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Raw Data Of Christine’s 4-Week NK N=1 Experiment

I apologize in advance because this update of Christine’s 4-week nutritional ketosis n=1 experiment is long overdue and will not be exceedingly detailed. Life’s just been crazy with all the final touches on Cholesterol Clarity lately. But ever since I shared this update of her first week doing NK with blood sugar, blood ketones and menus, a lot of people have been asking for the results of how it all went. Since we’re heading off for vacation to Indiana and Tennessee for the next two weeks beginning on Thursday, I wanted to give you all the raw data of how she did. Keep in mind that this wasn’t about weight loss for her because, quite frankly, she doesn’t have any weight to lose. We just wanted to see how her current diet was doing to control blood sugar and how it impacted her blood ketone levels–I was actually pretty shocked! Here’s what happened June 3-June 30, 2013:

And in case you’re wondering exactly what Christine ate as well as what her macronutrient breakdown and calories looked like over the entire 4-week period, check it all out here (you’ll notice she doesn’t have to eat a fat/protein/carbohydrate breakdown of 85/12/3 like I did to get into nutritional ketosis):





If you have any comments or questions about Christine’s results from her 4-week NK n=1 experiment, then feel free to share those below. What did you think?

  • GG

    Was she fasting on purpose? Or is that how she typically eats? Also is Christine not a snacker or was that part of the experiment too?

    • LLVLCBlog

      She ate as she normally does.

  • Jennifer

    Interesting to read, thanks Christine for sharing. It’s amazing how different our bodies are. I’m very insulin resistant so I have to cut protein way down, and increase fat to 85%, or I gain weight. My calorie intake needs to be 1200 or less. That means 1 slice of bacon and two ounces of meat or ONE egg slathered in homemade mayo. I can eat only a few carbs, 20 g or less. I rarely eat low carb ice cream, or fruit without it causing havoc and cravings. Eg: I can eat a third of a peach. My morning FBS is usually in the 90′s, and I’m usually 2 or even higher on blood ketones. I’ve lost 20 lbs so far. 40 more to go! Constantly tweaking to find my sweet spot.

    • LLVLCBlog

      Keep at it Jennifer.

  • Fanboyofapple

    Whoa, high on the fasting BS numbers. Needs some carbs.

    • LLVLCBlog

      LOL! Ummm, no.

      • Fanboyofapple

        Those look like my fasting numbers when I was on low carb, when my metabolism was supressed. Now mine are in low-mid 70′s eating 500+ carbs a day. Very nice.

        • LLVLCBlog

          I’m happy that works for you. But that’s not an optimal diet for all.

          • Fanboyofapple

            Low carb is always a metabolism killer, even Atkins knew and admitted that.

            • LLVLCBlog

              Puh-leez! Go troll somewhere else.

  • Stikwoman

    . I’ve been low-carb since Aug 11 and additionally started controlling protein in July 12. I’m 63” and 44 years old. Weight history – Aug 11 158, Jul 12 147, got down to 135 Oct 12 but am now back to 145.

    I started measuring ketones Aug 12 and have been in ketosis 90% of that time (went out around Christmas). I then added blood sugar testing when the pounds started to creep back on in April.

    Oct 12 macros – 121g fat, 53 protein, 16g carb (for comparison when I was losing weight)
    July 13 macros – 98g fat, 42g protein, 14g carb

    Since I started testing blood sugar in May, my fasting is usually between 78 and 83. I test with a True2Go.

    I started having times, normally in the afternoon after I’ve eaten a small lunch, when my blood sugar goes down to 55-60. I know when it’s happening because I can hear my heartbeat, I get a headache and nausea. Then I test. It’s happening at least 3 times a week. I hesitate to see my doc because he told me ketones were harmful when I had bloodwork done in
    October so I’m not keen on doing that.
    Last night, I got upset about the whole darn thing and ate at least 200g of bad carbs. I haven’t gone above 30 maybe more than a handful of times in two years so that was a blowout. My blood sugar went up to 135 so, to give myself a full perspective, I decided to do Jenny Ruhl’s “do you have diabetes” test this am.

    Fasting was 95. I ate two hot dog rolls totaling 50g carbs. One hour 155, two hours 149, 3 hours 123. I did not deduct 10 from these readings, as she recommends if you’ve been low-carb. I think this tells me I’m pre-diabetic which is not surprising because I was a carbaholic before Aug 11. And, as soon as I started on the carbs last night, I could barely
    stop. And I never want to do that again, can’t ever see myself going back on my old high-carb lifestyle.

    Here’s my frustration – what is the deal with the low blood sugar? I can almost cope with not losing weight because I’m perfectly fine with what I’m eating and my fasting sugars are good. But the lows of 55 are really concerning me.
    Thanks for any feedback anyone can provide.

  • LLVLCBlog

    Yes, I got a new homemade ice cream maker where I used some local raw cream to make her what she ate in these menus. No recipes…maybe that’s a good future book or e-book. :)