30 Health and Fitness Books – Free Bundle


You have to subscribe to Buckbooks’ email list (not mine)! The promo is on for 3 more days (ends circa Nov. 10, 2016).

If you’re on my email list, you already know about this promo as I broadcasted a message immediately it became available. If you’re not on my list and didn’t know about this, listen up.

I joined forces with a dozen plus authors and we give our books for free – 30 in number. This bundle is available via Buckbooks who made this possible. To get the bundle you have to sign-up (for free) to their list. Once that’s done, wait for the email. Here are a few titles from the bundle:

The Ketotic Brain compared to the Glycolitic Brain [Studies and Anecdotes]

The Ketotic Brain - Differences Compared to the Glycolitic State - 1


I’ve briefly touched the subject of ketotic brain metabolism in some of my past posts. I’d say there’s much more to this subject than what I wrote before. Here I will discuss additional research findings along with a few personal experiences (anecdotes). My focus is on GABA and glutamate mediated effects.

I’ll begin with some personal reports:

Ever since I started experimenting with ketosis back in 2013 I noticed a dramatic shift in my mental condition. Prior to ketosis I was following a normal diet (glycolitic). I remember experiencing post-meal energy crashes that would last for a few hours and would render me mildly mentally incapacitated (exaggerating claim). If I were to engage in cognitive tasks of any kind, it would not have been easy to get through.

My Belly Fat Progression by DXA – [2013 – 2016]

My Belly Fat Progression by DXA - [2013 - 2016]  - TFM

Those of you close to me are familiar with the details of my fat loss experiment, which I underwent between ~October and December 2013. For those who don’t know, I posted the details here.

To increase the accuracy of my approach I used a DEXA scanner. I wanted to measure the progression of my body composition. I got kindof captivated with the device, which is why I continued doing DEXA scans every few months ever since.

Almost three years later, I decided to make some sense out of the pile of papers (DEXA scans) in my drawer. So, here is some data on the dynamics of my abdominal fat (see top graphic).  

Energy Metabolism in the Fasted State – [Cahill’s Research]

Energy Metabolism in the Fasted State - [Cahill's Research]

Prolonged fasting has received a lot of attention from the scientific community, historically speaking. And it’s still on the radar today because it may elicit powerful positive effects in many subjects (not for everyone). The sad part is that it fails to become popular as a practice possible because there are little ‘stakes’ (skin in the game) to promote it – it’s not financially feasible to tell someone not to eat anything or not to consume this weight loss pill or that longevity boosting pill. Hopefully, you get the point.

My Blood Work #4 – March 2016 – [Variations]

My Blood Work #4 - March 2016 - [Variations]


The last time I posted about my blood work was in Nov. 2015. Here is my March 2016 update:

The Five Stages of Fasting – Dr. Nikolayev [Russian Case Studies]

The Five Stages of Fasting - Dr. Nikolayev [Russian Case Studies]


During a visit at the local library I stumbled upon a book on fasting (written in Romanian). I do most of my reading on my tablet, for convenience. Trying to locate the book on Amazon Kindle returned an empty query. To my surprise, the book was not available/translated to English. It was only available in French. So, I bought the book – the physical copy.

I’m not sorry about the investment I made. Many concepts and ideas from this book are also detailed in my book Periodic Fasting. This is great because when some of my fellow Romanians will ask me to translate my book, I could simply guide them to book of Lestrade, which is already available in Romanian.

Furthermore, Thierry Lestrade obtained first-person access to research and experiments conducted by Russian scientists and doctors with regards to therapeutic fasting. Much of this research will be lost in the archives of Russian institutes as they have not (and most likely will not) been translated into other languages, unless we can do something about it.

In this entry I will describe the five stages of prolonged water fasting, as it has been widely used in the practice of Dr. Yuri Nikolayev, the Director of the Fasting Clinic of The Moscow Institute of Psychiatry for many years.

He claimed to have successfully treated more than 7,000 patients (as of 1972) suffering from neuro-psychiatric conditions by using therapeutic fasting. The average duration of a fast would be 30 days. He probably oversaw the experience of more than 10,000 patients because in 1972 he was only at the heights of his career.

The Metabolic Features of Keto-Adapted (20 Months) Ultra Athletes [Comparative Study]

The Metabolic Features of Keto-Adapted (20 Months) Ultra Athletes - Study Timeline


First well designed and conducted study of keto-adapted athletes? Let’s see…

Many think that keto-adaptation is the result of 2-3 weeks of ketosis. Simply put, that is delusional.

I encourage you not to believe me. Listen to Barry Murray who works with fat adapted athletes and who observed how the process could take from at least 6 months to more than 2 years, widely varying between individuals. And, I’ve seen it on myself.

I’ve been using ketosis (the metabolic state where fat becomes the primary source of fuel) since October 2013. I’ve been in ketosis 98% of the time. My personal approach does not resemble the fat-laden ketogenic diet that’s preached out there; one of the focal points of my strategy is micronutrient optimization.

Ketosis + IF – How Many Kcals to Consume [Situational]

Ketosis + IF - How Many Kcals to Consume


This write-up is part of a series that adds insight to the combo strategy of ketosis and intermittent fasting (IF) that I’ve been using over the past two years. In this specific post I’m providing a rationale for the amount of calories you should/may consume when switching to ketosis and IF and when you come from a different nutritional background – a higher carbohydrate diet with/without IF, a keto diet without IF, or any other protocol. Here we go…

Blood Work #3 – November 2015 [Consistency]

Blood Work #3 - November 2015 - [Consistency]

Last time I posted about my blood tests was in July 2015. And here are the results that I got from my most recent blood tests:

9 ways I keep my Testosterone Levels High – Test of Time

9 Ways I Keep my Testosterone Levels High - Test of Time


I began testing my testosterone levels a couple of months after starting with ketosis (the metabolic state where fat becomes the primary source of energy). It was March 2014 and my levels ~400 ng/dL. That’s average to low for a person my age.

I suspect my pre-ketosis levels were even lower because from what I’ve researched, if well-formulated, a ketogenic diet can improve testosterone levels. In a matter of months, I’ve been able to raise my levels to ~ 850ng/dL and they’ve been mostly constant ever since. See more here.

I wrote about this experiment in detail in my book T-R(x) – The Testosterone Protocol, but I want to re-emphasize the 9 major interventions I made to improve my T levels.

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