The countdown to the end of my one-year testing of the concept known as nutritional ketosis has begun. After 11 glorious months of purposely putting my body into a state of being primarily fueled by ketones through the use of a customized high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb nutritional approach that works for me, I’m in the final month of my official testing before revealing the final results of my n=1 experiment. The tremendous response received for the standing-room-only ketosis panel I was on at PaleoFX event in Austin, Texas a couple of weeks ago tells me there is great interest in seeing what role this could play in weight loss, disease control and exercise performance. The sky truly is the limit! It’s been quite the ride for me personally as I’ve seen every measurable health marker improve even more from what were already pretty good numbers. I only expect that to continue as I keep doing this even after the regular monthly public updates end next month.
If you are just finding out about my Nutritional Ketosis experiment and missed any of my previous updates since it began in May 2012, then check them all out here: Day 1-30, Day 31-60, Day 61-90, Day 91-120, Day 121-150, 151-180, Day 181-210, Day 211-240, Day 241-270 and Day 271-300. I’ll be sharing a lecture about my NK experiment as part of The Low-Carb Cruise in May and putting together a poster presentation about it for the Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia in August. After I get done putting the finishing touches on my next book Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? I’ll start working on writing a book about this whole nutritional ketosis experiment to release in 2014. Exciting times are ahead and I look forward to helping others see how the things I’ve learned from doing this can help them too.
Since my time is limited with a big deadline looming on my cholesterol book, I’ll have to make this month’s update a bit more abbreviated than normal. I still have graphs of all my numbers which ended up being impacted a lot more from my 72-hour water only fast on March 17-19, 2013 right smack dab in the middle of this month’s update. Let’s see what Day 301-330 ended up looking like:
AM BLOOD KETONE LEVELS – DAY 301-330
It’s pretty obvious which days I fasted looking at my blood ketone levels in the morning. There were two remarkable things about what happened: 1) How quickly my blood ketones jumped up in response to no food consumed and 2) How much they plummeted over the next week as a means for recovering for the period of starvation. It was an interesting observation. My ketone levels are just now beginning to normalize back to where they were prior to the fast. Let’s take a look at my ketone readings at night for Day 301-330:
PM BLOOD KETONE LEVELS – DAY 301-330
This is a pretty similar graph to the AM blood ketone readings, except slightly higher which is typical of the evening readings. After the huge spike during my fasting period, once again I saw my ketone levels plummet for a week before ticking back up again. For some reason, my ketone production zoomed in this past week to levels I haven’t seen in a non-fasted state since before my trip to Australia in November. With ketones getting back to where they need to be (I like to consistently be 1.5+ to feel my very best), let’s take a look at the weight loss that happened in Day 301-330:
WEIGHT LOSS – DAY 301-330
Yes, it was quite the zig-zag in my weight and that three-day fast didn’t do me any favors either. Obviously there was a huge drop in weight down to the lowest I’ve been during this experiment when I wasn’t eating. But after the fast broke, I found my control over hunger was gone and ended up eating more and more often than I typically do. One of the key benefits NK has given me is complete control over my food and I lost that for the two weeks that followed. Thankfully it’s back now and I ended up with a net 2.2-POUND WEIGHT LOSS that officially brings me down to 231.0! What’s my total weight loss now for Day 0-330?
CUMULATIVE WEIGHT LOSS – DAY 0-330
That now gives me a TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS OF 75.2 POUNDS in eleven months. If I reach 80 pounds lost by the time I update you next following the Low-Carb Cruise, then I’ll be happy with that as a nice one-year weight loss total. As you know, this experiment has not focused on weight loss as a primary goal. Sure, it’s a nice side effect and I’ll take it, but I’m much more interested in hunger and craving control, improving inflammation and lipid numbers, blood sugar control and how I look, feel and perform being in a keto-adapted state. It was encouraging to meet so many fantastic people at PaleoFX who said they have been inspired by my NK journey and I look forward to continuing on this adventure in the months and years to come. Now let’s look at my blood sugar levels in Day 301-330 starting with the AM readings:
AM BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS – DAY 301-330
With ketone levels dropping like a rock after the fast (where my blood sugar hit 65 by the morning of the third day), I was not surprised to see a corresponding elevation in my blood sugar levels that bounced all over the place for a couple of weeks. They’re only just now returning back down into the 80s where they typically are. Even taking my favorite blood sugar-lowering supplement Glycosolve, it was challenging getting that blood sugar under control again. This is all good information to know if I ever decide to fast again. Perhaps the benefits I would have received from doing a one-week fast are actually realized by being in a state of nutritional ketosis. I’d love to see that researched further. Let’s take a look at my PM blood sugar readings in Day 301-330:
PM BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS – DAY 301-330
Ditto what I said about the morning readings. Craziness with my reading ensued in the two weeks following my fast. Hopefully now that enough time has passed and my body realizes I’m back on track again with normality in my eating patterns these numbers will stay in the 80s as well.
What’s next? I would like to have another NMR Lipoprofile test run to see what’s going on with my LDL particles and particle size. A very generous fan of my work paid for me to have genetic testing of my DNA to see if I have familial hypercholesterolemia or not. I don’t think I do, but the test results due in on April 15, 2013 will confirm or deny. Stay tuned! Another wonderful reader has agreed to pay the costs to have my hair tested for minerals. I’m currently letting it grow out to the required 1 to 1 1/2 inches for the test and will scalp the back of my head to do this test. It may not be long enough until mid-May, but I look forward to see the results from this test when I can get it done. I’m still very interested in doing more testing in the coming months, so let me know what you’d like to see me have done. And if you would like to contribute towards helping me run more health tests in the coming months, then feel free to e-mail me what tests you would like to see along with making a donation towards this effort through PayPal:
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By the way, some people have requested that I post more pictures of myself so they can see the 75-pound weight loss. Here are a few from the recent PaleoFX conference:
DON’T MISS THE CONCLUSION TO MY 1-YEAR NK EXPERIMENT IN MAY!