2014 Wrap-Up – The Most Viewed Posts of the Year

2014 Wrap-Up - Most Viewed Posts of the Year


In 2014 my blog has been visited by ~50,000 people and had ~110,000 page views. Given that I started it in March 2013 and I didn’t get serious with writing frequently until the end of 2013, that’s a good performance.

55% of the visitors came from the U.S., while the second, third, and fourth pool of the sessions (in terms of percentage) came from U.K., Canada, and Australia. Only 3.5% of the sessions were initiated from Romania, my home country.

Now, let’s see the 7 most popular blog posts (organized by page view)

7 Most popular…

1. Homepage ~7,800 pageviews

Even though many visitors enter the site directly on a specific blog post, some of them end up visiting the home page. This makes me consider investing more time and resources into making it more user-friendly.

2. Why Keto and Not Low Carb – Pitfalls of Low-Carb Nutrition ~6,700 pageviews

This post was written in August, 2014 and it became quite viral because it was shared by many people on social media websites. In it I talk about the differences between the metabolic states that one is in when following a low-carbohydrate diet compared to a ketogenic diet.

I personally consider that going low-carb will have far fewer advantages than going ketogenic. This does not mean that a diet depleted of refined sugar (not necessarily ketogenic) is not (at least) 10 times better than a high-carbohydrate approach.

3. Thyroid Hormone Levels and Very Low Carb (Ketogenic) Nutrition ~4,900 pageviews

One of the things that piss me off is that we have huge and very complex brains and we used them very little. When someone has an idea or a theory and manages to partially prove it (through mere and inaccurate correlations), the rest of the people (the majority) takes it as it is, without any further processing.

People often think that a lower thyroid output, measured by low T3 is indicative of diseased conditions and that we should all opt-in for a higher thyroid function. Very few know what T3 is responsible for. Even fewer further ponder upon accelerated aging when your metabolism is running like crazy (correlated with higher T3).

I personally think that low T3 (given normal function of other thyroid markers) is very beneficial for me as I never had more energy in a context of low-calorie-keto-friendly diet than I have now. And of course, if my engine (metabolism) is running smoother and more efficient it will be able to do it for longer.

4. The Big 4 – Navy SEAL’s Technique to Conquering Fear and Panic ~4,500 pageviews

Neuroscience is a topic very close to my heart and I try to research, experiment and write about it as often as I can. This post was written on December 6th, 2013. It got tremendously viral in the first couple of weeks it was released, but I kind-of lost track of its performance when I switched my domain name from Read and Get Rich to Cristi Vlad.

I personally like to quantify and understand as much as I can from my life. The Big 4 is a really good example of how fear and panic is tackled by some of the people who deal with it most and in the hardest of conditions. It’s about goal setting, mental rehearsal, self-talk, and arousal control. Check it out in more detail on the blog.

5. Privileged Metabolic State – 19.6% to 14.4% bodyfat in 2 Months [+Pics] ~4,500 pageviews

This is one of the blog posts I am mostly proud of because it followed my personal keto journey from the very beginning to the time I was 3 months-in.

That same journey transformed into a lifestyle because I did not want to let go to the benefits I was personally getting from it: hunger-suppression, no cravings, ability to eat little and feel extremely satisfied, tons of energy, fat loss, and increased mental performance, just to name a few. And yes, eating chocolate everyday is one important factor that allowed me to stay on the wagon ever since.

6. Comfort Food Under the Keto Protocol – A.K.A. Binge Eating ~3,700 pageviews

I’ve been quite criticized for this blog-post. I don’t know if I can fully understand how people don’t get it.

In this post I was merely talking about me, I did not give a generalized prescription to binge-eating and I did not say that everyone should stick to it daily.

Yet again, many take for granted everything they perceive. It’s something similar to the low T3 dogma.

7. Hunger Suppression for the Keto-Adapted – Personal Story ~3,300 pageviews

In this post I write about one of the most important benefits that I (and many other folks) perceive if they adhere to a long-term ketogenic diet where their body becomes adapted to running on fat as the primary source of fuel.

Some proponents of ketogenic nutrition mistakenly (from what I see) say that it takes ~2-3 weeks to become keto-adapted. But that may not be true. It can take 2-3 weeks for a person to initiate the process of keto-adaptation, but mitochondrial biogenesis and enzyme support for a predominant fatty acid metabolism can take 1 to 2 years of even more.

It does not happen overnight, it does not involve carb-cycling or carb-loading (you will most likely never become fat adapted if you follow these protocols), it is dependent on many factors, and it implies strict adherence to ketosis, which is why so very few people can do it. It’s also why many fall of the wagon from the very beginning. Keto-adaptation combined with intermittent fasting (+ low-calorie-keto-diet) and strength training is a protocol that allows muscle building (other factors taken as optimal), but we’ll see the research coming in the next few years. I personally see the results on myself.

Muscles love ketones and if you throw-in carbs pre/post workout it may disrupt the mechanism.

Up until then one has to protect themselves from those advocating daily strength training, moderate-to-high-protein usage, and carb-loading as the gold-standard of becoming leaner and bigger. There’s not one single (insulin+mTor+IGF-1) metabolic pathway that helps one achieve this purpose. Yet, many folks stubbornly think that’s the only way.


I’m not sure what exactly 2015 is gonna bring for me. But I am sure of one thing: I will keep questioning the general paradigms that people usually swallow without the slightest of efforts, I will keep researching and experimenting on new stuff, and hopefully I’ll be able to write about it in the clearest manner possible.

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