supplementation, and then later having significant adrenal/thyroid issues, apparently moreso than whatever they began with).)

      Well anyway, we probably won’t know all the answers right now but I’m glad this is working for you. :-)

      PJ

      • LLVLCBlog

        Thanks so much PJ. I definitely think this is highly individualized. But that’s why people need to tweak and tinker to find what works for them.

    • Deep in the heart of Ketosis

      The CICO crew completely neglect to address how it is that you also, clearly, have gained muscle in addition to your fat loss. If we are going to go by her “Conventional wisdom” of a 1000/day, 7000/wk deficit for the explanation of your fat loss, then someone needs to explain to me how you managed to put on all that muscle. Doesn’t “Conventional Wisdom” suggest that you would have to be in a calorie surplus to build muscle? If 3500 extra calories = 1 lb of fat, then how many extra calories = 1 lb of muscle? Is it the same? Can she PLEASE explain to me how you have both a surplus and a deficit at the same time? Until your hormone signals are straightened out, it does not matter what kind of deficit you create, your body can chose not to give up its fat. Anyone who has tried forced calorie restriction knows this. Once your hormones are straight, your body just partitions your food properly. Unfortunately for some, there is more to getting your insulin under control than just the food that we eat. If you are low carb, moderate protein, high fat, and are still trying/needing to count calories, you might check for underlying issues that can cause insulin problems, high iron levels, gut pathogens, dental disease, stress, etc. Once your body is HEALTHY, it can sort the calories out for itself. End Rant.

      • LLVLCBlog

        AWESOME rant! Great points that I’d love a response to. THANK YOU!

        • http://twitter.com/NoCarbsGo Adam Kosloff

          Agree, brilliant stuff!

    • Galina Lebedev

      Jemmy,
      Probably, in order to make picture more clear for people who watch your N=1, you would consider some more testing? Your cholesterol numbers were criticized , also some people on blogs thought you got a fatty liver as the result of that diet. Could you have an ultrasound of your liver and more comprehensive blood test?

      • LLVLCBlog

        If I can get donations to pay for it, then I’d love to.

        • Galina Lebedev

          I guess, your expense on keto-strips may leave you less resources for testing.

          • LLVLCBlog

            Sucks me pretty dry.

    • Galina Lebedev

      If you reach a famous weight-loss stole , would you consider testing you leptine levels?

      • LLVLCBlog

        I’m happy to measure leptin. I bet it’s low.

        • Galina Lebedev

          It is my guess too, as it should be after a weight loss. I am afraid leptin injections could be even more expensive than keto-strips. I thought it could be low even before your ketosis experiment.

          • LLVLCBlog

            Working on that. :)

    • Stikwoman

      Jimmy – Is there any connection between brittle nails and low-carb? I’ve been low-carb since 8/11 and started ketosis 8/22/12. Four weeks ago (mid-Nov), my normally strong nails started to split and peel. I originally thought it was from nail polish or remover, which I recently started to use. I lost 20 pounds since 8/11, ten of which came from ketosis, so I had started to “glamorize” myself a little. My friend who started ketosis two months ago mentioned last night that her nails were doing the same thing, though. Thanks in advance for any light you can shed.

      • LLVLCBlog

        I’ve never heard of this with a ketogenic diet. Here are anecdotal stories of nails getting stronger on low-carb: http://forums.lowcarber.org/archive/index.php/t-362388.html

      • http://www.facebook.com/olivia.fischer Olivia Fischer

        Since it was a dietary change and it’s popped up so quickly, it sounds like you were already low on a necessary vitamin and likely cut out a primary food source. A particular b vitamin deficiency may cause this. But B vitamins must be balanced with each other so it’s best to take them as a complex regardless. Minerals could also be involved and they need to be balanced with each other too (the over-emphasis of calcium supplementation, stripped soils, digestion problems and fluoridated water are all factors in having caused magnesium to reach severe deficiency levels in the U.S. population) so are best sourced from foods — I’d really recommend making bone broths (stocks) and eating greens, if you aren’t already. I like to cook the bones for a couple days until the bones are soft. But the best test is seeing if you get the big pot of jello after it cools. Then you can make sauces, drink a cup, make a quick soup etc etc. It’s good stuff and I always feel like my nails look best when it’s part of my food routine. High quality nutrient dense foods are wonderful. Hope that helps or provides inspiration at least. Good luck and all the best.

    • jethro bodine

      Hey Jimmy, your “friend” has gone the way of Colpo:

      He starts as hardcore LC claiming it improved his health and saved his life.

      He publishes a book nobody buys.

      He starts eating carbohydrates again.

      He adopts off the wall political ideas.

      He starts vicious attacks against LC/Paleo people, saving his worst venom for you.

      Jimmy, maintain your already successful NK and you’ll make him look like the fool he is!

    • ketointerested

      Hey Jimmy, What ended up being the results of your followup DXA in December?

      • LLVLCBlog

        Haven’t shared yet. Soon.

    • P Y

      After seeing your posts I couldn’t wait to try it out on my own. I started seeing some initial weight loss as I progressed and I just wanted to thank you for putting yourself out there.

      • LLVLCBlog

        How cool.

    • bjjcaveman

      Jimmy, I just wanted to say keep up the good work. It’s great seeing all this data being put out there!

      • LLVLCBlog

        My pleasure buddy!

    • http://www.facebook.com/juilane.mcmurtrey Juilane McMurtrey

      Jimmy, you said that you could find the strips cheaper in Canada? Which pharmacy? How many strips have you used so far and if you were not publicly doing an n=1 would you have trusted yourself to go off the constant testing at a certain point? When I first started testing my glucose, I did it every day, several times a day but once I got the idea of how foods affect my BG I found I could back off and not test so frequently. I wonder if it is the same with testing ketones.

      • LLVLCBlog

        Google Canadian pharmacy and you’ll find a bunch. I got mine in Australia. If I wasn’t doing this experiment, I’d only test 2-3 times weekly.

    • LLVLCBlog

      Yep, brought my same scale during my Australia trip. That keeps the consistency in the weigh-ins. I eat a lot of saturated fat, but you might try switching out for monounsaturated fats like olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, avocados, etc. you shouldn’t have to consume a lot if dat fat if that’s what flares your acne (never heard of that before).

    • http://twitter.com/NourishingCook Kim Knoch

      Jimmy, how did you stay in ketosis while flying on the long flights to and from australia? I’m flying to India soon and would love to hear some of your travel food tips. If you covered this already in a recent post I apologize. Thanks!

      • LLVLCBlog

        It wasn’t so much as the trip itself, but time after I returned home. Do the best you can.